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Advice On Buying A Cooker
 
# 1 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 10:55
 
 
Hi Folks,

As mentioned elsewhere, it's time to get a new cooker.

I am minded to go for a gas hob and electric oven. Gas ovens can be uneven in their heating, but with a gas hob, if you lower the heat under a sucepan, it reduces immediately.

But they're not like bread -- you can't really try a different one next week if you didn't like this one. So with that in mind, do you have any advice on things to watch for?

Any tips greatly appreciated.
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# 2 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 11:09
 
 
I have a gas hob and wouldn't have anything else. But just as you say gas ovens tend to be uneven in their cooking, so like that I have a fan oven.

But the question for you is what do you use your oven for most? A gas oven will be perfectly fine for roasting meats, braising etc. I love gas ovens for doing things like Pavlova or meringues, they are actually far better for that than the fan oven. But when you are doing things like baking cakes (particularly more delicate things like fruit cakes), pastry work, breads etc then a fan oven is the only way to go.

Also is this a built in job, will your hob be set into a counter with your oven in a a kitchen unit? Or do you need an all in one freestanding piece?

My mother has the most amazing self cleaning oven that actually does clean itself, I will find out the name if you want. You will need a degree in computers to work it, I have on occasion found myself near to tears trying to get the damn thing to come on (it is multi-function and can steam and do all sorts of wonderful things has lots of dials and buttons). I think she bought it in DID on Mountjoy Square
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# 3 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 11:09
 
 
I hate cooking with electric hobs. You have so little control over the heat. Gas all the way.
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# 4 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 11:30
 
 
you could get one of those new ones that only heat the saucepan and avoid the risk of ever burning your hand again. You'd have to buy new saucepans though.
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# 5 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 11:33
 
 
Who burns their hand?
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# 6 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 12:03
 
 
Gas hob and electric fan oven suits me just fine
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# 7 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 12:19
 
 
Someone said :
you could get one of those new ones that only heat the saucepan and avoid the risk of ever burning your hand again. You'd have to buy new saucepans though.

Induction heating, I guess.
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# 8 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 13:03
 
 
Best tip I can give you..

Regardless of which you purchase, do not take their offer off extended warranty..
Take it from someone who sold these products in the past..
Check your house insurance, you are probably already covered if there is a major problem..
The manufacturer will already cover you for a year and ovens are built so well these days they don't warrant the cost of these policies..
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# 9 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 13:17
 
 
Someone said :

Induction heating, I guess.

that's it, my aunt loves hers. Not sure what the benefit is beyond safety though...
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# 10 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 17:02
 
 
I've had several different brands over the years. My newest is about a year and half old. I'm a fairly 'serious' cook. I bake from scratch, roast, braise etc. etc..
I am really happy with the cooker I have now. It's an LG. A brand I had really never heard of before. It had a lot of the features I was looking for.
It's gas of course. Has a 5 burner top/hob. Four of different powers and the fifth is a center oblong burner with a removable griddle.
The oven is gas with the option of convection (fan) or conventional. The broiler/grill is at the top of the oven.

I would buy another in the morning no hesitation.
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# 11 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 18:00
 
 
I have a electric oven at the moment, which took me a little bit of getting used to - but once I got my head around its own settings, warming times, understanding how it treats things as they are being cooked, I adjusted to it well enough and not many worries these days.

The hobs are gas, which I think are great for many reasons - from the increased control over the heating process to the reliability it provides (I onced lived in an area where the electricity went reg. and having gas always ensured some good options and I think that mind setting has certainly stayed with me).
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# 12 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 18:22
 
 
My parents have an electric oven and a gas hob, which I think is great.
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# 13 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 18:33
 
 
If you are going for an electric fan oven, my only advice is get one where you can replace the element from the front rather than the back. Mine has to be lifted out to replace the element at the back and it's a real pain.

I have a double electric oven (top has grill function and regular oven, bottom is fan) and it's grand to cook with. It's a hoover.

But the hob is a ceramic electric hob badged by Powerpoint and it's not great, the heat control is very fiddly.
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# 14 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 21:00
 
 
Someone said :
I hate cooking with electric hobs. You have so little control over the heat. Gas all the way.


of course you have control, or don't you have knobs on hobs where you're from.

1) I have no experience of induction hobs but they sound great. If I was buying a hob I'd look into them.

2) Gas cookers variable in cooking. I haven't heard this before.

3) Pyroclean or self cleaning ovens, these sound like a dream. One of the many household jobs I hate is cleaning the oven.
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# 15 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 21:03
 
 
Someone said :



2) Gas cookers variable in cooking. I haven't heard this before.

Gas ovens, not gas cookers.
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