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Thread: How Long to Bake

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    Boolit Master Grmps's Avatar
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    All countertop oven settings are off. It's a flaw in the design. the temperature will vary with the surrounding (room) temperature. they've been known to be off over 75

    Place a couple thermometers in the middle of the shelf you will bake on and adjust your oven setting until the thermometer reach 400 (IF the thermometers don't agree with each other borrow another thermometer and keep the ones that agree with eachother) It is good to check the setting every time there is a big change in the surrounding temperature.

    Another thing that will help is to cover the bottom of your oven with heat retaining media I use ceramic BBQ briquettes, other use firebrick, chunks of metal, ??? this will help the oven return to 400 faster after opening the door.

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    Remember.......baking a large thermal mass like a cassarole is far different that that tiny thermal mass of boolits we bake. The cheap ovens do just fine with large masses....they suck with small masses!!!!!!!! That is why a convection oven is far superior to a cheap non-convection type.

    Get a convection oven to get best bakes for small thermal masses like boolits. Use a PID controller if you wish. Waste of time if you by a good digital oven like the Oster I have. I get PERFECT bakes at 400F every time digitally. No need for crutch-like bricks and stuff in the bottom of the oven. Just go with the best (spend some $$ up front) and you will not have problems!!!!!!!!!!


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    If you are first starting out you should run several dry runs with your oven and a good thermometer to see how it responds. First will it constantly reach the desired temperature, usually 400 degrees. Second will it hold a constant temperature or does it bounce up and down. If it won't do both of these then you have a bad oven for PC.

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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
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