Conveyor Oven

Buying Guide

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Conveyor ovens move food products through a heated chamber at a constant speed. Conveyor belt speeds and temperatures are adjustable for consistent cooking of a high volume of similar products. The food is cooked using forced air impingement, radiant heat, or infrared heat.

Types of Conveyor Ovens


Star 214HX Miniveyor Conveyor Oven

Forced Air, or Impingement - A gas burner or electric element in the back of the oven heats the air. A fan blows the hot air above and below the food. The hot air strikes the food product at high velocities. It blows away the cold air that naturally surrounds a cold food product, bringing the heated air in direct contact with the food product.

This results in rapid heat transfer, even baking, and excellent texture. Forced air impingement technology is the most widely used because it reduces bake times by 20% to 25% compared to non-forced air ovens.




Radiant - Radiant conveyor ovens use heating elements located above and below the conveyor belts. These elements heat the air inside the oven as well as the interior walls, creating radiant heat to cook the food in the manner of conventional ovens.


Star 414HMX Proveyor Conveyor Oven

Infrared - Also use heating elements above and below the conveyor belts. They are typically ceramic elements that actually penetrate organic material, causing the molecules to move which creates friction and energy as heat. This creates a faster cooking time inside and out.

Features to Consider

  • Belt Width: Even similarly-sized models can have different belt widths, so it is important to pay attention to that when you're shopping so the unit you decide on will work with your menu.

  • Dual Belts: Some models may offer more than a single belt, allowing you to simultaneously cook different items. For example, one belt could be toasting subs and the other belt would be cooking pizzas.

  • Control Style: Ranging from simple dials to sophisticated electronic, it's a good idea to think about your menu and needs. Do you need the sophistication and flexibility of electronic controls, or will simpler (and less expensive) dials work for your needs?

Though the pizza segment has benefited from the advantages of conveyor ovens to a greater degree than any other food service segment, conveyor ovens may be used to cook many different products. In fact, almost anything that can be cooked in a conventional oven can be baked in a conveyor oven. About the only qualification, is that the food must be able to fit into the conveyor opening which is typically about 3-4" high.

Comparison

Name Watts/BTU Belt Width Cook Chamber Length Heating Type Controls Best Used For
6600W 16" 29 1/2" Quartz infrared, Calrod Analog Toasting/heating sandwiches, subs, wraps; rapid warming
Name Watts/BTU Belt Width Cook Chamber Length Heating Type Controls Best Used For
1700W/2800W 10 5/16" 16 7/8" Quartz infrared Analog Toasting sandwiches and subs, baking cookies, par-baked pizzas
4000W 14 5/16" 16 7/8" Quartz infrared Analog Toasting sandwiches and subs, baking cookies, par-baked pizzas
5400W 16" 21 1/2" Quartz infrared Analog Light duty fresh dough pizza, par-baked pizza, subs, cookies
6200W 19 3/4" 21 1/2" Quartz infrared Analog Light duty fresh dough pizza, par-baked pizza, subs, cookies
Name Watts/BTU Belt Width Cook Chamber Length Heating Type Controls Best Used For
6400W 18" 24" Air Impingement Digital Medium duty scratch pizzas, baking pretzels, cookies, toasting sandwiches
6400W 18" 24" Air Impingement Digital Medium duty scratch pizzas, baking pretzels, cookies, toasting sandwiches
6400W 18" 24" Air Impingement Digital Medium duty scratch pizzas, baking pretzels, cookies, toasting sandwiches
40,000 BTU 18" 28" Air Impingement Digital Medium duty scratch pizzas, baking pretzels, cookies, toasting sandwiches
Name Watts/BTU Belt Width Cook Chamber Length Heating Type Controls Best Used For
14,400W 20" 20" Air Impingement Digital Medium-heavy duty scratch pizzas, other baking including cookies, pretzels, rolls
14,400W 9 1/2" / 9 1/2" 20" Air Impingement Digital Medium-heavy duty scratch pizzas, other baking including cookies, pretzels, rolls
14,400W 13" / 6 1/2" 20" Air Impingement Digital Medium-heavy duty scratch pizzas, other baking including cookies, pretzels, rolls
14,400W 15" / 4" 20" Air Impingement Digital Medium-heavy duty scratch pizzas, other baking including cookies, pretzels, rolls
14,400W 20" 20" Air Impingement Digital Medium-heavy duty scratch pizzas, other baking including cookies, pretzels, rolls
14,400W 9 1/2" / 9 1/2" 20" Air Impingement Digital Medium-heavy duty scratch pizzas, other baking including cookies, pretzels, rolls
14,400W 13" / 6 1/2" 20" Air Impingement Digital Medium-heavy duty scratch pizzas, other baking including cookies, pretzels, rolls
14,400W 15" / 4" 20" Air Impingement Digital Medium-heavy duty scratch pizzas, other baking including cookies, pretzels, rolls
14,400W 26" 26" Air Impingement Digital Medium-heavy duty scratch pizzas, other baking including cookies, pretzels, rolls
14,400W 12 1/2" / 12 1/2" 26" Air Impingement Digital Medium-heavy duty scratch pizzas, other baking including cookies, pretzels, rolls
14,400W 26" 26" Air Impingement Digital Medium-heavy duty scratch pizzas, other baking including cookies, pretzels, rolls
14,400W 12 1/2" / 12 1/2" 26" Air Impingement Digital Medium-heavy duty scratch pizzas, other baking including cookies, pretzels, rolls
40,000 BTU 18" 28" Air Impingement Digital Medium-heavy duty scratch pizzas, other baking including cookies, pretzels, rolls
10,000W 18" 28" Air Impingement Digital Medium-heavy duty scratch pizzas, other baking including cookies, pretzels, rolls
Lincoln 13011353 Impinger Electric Countertop Conveyor / Pizza Oven 31 inchLincoln Countertop Impinger (CTI) 1300 6000W 16" 20" Air Impingement Analog Medium-heavy duty scratch pizzas, other baking including cookies, pretzels, rolls
Lincoln Countertop Impinger (CTI) Electric Conveyor / Pizza Oven 50 inch with Digital ControlsLincoln Countertop Impinger (CTI) 2500 with Digital Controls 6000W 16" 20" Air Impingement Digital Medium-heavy duty scratch pizzas, other baking including cookies, pretzels, rolls
Name Watts/BTU Belt Width Cook Chamber Length Heating Type Controls Best Used For
120,000 BTU 32" 40" Air Impingement Digital Heavy duty scratch pizzas, other baking including cookies, pretzels, rolls
40,000W 32" 40" Air Impingement Digital Heavy duty scratch pizzas, other baking including cookies, pretzels, rolls
110,000 BTU 32" 40" Air Impingement Digital Heavy duty scratch pizzas, other baking including cookies, pretzels, rolls
22,000W 32" 40" Air Impingement Digital Heavy duty scratch pizzas, other baking including cookies, pretzels, rolls
145,000 BTU 33 1/2" 55" Air Impingement Digital Heavy duty scratch pizzas, other baking including cookies, pretzels, rolls
150,000 BTU 33 1/2" 70" Air Impingement Digital Heavy duty scratch pizzas, other baking including cookies, pretzels, rolls