Thread Number: 75068  /  Tag: Ranges, Stoves, Ovens
Help my thoughts - Old speed ovens
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Post# 988845   3/30/2018 at 15:27 by henene4 (Germany)        

Do you ever have these moments when your brain vaguely remembers something, can't exactly follow that menory up and the terrorises you for hours with that half memory?

Was browsing YouTube and ran across a Frigidaire kitchen appliance add from the 60s.

Then my mind sprung to some conversation on here that mentioned a pretty vintage oven that used microwaves to speed up cooking.
The conversation was about a range oven that had an antenna aranged together with the broil element in the top of the cavity which emitted some radio frequency to reduce cooking times.

But I can't for my life figure out which brand and decade the whole thing was about.

Could any of you help my thoughts along? Or am I finaly going completly insane?

Post# 988848 , Reply# 1   3/30/2018 at 16:17 by westingguelph ()        

I do remember in the mid 60's Westinghouse introduced the "No turn speed broil" that used triple pass electric elements above and below the food to broil steak in half the time. Can't imagine the mess to clean of that afterwards!

Post# 988867 , Reply# 2   3/30/2018 at 18:09 by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
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Post# 988871 , Reply# 3   3/30/2018 at 18:41 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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They were also available without the 2nd floor oven.

Post# 988875 , Reply# 4   3/30/2018 at 19:28 by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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I remember a GE Advantium that was introduced in the early 90's that was able to cook/brown in a fraction of time. Saw a demonstration once at a local dealer and it really worked as the food was cooked perfectly and nobody got sick.

Post# 988882 , Reply# 5   3/30/2018 at 20:19 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
GE made them, John loves them

He has a bunch of them hooked up in the museum kitchen, I wouldn't trade all of them ever made for the little old Hotpoint with fold down units he had!It would take a math major to figure out how much time to bake anything.

Post# 988918 , Reply# 6   3/31/2018 at 04:41 by henene4 (Germany)        
Thank you so much

Was pretty certain it was GE.

Post# 988927 , Reply# 7   3/31/2018 at 07:18 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Best thing since

sliced bread was the waist high broiler, at least on a gas range. Before that they were in the bottom drawer.
Those who enjoyed and could afford a nice steak weekly then had no reason to buy an old gas range.
Magic Chef/Hardwick had their Debutante' upper oven style blanket o' flame broiler. I don't think it could be used as an oven at all??

Post# 988937 , Reply# 8   3/31/2018 at 09:39 by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        

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Oven in the 1980s with that feature - the Microwave was only 600 Watts (wir mussten damals Mikrowellengeräten mit mehr als 600 Watt bei der Post registrieren, ja wirklich)


It worked very well and was quite a speedy little convection oven.

Also had a self-cleaning feature, not just that useless 'continuous clean' trash which never worked.

Post# 988940 , Reply# 9   3/31/2018 at 10:11 by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
GE Advantium, Whirlpool Velos . . .

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 . . . and other halogen/microwave/convection speedcook ovens still exist but they haven't caught on as predicted when the technology was first announced.  They're still expensive and you have to dig deep at each appliance maker's website to find them.


The biggest buzzkill: you have to keep the interior mirror-clean, and that means going after any spurts and spatters right after the mac 'n' cheese comes out of the oven.  According to various testers conducting "real world" situations in which a little food soil is left behind, the performance deteriorates as the walls get dirtier because the halogen cycle depends on both incidental and reflected light.

Post# 988954 , Reply# 10   3/31/2018 at 13:23 by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

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I believe Caloric also made a gas version of this with convection also in the 80s.

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