So in general would it be safe to say, that
Skillets / Hot Plates are best for single sided boards only.. although the surface temperature is uneven..
(ex. http://mightyohm.com/blog/2009/01/diy-p ... -hotplate/ http://www.ntscope.com/Merchant2/mercha ... Code=QK870http://www.sparkfun.com/tutorials/59
Ovens should only be used for 2 sided boards since the the ic components get baked hotter than on a skillet
(BLACK & DECKER, Infrawave Infrared Toaster Ovenhttp://www.sparkfun.com/tutorials/60
Regardless, however, is a closed loop temperature control mandatory? How important is to not just throw the board on/in, but rather have a temperature pid controlling it (Omega CN77000, techFX reflow 3.0, anlagelab pcb, etc)?
What gear is the safest approach?