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To leave or not to leave the oven door open while broiling?

My friends and I were in a debate as to whom was correct on this answer. Many of our parents left the door open, therefor we did the same. Others thought it was unnecessary, due to the technology of the modern day oven. I personally keep mine open so I can easily keep an eye on the food, to make sure it doesn't burn...open to discussion...

asked by KitchenKim over 1 year ago
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Waffle3
added over 1 year ago


The main reason to leave the door open (aside from being easier to keep an eye on things) is to prevent the oven from overheating and (hopefully) switching itself off.

Secondarily, broiling is the application of direct radiant heat. A super hot oven is often a disadvantage.

I'd be interested in knowing what your opponents thought were these advances in modern oven technology.

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Monita

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added over 1 year ago

Don't think there's any reason to leave the door open while broiling unless you are browning a meringue, which happens quickly so you may need a constant on eye on it

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added over 1 year ago

Thanks for your response Chef Ono. My GE oven is A far cry from a Wolfe or Viking, so I could understand the concern of overheating, but can the higher end ovens take the heat?

Waffle3
added over 1 year ago


New or old, with the door closed and the broiling element on, at some point one of two things will happen -- something will catch on fire or the thermostat will shut off the heat source. Assuming the latter, you're no longer broiling, you're baking at 500F or somewhere north of that. I don't know about anyone else but if I wanted to bake at 500F, I'd have set the oven to "bake" and "500F".

With the door open, (assumedly and in my experience) enough heat will escape so that the broiling element will remain on which is, presumably, what was desired. In a restaurant environment, you'd throw the pan under the salamander to get the same effect -- heat from the top to encourage browning.

That said, I pulled up manuals for current models of both Wolf and GE ovens, both of which give the instruction to "always broil with the door closed". So I dug out the manual for my early 1970's GE and, sure enough, "always broil with the door ajar".

I can't explain the change anymore than why I still have a 1970's oven.

Junechamp
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added over 1 year ago

I still leave the door open. Better safe than sorry.

Chris_in_oslo
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added over 1 year ago

I always left the door open--but those newer ranges, some of them turn off when the door is open. In that case, themeringue is never going to brown.

Imag0055
added over 1 year ago

I have a new oven (GE) and the manual is clear about broiling with the oven door closed. I have to remind myself, because my former (old) oven required an open door. So check the manual.

Dscn3274
added over 1 year ago

My broiler flame actually goes out if I leave the door open after about 30 seconds..so i agree...best to check your manual.

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added over 1 year ago

i keep mine open.

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added over 1 year ago

So now as I plan my dream kitchen, I will make sure to look for a high end range with the ability to broil with the door open, so that can make lovely meringues! Thanks to everyone who helped to end the debate!

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added over 1 year ago

My DACOR oven, 5 years old, comes with instructions to keep door closed while broiling.

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added over 1 year ago

My DACOR oven, 5 years old, comes with instructions to keep door closed while broiling.

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added over 1 year ago

My 10 year old Viking oven manual states to broil with the door in the closed position.

Smokin_tokyo
added over 1 year ago

I have a gas convection oven which doesn't work if the door is cracked open. I usually don't mind but I tried making oven-dried tomatoes, which required an open door but after 9 hours of opening and closing the door on the lowest, I just got tired. So think of what you will cook--steaks?

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added over 1 year ago

Just out of curiosity, is there an option to turn the convection feature off in your oven? If yes, would it allow you to open the oven door while cooking?

Junechamp
ChefJune

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added about 1 year ago

On my JennAir dual-fuel, Convection is not an option when the oven is on Broil.

Smokin_tokyo
added over 1 year ago

No option. But otherwise I love it more than previous electric ovens I have had.

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added about 1 year ago

On newer ovens, there is a high temp limit which protects the electronics of the oven. By leaving the door open, you run the risk of opening that limit and the oven will not work. On gas ovens, leaving the door closed during broil will set off the thermistor prematurely, thus your cooking times and temps will be inaccurate.

Bigpan
added about 1 year ago

I open the front and back door of the house, take out the batteries in the ceiling smoke alarms, then broil with the door open !

Sit2
added about 1 year ago

I don't buy that it would over heat and damage newer ovens. Most newer ovens have a self clean cycle and the heat gets far hotter than any boiling application.
I think it's just lawyer speak for 'we told you so' if someone starts a fire while broiling with the door open and walks away.

Scan0004
added about 1 year ago

My mother's oven(s) was (were) built so that the oven door had a point where it was meant to stay open. My oven door won't stay open unless I hold it -- so they have made their intentions clear.

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added about 1 year ago

I will congenitally burn things under the broiler whether the door is open or not, no matter how intelligent the oven. The only safeguard is another human being to spell me.