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What's In A Name?

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What's In A Name?

Post  Hamish on 15.04.12 22:00

When we first started to get interested in using "bench top cookers" we found that they were described as "convection ovens"....."glass ovens" or "health ovens".
Since discovering this site, a new description is "Halogen Ovens" which we find a bit *off putting* !!
Is the Halogen Oven the same thing or is this a new technology. We have always associated Halogen with lighting and a Google search for Halogen reveals a chemical cocktail which is a bit of a worry.
We were put off Microwave cooking by the *supposed* side effects caused by the radio waves.
We understood that our *convection* oven was heated by hot air circulating all around the food, similar to a normal fan forced electric oven except it was smaller and more concentrated than a large steel box!
Can someone enlighten us as to the *Halogen* use in these ovens? Hate to be a worrywart but we like to know what we are letting ourselves in for. Thanks guys......

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Re: What's In A Name?

Post  Admin on 15.04.12 23:10

Hi Hamish,

The halogen oven and the convection oven look similar. In fact this is very confusing for some people. They believed they have bought a halogen oven until we pointed out the difference.

The convection oven is similar to a built-in fan oven in your kitchen. Cooking is done by fan driven hot air being produced by an element.

In the halogen oven cooking is also done by fan driven hot air being produced by a halogen light (like a light bulb) attached to the lid near the fan


The halogen light is very bright and it turns on and off during cooking to regulate the thermostat


What did you buy Hamish?
Do you see the word halogen anywhere on the box or leaflet? Do you get this bright light ?

Hope this helps

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Re: What's In A Name?

Post  Hamish on 16.04.12 5:43



What did you buy Hamish?
Do you see the word halogen anywhere on the box or leaflet? Do you get this bright light ?

Hope this helps
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Thanks

Umm ....no Halogen mentioned anywhere. No lights on while cooking other than on the lid. Whilst there are many convection (element) type ovens available in Australia, there seems to be very few Halogen models. I only found 2 available locally while there was one or two available through eBay and the US of A.
We are quite happy with our model, so far, and when the next quarterly electricity bill hits, we will know just what sort of savings we are making.
Because of the different technology, we will need to adjust cooking temps and times from any mentioned here as our model will take longer than the Halogen

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Re: What's In A Name?

Post  Admin on 16.04.12 18:09

so you have a convection oven Hamish. The good news is - they tend to last longer than the halogen oven.

You can still use all the halogen oven recipes and adjust the cooking time a bit.

With a bit of experimenting , it will all fall into place. sunny

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Re: What's In A Name?

Post  lonergan2468 on 14.05.12 18:41

My main oven is a fan which is the same..and I must say it is good..though I am getting to grips with the halogen oven, and my soda bread rises beautifully !

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