Saturday, 31 July 2010

Dolly Oven

When the concerns arose last year regarding fumes being given off from vinyl during heating when curing the Genesis Heatset Paints I wanted to get a small stand alone oven that I could use for my dolly art only.  The first oven I got was a Tefal mini oven which turned out to be a bit of a disaster, it cremated the tea towels on the baking trays within 3 uses and burned the trays as well before long.  Which was really irritating. 

The main problem I found with the mini ovens is where the heating elements are placed,  either in bars placed on the bottom of the oven or on the top, or in some cases... both!   But these elements are usually exposed, which is fine when you are cooking food you want to go brown... but not really good for heating a kit evenly.  

I do have to say though that the mini oven did come in very handy for keeping me warm during a particularly cold craft fair... we ended up switching it on, heating it up and then opening the door and standing in front of it to defrost.

I was very lucky to receive a new Mini Oven from my parents in law for my birthday, this one is a Combination Oven, so it can be a convection oven, a microwave or a grill or a combination .  Very handy!

It has a large internal cooking space so can take quite big kits, I managed to bake an Arianna kit in it quite happily. The elements to this oven are completely concealed within the walls of the oven so there's no problem of heating elements being too close to the kit and the temperature maintenance of the oven is very reliable and accurate.   All in all after having this oven for over a year I would recommend it very highly as a suitable oven for reborning.


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