How to Program a Rational Combi Oven

/ Commercial Ovens & Ranges, Programming & Operation / September 1

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Rational combi ovens are a vital part of any commercial kitchen. With the capability to cook a bevvy of food products, it’s a mighty multitasker. To help make the cooking, steaming and roasting process easier, Rational combi ovens are programmable, so you can input a multitude of recipes for a streamlined process.

Below are instructions on how to program your Rational combi oven. These steps are for the SelfCooking Center® line of combi ovens.

How to Program Combi-Steamer Mode

The following steps are for setting up a manual cooking program.


  • Step 1—Press the “Prog” button.

  • Step 2—Press the “New” button to make a new cooking program.

  • Step 3—Enter the name of the program. You can make it as general or specific as possible.

  • Step 4—Confirm the name of the program by pressing the letter or central dial.

  • Step 5—Save your new program name by pressing “Store.”

  • Step 6—Select the cooking mode.

  • Step 7—Set cooking parameters like cooking time, cabinet temperature and core temperature. Repeat Steps 6-7 if you’re adding additional program steps.

  • Step 8—If you would like to have audio signals included with the end of each program step, start by pressing the “Function” button in the program step.

  • Step 9—Press the “Settings” button.

  • Step 10—Add the audio signal by pressing the “Audible Signal” button.

  • Step 11—Press the “Back” button to go back to setting up the program.

  • Step 12—Once you have all your steps programmed, save them and then end the program.


How to Program SelfCooking Control® Mode

These programming steps are specifically designed to adapt or copy any of the nine available operating modes on your combi oven.


  • Step 1—Press the “Prog” button.

  • Step 2—Press the “New” button to make a new cooking program.

  • Step 3—Enter the name of the program. You can make it as general or specific as possible.

  • Step 4—Confirm the name of the program by pressing the letter or central dial.

  • Step 5—Save your new program name by pressing “Store.”

  • Step 6—Press the SelfCooking Control® button.

  • Step 7—Select the cooking mode for the program you’re creating based on the type of food item you’ll be cooking.

  • Step 8—Select the preparation type appropriate for the food you’ll be cooking.

  • Step 9—Adjust the browning and temperature (rare to well done) settings using the appropriate sliders.

  • Step 10—Save your settings and program by pressing the “END” button.


How to Create a LevelControl® Program

LevelControl® programs are perfect for when you need to cook different food products at the same time in your Rational combi oven.


  • Step 1—Press the “Prog” button.

  • Step 2—Select “LevelControl” in the menu presented.

  • Step 3—Enter the name of the program.

  • Step 4—Confirm the name of the program by pressing the letter or central dial.

  • Step 5—Save your new program name by pressing “Store.”

  • Step 6—Select the cooking mode.

  • Step 7—Set cooking parameters like cooking time, cabinet temperature and core temperature.

  • Step 8—Save your settings and program by pressing the “END” button.

While the steps are near-identical to the Combi-Steamer Mode programming instructions, these are intended to then be added to the overall LevelControl® program so that you can add all the different cooking programs to one queue.

For further assistance, troubleshooting and cleaning tips, check out our library of Rational manuals for help.

Please contact a local authorized service agent who can help with this specific unit and all your commercial kitchen equipment needs.


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