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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 5 years ago

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ChefOno
added over 5 years 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 5 years 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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KitchenKim
added over 5 years 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?

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ChefJune
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added over 5 years ago

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

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Greenstuff
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added over 5 years 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.

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mainecook61
added over 5 years 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.

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inpatskitchen
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added over 5 years 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.

mrslarkin
added over 5 years ago

i keep mine open.

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KitchenKim
added over 5 years 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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Tarragon
added over 5 years ago

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

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Tarragon
added over 5 years ago

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

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HapppyBee
added over 5 years ago

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

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BoulderGalinTokyo
added over 5 years 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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KitchenKim
added over 5 years 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?

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ChefJune
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added about 5 years ago

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

BoulderGalinTokyo
added over 5 years ago

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

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Driver
added about 5 years 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.

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bigpan
added about 5 years 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 !

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Sam1148
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added about 5 years 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.

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susan g
added about 5 years 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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Pegeen
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added about 5 years 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.

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Eric
added over 2 years ago

My GE electric doesn't give me an option...the digital display orders me to CLOSE DOOR before the broiler turns on.

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Sam1148
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added over 2 years ago

I hate pushy appliances.

Nancy
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added over 2 years ago

I usually keep the door open, especially for things that change or finish or may burn quickly...meringues, creme brulee, irregularly shaped bread that I want to toast.

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Charles Watson
added about 2 years ago

I have a Jenn-Air dual fuel. The burner knobs are on the front of the range and directly above the oven door. They are made of plastic with a chrome-looking finish. When I broil with the oven open, the knobs get too hot to touch. after a few times, the finish becomes damaged, then the plastic cracks, making them useless. Replacement knobs cost $15.00 each and there are five of them. I think they recommend leaving the door closed so that the heat won't destroy their cheap plastic knobs.

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