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  1. #14
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    Yes Blodgett isn't in that group of three I mentioned. The old Blodgett DFG's where a great oven as with the older wolf ovens. These were 30-40 year ovens. And in some schools where sanitation is a priority they are still strong. The newer ones in my opinion are junk. And I fix them everyday and happily so. With all the new gadgets and miles of wiring inside these ovens their claim to fame is efficiency. I can guarantee you the service factor paid far outways the utility costs.

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    > Are you saying Blodgett uses strictly solid state controls?

    Blodgetts were (are?) available with either a digital display temp/timer control board, which are really, really bad, or analog controls with separate temperature board, and separate electromechanical timers.

    In the analog system, it's trivial to troubleshoot the individual, cheap, boards and timers. And those are mostly bulletproof if the cooling air isn't drawn from a nearby fryer.

    Analog parts were cheap enough to carry on every truck, while the digital control was too expensive to carry. And, in my experience, half the time the replacement digital control was borked out of the box.

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    I always hated the Vulcan and Montague door switch positioning at the top. Just guarenteed to burn up and break. And they pass the full motor current through the lever switch.

    Then again, some of the smaller Blodgett ovens used by Bojangles etc, have an *open* relay in the control cabinet to control the motor, right in front of the cooling fan that pulls flour dust into said cabinet from the coating station right next to the oven. You open up the cabinet ad it's nothing but snow.

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    Juan, I'm on the Blodgett DFG series bandwagon too. Their oven design is tried and true for many years. BY FAR the simplest to access for repairs in the controls section.

    As others have stated - stay away from fancy controls. The analog controls previously alluded to is a straight-forward solid state board with a potentiometer (for temp adjustment) and an electronic temp sensor. THAT is the one you want to advise them getting. I believe Blodgett calls it their SOLID STATE INFINITE CONTROLS panel. Avoid the versions with a digital timer.

    Also avoid any of Blodgett's fancier controls, such as:
    • INTELLIHOLD, INTELLIPLUS and INTELLITOUCH CONTROLS
    • CH PRO 3
    • SMARTOUCH CONTROLS


    Others here referred to digital controls. To ME, they're referring to anything having a digital display and/or touch pad (membrane switch) types of user-interface. Everything I said earlier follows those suggestions as the things to avoid.

    Whenever I've approached Blodgett DFG ovens for repairs, I've always appreciated their design for my not having to rearrange the kitchen on the right side of the oven to gain access behind the control panel - since it's all readily accessible simply by removing a quarter panel from the front. The controls section slides out too, making it easier to replace parts behind the control panel.


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    Anyone here remember the old Blodget (I think) oven that used a glass vacuum tube delay device to perform the safety function along with a carborundum HSI? At one point the tube was like $300 and made of unobtanium. Man, am I old or what!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadBozo2315 View Post
    Anyone here remember the old Blodget (I think) oven that used a glass vacuum tube delay device to perform the safety function along with a carborundum HSI? At one point the tube was like $300 and made of unobtanium. Man, am I old or what!
    I saw ONE at a school.
    It wasn't the problem, but made me wonder how it worked and whether it could be tested in a tube tester that grocery stores used to have back in the '60s.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ECtofix View Post
    Juan, I'm on the Blodgett DFG series bandwagon too. Their oven design is tried and true for many years. BY FAR the simplest to access for repairs in the controls section.

    As others have stated - stay away from fancy controls. The analog controls previously alluded to is a straight-forward solid state board with a potentiometer (for temp adjustment) and an electronic temp sensor. THAT is the one you want to advise them getting. I believe Blodgett calls it their SOLID STATE INFINITE CONTROLS panel. Avoid the versions with a digital timer.

    Also avoid any of Blodgett's fancier controls, such as:
    • INTELLIHOLD, INTELLIPLUS and INTELLITOUCH CONTROLS
    • CH PRO 3
    • SMARTOUCH CONTROLS


    Others here referred to digital controls. To ME, they're referring to anything having a digital display and/or touch pad (membrane switch) types of user-interface. Everything I said earlier follows those suggestions as the things to avoid.

    Whenever I've approached Blodgett DFG ovens for repairs, I've always appreciated their design for my not having to rearrange the kitchen on the right side of the oven to gain access behind the control panel - since it's all readily accessible simply by removing a quarter panel from the front. The controls section slides out too, making it easier to replace parts behind the control panel.

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    Most small range convection ovens alway present a problem. I never met one that held up like a full size convection oven.

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    I remember the wolf. I still have a few customers that have these.

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