Toaster Oven vs plastic trucks

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Tb0n3, Jan 8, 2021.

  1. Corn-Fed

    Corn-Fed Light Load Member

    Dec 24, 2016
    Big Clifty, Ky
    So since nobody has mentioned a few of the drivers at my company recommended this new fandangled microwave air fryer convection oven doo dad all in one. Im gonna tell you right now I love the thing it works great its a Galanz 900w microwave. Heat seems to not be a problem in the cabinet and it cooks really well. 20210104_160720.jpg 20210104_172201.jpg
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  3. Tb0n3

    Tb0n3 Road Train Member

    Oct 5, 2012
    Yeah. I had been considering a convection microwave, but I was thinking they were larger.
  4. mud23609

    mud23609 Medium Load Member

    Mar 9, 2015
    Loved my little electric toaster oven when I was otr. Cooked everything from steaks to pizza to fries in it. I put it where the microwave went and would have chosen it over a microwave any day. However, I still wanted my microwave so I built a shelf out of 2x4's over the end of my bed with legs tall enough that my feet fit under it comfortably and strapped my microwave to it. It blocked the tv mount but I didn't have one of those anyway so no worries there.
  5. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Walmart has cheap wood or plastic silicon cutting boards I used as heat shields. Just check all 4 sides around your device and dont forget to check the temp above your device while it is hot. The inside of a truck will burn like a paper bag if something ignites.
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  6. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    Somewhere I have a picture of one of my first trucks with a melted closet/desk thanks to a toaster oven. It didn’t get hot enough to start a fire but it was hot enough to melt and warp the panel and door.
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  7. Finfn1372

    Finfn1372 Road Train Member

    Aug 7, 2014
    Got an Oyster brand,think I payed anout 45 from walmart,no problems.
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  8. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
    When I first started driving, I met a guy that did that with chicken. He secured it to his exhaust manifold. He pulled in next to me at a truckstop and when he raised the hood it sure did smell good. Told me he cooked a lot of things like that. Also said if I tried to warm up a can of Pork 'n Beans like that to make sure to vent the top of the can or else I would have a mess.
  9. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

    Jun 26, 2020
    South Texas
    I thought about the manifold, but I don't know what it would do after six or eight hours. I've got a good remote thermometer. I think I'm gonna rig up something this weekend so I can "cook" a pan of water and watch the temps. Sorry to hijack, OP.
  10. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

    Aug 27, 2017
    How much?

    I've got a couple of rules on appliances like this for the truck. First, you've got to look at amp draw and make sure your inverter can handle it. I've got a 2500 pure sine wave with 4 strong batteries and a Keurig still taxes the system, and it only runs for a couple minutes at a time. I always idle the truck when cooking with an AC appliance.

    You've got to remember that inverters, even with big cable, really heat up the wiring. Make SURE your wiring is done properly, fuses and breakers and terminals need to be high quality or you're gonna smoke something. Just a little corrosion or a bad connection and that makes more heat and will melt 1/0 wiring in a hurry. Ask me how I know!

    Next thing for me is to balance cheap priced appliances I can replace at Walmart while on the road with good enough quality that they won't be power hogs or burn down the truck. If you don't read the amp draw on the bottoms of the appliances you buy you should if you want to cook in the truck. It's almost never printed on the boxes anymore. I've unboxed plenty of crap in the aisle at Walmart. Next thing is sometimes they lie, especially on the really cheap Walmart crap.

    I use a $19 Walmart toaster oven. It gets REALLY hot but I love me some cheese toast or garlic bread now and then. Plus all sorts of frozen breakfast stuff is best in the toaster oven. Build an enclosure with no sides or back touching the interior, 1-2" space at least.
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  11. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

    Aug 27, 2017
    How much amp draw on one of these, or if you don't know, what size inverter do you have? I've been thinking of getting one.
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