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Difference Between Oven and Convection Oven

Oven vs Convection Oven

An oven is a chamber or an enclosed compartment that is thermally insulated for heating, baking, or drying substances. Ovens are commonly used to cook, but there are special-purpose ovens that exist. One of these special-purpose ovens is the furnace which is used for forging, and another are kilns which are used for pottery.

The earliest use of ovens was found in Central Europe 29,000 BC. They were used for roasting mammoths. And in 3200 BC, around the settlement of the Indus Valley, they were used to build the main sewers made out of baked bricks. Thanks to inventors, improvements have been made to ovens from wood, iron, coal, gas, and electric. The wood stoves saw the improvement of ventilating smoke and the addition of fire chambers. Cast-iron stoves saw service in the 1700s and further improvement in ventilation included a chimney. Sources of heat changed over time as well. Coal stoves were introduced in 1833. And in the 1920s, gas stoves were found in most households with top burners and interior ovens.

Electrical versions of ovens appeared in late 19th century. One of the major improvements in ovens is the invention of resistor heating coils which turns electric current into heat. The latest advancement in the cooking strategy of ovens is the microwave oven. The microwave oven is the byproduct of another technology, radar. A microwave oven uses a magnetron, a tube that produces microwaves. These microwaves are used to excite the molecules of an object which causes friction and produces heat. These ovens, which do not rely on air circulation and fans to cook and trap the heat with the walls of the appliance, are under one type of oven. They are sometimes called conventional ovens.
The second type of oven, the convection oven, uses air circulation to facilitate and control the heat being generated with the use of gas or liquid. The first convection oven was developed in 1945; it was called the Maxon Oven. Designs were changed throughout its history like conventional ovens. A convection oven uses fans to force air movement throughout the chamber. The hot air is being pushed around the food and ensures it is cooked evenly on all sides. This also makes a convection oven cook food much faster than the conventional oven and at lower temperatures. It also makes food much tastier, like meat being juicier if cooked in a convection oven rather than the conventional one.

Some of these ovens have filters to prevent the smell of the food from permeating another. While convection ovens look superior to conventional ovens in terms of cooking capabilities, they also have their own disadvantages. One of the disadvantages of a convection oven is that it is costlier than a conventional oven. Another disadvantage is that you might not be able to follow the instructions on a recipe properly. This is because the cooking time in a convection oven has a shorter cooking time and can cook at lower temperatures. However, this shortcoming can be overcome by experimenting and adjusting the cooking method of the recipe.


1.Conventional ovens rely more on radiating heat for cooking rather than circumventing the hot air around the object.
2.There are more types of conventional ovens than convection ovens.
3.Convection ovens can cook faster and more efficiently than a conventional oven; however, it is pricier, and some recipes need to be adjusted to cook the food properly.

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