Oven Temperatures

Oven settings can be confusing between different scales. Find below  the guidelines for the right oven temperatures.

This chart is only a guide. The last column shows the nearest temperature equivalent to the gas numbers, but most ovens give temperatures in units of 25˚ F, 10˚ C or 20˚ C to make the setting easier. The first scale of settings -slow, moderate, hot- are the terms we used in the USA ; the second one –cool, moderate, hot- are the popular terms we used in the UK . In most European countries, we used a mixture of both -very cool, cool, moderate, hot, very hot- but the temperature intervals are approximately the same.

Oven Settings Fahrenheit Celsius Gas Mark Temperature
very slow
very cool
225˚ to 250˚ 120˚ to 140˚ gas ¼
gas ½
240˚ F - 116˚ C
265˚ F - 130˚ C
slow
cool
275˚ to 300˚ 140˚ to 160˚ gas 1
gas 2
290˚ F - 143˚ C
310˚ F – 155˚ C
moderate 325˚ to 350˚ 160˚ to 180˚ gas 3
gas 4
335˚ F - 168˚ C
355˚ F - 180˚ C
hot
fairly hot
375˚ to 400˚ 180˚ to 200˚ gas 5
gas 6
380˚ F - 193˚ C
400˚ F - 205˚ C
very hot
hot
425˚ to 450˚ 200˚ to 220˚ gas 7
gas 8
425˚ F - 218˚ C
445˚ F – 230˚ C
extremely hot
very hot
475˚ to 500˚ 250˚ gas 9 470˚ F - 243˚ C

Oven temperatures are for conventional ovens. Fan assisted ovens take less time to cook because of the hot air circulation and they usually need a temperature a 20% (approximately 20°-40° F or 10°-20° C) less .