Hack a Toaster Oven for Reflow Soldering – The Convection Option

Toaster ovens are becoming more and more popular these days and for very good reason. There are several key factors that make the toaster oven so appealing, and understanding them will help when deciding on whether or not to use one in your home. The following is a list of the most important facts about toaster ovens and they will cover both the pros, as well as the cons, of purchasing one for yourself.

One of the biggest benefits to using a toaster oven is its energy saving ability. The average toaster oven will function properly on 1,500 watts of power whereas the average electric oven needs 7,500 watts of power if it is to operate normally. Keep in mind however, that a standard toaster will function on 900 watts of power, so preparing your morning toast might be better done in the toaster. However, cooking a roast for dinner can easily be accomplished in a toaster oven, and energy will be saved in the process.

The Space Issue

There is no question when it comes to the toaster oven’s ability to save on space. A toaster oven is typically 1/4 the size of a standard oven and that can be very important when dealing with a small kitchen. This also makes the toaster oven very portable which means that it can easily be moved back and forth between storage and counter top, as needed. Keep in mind however, that a toaster oven should never be setup against the wall as it can get very hot in that area.

The Maintenance Issue

Maintaining a toaster oven is much easier than maintaining the standard size oven, as long as it is done properly. Make sure that the oven is cooled down completely before cleaning it. Check for a nonstick coating on the inside of the oven. If a nonstick coat is present, use soap and water to clean it out. Strong chemicals can eat away at the coating, removing it permanently. Keep in mind that most toaster ovens have a removable tray at the bottom that is used to catch crumbs. Simply remove the tray, empty the crumbs, wipe out the tray and place it back into the appropriate slot.

The Convection Option

While the next fact isn’t standard in all toaster ovens, it is typical in many. Convection ovens have always been something to be desired by those who frequent the kitchen, but they have always been very expensive. Many toaster ovens now include a convection option which simply means that the owner of a toaster oven will have easy access to a portable convection oven as well. Anyone who knows what a convection oven is capable of knows that cooking times can be cut in half when a convection oven is used properly. Keep in mind however, that using the convection oven option will require definite adjustments to the cooking time, and technique, if food is to be prepared properly.

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