28th Feb 2005

Ovens. Frequently Asked Questions

How do I choose an oven?

When choosing an oven, you have to consider several things including the amount of space available in your kitchen (whether you can fit in a separate built in oven or need an under counter model), the fuel source (gas or electricity) and your cooking habits. Cost is also a factor, but there’s a wide choice of models available and you should be able to find something to suit your budget.

Where can I install a domestic oven?

A A free standing cooker can be slotted in almost anywhere in your kitchen - the only restrictions (from a safety point of view) are that you should avoid placing it next to a doorway or under a window. Built-in ovens can be installed either under the counter top or in a tall housing unit. This makes them much easier to use as you don’t need to bend down every time you need to check or remove food. It also means that you can use the space under the hob to conveniently store pots and pans.

How do I clean my oven?

This depends on the type of oven you have. There are many models available with self-cleaning features such as catalytic liners which absorb fat at high temperatures. These need to be replaced every so often. Pyrolytic self-cleaning ovens burn off fat and stuck on food and leave a pile of ash which can be swept up. The best way to keep your oven clean is to simply wipe it down (once it has cooled) with a mild detergent solution every time you use it.

Where can I buy an oven?

Electrical retailers, DIY stores and department stores usually have the best ranges available if you are able to visit then directly but you can also buy via mail order or online.

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