Review Houseworth Halogen Convection Oven HW-COG12

Discussion in 'Kitchen Appliances, Cookware, Cookbooks & Recipes' started by Yorky, Apr 3, 2017.

  1. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    It took a year of encouragement from friends plus the virtual demise of my 18 year old cheap gas oven to finally get around to buying one of the halogen convection ovens.

    It cost me Bht 1,250.00 (approx. £30.00) about 6 months ago and it was probably the best money I’ve ever spent for a kitchen “utensil”.

    The majority of the build is toughened glass and it is “housed” in a strong plastic stand. The control unit is also plastic and a little on the flimsy side as are the two controls themselves (timer and temperature).

    The unit includes two racks, a high and a low, plus a gadget for removing the racks when they are very hot (the gadget needs a little skill).

    The lead has a European plug (banned here in Thailand) but it is detachable therefore can be substituted with a legitimate cable from another appliance/computer.

    The halogen lamp is turned on and off by a simple thermostat and generates waves of infrared light to heat the air within the heating chamber. A fan then circulates this heated air throughout the chamber to evenly cook the contents of the bowl through convective heat transfer.

    Whereas it is big enough to cook a roast dinner for two people, it is not ideal for cooking for a family. I have not yet attempted to cook a full roast dinner.

    It is said to use more electricity than a conventional oven but as it cooks food in about one third of the time and needs no preheating it should be much cheaper overall.

    The major disadvantage of the unit is the amount of space that it requires. The oven itself is about 400 mm long and the lid, when removed, needs another 350 mm of space (and it will be very hot). Then another 300 mm of space to locate the rack with the cooked food (which is also hot).

    Overall, it appears that it will cook anything that a conventional oven will cook but quicker and therefore more economically.

    If you have the space and the will to experiment I would recommend it.

    Last edited: Apr 3, 2017
  2. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    Cauliflower cheese....

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  3. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    Hassleback potatoes and chicken breast.....

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  4. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    Jacket (baked) potatoes.

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  5. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Thanks for writing all this up @Yorky ! I wish I had the space.... for one.
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  6. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    Marinated pork ribs...

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  7. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    Re-heating potato and chicken pakoras....

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  8. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    Pork kebabs....

  9. Shermie

    Shermie Über Member

    Brighton, MA.
    The food cooked in it looks DELISH!!! :wink:
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  10. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    Pork ribs and roast potatoes both cooked in the halogen oven (separately).

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  11. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    Re-heating a steak and kidley pie.

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  12. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    Cooking sausages.

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  13. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    Fray Bentos steak and kidley pie.

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  14. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    Roast potatoes (5 min parboiled).

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  15. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    Garlic bread.

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