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Energy-efficient Halogen Infrared Convection Ovens

Updated on October 6, 2014

Our Halogen infrared oven and induction cooktop

Energy-efficient Halogen Infrared Convection Ovens: Introduction

In this hub halogen infrared convection ovens will be discussed as the most energy-efficient replacement for traditional stoves which make use of electrical resistant elements. Combined with an induction cooktop to replace traditional electric burners or gas burners, you will be able to cook your food in a more energy-efficient way for most of the time. We use our halogen infrared convection oven and induction cooktop as often as possible when the conditions are not favourable for using our solar stove and our solar oven.
In the photo you can see our induction cooktop and next to it our Halogen infrared oven.

Halogen Infrared Convection Oven overview

They have a big glass bowl component where the food is put and a lid which houses the electric component on top. The glass bowl makes it possible for you to keep an eye on your chicken all the time while it’s cooking.
The electric component consists of a halogen lamp and fan on the inside and a dial to set the required temperature, as well as a timer.
Halogen ovens heat up very quickly and then switch off, automatically switching on again to keep the temperature at the required level. So there’s a lot of switching going on while you’re cooking food. The fan ensures that the heat is distributed evenly throughout the oven.
Thermal energy transfer takes place by means of all three ways this normally happens: conduction, convection and radiation. (Wikipedia.)

Product specifications of Halogen Ovens

1. The energy ratings of these ovens are virtually the same, rating from 1200W to 1300W.
2. The capacity of the glass bowl is more or less the same for all halogen ovens: 11 litres.
3. Most of them include an extra "extender ring", which comes on top of the glass bowl and extends the capacity by 5 litres.
4. A tong, low and dual rack are standard accessories.
5. A pan and recipes book are included in some models.

What can you cook in a Halogen Infrared Oven?

Anything you would cook in your regular oven can be prepared in a halogen infrared oven. You can bake, broil, roast, barbeque, grill, fry, steam and dehydrate. Furthermore, it’s great for re-heating leftovers and for fast preparation of frozen meals – thawing takes place in minutes.
You can put an entire meal in the oven. The natural juices of the individual foods are sealed in retain their individual flavours. Your meat is placed on a rack and all of the excessive fat drips down to the bottom of the oven.

Energy saved using an infrared oven instead of a conventional oven

A number of factors have to be considered:

1. Energy rating of stoves
Infrared ovens use less electricity. Most of these stoves are rated between 1200W and 1300W, which indicate the maximum amount of energy needed to operate. Traditional wall ovens, on the other hand, are rated from anything between 1500 Watts to 4000 Watts and more - a massive difference. You can plug an infrared oven into any electric outlet, whereas you need a special circuit breaker in the case of a traditional oven.

2. Energy loss
Infrared ovens are compact and the amount of energy which is wasted through the glass is very small as compared to how much is lost in a big traditional oven.

3. Cooking time
Obviously, even though the ratings of infrared ovens are so low as compared to traditional ovens, you won't save any energy if it takes twice as long to cook your food. However, infrared heating is more efficient than traditional element heating as explained above, so the stove will need less time to cook your food.

4. Conclusion
All factors considered, manufacturers claim that you can cook your food to perfection in half the time of a conventional oven. Some claim even less time than that. Even though the claim of up to 85% saving in energy by some manufacturers could be a bit far-fetched, you are going to save on energy - - no question about that. A halogen infrared convection oven is an energy saving appliance.

Nuwave 20322 Pro Digital-Controlled Infrared Tabletop Oven

Nuwave 20322 Pro Digital-Controlled Infrared Tabletop Oven

The Nuwave 20322 Pro Digital-Controlled Infrared Tabletop Oven is the most popular Infrared tabletop oven at Amazon, boasting as many as 600 customers' reviews (average rating: 4.4 rating, which include 430+ Five Stars ratings) (October 2014).
3-inch Extender Ring, 2-inch rack, 10-lnch baking pan Quick and Easy Cooking Guide Cookbook and Instructional DVD included.
Cooks up to a 16 Lb. turkey /141b ham with Extender Ring.
1-year limited warranty.

Demonstration by NuWave Oven: How to cook Perfect Roasted Chicken

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