Which brand of convection commercial oven is best?

Discussion in 'Professional Pastry Chefs' started by Stephen Wlin, Aug 9, 2017.

  1. Stephen Wlin

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    1. Vulcan
    2. Hobart
    3. Doyon
    4. Southbend
    5. Bakers Pride
    6. Baxter
    More information: We crank out 2000 cookies a night non-stop. We tried Bakers Pride electric but we don't love it. We have a used rotating Baxter mini rack but it acts up too. We want to get a brand new one and we aren't sure how much variance there is from brand to brand.

    Thank you!
     
  2. fatcook

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    We love our Blodgett ovens.
     
  3. Stephen Wlin

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    For cookies?
     
  4. fatcook

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    Yes, cookies :)
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  5. foodpump

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    They all suck, but at least Blodgett has a really good warranty.

    Look, convections are not ideal for small thin items like cookies. The fan blows clockwise, so product on the r,h. side of every rack will be darker. Don' t know of any convections where the fan blows both ways except for Rational ovens, but Rational is a waste of money for your purposes. If its a gas oven the bottom racks will darken faster because of where the firebox is located. This becomes apparent with small, thin, well portioned items like cookies moreso than larger items like bread.

    The best oven would be a deck oven. With convection, you will be opening the doors every 5 mins to rotate the trays. Every time you open those huge doors, you blast out hot air into your kitchen, and your oven has to work harder to maintain temp.
     
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    Blodgett makes all kinds of ovens - the question was about brands. We like the Blodgett brand and find their ovens to be very reliable - as do most people we talk to about ovens. Oddly enough we had the same conversation with friends from two different places this week, one for bread and one for bagels.
     

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