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Old 04-28-2014, 06:57 AM   #1
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Does anyone use the oven?

How often do you use it? How hard is it to turn on? I am wondering if it is worth it.
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Old 04-28-2014, 07:02 AM   #2
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Use the oven all the time and wouldn't be with out it, Cookies, roasts, chickens etc.
Just a matter of lighting the pilot..
Really nice on a cold day when a little heat is needed. Might as well be cooking something
On the other hand we got rid of the microwave since we mostly used it as a breadbox
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Old 04-28-2014, 07:03 AM   #3
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occasionally.....and it is a great storage compartment. Works well and esy to light....although old fashioned with a manual pilot light.
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Old 04-28-2014, 07:25 AM   #4
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What is the best method for lighting it? If I can figure out how to use it, I would use it a lot.
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We use ours all the time, but it is a little old fashioned pilot light method that's a little bit of a pain. Holding down the pilot valve on the stove front while using a lighter to get the pilot is a little awkward and is easier if two people do it together.
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On ours you move the knob to the "pilot" position and light the pilot which will be in the bottom near the burner. The turn the temperature knob up and it works just like a home oven but smaller
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Old 04-28-2014, 07:32 AM   #7
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What do you light it with matches or that long lighter thing? Sorry to be so technical. Haha
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Either, but I think a long lighter is easier.
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Ours has a pilot. Light it and forget it. Use it every day... less when hot outside. We are both foodies so use it like we are at home
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What is the best method for lighting it? If I can figure out how to use it, I would use it a lot.
Open door, get a long lighty thing, put your head down low so you can see the pilot lighting area, reach up with your other hand and move the dial to "pilot" and push it in. While holding that in, start the lighter which, if it is like mine, takes a few tries. Place the flame near the pilot area hoping that it will light. About now, your bifocals will start to slip down your nose and your left arm will start to cramp. I personally find it physically challenging to control the knob AND actually see the pilot light. Short arms, or a stiff back or both, I am not sure. Stick with it and everything will be fine.

I say it is a two man job, or at least a man and a woman.

We do use our oven and would not be without one.
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our airstream....we love the oven....bout our new unit in november...have baked pizza successfully directly on the rack....also cheeze bread, garlic bread, and a casserole....so far for us, it seems to pretty much work all the same as a conventional oven,....i have not yet found the need to put anything in it like a pizza stone to help diffuse the heat.

for us, we have to hold that knob in to light the pilot and the key to success is to hold that knob in, light the pilot, BUT KEEP HOLDING THE KNOB down for like a solid 60 seconds - which feels like an hour sitting there holding it down....then once let go the pilot should remain and all is well...if you let go "too soon" then the pilot will not remain lit.
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I find if I turn the knob to "pilot" and leave it there for 20-30 seconds, it will light immediately the first time, everytime.
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That is what I read that is you don't hold it down long enough it won't light.
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:45 AM   #14
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I think I will practice today.
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our airstream....we love the oven....bout our new unit in november...have baked pizza successfully directly on the rack....also cheeze bread, garlic bread, and a casserole....so far for us, it seems to pretty much work all the same as a conventional oven,....i have not yet found the need to put anything in it like a pizza stone to help diffuse the heat.

for us, we have to hold that knob in to light the pilot and the key to success is to hold that knob in, light the pilot, BUT KEEP HOLDING THE KNOB down for like a solid 60 seconds - which feels like an hour sitting there holding it down....then once let go the pilot should remain and all is well...if you let go "too soon" then the pilot will not remain lit.
Tell me it isn't so! In 2014, they are still supplying ovens that you have to light manually?? Haven't they heard that in the 21st century electronic ignition is as normal as cell phones?

One question re. using an RV oven for pizza. What kind of maximum temperatures do the propane ovens reach?
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Tell me it isn't so! In 2014, they are still supplying ovens that you have to light manually?? Haven't they heard that in the 21st century electronic ignition is as normal as cell phones?

One question re. using an RV oven for pizza. What kind of maximum temperatures do the propane ovens reach?
On home ovens they use a glow bar ignition system for the ovens, and it takes 400 watts of electrical power to run it. That is not practical on an RV oven. The spark ignition systems used on refrigerators and water heaters is much more difficult to make work on an oven because of the way it is fired and the heat involved at the burner. So, the old pilot light system still is around and probably will be for a good bit of time.

The propane oven will run 500 F or more.
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I've found that if you turn the knob to "pilot", push and hold, and light the pilot, yes you need to hold it for 20-30 seconds or so. However, immediately after the pilot lights, pull your hand out and turn the knob up to 250 degrees or more. The burner lights, and no need to hold for another 20 seconds. At least that's what I've found...
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Open door, get a long lighty thing, put your head down low so you can see the pilot lighting area, reach up with your other hand and move the dial to "pilot" and push it in. While holding that in, start the lighter which, if it is like mine, takes a few tries. Place the flame near the pilot area hoping that it will light. About now, your bifocals will start to slip down your nose and your left arm will start to cramp. I personally find it physically challenging to control the knob AND actually see the pilot light. Short arms, or a stiff back or both, I am not sure. Stick with it and everything will be fine.

I say it is a two man job, or at least a man and a woman.

We do use our oven and would not be without one.
I had to laugh reading this one. I know the situation well. WE use our quite a bit as well.
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We used ours ..... for storage. We did use for its intended purpose once. It worked fine, but it is small. Our current AS did not come with an over, but rather a microwave/convection. That seems to get more use and we like the extra drawer space in not having the oven. Our first cook choice is our Weber gas grill,
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Tell me it isn't so! In 2014, they are still supplying ovens that you have to light manually?? Haven't they heard that in the 21st century electronic ignition is as normal as cell phones?

One question re. using an RV oven for pizza. What kind of maximum temperatures do the propane ovens reach?

I think the original poster has a 2000 year Airstream. And yes, we have a 2009 fancy yacht oven by Princess and I have to light it manually. I sit on the floor and hold down the pilot button. Our cook top is electronic ignition but not the oven.


It is worth getting friendly with your oven.....some really nice tasting things can be made there. Paula
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