Downdraft Gas Range
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Downdraft Oven

Downdraft cooktop and range technology is available for range ovens too.

Sometimes, it is necessary to have an oven in a location such as a wall, kitchen island or peninsula because of space limitations or preference that does not allow it to use an updraft ventilation system like a range hood or outside wall vent.  In larger kitchens, it is possible to have two standalone ranges/ovens or even a combination of a wall oven with a cooktop and a standalone oven installed in a kitchen island.  However, ovens cannot be used without some type of ventilation in order to remove cooking odors and smoke any more than cooktops or ranges and in such situations, a downdraft oven is the only answer because a downdraft fan and venting system is better than no exhaust at all.  This is true for gas, electric or dual fuel ovens.  Here, the downdraft system is usually behind the unit and vents downwards into the floor and out of the house from there, with the fan (or fans) being either beneath the flooring or outside the house.

Downdraft ovens usually come as a downdraft range/oven combo that has a cooking surface and perhaps even a grill and deep fryer but they can also come as standalone models.  Most common is a downdraft gas range. Many kitchen professionals and afficianados will prefer a wall oven over a stand alone or slide in but these are usually much more expensive than standalones and more diffilult to repair.  Wall ovens and warming drawers can be elegant space-savers and if they come with cooktops below them, a downdraft ventilation system is a must.  However, both the downdraft oven and cooktop can utilize the same venting with the oven vented into the downdraft vent duct in the middle of the cooktop.  It is important not to onbstuct this opening and to keep the vent clean and associated filter often.

Gas or electric?
Although most purists contend that there is no true "gas convection" oven, they usually have small fans to circulate the air to mimic convection cooking and bake as evenly as possible and speed up cooking time.  Here the gas burners are under the floor plate and the fan or fans are on the rear so they don't affect the flames in any way.  The majority of professional convection ovens are gas even though they do not cook as evenly as electric convection ovens.  This is because gas oven regulator valves kick the oven on and off within a range while electric convection oven regulators are a lot more precise  baking and roasting environment.  People generally consider gas ovens to be more uneven compared to electric but many, including professionals, prefer the results.  This is because of the instant response and precise heat control available from gas.  A popular combination of fuels to get the best of both worlds is gas for the cooktops for fast heat and capacity of an electric convection oven.  A good ventilation system, downdraft or otherwise, is a must with gas and dual fuel ovens because they can end up producing carbon monoxide otherwise.  With today's modern and open kitchen plans, the downdraft oven is a common, practical and attractive fixture any more.

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