Oven Temperatures

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Oven Temperatures

Post: #289073 CookOnFire
Tue Feb 14, 2017 3:57 pm

All ovens whether gas, electric, fan assisited, oil, wood or solid fuel fired operate at a range of temperatures. When your recipe says "290 degrees C for 30 minutes" it does not mean exactly 290 for all that time. On gas and electric cookers there must be a range between which the temperature rises and falls in response to the thermostat. For someone struggling to cook on less controllable cookers (e.g. wood fired) it would be nice to know what that range is and whether it varies (and by how much) depending on whether a hot moderate or low oven is called for. Does anyone know? It would help to make more of an exact science out of cooking on Rayburn and Esse type cookers if you knew what range of temperatures you were aiming for - not just a single number.

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Re: Oven Temperatures

Post: #289075 Green Aura
Tue Feb 14, 2017 4:10 pm

I've never cooked on one but I rather get the impression it's considered of more an art than a science. Others may know better.
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Re: Oven Temperatures

Post: #289136 CookOnFire
Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:19 pm

I've cooked on a Solid fuel Rayburn for nearly 30 years and its neither art of science its just difficult! It takes a lot of practice and I'm just trying to work out ways of making it simpler. The manufacturers don't provide much guidance.


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