Can a Toaster Oven Go in an Open Wood Cabinet?

In this brief guide, we will answer the query, ‘Can a Toaster Oven Go in an Open Wood Cabinet?’ and will discuss guidelines to place a toaster oven in a wood cabinet.

Can a Toaster Oven Go in an Open Wood Cabinet?

Yes, a toaster oven can go in an open wood cabinet. Even though certain toaster ovens may be securely stored and used in an open wood cabinet, many of them emit much too much heat to do so. If possible, put a toaster shield on the wood behind and above the toaster oven for further protection.

What is the maximum temperature of a toaster oven?

Toaster ovens may reach 500° and produce a lot of heat, so why would we want to keep one in a wooden cabinet? When I was younger, I accidentally set my mother’s kitchen on fire, which was not a pleasant experience.

Microwaves and toaster ovens are similar in that they are both little versions of your main oven. In contrast to large ovens, which may go as high as 500°, small ovens can frequently go as low as 80°, which is something most large ovens can’t accomplish.

No matter how hot a toaster oven gets inside, we’re more interested in finding out how hot it gets when you take anything out of it. Toaster ovens, except the door handle, are poorly insulated and become very hot on the exterior, even if there are newer versions that do not.

Toaster ovens feature rubber feet to protect the counters, but it’s best to avoid touching the back or sides of the toaster oven while it’s in operation or putting anything on top of it. While using a toaster oven, the cable from a neighboring small kitchen gadget may easily melt and produce sparks, tripping the breaker. Most toaster ovens’ exteriors become approximately 85% as hot as whatever temperature you set them to.

How much room does a toaster oven need for ventilation?

When it comes down to it, a toaster oven is no different from a regular range oven. It’s equipped with shelves, heating coils, and an opening door, and it gets hot. It’s simply a lot more compact now. However, it does not need any additional ventilation, just like your oven.

Even though most kitchens include a vent hood, typically as part of an over-the-stove microwave, they don’t do much. Many people don’t even use an exhaust fan outdoors to get rid of the fumes.

The walls of most toaster ovens, in contrast to those of your large oven, are rather thin and aren’t nearly as well insulated.

Even though they do not need any additional ventilation, they do get much hotter upon contact with the outside air. Because of the insulation provided by a large stove, it is safe to place one between two wooden kitchen cabinets without danger of igniting the whole room.

Excess smoke from inadvertently burning anything, or from searing foods at a high temperature, necessitates ventilation.

Because it’s normal for cheese from a pizza to drop onto the coils of a toaster oven, your toaster oven may emit smoke from time to time. However, your kitchen’s existing ventilation system should work just fine. Simply said, you may make a huge smoky mess by unplugging your toaster oven and leaving it outdoors to cool.

Do you need a heat shield for your under-cabinet toaster oven?

Like a microwave, a toaster oven may be mounted under a kitchen cabinet using an under-cabinet heat guard. The heat guard shields the cabinet’s bottom from the intense heat emitted from the toaster oven’s top, which is common (but not universal) in toaster ovens.

A heat shield isn’t required if you’re just putting a toaster oven on a shelf above a wooden cabinet unless the shelf is dangerously near the top of the toaster oven. Installing an air-tight heat shield may reduce the lifetime of a toaster oven by preventing it from adequately releasing heat.

Are toaster ovens prone to catching on fire?

The simple answer is that they can cause fires even though I’ve never seen one catch fire in my little time on the planet. According to Edgar Snyder and Associate, between 2007 and 2011, toasters and toaster ovens were responsible for approximately $27 million in damage to kitchens and homes.

While it’s true that the toaster’s outside heat may be dangerous, so can food droppings on the interior, especially if the oven is kept too near to a wall, cable, or other combustible material. A toaster oven drip pan may catch fatty items like meats, cheeses, and oils, increasing the risk of a fire starting.

Always keep an eye on the toaster oven while using it, particularly if you have young children in the house. Don’t leave it unattended for more than a minute or two. After that, simply use common sense when it comes to where you put the toaster oven and other household goods.

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In this brief guide, we answered the query, ‘Can a Toaster Oven Go in an Open Wood Cabinet?’ and discussed guidelines to place a toaster oven in a wood cabinet.