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Commercial Baking Ovens in Kenya: Quality & Price Explained

How to know which quality of oven to buy.

Are you a baker in Kenya and you’re looking to start a cake or bread bakery business? The first thought is, which commercial bakery equipment do I need to achieve my goal?

The obvious and must-have is a commercial oven, among the list of equipment you will come up with. The next step is probably to go online and search for the shop selling the best price or the least possible price for the oven.
But do you consider the quality or the manufacturing specifications like the amount of insulation, warranty, consumption e.t.c?

This blog is written using the new Bakewave single deck oven as a case study.
Sitting at the sales deck of Bakewave Limited I’m amazed at how most buyers will only talk about price throughout our conversation without considering the quality or energy consumption of the ovens. Truth be told is that manufacturers of the equipment all over the world have different standards of manufacturing based on:

i. Regulation by their own countries.
ii. The target client (country)and their regulations.

Bakewave limited having worked for the last 7 years with one of the top of bakery exporters around the world. We had an opportunity to visit the Porlanmaz factory several times and would say the standards are top-notch, no wonder they sell all over the world including USA, India, Europe (at least 100 countries). To cut long story short below is a preview of standards followed by Porlanmaz.

The Porlanmaz Manufacturing Standards
The Porlanmaz Manufacturing Standards
Porlanmaz Engineering Section
Porlanmaz Engineering Section
In photo; Mr. Barongo (Managing Director) to the right, Mr. Muammer Demirci (Director, Porlanmaz Group),and to the far left Simon (Sales Director)
In photo; Mr. Barongo (Managing Director) to the right, Mr. Muammer Demirci (Director, Porlanmaz Group),and to the far left Simon (Sales Director)

The Porlanmaz factory for instance has invested in the latest robotic laser cut technology from Japans’ best engineer from Germany and has constructed a stand-by pure precision factory (sitting on almost one acre of precision equipment) producing small parts including the smallest of nuts and bolts. Talk of very advanced machines for making other machines!

Why did I bring this story up? It is because when Bakewave moved to affordable deck oven segments last year, we had to vet our 30 factories from Guangzhou China so that we continue offering high quality, low consumption, and low maintenance deck ovens of all sizes.

CE Certification
Some of the certifications earned by our manufacturer in Guangzhou, due to attaining high manufacturing standards.
Our manufacturer in China has been ranked the top export agent.
Our manufacturer in China has been ranked the top export agent.

In this article we are focusing on the single deck oven. See below features of the new Bakewave single deck oven (2 tray);

i. Machine size 1220mm*820*575mm.
ii. Chambers size 860mm*640*215mm.
iii. Single phase option 6.6kw.
iv. High-quality stainless-steel interior + extensions.
v. Heat insulated + ergonomic door handle.

The Ergonomic handle
The Two deck oven ergonomic handle - an insulated handle lowering energy loss & therefore consumption of power.

vi.  Efficient + stable heating pipes, durable to last for a long time.
vii. 2 pieces free trays each 600mm*400mm.
viii. 1 year warranty against manufacturers defects.
ix.  Weight – 85kg.
x.   Bakewave stocks all parts example thermocouple, temperature monitor.

The Thermocouple
The Thermocouple
The Temperature Control
The Temperature Control

xi. Easy to operate.
xii. Equipped with bulb inside and glass window on the door for viewing what is baking inside.
xiii. Equipped with a timer.

Wow! These are so many features that Bakewave has put together for you bakers but let me discuss just a few important ones that touch directly on power consumption.

Weight 85kg

Why a single deck oven is this heavy? It is because of the amount of stone wool used for insulation that works to trap heat lost to the surrounding and hence preventing more heat consumption. This ensures also the working environment is conducive and prevents overheating which has adverse effects on a bakers’ health.

Light bulb+ glass + timer

Allows you to check the progress of the baking products without opening the door. Do you know that you can lose up to 20-50% heat depending on how long and often your door is open during baking? This means that your power consumption increases by 20 – 50%.

Ergonomic handle

What most bakers do not know is that an insulated handle:
i. Loses less heat to the surrounding and therefore to the environment
ii. Cannot burn your hands (avoids serious injuries)

Honestly bakers, all these features in an oven! Certainly, this cannot be the cheapest oven in the market but in one year you will save between KSH 30,000 – 50,000 using such energy efficient single deck oven as opposed to light one.

In a place like China, for the single deck oven there are probably more than 10 classes of quality, which is why we as Bakewave are getting you the best. So please bakers before you rush to make decisions based on price please check the standards and especially energy saving features of the oven before making a decision because what is cheap now could end up costing you more in your baking journey.

Please comment below to know the latest price of our deck oven series.

Also you can click here to view the bakewave single deck 2 tray oven

Simon Karinga
Sales Director
BakeWave Ltd

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