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There is also a wide range of styles available. Most manufacturers offer both Traditional and Contemporary designs and there will also be solid door and ‘porthole’ doors available occasionally.
Range cookers have a greater oven capacity than built in ovens. The average range cooker oven has a capacity of 63 litres, whereas a built in oven is more like to be 55 litres. Some Britannia models have a capacity of almost 80 litres.
These cookers are also offered in different fuel types:
This is the most popular option giving the best of both fuel options. The oven(s) are electric and the hob gas.
Both the oven(s) and hob will be electric. The hob could be solid plate, ceramic or induction.
The oven(s) and hob are gas. Some manufacturers offer LPG versions please check before ordering.
Cast Iron pan supports.
These are considered to be the most durable and are often described as ‘heavy’ pan supports (for obvious reasons). Generally, this type should not be put into a dishwasher for cleaning as they can rust. Hobs with cast iron supports are normally slightly more expensive than models offered with enamelled supports.
Enameled pan supports/burner caps.
These are normally manufactured from mild steel and then enameled. This type can normally be cleaned in a dishwasher. Over a long period of time, the enamel can become brittle and chip off due to the amount of heat generated by the gas burners.
The burner caps will become dull, and this can happen relatively quickly.
Many manufacturers recommend that a gap of 50mm, for gas or dual fuel cookers, is left either side of the appliance. A gap of between 5mm-15mm is normally recommended for all electric cookers. Britannia ranges can be fitted right up to adjacent furniture due to the very high quality insulation on the cooker.
These products are intended for domestic use only. If used in a commercial environment, the warranty will be invalid.
Some cookers have a flame failure device. This feature will automatically shut off the gas supply to the hob if the flame is extinguished for any reason.
Some hobs have an electronic ignition, which will automatically re-ignite the gas if it goes out.
IMPORTANT SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT
Care must be taken when installing range cookers, as there are specific regulations that must be adhered to. There should be a minimum distance between a gas hob and the cooker hood or unit above of 750mm. If the hob is installed adjacent to a tall housing unit, then it should be at least 150mm from that unit. There should also be also be a gap on the other side of the hob of at least 750mm. If the hob is being installed in the gap between 2 tall units, then there must be a space of at least 300mm either side of the hob.
To avoid any confusion (and fires!), gas hobs should always be fitted by a GAS SAFE (formerly CORGI) registered fitter who will be familiar with these installation requirements. It is illegal otherwise.
The Kitchen Appliance Store is a certified member of the Energy Efficiency Endorsement Scheme and pays particular attention to recommending energy efficient products. We display energy efficiency rating whenever they are available. Please call our helpline for the latest information and energy efficient models.
The majority of "built in" appliances have energy efficiency ratings. The only ones that do not are: hobs, hoods and microwaves. The ratings are in alphabetical form. The best is A (sometimes even A+) and the poorest is G. Double ovens will have two ratings, one for the top oven and one for the bottom oven.
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