No matter the size or the power, every kitchen needs an oven to thrive.
If you are here, it probably means that you have decided that a convection oven is best for your business. These ovens provide quick and efficient heating, making them a great addition to just about any commercial kitchen.
There are a few different styles of convection ovens that you need to know before you start shopping. To be completely sure that you are investing in the best convection oven for your space, menu, and staff, let’s run through the different types of ovens and how to seamlessly add them into your space.
Benefits of Convection Ovens Over Standard Ovens
As you may already know, a convection oven uses a fan to circulate the hot air inside of the cooking chamber to cook the food faster. This is different from standard models that simply rely on radiated heat from the walls of the oven to cook the food.
With convection ovens, you get a more even and uniform result. Because of the heat circulation, you can expect more thorough cooking of each and every item that goes inside the chamber. This results in a more consistent output of foods, making your menu reliable for guests time and time again.
In most cases, a convection oven cooks food faster than normal. Because there is constant heat circulating throughout the chamber, the oven uses less heat and less time to cook. When cooking meats, for example, a longer cook time generally means that the juices are more likely to escape. Cooking with convection heat allows for quicker cook time and a juicer result.
Plus, there are no restrictions as to what can be cooked inside a convection oven. One of the most common misconceptions of the convection oven is that it limits commercial chefs. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Convection ovens allow for baking, roasting, rethermalizing, browning, and much more. For delicate rising of baked goods, make sure you have the ability to turn the fan down or off to avoid uneven rising.
Types of Convection Ovens
Before you set out to buy a convection oven, it’s important to know the different models. Convection ovens are modified slightly to make chefs even more efficient.
Direct-Fired Convection Oven
A direct-fired convection oven has burners that sit directly under the cooking chamber that push heat into the space. This combines the heat with the recirculated air, then pushes it into direct contact with whatever is being cooked.
This style of oven is a great option for kitchens that produce high volumes of pizzas, biscuits, and flatbreads because of the high-temperature volume.
Indirect-Fried Convection Oven
Indirect is a little different. Rather than the burners having direct contact with the recirculated air, the burner feeds hot air into a radiant tube heat exchanger that is fitted above and below the food.
This produces a slower heat up time because the heat has to pass through the tubes, then get hot enough to heat the entire chamber. But, because the heat does not come in direct contact, this makes a great cooking vessel for bakers. They can have more control over the heat to produce more fragile items like cakes and pastries.
True or European Convection Oven
This model is the closest to the traditional model, but with an added element to control the heat a bit more. The True or European convection oven is made with an added heating element that is placed in front of the fan that circulates the air around the chamber. This element heats the air being blown again, further stabilizing the temperature.
Like the indirect-fired oven, this style makes for more consistent temperatures that can accommodate fragile foods.
Countertop Convection Oven
This is a common style that you probably first associate with convection ovens. This compact unit uses the same heat circulating technology in a smaller format to add to the efficiency of smaller kitchens. This style is often used in food trucks, concession stands, or quick-serve restaurants where space is limited but power is needed. These models come in quarter, half, and full-size models.
Caring for Convection Ovens
In most cases, convection ovens that get daily use typically have a lifespan of six to 10 years. But, to ensure you get the most use out of your oven, it requires daily maintenance. Enlisting your team in a solid maintenance plan and schedule can help make this burden a team effort, ensuring that your oven is always clean and functioning properly. Each style of convection oven comes with a set of specific cleaning rules and tips to ensure you are getting the right care for your needs. At any time, you can consult with a professional to help you create and maintain a service plan.
Finding the Best Convection Oven for Your Kitchen
If you are still struggling to find the right convection oven for your space, we are here to help. Our staff knows the ins and outs of every type of convection oven and can help you determine the best one for your kitchen.
They can assess your space, menu, and daily output to make recommendations for the best unit for your needs.
Reach out to us today to get fitted with a fast, reliable, and state-of-the-art convection oven.