So I went to the manufacturing plant today for the XLT ovens in Wichita. They just moved to a newer, larger facility because apparently they’re selling an oven or two. I met with Peter Goodman (VP of sales and marketing) and Gary Goodson(sales manager). These guys went above and beyond the call of duty by sticking around to give me a tour of the place (I didn’t get there till 4:30 and they close at 5). We stayed there until a little after 6 until they’d answered every question I had.
I didn’t know what to expect when I first arrived. However, after looking at these ovens and after they explained to me why they’re better than Lincoln, Middleby, Blodgett, etc. I have to admit I’m now a fan. As a matter of fact, they do trade ins with other ovens and they told me I could trade mine in for one of theirs. I believe them because they’ve got somewhere near 100 MM and Lincoln carcasses pushed off to the side. When I say 100, I’m not exaggerating as there was literally a half football field worth of old ovens waiting to get shipped off to refurbishing shops. Apparently their little trade in idea is working.
The biggest part of their presentation was their explanation of the “balance” of the cook. The fans they use with the blower motors really push the air through there at a substantial pace so that every square inch gets the heat required to cook a pizza properly. One thing I didn’t know was that the back blowers are set at a higher temperature than the front blowers. I always thought that it was all the same but I was apparently mistaken.
Anyway, I just wanted to write about my experience. If anyone gets a chance to swing by the plant I would highly recommend it. As far as purchasing the ovens, it looks like I’m going to try one out at the new store. If it produces as advertised we’re probably going to go with these ovens system-wide. -J_r0kk