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Mar 2, 2005 05:13 PM

Hot Oven

  • j

I'd like to replace my oven with something that can reach 700-800 degrees for pizzas, bread, etc. Because of the way my house is designed, I need electric, not gas. Does anyone know of any home appliances that can reach these temperatures? Thanks.

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  1. Jim, I had a General Electric oven that achieved that temperature, but just once....

    1. You'll likely have to check out Viking ranges for that. And shell out $$$... (plus the costs of kitchen modifications).


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        Wayne Keyser

        I believe you would get a real eye-opening experience if, instead of fixing a "hot oven" as necessary for your goals, you found a way to try a decent-sized convection oven. Not one of those piddlin' little ones - a full-sized one.

        I was always unhappy with my pizza crust, even after going 500-degrees and using a stone. Then I tried the same thing in a convection oven - the difference was amazing!

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        1. re: Wayne Keyser

          I put the pizza in a wide shallow pan, cook it on the stove, then put it under the broiler. Get the crispest crust I can at home that way.

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          JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

          I very much doubt that you'll be able to find one outside of the ultra-pricey ones Karl mentioned. Before pressing on, it would be VERY much worth your while to check if your homeowners' insurance would cover such a thing.

          I'm with Karl in thinking that a baking stone would be a worthwhile investment... but if you're asking about high-temperature ovens, surely you already have a stone in the oven you use now, right?

          Late-coming idea... maybe do what my favorite pizza artist, Chris Bianco, did and build your own wood-fire oven? Certainly not cheap, but your friends would be trying to call and make reservations for Tuesday night supper at your place.

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          1. re: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

            Thanks for the responses. You are confirming what I thought.

            Yes, I do already have a stone, but I believe results would be even better if the oven got hotter. I've thought of the wood burning oven in my backyard, but I'm not quite ready for that commitment.

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              JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

              I was thinking a ceramics kiln might work, the only question is if it would be able to maintain a temperature that *low*.

            2. re: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

              I built a mud oven in my parent's back yard. You heat the thing with a wood fire and then pull the fire out after a few hours. The oven is about 700 degrees for long enough to bake several (dozen?) pizzas. Then it settles down to about 350 for a few hours. Time to bake bread for the whole neighborhood.

              There are books on how to build mud ovens.


            3. If you are not able to find an oven that gets hot enough, you could try installing a HearthKit. I've heard they work very well. I'd love to try it myself.