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Old 04-21-2013, 09:36 PM   #1
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Propane oven, quick question for a newbie

Hi guys,

Been shaking down the new trailer in my driveway. My wife is baking cookies tonight in the oven. I'm assuming you must run the vent fan at all times while operating the oven since it appears it exhausts behind the burners. Is that true?

Thanks,
Darren
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:50 PM   #2
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Always a good idea to run the fan when the cook top or oven is on.
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Make sure your vent fan actually exhausts outside- mine doesn't, it just recirculates. I open the roof vent and the little window behind the sink when using my oven. Even then, it adds a fair amount of moisture to the trailer.
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Make sure your vent fan actually exhausts outside- mine doesn't, it just recirculates. I open the roof vent and the little window behind the sink when using my oven. Even then, it adds a fair amount of moisture to the trailer.
Yep, it vents to the outside. Just confirmed. We have the window in the kitchen open a crack as well. Seems to work pretty well that way without sucking out too much heat in the process. It is still about 50 degrees here so we've been heating the trailer a few hours a day when we are in it.
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No need to open a window for makeup air, the trailer has enough air leaks to compensate for the exhaust draw.
FWIW, if your oven doesn't heat evenly, ie burns the bottom while leaving the topside looking undone, get 4 - 6" ceramic tiles and lay on top of the burner diffusion-plate. They soak up heat and cause a more even temperature inside the oven. I've done that for my DW with every RV oven she's owned.
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No need to open a window for makeup air, the trailer has enough air leaks to compensate for the exhaust draw.
FWIW, if your oven doesn't heat evenly, ie burns the bottom while leaving the topside looking undone, get 4 - 6" ceramic tiles and lay on top of the burner diffusion-plate. They soak up heat and cause a more even temperature inside the oven. I've done that for my DW with every RV oven she's owned.
X2 on adding some additional heat sink to the over to even the temperature - we use a pizza stone instead of tile - think we got it on sale at Target .....
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+1 on the pizza stone. Just remember to stash it somewhere in bubble wrap when travelling. It's messy getting all the broken bits out of the oven if you forget!
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Hi guys,

Been shaking down the new trailer in my driveway. My wife is baking cookies tonight in the oven. I'm assuming you must run the vent fan at all times while operating the oven since it appears it exhausts behind the burners. Is that true?

Thanks,
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In our TT, yes! If the fan isn't running and the windows are closed, one of the alarms goes off. If the windows are open no alarm sounds... but the cabinet with the microwave above the stove gets very warm. That can't be good. We leave the fan running when using the oven or top burners. Ours vents outside.
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+1 on the pizza stone. Just remember to stash it somewhere in bubble wrap when travelling. It's messy getting all the broken bits out of the oven if you forget!
Another way to protect the stone is to get four 4" or 5" long pieces of pool noodle. Slit one side of each piece and slip them onto the stone.

I always have a few pool noodles handy. The variety of uses are endless.

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I herd that you had to use unglazed tile if you use tile. A small amount of ventilation is enough when using your oven or stove. Either run the fan or crack a window.
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