A recent study showed that 95% of commercial operations in America reported using at least one type of oven. Yet despite using ovens so often, and our society’s dependence on industrial ovens, most people barely know how they work. Try to differentiate a venturi burner from a gas burner, or start talking about the problems with the baso valve, and most people probably want to throw you in a lead furnace rather than hear another word.
So how do we gain the right amount of understanding about ovens — how do we learn enough about commercial ovens, industrial ovens and so on — to use them properly without sinking into an obsessive frenzy?
Luckily, we’ve put together a list that describes some of the most common uses for ovens, that will give you the confidence in talking about ovens that might normally be expected from an industrial burner manufacturer. Without further ado, here’s what we’ve got for you.
- There are more than 6,000 retail bakeries in America, and 2,800 commercial bakeries. Each of these bakeries uses some kind of oven. Convection ovens are common, affordable and use internal fans to allow for even baking.
- Brewing is another common application of ovens, as heating is an essential component of the brewing and sanitation process. Brewing has become a powerful cultural and economic force — the majority of Americans live within 10 miles of a local brewery, and in June 2014, the American brewing industry hit a milestone with 3,000 or more breweries operating simultaneously. Anybody interested in making a foray into the brewer’s art had best familiarize themselves with industrial gas burners and round melters.
- Industrial ovens are often thought of as big ovens intended to produce industrial volumes of heated food. But the term is also used for melting furnaces and other ovens used in various industrial processes. From heating up metal to use in circuit boards, to using entire rooms as ovens to sanitize large equipment, there are many industrial applications for ovens.
- The average homeowner’s understanding of an oven is limited to firing up a few baked potatoes in their domestic oven and calling it a day. However, homeowners are often using ovens in a less recognized form, as part of their backyard grill. With 97.4% of those surveyed describing grills as “the most important” backyard feature, understanding these sorts of ovens may be the most important of all.
Although not everyone is enthusiastic about ovens, it is definitely useful to know as much about them as possible, lest you find yourself in a complicated situation someday involving such a device. When all else fails, talk to an expert. Of course, feel free to comment below with any questions or concerns.