Is it worth spewing a full oven? (1 Viewer)

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Just wondered how many people would spec a full oven in a new motorhome considering there are so many different options for cooking
 
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We use the oven often - have cooked a full Christmas dinner.

I won't buy a Morelo Empire grand because they won't fit a gas oven (something to do with exhaust gases and windows) and I can't use an induction hob (pacemaker).

Although they may not be the only reasons ;)
 
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I couldn't manage at all without my van oven. It takes a lot longer to cook things than the fan assisted oven I have at home but you soon learn to adjust your timings. Don't like it so much in the summer but the van gets toastie in the winter when I have a slow roast going on the oven.
Don't even do roasts at home so won't be doing them in the van.
 
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No oven for us. None of the 4 vans we have had included an oven. I like my slow cooker and no oven means that sometimes we go out to eat.

I do but hot ready roasted chickens from time to time although it is possible to roast a chicken in the slow cooker (and I have).
:)
I had a certain discussion with OH yesterday about slow cookers, he was tidying the kitchen cupboards and asked me why do you need 5 slow cookers? I had to explain to him that they were all different sizes and that one could hold a full size family chicken!! anyways I agreed he could put 3 on Ebay :giggle: But yes I also have one in the van:giggle:(y)
 
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Oven in van gets used regularly, not that I am any sort of cook, mostly to heat up the ready meal lasagne, oven chips, some sort of breaded chicken things, and similar. It's no where as good as the home oven, but without it I'd starve as I'd be stuck cremating stuff on the Cadac. Van oven gets more use than the hob for cooking. Grill however has been used once in 3 years, as that stuff does go on the Cadac. As for the microwave, that I could miss, although it does get used a little when on hook up, mostly to zap some vegetables.

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Don't even do roasts at home so won't be doing them in the van.
By slow roasts I mean stews, casseroles or basically everything chucked in one pot or disposable tray and cooked together. I tried a full roast dinner ONCE in the van and never again!!
 
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One of those questions where there isn’t a right answer Martin. Would I spec one, no. We have always had an oven after moving up to a caravan following a long time tenting then folding camper. However, I can probably count on one hand the number of times we have used the oven. Our last caravan, and previous two Motorhomes all had microwaves, which we used a lot. The current one only has an oven, which is a storage cabinet and used once or twice in nearly four years as an oven. We use the grill part frequently, enough to miss it if we did not have one.
Personally, I think it stems from working shifts that had ‘flexible’ end times, and so many meals spoiling keeping warm that we moved more to bulk prep of frozen meals that were ideal for microwaving. Getting in three or four hours late it could be in the microwave and eaten without a further long wait.
So for us more of a lifestyle thing that has become permanent, a habit we have not grown out of when out on the road. At home we do use the house oven a lot more now. I would have to seriously upgrade my lithium to go electric for cooking, which is unlikely unless Gadget John is right:rofl:.
Yes indeed, this and other threads on "toad" cars, Lithium etc etc just show how personal motorhoming is and that there is never a one size fits all solution, the OP is right to ask of course as all our collective experience/views just might help their decision, even in our van we can't agree as I wasn't bothered about an oven but Jen was adamant and loves it (y) and it's only a crappy little Dometic one but it does work………….eventually;)
 
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Wouldn't be without the gas oven, or pressure cooker. (3l hawkins)
If a microwave had been fitted first resting place would be the bin.
Depends on what you use at home and if on EHU all the time.
If your'e thinking of speccing an oven, the answers there:-YES DO it

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We use the oven often - have cooked a full Christmas dinner.

I won't buy a Morelo Empire grand because they won't fit a gas oven (something to do with exhaust gases and windows) and I can't use an induction hob (pacemaker).

Although they may not be the only reasons ;)
I think it's now more to do the fact that they don't have any gas on board anymore ;) heating is Diesel and all cooking is electric with induction hob as you say, as a side issue Jens Dad had a pacemaker and was told he was OK using induction as long as he didn't lay over it basically. Your other reason may be the same as ours:LOL: and they are too big.
 
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This is our first van without an oven, do we miss it you bet, Love my remoska but don't have a set up where I can use it off grid, gas ovens were brill, we do have a small storage area, otherwise known as a microwave, have used it a handful of times mostly for other people, again not useful unless on hook up. Would remove it if we could get a matching cupboard reinstated.
It all depends on the type of travelling you do, great solar, inverter, battery set up, you could possibly do without if you are mostly off grid, but if mostly on sites maybe not so important.
Oh and heat from oven can dry your hair too 😉 only used once but was a godsend.
we miss the oven most in winter when using the cadac is not always feasable, but we are all differnt, if I had my old skillet I would be a happy bunny.
 
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If you are buying new and one day intend to sell it in the UK, then get an oven.

Even if you don't use it as an oven, it makes a good storage cupboard.
Nearly every UK spec'd M/H comes with an oven as (almost) standard.
Many UK buyers would walk away from a van that does not have an oven.
(An oven was close to the top of my wife's wish list)

FYI - The European model of the same van typically does not have an oven fitted as standard.
 
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Ernesto

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I guess it depends ultimately on your diet plans.
If you plan to eat more “Mediterranean” ie vegetables, fish, grilled meats, then no need for an oven. If you plan to eat traditional British ie roasts, pies or you don’t trust your technique and like to reheat, then spec an oven
 
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We've only ever had an oven in one of the motorhomes we have had. We used it once.
 
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