Howdy folks! Welcome to the magical world of NuWave ovens. If you stumbled upon this guide looking for info on NuWave oven parts, you’re at the right place. Enough chat, let’s dive right into this one!
First and foremost, this is not a microwave (you’d be surprised how many people make that mistake). This is a countertop oven, or, more precisely, a countertop oven that uses infrared heat, conduction, and convection to prepare healthy meals with little to no oil. Moreover, with this product, there’s no need to defrost the food or preheat the oven. Just pop the food in, cover using the dome, punch some numbers and watch through the transparent dome how your food browns and sizzles.
This is not the only department where the NuWave oven can help your health. It can be beneficial for your blood pressure by making the power bill smaller by anywhere from 70 to 85 percent. What’s more, it’s able to do it in anywhere between 50 and 70 percent faster than a conventional oven, all the while taking much less space, and being a lot more portable. Before going into details about the parts, it should be noted that the NuWave oven runs at 120V and uses 1500W of power.
List of NuWave Oven Parts
According to the user manual, the main components of the NuWave oven are – the base, liner pan, reversible cooking rack, power head, and transparent dome cover. Additionally, there’s also a digital control panel, as well as analog control dials on the power head. Optionally, you can get a 3-inch extender ring for added cooking space or oven-safe vessels. As a matter of fact, just about any vessel you can put inside your regular oven can be used in the NuWave oven, as well, provided it fits.
The parts are listed in the way they are assembled, so as to make it easier to set the oven up. After each individual part is explained briefly, you’ll see a few tips and tricks regarding general maintenance, safety, and clean-up.
This is pretty much self-explanatory already. The base is the bottom part of the oven and is meant to hold the liner pan. It’s dishwasher safe, but you can just as easily clean it in your sink under a stream of warm water.
It’s next to impossible to find a case of a base needing replacement, especially if the base had been properly maintained. However, if you find yourself in such situation, it’s perfectly possible to find a separate replacement – just make sure it fits the color of your NuWave oven. Depending on the model, there are three variations – white/blue, silver/black and white/red, and all of them cost the same.
The liner pan is designed to fit inside the base, and it can, in turn, fit a number of oven-safe dishes, drip-trays, and whatnots. As the liner pan is enamelled, it’s probably best to wash it under a stream of warm water rather than in a dishwasher with the rest of the parts, just so you avoid abrasion by the high heat and chemicals used for washing.
As far as replacing the pan goes, it’s the same as for the base, just make sure the replacement fits your NuWave oven.
The cooking rack is where the magic happens. As noted, one of the methods the oven cooks is by conduction. In a nutshell, conduction can be explained like this – something hot touches something cold, the cold thing heats. The hot thing here is the rack, and the cold – your food. There are three types of racks in the market – the reversible 1 / 4-inch, 2-inch, and mini-rack. The reversible one comes with the purchase, while the other two are optional. Just like the base, it’s dishwasher safe.
If you need to replace your rack, you can do so, just pay attention to what size you order, as they cost pretty much the same.
The dome is the most interesting and troubling part, as it’s the one that generates the most complaints. It’s made of heat-resistant plastic rather than tempered glass. The manufacturer attributes this to safety concerns, which is reasonable, given it’s a portable product, and a glass dome would make handling it difficult. Also, dropping it could be potentially dangerous. The dome is dishwasher-safe.
Replacing the dome is no bother, as there’s quite a market for replacements due to the dome’s tendency to develop cracks. The manufacturer has fairly recently introduced an apparently improved version of the dome, called the Power Dome. Hopefully, this will make a difference.
The power head is the heart and soul of the NuWave oven. This is where you’ll find the heating element, the infrared rods, and the little motor and specially designed fan, as well as all the wiring needed. For this reason, the power head is the only part of the oven (along with the enameled cooking rack) that is not dishwasher safe. Instead, you should clean it using a damp cloth or rag, and then immediately wipe off excess moisture.
The head holds the patented Infrared rods which make use of far infrared (a region in the infrared spectrum) to heat up and penetrate the food, cooking it on the inside as well as on the outside. This method of cooking helps trap the naturally occurring oils letting excess fat drip away.
The silent motor and specially designed fan circulate the hot air inside the oven, distributing heat evenly and uniformly cooking the food.
There are actually two types of heads – analog and digital, with the former getting the greater portion of complaints. Apparently, if you have an oven with analog power head, prepare yourself to seek a replacement in about two years. An analog power head, like the Power Head Classic, will cost you about one U. S. Grant. Conversely, digital power heads vary in price depending on the availability of a particular color.
As far as the fan and motor are concerned, it is possible to get separate replacements, though you’ll have to dig for a while to find them. However, if your fan breaks, you’ll have to buy the whole fan, as the blades are not sold separately under any conditions.
Digital Control Panel and Analog Control Dials
These components are actually parts of the power head, and they do exactly what it says on the tin. Thanks to the Touch & Go operation, you can control the power level, temperature and cooking time by simply pressing a couple of buttons.
There are no separate replacements for these components; instead, you’ll have to look for an entire power head, which was discussed in the previous section.
The extender ring is an optional piece of equipment whose purpose is to add a measure of versatility, as well as enhance the capacity of your NuWave oven. It sits at 3 inches, and can be used in conjunction with the cooking rack.
Assembling the NuWave Oven
When you assemble the oven, make sure the base is placed on a flat, stable surface, just to be on the safe side and avoid having it slip and drop.
As you set the pan inside the base, make sure the wire handles are placed at the lowest level.
After the liner pan is set, consult the cooking chart or cookbook to see what height is recommended for the dish you wish to prepare, and place it accordingly.
The rack goes inside the liner pan; now, depending on the recommendation for the recipe, you can set the basic dual (reversible) rack to either 1-inch or 4-inch height.
This is the part where the magic happens – put the food directly on the rack. Make sure, though, that if the recipe requires any particular vessels or touches, you follow them just like you would if you were using a conventional oven. Additionally, keep in mind that whatever you put in your regular oven can also fit inside the NuWave.
After you’re done with arranging ingredients, simply put the dome over the food and onto the base, making sure it fits evenly.
Finally, take the power head and gently place it on top of the dome, twisting it clockwise into place. You should hear a pleasant “click” telling you it’s locked.
Using the top-mounted user-interface, select the power level and the cooking time, and the just watch your meal gets brown and crispy on the outside, and moist and juicy on the inside.
Tips & Tricks for Using the NuWave Oven Safely
- Use oven mitts when handling the oven during and after cooking.
- Clean after each use, making sure it’s unplugged before cleaning.
- Make sure the fan has stopped and the dome has cooled before you remove the power head.
- Under no circumstances should you place the power head under water or in the dishwasher.
- Clean only the exterior of the power head, using a damp (not wet) cloth or rag.
- Don’t use abrasive pads or cleaners during clean-up, and avoid putting the enameled rack in the dishwasher, if possible.
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