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oven that is a 'drawer'. Has anyone used one ??

I thought about posting this in the housing forum but thought that a bunch of foodies would be more able to answer my questions....

We moved into our place last week and have an old Siemens oven that opens like a big drawer. so you pretty much put food in from the top or try to get it in from the side (without burning yourself).
I haven't tried to cook anything major yet but did a few 'tests' with pizza, part baked bread and a lasagna.... all of which were disasters. Now I am a pretty cook normally so I am guessing its the oven.. !?!

If I tried to make anything that included 2 dishes I would have to remove the top on to be able to access the bottom one ( there is a kind of support that you put the racks into) and that is going to mess up with the cooking temps... or to try to slide the bottom tray out f the side I risk some serious burns.....

Has anyone got / worked with an oven like this... I am going to try some other things today but its hard to keep the temp which I guess is why half my pizza was cooked/burnt and the bottom was soggy..... does anyone have any tips / advice ??
My landlord tried to convince me its a 'good working' oven and whilst yes it does get hot and will cook things its pretty bad. And looks like it was installed in the 1950's.
I told my husband if he doesn't get the landlord to change it I was only even going to cook things in pans...... which as my husband LOVES beef pies, cheese scones and gooey sponge cakes did not go down too well...
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Re: oven that is a 'drawer'. Has anyone used one ??

We used to have just such an oven in the flat which we owned in Germany but didn't really have any problems with it (was from Siemens). It performed really well - especially with the fan-assisted functionThe only thing that bugged me was having to take things out from the side. If I was to install an oven by myself then I would always opt for one that you can access from the front.
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Re: oven that is a 'drawer'. Has anyone used one ??

did you master taking things from the side ? I just worry about spilling sauces etc if I am cooking something like a joint of beef with juices...
I made a quiche and realized just as I was about to put it in that I needed to tilt the tray to hook it in and lost half my quiche filling..... it did cook well but so did the filling that spilled on the tray !!
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Re: oven that is a 'drawer'. Has anyone used one ??

Sorry, I've never used one so can not help directly...

Googling for "drawer oven" gives me a lot of microwaves, and combination convection and microwave things. Your description about what happened with your pizza makes me wonder if perhaps your oven is one of these combo things, and whether you're sure the setting was right?

In any case, since your landlord is sure it is working properly, maybe invite him around for some baked goodies, of course, with him showing you how the oven is supposed to work before the goodies can be completed.
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Re: oven that is a 'drawer'. Has anyone used one ??

Your landlord is obliged to tell you how it works. In our case, we have a gas oven which is pretty old and we insisted that they send somebody in to show us that it works ok. The rental agency arranged somebody to come over and give us a demo.

Also, it would be worthwhile to search in Google with the model number for a user manual & that might tell you a few tips/tricks or a few do's and don'ts. One thing is , if it is that old as you say, you might not find one on the net. Other & the most likely is - you will get manuals only in German or French.

I would also suggest looking in the Siemens website and selecting UK/US to find a close enough model and get that user manual. We did that for our dishwasher

Best of luck.
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Re: oven that is a 'drawer'. Has anyone used one ??

My friend has one of these ovens and I have done quite abit of cooking in it. It takes a little getting used to but its okay. I've worked out to sort the cooking shelves out before I turn it on. We've had full roast dinners, stews, pies and pizzas in there. I've always used the fan option on it too. Good oven gloves are a must and an extra pair of hands to help. Bon appetite.
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Re: oven that is a 'drawer'. Has anyone used one ??

We have one of those here in our flat in Lausanne. A very old Siemens 'drawer' style oven. I was totally flummoxed when we first arrived as I had never seen one before.

I find I just burn myself if I attempt to take anything out via the sides.

I can layer up three shelves of cooking, but if I want to check the bottom shelf, I just have to take out the top two. Took some getting used to, but I have mastered cooking roasts etc. now.
I just have to make sure there is always clear counter space to put the upper oven trays onto when checking the bottom tray.
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Re: oven that is a 'drawer'. Has anyone used one ??

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did you master taking things from the side ? I just worry about spilling sauces etc if I am cooking something like a joint of beef with juices...
I made a quiche and realized just as I was about to put it in that I needed to tilt the tray to hook it in and lost half my quiche filling..... it did cook well but so did the filling that spilled on the tray !!
Well more I less, I did. Just make sure that you have really good oven mitts that cover your wrists; I burned my hand a few times on it. Things can be a bit awkward when taking out a roasting dish/pan, as you initially only have one hand to slide it out intially. Apart from that though, our oven was great.
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Re: oven that is a 'drawer'. Has anyone used one ??

Thank you for the replies..... I did get a basic user manual and was cooking with the fan but the air didn't appear to be circulating properly to ensure all the pizza was cooked, It was on the wire tray so shouldn't normally be a problem. I am just doing the list of things wrong/comparing it to the list we got at the handover and hubby is going to request a new oven and we will see what happens. If he says no then I will maybe buy a combo thingy to sit on the counter tops..... I can't spend the next 2/3 years using this.
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