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Old 09-09-2010, 12:11 PM   #1
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Question How to Tell When Oven Temp Has Been Reached

This past weekend we fired up the oven for the first time and it dawned on us that we don't have a Temp Gauge to when the oven has reached it's operating temperature setting. What is the most common way to tell when you oven has reached it's setting? Do I have to purchase a oven temp? It's one of those things you take for granted as most home ovens have a count down to when the oven will be ready for the desired temp selected. Sorry for the dumb question.
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Old 09-09-2010, 12:16 PM   #2
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Because it is gas, and small, it gets to temperature very quickly, usually only takes about 5 minutes. You can tell when you open the door if the main burner has gone out and only the pilot is lit. We have found that with RV ovens you need to lower the temp a bit as they tend to run hot. Also I have read here that placing a 12x12" unglazed ceramic tile on the plate above the burner will keep the bottoms of things from burning before they cook and brown on top.
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Old 09-09-2010, 01:31 PM   #3
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Like Ed says, it doesn't take long.
We just happened to have a "stone" pizza pan left over from
one of those home kitchen utensil parties.
It was gathering dust in the closet so we now use it under
anything that we want to bake in the RV oven.
Yes do lower the temp by at least 25 degrees from what it
says on the package.
We also usually flip biscuits over 2/3 of the way thru.
No kidding. They will burn black on the bottom even with
the clay tile or clay pizza pan underneath. As soon as the tops
get the slightest bit brown and no longer sticky we turn
them over.
It's a bit of a chore but hot biscuits on a cool morning are great
and the oven helps take the chill off the trailer without using
the battery for running the furnace fan.
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Old 09-09-2010, 01:47 PM   #4
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We just happened to have a "stone" pizza pan left over from one of those home kitchen utensil parties.
HEY!!! Thanks Dan for reminding me we have one of those doing the exact same thing. I'm gonna go put it in the rig right now!
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Old 09-09-2010, 02:00 PM   #5
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Going out right now to see if our pizza stone will fit in there.

So are you guys sticking it right above the burner? or on a rack at the lowest setting and then using the remaining rack at whatever height you want?
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Also I have read here that placing a 12x12" unglazed ceramic tile on the plate above the burner will keep the bottoms of things from burning before they cook and brown on top.
I read that too and got myself one of those tile - or so I thought.

This past weekend, cold and rainy, I baked some toll house cookies with my grandkids, and after 5 minutes or so - a BIG bang from the oven.

The tile cracked in half, hey it looked unglazed...

I'll look for a pizza stone now
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I am planning on making a couple apple pies off the kitchen rug recipe that is in our trailer.

I need everything in my arsenol to not burn this thing lol.
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The missus read somewhere to use a light colored baking pan in an oven if the bottoms of things are getting too done. So, I replaced my well used baking pan that was dark as night, and got a new aluminum pan......and it works great. The tops and bottoms of biscuits come out the same.
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Going out right now to see if our pizza stone will fit in there.

So are you guys sticking it right above the burner? or on a rack at the lowest setting and then using the remaining rack at whatever height you want?
Yeah Steve I put it on top of the black difuser which is above the burner, not on the rack itself.
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