Originally Posted by BCnomad
I like my $10 thrift store toaster oven. Fits two pieces toast just fine and fits into my cupboard.
When it dies, I intend to use my small Breville oven. My guess is that the quartz heating elements will survive RV life longer than the traditional elements. I have nothing to back that up with though.
Originally Posted by JStelly
Ditto on the Volcano/propane/Dutch oven combination. It's tough to control the heat even with the volcano diffuser. We use the volcano almost exclusively with charcoal except at high altitudes. BTW the volcano makes a great campfire/outdoor heater using charcoal. Using the handle it can be easily moved anywhere.
We use a Breville oven we found at Bed Bath and Beyond. It's probably bigger than you want and we use it primarily outdoors plugged into the 120v outlet. I haven't tried it yet without shore power and we have the 1500w inverter. Something to try on the next trip.
The problem with a toaster oven combined with an inverter is even if your inverter is large enough to power it, running one for any more time than it takes to make toast will quickly kill your batteries. A 1500 watt toaster oven will draw 125 amps at 12V, using a little over 2 amp hours per minute of use. OK for toast, but tough for baking, cooking a chicken or roast, etc.
Depending on your battery(ies), you will run them down below safe levels (50%) in as little as 20 minutes. Even with a pair of 6V batteries, starting with full batteries gives you a little less than an hour, and that is assuming you don't need power for anything else & have a way to put back the 116 amp hours you took out of them.
I do carry a 2 slice, pop up toaster that I run on my 1000 watt inverter. It draws around 65 amps at 12V for 3 minutes toasting an english muffin, about the same draw as my 5 cup drip coffee maker. If I use both, I'll be down by about 10 amp hours, fairly easy to make up with my 355 watts of solar...