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Rough Guide: Ovens

Posted on: 9 Oct 2018, by Maria Baker

Rough Guide: Ovens

A key appliance in the professional kitchen is the commercial oven. This guide is aimed at helping you identify which is the right oven for your event kitchen.

 

Let’s start by breaking the types of cooking oven down:

 

Range Oven

The range oven is the most versatile and therefore most frequently used type of oven in the kitchen. They are supplied in either gas or electric fuel types, and feature an internal cavity for cooking, as well as gas burners or electric hobs on top, offering various cooking methods in a compact, cost effective unit. Jongor Hire’s range ovens are all gastronorm compatible, allowing for the quick transfer of pans between kitchen appliances.

Solid Top Ranges

Electric or gas solid top ranges, sometimes referred to as bullseye or target tops, are designed to allow for the heating of large pots and pans at any point of the top surface area. The units still feature the capability of roasting or baking in the oven base. Built for both performance and power, these flexible units allow chefs to make the most of their kitchen space.

 

Convection Ovens

A compact cooking tool, using an internal fan to distribute heat evenly throughout the oven. Available to hire in either single or double stacked, these are cost effective options for compact kitchens. The 13 Amp, 3Kw power draw is lower than other appliances, such as ranges or combi ovens, meaning they take longer to reach temperature and their recovery time is longer.

Traditional baking trays are suitable for use in a convection oven, as the shallow sides allow for better air flow across the food. The turbo ovens are also gastro compatible, meaning food can be transferred directly from oven to other kitchen equipment, such as blast chillers, trollies or bain maries.

 

Combination Ovens

Most commonly referred to as combi ovens, these are the most powerful cooking appliances available in event kitchens. Combi ovens can cook using steam (if connected to the main water supply), convection or a combination of the both. Therefore, combi ovens can do the job of multiple appliances in one single oven, removing the need to transfer pans between appliances, and saving valuable kitchen space.  

The flexible ovens are suitable for steaming, frying, baking, stewing, roast, braising and more, and offer precise temperature control.

Jongor Hire has a range of combination ovens available for hire, including gas or electric options. There is no performance difference between these two power types, but you do need to consider the cost of power generation from mobile generators, as this can be more expensive than gas.

 

Cook and Hold Oven

These units allow for slow and gentle cooking, ideal for tenderising joints of meat. Once cooked, meat can be kept warm using the hold function for long periods of time, without any detriment to the taste or texture.

Jongor Hire stocks Altoshaams, which are designed to be an economical way of cooking and holding meat instead of conventional oven roasting. These units are ideal for slow roasting joints of meat overnight.

 

Accelerated Cook Ovens

This oven combines the cooking power of both microwave and convection, making it the perfect time saving appliance. The high speed oven can quickly cook fast food such as paninis, wraps or tacos to order without compromising consistency or quality. By combining the two power technologies, cooking time is reduced – up to five times faster than conventional ovens.

 

Useful Information

 

The below chart below shows which type of oven is suitable for different food types.

 

 

Range Oven

Convection Oven

Combi Oven

Deck/Pizza Oven

Cook & Hold Oven

Roast Joints of Meat

Y

Y

Y

 

Y

Bake Breads

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Steam Fish

 

 

Y

 

 

Crisp Pizza Base

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Proofing Bread

 

Y

Y

Y

 

Bake Cake

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Cook Vegetables

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Jacket Potatoes

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Pastries

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Smoking

 

Y

Y

 

Y

 

  • Source: Nisbets 2018.

 

The below chart includes useful information relating to the ovens available for hire:

 

Type

Fuel Type

Power Requirements

Power Output

Gastro Size

Temperature Range

Cost to Hire

Range Oven - Six Burner

Electric

32 Amp 3 Phase

21.6 kW

5 x 2/1 GN

100°C - 250°C

£225.50

Range Oven - Six Burner

Gas

 

2.54 kg / hour

4 x 1/1 GN or 5 x 2/1 GN

120°C - 270°C

£153.75

Range Oven - Six Burner Convection

Gas and Electric

13 Amp Single Phase

2.65 kg / hour

4 x 1/1 GN or 5 x 2/1 GN

120°C - 270°C

£256.25

Range Oven - Four Burner

Gas

 

2.65 kg / hour

3 x 1/1 Gastro

50°C - 250°C

£153.75

Solid Top Range

Gas and Electric

13 Amp Single Phase

1.5 kg / hour

4 x 1/1 GN or 4 x 2/1 GN

80°C - 300°C

£281.88

Convection Ovens - Single Stacked

Electric

13 Amp Single Phase

3.1kW

3 x 1/1 GN

100°C - 250°C

£148.63

Convection Ovens - Double Stacked

Electric

2 x 13 amp Single Phase

2 x 3.1kW

4 x 1/1 GN

100°C - 250°C

£297.25

Combination Oven - 6 Grid

Electric

32 Amp 3 Phase

10.4kW

6 x 1/1GN

10°C - 270°C

£461.25

Combination Oven - 10 Grid

Electric

32 Amp 3 Phase

18.3kW

10 x 1/1GN

10°C - 270°C

£738.00

Combination Oven - 10 Grid

Gas and Electric

13 Amp Single Phase

1.55 kg / hour

10 x 1/1GN

10°C - 270°C

£738.00

Combination Oven - 20 Grid

Electric

63 Amp 3 Phase

31.5kW

10 x 2/1GN - 20 x 1/1GN

10°C - 270°C

£820.00

Combination Oven - 24 Grid

Electric

63 Amp 3 Phase

27.5kW

12 x 2/1GN - 24 x 1/1GN

10°C - 270°C

£912.25

Combination Oven - 24 Grid

Gas and Electric

13 Amp Single Phase

2.49 kg / hour

12 x 2/1GN - 24 x 1/1GN

10°C - 270°C

£922.50

Combination Oven - 24 Grid with Probe

Gas and Electric

13 Amp Single Phase

2.49 kg / hour

12 x 2/1GN - 24 x 1/1GN

10°C - 270°C

£953.25

Cook and Hold Oven

Electric

32 Amp Single Phase

6.6kW

8 x 1/1 GN

93°C - 162°C

£492.00

Accelerated Cook Ovens

Electric

32 Amp Single Phase

4.3kW

1 x 1/4 GN

0°C - 275°C

£558.00

 

 

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