Hobart Convection Oven Buyers' Guide

Which Hobart Convection Oven Does Your Kitchen Need?

Every chef knows that consistency is the key to crafting perfect dishes that keep customers coming back. When it comes to cooking, you can rely on Hobart convection ovens to provide the predictable and even heating you need.

Hobart convection ovens use fans inside the cooking compartment to circulate heated air. A standard or conventional oven, like one found in most residential settings, doesn’t do that, which means there can be areas that are hotter or colder than the target temperature. Those fans help spread the heat evenly throughout the unit, providing consistency in the final product by ensuring it cooks evenly. This also helps the product cook in about 30 percent less time than it would in a conventional oven.

Since acquiring a line of convection ovens from General Electric in 1980, Hobart has been working to improve and perfect this commercial kitchen standard. The company offers ovens in half-size countertop and full-size floor models, and has an option of electric or gas for each model. Full-size convection ovens offer the opportunity to cook with single or double decks, giving you as many as 10 racks to cook on. Hobart convection ovens are all equipped with a switch that initiates rapid cool down, shutting down the heating element while keeping the blower motor running to dissipate the heat, which allows them to more quickly get to temperatures safe for cleaning.

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Half-Size Convection Ovens

Despite their smaller stature, Hobart half-size convection ovens are loaded with features that make them a dream to operate, help save you money, and generally make them a stand-out in any commercial kitchen. They’re available in electric, natural gas, and propane models, all with stainless steel bodies, doors seals, and door liners. The door itself has a glass window for checking on the product inside and is constructed of porcelain enamel-coated stainless steel.

These units can accept pans as large as 18- x 13-inches and come with five racks that can be arranged on nine rack positions. That option maximizes output by allowing you to make the most of the space in the cooking compartment, enabling cooks to insert, for instance, a couple of sheet pans and a couple of deeper pans, or whatever combination you may need to make.

Half-size Hobart convection ovens come with recessed controls and solid-state thermostats, making them easy to use. High-density insulation in the walls and doors of each unit prevents heat loss, helping keep the door handle cool to the touch and minimizing the ovens' effect on ambient kitchen temperatures. Hobart has also equipped these commercial convection ovens with door interlock switches that ensure the blower and heater don’t run when the door is open. That not only helps keep heat out of the kitchen, it also saves money on utilities from power not being used to keep those parts of the machinery running when they don’t need to be.

Hobart half-size convection ovens come with permanently-lubricated fan motors that eliminate the need for routine motor maintenance, saving you money spent hiring someone to come in and keep the gears turning. It also helps avoid potential break-downs that could mean an oven goes down during a busy service time. These half-size convection ovens are small enough to sit on a countertop, mounted on their4-inch legs, or they can be placed on an optional stand that lifts them 34 inches off the ground, making them suitable for use as a floor unit.

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Full-size Hobart Convection Ovens

Hobart full-size convection ovens can accept 18- x 26-inch pans on five nickel-plated racks and 11 rack positions per section. Solid-state temperature controls offer a range of 150 to 500 degrees F. Each section has a 60-minute timer with an audible alarm to let you know when your product is done.

Many of Hobart's full-size convection ovens include computer controls that provide a 24-hour timer and a digital temperature readout, enabling you to ensure your food is properly cooked. One particularly handy feature available only on full-size Hobart convection ovens and part of the computer controls is a cook-and-hold mode. This feature allows you to cook products to the proper temperature, then keep them there without burning them until you’re ready to serve them. All Hobart full-size convection ovens have stainless steel bodies and come standard with painted legs. They’re available with either solid or glass doors.

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Electric Convection Ovens

For Hobart electric convection ovens such as the HEC20, each section features a 12-horsepower motor that spins at between 1140 and 1725 RPM to power the two-speed blower. Half-size ovens have a rated heating power output of 5.5 kW per section, while full-size ovens are rated at 12.5 kW. Inside each cooking compartment on the right side, tubular heating elements encircle the blower, ensuring even heat distribution.

The wiring and connections for Hobart electric convection ovens are located behind and below the control panel. They are accessed from the front for maintenance, though tension-free, corrosion-resistant connections should cut down on how often maintenance is needed.

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Gas Convection Ovens

Hobart's gas convection ovens can save you money on fuel because they produce only 25,000 BTU per hour per section, created with either natural gas or propane. The full-size gas ovens produce 44,000 BTU/hour, ensuring a powerful, even heat. These units are equipped with baffles inside their cooking compartments, near the tubular heat exchanger and the blower wheel. A gas pressure regulator, which comes standard on all Hobart gas ovens, eliminates the need for field installation because it is preset at the factory for optimal pressure.

Some of the gas convection oven options available include the half-size HGC20 in natural gas, available in single or double decks. A full-size natural gas convection oven is also available from Hobart. Because these gas convection ovens employ an electronic igniter and electric blower motor, they require a 120-Volt electrical connection.

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