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Old 11-09-2014, 04:59 PM   #71
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Originally Posted by time2play View Post
I have the Sharp Microwave Convection oven and I love it. My only gripe is the display is hard to read unless you're at eye level. But otherwise, it works great.

What I have finally figured out is to use it as a microwave just like any microwave, I just remove the rack, enter time and hit Start.

When I want to use the convection oven, I don't bother with the COMPU features. I just press CONVEC, preheat the oven, enter time, put the food on the rack and his Start. If the recipe calls for 20 minutes at 350 degrees, that's the time and temperature I use and it works great.

I did find the instructions very confusing. So for my own sanity I typed up my own "cheat sheet" instructions and produced my own instruction manual. As I said, I never use the Compu features, so I pretty much stick with pages 1-4 of my instructions. But the Compu instructions are there if needed.

I converted my Word document to PDF and I'm attaching it here. If you have the Sharp microwave convection oven, hopefully you'll find it useful.

time2play - thanks for the instructions and guide! VERY helpful. We just got our AS and we love the convection oven. Cooked acorn squash last weekend and it was perfect. We have a convection oven at home as well and have leaned that cooking time can be much faster on convection. Our squash cooked in 18 minutes on 325. Filled our little FC20 with great aroma!

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Old 11-09-2014, 05:16 PM   #72
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I wish I could see that guide, for some reason I cannot pull it up. Great thread, great ideas. Thanks for posting tips, everyone!

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Old 11-10-2014, 03:03 AM   #73
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Since we could not omit the microwave, we have used it a few times along with the propane oven. We like the oven as it requires no electrical power when off grid. If we had ordered the convection unit, we would have lost the propane oven. Sort of a poor solution choices situation.
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Old 11-13-2014, 08:21 PM   #74
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Love it! Use it a lot!

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Old 11-13-2014, 09:57 PM   #75
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Microwave Convection Combo

Thanks time2play. Your cheat sheet is great. I too don't use the Compu cook feature.

Our first 2 Airstreams (2007 Safari 20ft. and a 2012 Flying Cloud 25ft.) had ovens which I never used not even once. Our current Airstream, 2015 Flying Cloud 28ft. and the 2012 Flying Cloud have the Sharp combo microwave/convection. I use the microwave and convection features all the time. I have made great brownies, casseroles, bread, etc. in the convection oven. I am happy that the 2015 we purchased didn't come with a gas oven. I guess it all comes down to what and how you cook as far as your preference.

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Old 11-13-2014, 10:20 PM   #76
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Like others, we have a propane oven and a microwave. We've made all kinds of things in the propane oven, and we're very happy with it. However, we expected the oven's temperature gauge to be approximate, which it is. So, we also bought a digital oven thermometer. We clip the oven temp sensor to one of the shelf rack bars in the back of the oven and run the wire out to the readout which sits on the counter, tweaking the temp knob as necessary to get a reasonably good and consistent temperature for baking things. Our temp sensor, by Thermoworks:
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Old 11-13-2014, 10:29 PM   #77
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Interesting thread and thanks for the informative manual!
I will pass it further up the line to management. Operating a highly complex contraption like our convection / microwave is way beyond my pay level.


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Old 11-23-2014, 09:00 PM   #78
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Fancy gauge Silvery Moon. I bought one of those oven thermometers at Walmart, I have to look in now and then.

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Old 12-10-2014, 07:14 PM   #79
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This is a good thread for me...I have never used the oven and just this morning moved all of my baking items- pizza stone, baking pans, etc... Out of the pantry into the oven to make more room for the stove top items that I do use!

But I am going to challenge myself to make pizza next trip...thanks all for the advice.
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Thanks for the fantastic idea on using a marble tile or cut to fit pizza stone to help even out the 'bottom browning' when using the oven. We were thrilled when we were able to get our 1980 oven to light and I couldn't wait to use it. Since the weather was chilly, the heat wasn't bad, but our cinnamon buns ended up with burnt bottoms.

I was trying to figure out rigging a cookie sheet or second rack, but the stone/tile idea is perfect!

Now I'll just have to make sure we try it out with some chocolate chip cookies!!

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