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Old 29-11-2014, 10:32   #16
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Re: Guessing the Temp of the Oven

also.... be sure the check the fit of the oven door seal, many of them leak like a sieve... which makes for non uniform baking!
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Old 29-11-2014, 10:40   #17
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Re: Guessing the Temp of the Oven

While I have a 'No Contact' infrared thermometer (which is very useful in checking on things in the engine room, frig/ freezer, oven, gland nut, motors, breakers, power cords, electronics, LED builds, AC/ heat air outflow temps, ...) I use a $4 old technology mechanical dial oven thermometer that I modified a bit to hang from the oven grill close to the oven glass. Always there, easy to read, no batteries required. Regardless of knowing temperature in a marine oven... it's more of an art than science as all have said. But it adds excitement and sometimes a new taste and a good story in what otherwise might become humdrom on-board meal prep! A perfect cake or pie cooked on-board is really something to compliment the chef.


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Ocean Girl beat me to it, but these are head and shoulders above anything else for taking oven temps! As she mentions, there are a ton of other uses around as boat for them but the big thing for ovens is my ovens can vary by 75 degrees or so, this allows you to find which corner bakes at the proper temp and all sorts of other stuff.

When you are bored in the summer time you can shoot the ceiling of your boat to find where you need to add better insulation.

However, instead of buying a Fluke from Amazon go to eachbuyer.com or newfrog.com and get a $13 unit from china, where the Fluke is probably made anyway.
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Re: Guessing the Temp of the Oven

Can't say I share others enthusiasm for the infrared thermometers for reading oven temperatures.

Depending on which surfaces I point it at I get readings of +400 just above the burner, 350 on my stone, 280 on the oven sides, or 180 on a nearly cooked pizza.

None of these different readings of the various surfaces tells me anything about the actual air temperature in the oven that's doing the cooking, since that is not how these devices work.

Curious to know how others use these devices for checking oven temps.
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Old 29-11-2014, 11:55   #20
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However, instead of buying a Fluke from Amazon go to eachbuyer.com or newfrog.com and get a $13 unit from china, where the Fluke is probably made anyway.
I second Newfrog. That's where I source a lot of my bits and pieces including an IR thermometer and a clamp meter, as well as lots of other computer / electronic bits and pieces that I can't buy in PNG.
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Re: Guessing the Temp of the Oven

I do not use any meter. I just look at the dish and smell it and I know when ready. I sometimes use a long sharp wood pick to test stuff (e.g. cakes) that are thick and must bake well throughout.

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Wow I am feeling like a pro on Ovens already with all tips and info. I popped into my local Boardmans and found a thermometer like the thumbnail previously shown, in degrees F and C cost about $8. Now down to the yacht to try it out. Soooo easy. I like the idea of an infrared Fluke but I would not put it down firing it at all the hot spots around the yacht esp. the motor. Maybe an invertor and microwave would be easier but I suppose an hour baking a bread could pretty much wipe out the battery bank.
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Wow I am feeling like a pro on Ovens already with all tips and info. I popped into my local Boardmans and found a thermometer like the thumbnail previously shown, in degrees F and C cost about $8. Now down to the yacht to try it out. Soooo easy. I like the idea of an infrared Fluke but I would not put it down firing it at all the hot spots around the yacht esp. the motor. Maybe an invertor and microwave would be easier but I suppose an hour baking a bread could pretty much wipe out the battery bank.
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Re: Guessing the Temp of the Oven

I have used the same thermometer for years...actually I am on my second one...they are great. The baking stone that was mentioned is great too...we have the pizza stone but would love the larger stone but until something happens to this one we will keep using it. Good luck.
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Can't say I share others enthusiasm for the infrared thermometers for reading oven temperatures.

Depending on which surfaces I point it at I get readings of +400 just above the burner, 350 on my stone, 280 on the oven sides, or 180 on a nearly cooked pizza.

None of these different readings of the various surfaces tells me anything about the actual air temperature in the oven that's doing the cooking, since that is not how these devices work.

Curious to know how others use these devices for checking oven temps.

Point it at the food
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Can't say I share others enthusiasm for the infrared thermometers for reading oven temperatures.

Depending on which surfaces I point it at I get readings of +400 just above the burner, 350 on my stone, 280 on the oven sides, or 180 on a nearly cooked pizza.

None of these different readings of the various surfaces tells me anything about the actual air temperature in the oven that's doing the cooking, since that is not how these devices work.

Curious to know how others use these devices for checking oven temps.
Point it at the thermometer you linked to above
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