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Why is there a 1/4" jack in my oven?

That type of connector is commonly used as a socket for a temperature probe that can be inserted into the food (usually meat) to measure its internal temperature instead of the air temperature in the ...
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Why are there ovens with control panel toward the back?

It's much more difficult for a small child to "play with the controls" and turn the stove elements on in that location. Having lived with stoves like this for a long time, I've never burned myself ...
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If my 120 volt toaster oven draws 14 amps on high & my oven draws 12 amps on high, which one would use less electricity to bake a pizza?

The actual power consumption is Watts, not Amps. Watts, for a resistive load such as an oven (toaster or full-size, but not microwave) is essentially Volts x Amps. So the comparison is really: ...
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Why is there a 1/4" jack in my oven?

Temperature probe connection, indeed. Go look up the manual for your oven, or look around the junk drawer in your kitchen for the matching temperature probe.
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Are there LED lamps available for ovens?

As already stated, LEDs can't take the heat. In addition: Many ovens use halogen bulbs instead of "ordinary" incandescent bulbs. These are a type of incandescent light with two key ...
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Do Gas Ovens have actual fires?

TL;DR Danger! It sounds like it is only partially burning. it can be normal to smell gas when the oven starts. Smelling it for more than a minute is an indication of a leak of some sort. If the smell ...
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Do I need to spend extra for a special oven light bulb?

That is pure profiteering for folks silly enough to go to the appliance parts store for a light bulb. Far less expensive at a hardware store, or many other normal stores with lightbulbs. You need an &...
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Do Gas Ovens have actual fires?

Yes, gas ovens light a flame to produce heat. The other answers saying to get this looked at are absolutely correct. Here's a visual demonstration with my own oven, viewed from the under-oven broiler ...
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Do Gas Ovens have actual fires?

In a properly working gas oven, you will definitely see a pattern of blue flame all along the perimeter of the burner, plus an orange-red glow from the electric igniter. These are very distinct. If ...
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Propane stove/oven soot/carbon smell

This sounds very likely a "gas" stove which has not had a propane conversion. Propane is run at a higher pressure than natural gas so all burner orifices must be down sized. Often stoves ...
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Is it ok that an oven circuit's wire is much larger than the oven's wire?

The wiring in your walls and the wiring attached to the appliance are covered by different safety standards, each with their own set of rules and assumptions. (Assuming you are in the US) The wiring ...
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Electric oven is not working since installation. Is it a faulty product or installation issue?

If you had to install a 4-wire supply, you're probably on North America style split phase power. The two power leads provide power in "opposite phases" so double voltage can reach the ...
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Kenmore Elite range safe to use after melting LED bulb?

You'll need to heat the plastic enough to soften it, then unscrew the remaining bulb parts. Turn off the breaker before that second step. As long as plastic remains in the oven it'll stink and could ...
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Why is my oven unable to achieve baking temperatures?

Why is the temperature still rising slowly while I read 0V around the element? Most likely, your oven preheats with both elements. Usually they alternate so you should hear the "click" ...
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What is the difference in electrical need between two-knob and four-knob induction ovens?

Since this is in Germany, I would assume the following (this is a very common situation): Behind the current oven+hob combo, there is a box on the wall with five wires and three-phase service ("...
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Are there LED lamps available for ovens?

Not gonna happen. Can't take the heat. Those consumer products one calls an "LED light bulb" is a built consumer product made of components - case, heat sink, electronics and an array of ...
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How to wire 240v wall oven with only 3 wire (L1, N, PE)

So, it's the (German-made) appliance referring to L1, N, and PE in the Euro-market nomenclature. In North America, a 240V appliance goes to L1 & L2 (North American nomenclature) to get 240V across ...
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Is it possible to use a portable power station to keep a dual-fuel oven turned on during a power outage?

You're probably wasting your time trying to make 240V. While your particular oven happens to be dual-fuel, you can bet that all this oven control circuitry is also used in their all-gas ranges (which ...
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Why are there ovens with control panel toward the back?

It’s an old or perhaps a better word is classic design - there are some advantages like if you spill something it won’t go all over the controls. However disadvantages include having to reach over a ...
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Using 3 wire (2 hot and 1 bare copper wire) for new replacement oven

A ton of conversation in comments, information conflicting between Wolf customer service and the installation manual, etc. To summarize, there are really only two valid possibilities: Oven needs ...
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Are there LED lamps available for ovens?

I think it's unlikely that this is possible. The environment in the oven in quite mild compared with an incandescent lamp, but LEDs, being semiconductor devices generally don't function well above ...
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If my 120 volt toaster oven draws 14 amps on high & my oven draws 12 amps on high, which one would use less electricity to bake a pizza?

You might be getting confused by North American split-phase power, which is quite a headful. The answer is, North American homes get 120V... but twice. The two banks are opposite-phased, so they can ...
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If my 120 volt toaster oven draws 14 amps on high & my oven draws 12 amps on high, which one would use less electricity to bake a pizza?

The answer to this depends partly on what you mean by "bake pizza". Baking a pizza really well from scratch requires stored energy and high temperature, hence people use pizza bricks or ...
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Does the conduit for a wall oven need to be pulled inside the cabinet?

Most likely is that the conduit hanging down the back takes up space, and depending on the cabinet you're installing the oven into there may not be enough space there to allow you to push the oven all ...
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Is it ok that an oven circuit's wire is much larger than the oven's wire?

The oven is UL Listed. If the oven was made of shiplap siding, 2x4 studs, cellulose insulation and wire with a thermal insulating rating of 60C, then UL would make them use #6 wire also :) However ...
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regular oven conversion to support convection

A workable approach: Sell oven on craigslist (or whatever,) buy convection oven. An approach that will invalidate your insurance coverage in the event of a fire related to the oven: Let's slap some ...
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Why are there ovens with control panel toward the back?

In addition to the useful comments already posted, the design prevents accidental turn ons due to leaning up against the stove to stir a pot, etc.
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Bypassing a defective heating element in an oven toaster

Your heating elements are wired in series because it takes two elements to match the voltage of your electricity supply. because they are in series the dead element has disabled its partner. There's ...
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Are there LED lamps available for ovens?

Even if you could, I wouldn't trust that the plastics, solder and semiconductors of an LED lamp wouldn't leach unfriendly chemicals out into the oven's air, and then into the food. There's a reason ...
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What is the difference in electrical need between two-knob and four-knob induction ovens?

Well, on the one hand that is (to me) an odd setup (since the counter continues in front of the cooktop, the cooktop is drop-in, but dropped in on top of the oven and apparently connected to it, an ...
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