In September 2015 Bake wave decided to venture into an unchartered territory: Introducing commercial electric convection ovens in the baking industry in Kenya at a time when every baker believed that every electrical oven is a high consumer of power.
I can clearly understand their pain at this point in 2015 since the only ovens predominantly at that time for commercial baking was deck ovens and rotary ovens. Just to clarify further of all the three ovens used for commercial baking in Kenya some can be powered by electricity (100%), others by gas (95%) and electricity ( 5%) and finally for the rotary oven diesel (95%) and electricity ( 8%). They are hybrid models but in these models electricity consumption is negligible.
Gas deck ovens were not common by then, so one had to choose between an electric deck oven (100%) or a diesel rotary oven (hybrid). With deck ovens not improved and well insulated, the power consumption was very high, the only advantage was they were affordable. However, any bakery that could afford a rotary oven which by then was averaging (1.5M- 2.9M) Ksh depending on production capacity, was enjoying the best possible energy-efficient baking since the cost of diesel per liter by then was low. (Rotary ovens use between 2.5L – 4L of diesel per hour depending on capacity of the oven). Their cost of loaf in terms of energy spent was definitely below 0.80ksh (80 cents).
At this time trying to introduce an electric convection oven would definitely be going against the grain. Gas was even more difficult because even today there is a general fear on the use of gas ovens in commercial baking. A part could be because large volumes of gas are needed weekly and handling it could be a challenge. To cut the long story short, in 7 years Bake wave has installed more than 150 commercial electric convection ovens across supermarkets, schools, cake shops, hospitals, etc.
HOW DID THIS NARATIVE CHANGE?
It all began with the first buyer in September 2015. After trying to convince them for almost 1 month that a 14-tray electric convection oven would give you the same quality & baking efficiency as a rotary oven (though half in price & capacity as opposed to a rotary oven). Juja Ecomart Supermarket Kawangware finally decided to give Bakewave a chance.
The magic happened! The oven efficiency was much higher than expected. Producing 140 loaves per hour and electricity consumption of 5 units per hour (125ksh). This was definitely less than 1 ksh just like the rotary oven.
Bakewave installed the entire bakery which included dough mixers, proofer, bread slicer and all baking accessories. We also provided free training on baked products and also recipes.
The project was so successful that 6 months later, Juja Ecomart set up a second bakery in their branch in Uthiru with the convection oven. In 2018 they opened a mega large bakery in their newest branch in Juja town.
The supermarket referred more than 10 clients in a span of 4 years and all have set up. They allowed them to visit their bakeries and learn on the new acquired project with such a high efficiency. It’s important to note that a convection oven is such a modern oven equipped with the latest steaming technology and produces very high products: golden brown color for bread and soft crust.
Another notable client is Joflow bakers in Kawangware. After learning the success story from Juja Ecomart Kawangware he bought his first 14 tray convection oven. To our surprise he came back later in 6 months and bought a second unit at that time each unit was going for 1.2M ksh.
He again came back 3rd time to buy another convection oven but we sat down and advised him to consider a rotary oven since he was producing very large quantities of buns and scones for distribution. We managed to convince him to rotary oven but this time on the basis of quantity of products to be baked. Energy consumption for both convection oven and rotary was same per packet of buns at that time.
In summary these two success stories definitely say something about the commercial convection ovens used verses deck ovens or rotary ovens. Let’s look into the advantages why Bake wave beat the narrative that any commercial 100% electric oven consumes a lot of power. It is because of the following:
Top 7 reasons why convection oven is better:
1. It’s ideal for mid-level baking e.g. 1000 – 2000 loaves or packets per day.
This could be a mini–supermarket, a hot bread or cake shop business, a mini–bread or cake factory, a hospital or a school.
This is because such bakeries described above, produce a variety of products and a convection oven is fast enough and ideal to produce such products.
NB: If your production is lower than this you can consider our 5 tray, 10 tray convection ovens that are available. This will adjust your efficiency to almost that of 14 tray convection oven.
2. Very low power consumption.
Example 14 tray convection oven will produce 140 loaves per hour it will spend 5 units of power.
1 unit of power is 25.00 ksh
5 units of power is 125.00ksh
Therefore: 1 loaf on power alone will cost (125 Ksh × 1 loaf) / 140 loaves = 0.89ksh
It will cost 0.89 ksh to produce a loaf in 14 tray convection oven at 70 loaves per batch of 25minutes baking time.
NB: with the increasing diesel prices in Kenya today. This could be the best efficiency so far. However, a convection oven has a limit on capacity and can only produce a maximum of 1400 loaves per 10 hours of baking. Therefore very large bakeries producing more than 6000 loaves, the rotary oven remains their option for now.
3. Occupies less space
Bakewave’s journey to equip especially mini – supermarkets with bakeries has been challenged by space availability in such outlets. That’s why convection oven was a perfect fit since it occupies less space as compared to both deck and convection ovens.
e.g A 12 tray convection oven with trolley is only 1.2m wide by 1.4m deep and 2m high as compared to a 9 tray deck oven which is 1.6m wide by 0.8m deep and 1.5m high
4. Has the best baking uniformity achieved
This is in comparison to its predecessors: deck ovens and rotary ovens. To understand this more clearly we need to examine how it works.
How a convection oven works:
One of the distinctive working principle is at the availability of the powerful fans inside the baking chamber. The work of these fans is to forcefully circulate hot air (heat) that is emitted from the small heating coils normally 1, 2 or 3 depending on convection oven size.
This way of circulating heat is very efficient and this heat reaches all parts of the oven equally hence very high baking uniformity and lesser baking time is achieved. This leads to lower power consumption or fuel (in case of gas)
It is not easy to achieve the same results in a rotary oven. You will require to do several heat adjustment on the heat levels to achieve this. For the deck oven you will require to master the upper temperature and the lower temperature in a deck and the timing. In overall convection oven is easy to use and control.
5. Very low maintenance
Among the three commercial types of oven that is convection, deck and rotary oven, convection oven has the least maintenance.
Over the years the years the only major maintenance our Bake wave technical team has carried out is cleaning the mesh covering the baking chamber to keep the small holes open to allow the fan to work properly without obstructing air flow.
This can be done by bakers themselves by making sure every day after baking they take a moist cloth and wipe the mesh interior and of the convection oven. This will keep Bakewave technicians away!!!
6. Affordable as compared to rotary oven
A 12 tray Bake wave convection oven with trolley that can produce 80 loaves of bread per batch ( 160 loaves per hour) with tray size( 40cm × 77cm) will cost 1.1M +VAT as compared to a rotary oven of 120 loaves per batch which will cost 1.8M +VAT.
Also note that a convection oven is faster and therefore you might end up with the same quantity as rotary oven per given number of hours.
Commercial convection ovens price in Kenya
|BWC05||5||40||300 + VAT|
|BWC010||10||100||900 + VAT|
|BWC012-T||12||192||1.1M + VAT|
Note: Tray size is 40cm ×77cm
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The convection oven 10 tray is popular for hot bread shops & hotels.
What is the purpose of steam in a hot bread oven?
After loading your batch you will go to the steam timer and set how many seconds you want the oven to steam. When this steam at high temperatures touches your dough it causes an oven spring giving you that well-rounded, tight, turgid well-risen bread shape.
The second impact and the most important is that the crust (the outer visible layer of your baked product) attains a golden brown color and becomes soft
We all know customers will rush to pick the soft golden brown bread products: steam does magic to your bread or bread-related products such as buns, rolls, scones, special bread etc.
Commercial convection ovens due to large powerful fans in the baking chamber heat circulation is highly improved and this reduces baking time. This avoids overbanking.
7. Produces high quality products.
7 years ago when Bake wave rolled out convection ovens one of our clients upgraded from deck oven to convection oven.
It was a hot bread shop and at the same time doing bread supplies to neighboring shops in Syokimau where it is located.
For the first one week, our client had too much difficulty to convince her buyers that she baked that bread in her bakery. Because her buyers thought she bought high-quality loaves elsewhere, repacked then supplied to them. It was unbelievable!
The quality of final baked products from a convection oven is breathtaking. Whether it’s bread, cakes, buns, cons rolls, etc. you will clearly see a distinction.
Why is this possible?
Reasons why a convection oven produces highest quality of baked products.
Most convection ovens are equipped with steaming function so let’s examine the negative effects of over-baking.
- Drives off excess moisture from your baked product making it hard and dry.
- A lot of time taken therefore reduces your overall production target
- Higher electric power consumption for electric ovens and more gas consumption in case of gas ovens.
In a convection oven, you are able to avoid the three challenges above and end up with a high-quality baked product produced at a lower cost.
Check video below for the new highly improved Bakewave 12 tray commercial convection oven and leave your comments below.
Commercial Convection Oven in Kenya;12 Tray with Trolley
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