Category Archives: Propane Oven/Stove Tops

RV Propane Ovens

pizza stone

The RV propane oven, although it has been around for a long time…certainly does not mean that we can’t improve on its efficiency.  We applaud the designers of this appliance because now we can cook successfully while hitting the roads in our RV.  However, I believe that we can improve its cooking ability so let’s talk about ways we can make this appliance even better.

Did you know that ‘baking stones’ have been around for many thousands of years and have been helping us achieve success in all the many different kinds of kitchens inside or out.  Here is a quick history lesson on ‘baking stones’ from (article source:  http://EzineArticles.com/7001991 ):

The humble baking stone has made a revival in the modern kitchen, but did you know that this piece of cooking equipment has been used for centuries? Perhaps one of the oldest cooking techniques known to man, the history of it can be traced back as far as the Early Paleolithic Age, or between 45,000 and 9,000 years before the arrival of Christ. Archaeologists have found evidence that Stone Age man used stones for grinding starches into fine powder before using the stone to bake food on in a fire pit, the precursor to today’s modern ovens. Read more about this topic at the link above. 

Using our modern day baking stone is a perfect way we can improve our baking in today’s RV Oven.

You can find ‘baking stones’ at any number of commercial outlets but once placed inside your RV oven, you will find that this will allow for better heat distribution which means – baking more evenly. Without this stone, you could be seeing over browning or burning on the bottoms of your baked goods and possibly… not completely baked on the inside.

My recommendations are to place this stone on top of the thin metal shelf directly above the open flame. Do not block the vent holes running down each outer side of the metal shelf for these holes does allow for air circulation.  Also, do not place your baking dish directly on top of this stone because this is now your heat transfer conductor and will cause it to burn…so continue to place your dish on the wire racks, as before. However, you can purchase a second stone to bake cookies, pizza, etc. if you desire but there again, place that second stone on the wire rack above the heat distribution stone.

Unglazed tiles

One other option is to purchase unglazed tiles from a big box store like Home Depot or Lowe’s. Having the tiles touching one another will work as a great conductor of heat… as well as the one large stone as pictured above. The big difference between the two is the price. These individual tiles will cost you under $10 total, whereas the single large stone can cost around $30 or mnore as found in Pampered Chef, for example.  So you do have options.

Another important point I would like to make is….in many of our seasoned (older models) RVs….the metal tray above the flame has an indention…about ¼ of an inch deep. In the newer rigs the RV propane ovens probably will not have that indention. Please make sure that your stone lies completely on the metal shelf and not have it so large that it sits on the outer ledge (where those vent holes are located). It is imperative that your stone/tile(s) be in contact with the metal from side to side. It’s a good idea to measure your indented area before purchasing to prevent the hassle of taking it back for an exchange. Whether round or square is not a problem but we are trying to cover as much of that indented metal area as possible.

While traveling, some RV owners will wrap their baking stone in a towel to prevent possible breaking.  However, should your stone break, do not worry because as long as the pieces are touching …the conduction of heat process is successful.

ARTICLE UPDATE:  I have had two individuals contact me telling me that their Pampered Chef stone did break when put on the metal shelf above the flame.  I know that 2 is not a lot, however, I wanted to pass this info on to you letting you know that it is a possibility, so be aware!


Defrosting RV Refrigerator / Freezer

Are you like me and decided to start my new month off  by taking a good look at my RV Refrigerator/Freezer and making the decision it was time to defrost?  Well,  let’s get right to it…and spend a little time talking about how the defrosting process is done properly. Defrosting RV refrigerator can be done with ease.

It doesn’t matter if you have a Norcold (like mine) or the Dometic brand. These steps will be the same.
Steps for defrosting the RV freezer:

  • Push the ON/OFF button to the OFF position. (You may have a switch that turns, regardless, turn to the off position)
  • Remove all foods.

 

  • Note: If you have a buildup of frost on the fins inside the refrigerator….this will defrost also and you will need to have a large bowl ready outside at the back of your unit to catch the water as it drains out. (you will need to remove the access panel)Backside of RV Refrigerator
  • The Norcold drain tube (top right side photo) rest inside a small drain pan but the water will need to go in a large bowl because the drain pan is too small to hold a significant amount of water.

    Backside  - drain tube

    Dometic backside – drain tube

  •  Dometic has a drain tube (middle right photo) but not a drain pan. The water will go through the tube and out the grill on the back side of the refrigerator.  Make sure that the tube is resting through the grill at all times to
  • avoid water seeping down behind the appliance and causing damage. (bottomphoto)

    Dometic drain hose

    Dometic drain hose

  • Place dry towels inside (on the floor) of the empty freezer for soaking up melted frost.
  •  Placing bowls of warm tap water (not boiling) in the bottom of the freezer (photo on the right) will speed up the defrosting process. Caution: never use high temperature water – warping/melting can occur of the inside walls. Never use a hair blow dryer, any source of fire or sharp tools during defrosting.My RV Refrigerator
  • Once all frost has melted use dry towels to remove all water. Clean inside with warm moist towel with a mild soap. Avoid harsh cleansers of any kind.
  •  Replace all foods and restart your RV refrigerator.
  •  Don’t forget to place the drain tube back into the drain pan on the back side of the unit. (Norcold brand)