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Gas hobs

There are many different types of gas hob. The amount of burners can vary between 1 and 6, and the width can vary between 280mm and 1005mm.
Gas hobs can be made of stainless steel, mild steel then enamelled, glass or a combination of metal and glass.
There are also a lot of gas on glass hobs, the bases of which are made of the same (or similar) material as ceramic hobs.
The vast majority of coloured hobs are made of mild steel and then enamelled.
  
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Variations

Apart from the obvious colour choices, there are also various types of pan support available. These can be offered in cast iron, enamelled steel or stainless steel.

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 and have a far more sturdy appearance.

Enamelled pan supports/burner caps

These are normally manufactured from mild steel and then enamelled. 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.
  

Stainless steel pan supports/burner caps.

BEWARE. Stainless steel pan supports will turn blue when heat is applied. Some brands offer these on some of their hobs, but usually offer alternative black pan supports and burner caps for an extra cost.

Gas on glass

   Gas on glass hobs are now extremely popular, being stylish and easy to clean. The base is made of the same (or similar) material as ceramic hobs.
This glass is in fact a very dark red, and is used because it is hard wearing and can cope well with extremes of temperature.

Type of controls

Gas hobs are available with various types of controls and these can be situated on the front or side of the hob. We are often asked for hobs with side controls as it is considered that this style is safer when there are young/small children are in residence. Front controls are preferred by those who are left handed, as side controls are always on the right. Front controls are often specified for special needs installations, as wheelchair users find them more practical.
All gas hobs must 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.
Many ceramic and Induction hobs have no knobs at all as they are touch control and very easy to clean. Some models come with a removable magnetic point and twist control knob giving the best of both worlds.
  
  
  

IMPORTANT SAFETY ADVICE

   Care must be taken when installing gas hobs, 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 at least 650mm, sloping hoods are an exception generally requiring only 450mm. 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 space on the other side of the hob of at least 750mm. If the hob is being installed in the gap between two tall units, then there must be a space of at least 300mm either side of the hob.
To avoid any confusion (and explosions!), 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.


Electric/Ceramic hobs

There are three types of electric hob
  • Solid Plate
  • Ceramic
  • Induction

Solid plate

This type of hob is very common in older kitchens and rental properties due to the indestructible nature of the hob.
The modern version of this type of hob is quicker than the older models but is still relatively slow.

The plates are made of cast-iron, which can rust and are slow to cool down so keep them dry and watch the red dot for indication of residual heat.
  

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Ceramic (not to be confused with induction)

   Best described as an electric heating element concealed under a very special glass. This type of hob is also described as Quicklight, Radiant and Hilite. This type is much quicker than the solid plate hobs of old. The power requirement for these hobs is normally at least 30 amps.
As heat is generated below the glass the surface becomes very hot, any spillage will burn onto the surface but can be easily removed.
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Ceramic touch control or knobs?

There are two types of controls available on ceramic hobs.
Touch control or knobs.
Touch control is now becoming more popular. They are more expensive but are certainly easier to clean. Some touch control hobs also have a timer facility as an option. This enables the user to set a zone to simmer for a period of time then switch off.
     

Induction (not to be confused with ceramic)

Induction is the process by which electric or magnetic forces are created in a circuit by being in proximity to an electric or magnetic field or a varying current without physical contact.

Put simply, this type of hob uses a powerful magnetic field to heat the bottom of a saucepan. The only types of saucepans that will work with an induction hob are those that have a magnetic base. These pans are easily available from major department stores. Buying a really good set is a sound investment.
Induction hobs are very quick! Most Induction hobs will boil water faster than a standard gas ring.
This type of hob will get hot as the pan gets hot as the heat is generated in the pan not the hob.
Do be aware that you cannot use an induction hob if you have a pacemaker fitted! The general school of thought is that the powerful magnetic field will interfere with the rhythm of the pacemaker, and can cause serious health problems.
Most manufacturers insist that induction hobs are not installed above a working drawer. This is to allow sufficient ventilation for the electro-magnets in the base of the hob.
Some larger induction hobs need a power supply of more than 10kw. This is generally not available via a standard domestic consumer unit. Call our experts if you are unsure of the power requirement and consult an electrician to confirm that this amount of power is available.

When all is taken into account induction is the fastest, cleanest cooking around. An induction hob will boil two pints of water twice as fast as a gas hob with very little wasted heat. The heat can be turned down very quickly to avoid boiling over and with up to 15 heat settings they are extremely flexible.
  
  
  
View our range of induction hobs

Induction touch control or knobs?

There are two types of controls available on induction hobs.
Touch control or knobs.
Touch control is the most popular as they provide finer control and are easier to clean. Some touch control hobs also have a timer facility as an option. This enables the user to set a zone to simmer for a period of time then switch off.
Some models come with a removable magnetic point and twist control knob giving the best of both worlds.
Induction hobs often feature bridging that allows two or more zones to become one. This feature is also known as Zoneless, Flexinduction, Contunuum and Maxisense and others.
  
  

Domino Hobs

Avoid common ordering and installation errors....
Domino hobs are often much thicker than worktops. Care must be taken to allow for this fact.
These are normally two ring hobs, which can be combined with other hobs to make a combination of hob types and fuel sources.
Joining strips are often required with these products.



Above is an example of how domino hobs are combined to make up what is essentially a large hob with different types of heat source. In the picture above, three types of hob have been used. A joining strip is often used to join the hobs together although these are not required with the models shown. Not all manufacturers produce domino hobs and not all manufacturers produce joining strips.

Avoid common ordering and installation errors....

  • Gas hobs must only be fitted by a GAS SAFE (formerly CORGI) registered fitter.
  • Remember to check the depth as well as the width.
  • Remember to check the height (thickness) of your hob, especially when used with thin worktops, to ensure sufficient clearance is available below.
  • Induction hobs will only work with compatible saucepans. (If a magnet sticks to the bottom of a pan then it will be OK)
  • Some induction compatible pans are better than others. A good set will heat more quickly and will be more responsive.
  • Some induction hobs require a 40amp feed and all require ventilation below.
  • Some induction hobs will run from a 13amp plug.
  • Some induction hobs require clearance underneath and may prevent the installation of an oven below.
  • A flex without a plug indicates the hob will need to be hard wired in by a qualified electrician.
  • Induction and Ceramic hobs are not usually supplied with a cable and require installation by a qualified electrician.
  • Induction and Ceramic hobs are very tough (the glass was originally developed for the space shuttle), but it is still possible to scratch them in normal use.
  • Make sure you have the correct power feed for the hob.

Cleaning Appliances



We are often asked questions about keeping appliances clean. The most popular question being, How do I stop fingerprints appearing on stainless steel?.
The short answer is You can’t!. That said many manufacturers use anti fingerprint stainless steel so it is far less of an issue than it was.
If baby oil on a soft cloth is used to clean the front of the oven, this will keep them at bay, but will not stop them completely. Another useful aid to cleaning is the E-Cloth. This is a cloth that manufacturers recommend to use on the exterior of ovens etc., particularly stainless steel. These cloths are similar to a face flannel, and are best used slightly damp. Some manufacturers have tried to solve the problem by using a clear lacquer, which coats the steel and protects it from our greasy fingers. This does seem to be effective.
Generally, appliances that are offered in a colour are easier to clean. Often the surfaces are glass and colour is sprayed on the back. However there are still a large number of appliances that have an enamel finish, e.g. hobs and cooker hoods. These are relatively easy to clean, but enamel/painted finishes can chip.

Induction hobs area a revelation when it comes to cleaning. As the hob heats the pan not the hob surface burnt on spillage is no longer a problem. Water is generally all that is needed for cleaning with a soft dry cloth to finish off. A liquid cleaner may be required on occasions.
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