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A cooker is a Freestanding product that includes an oven and a hob. This may seem obvious but many search for an oven when they actually require a cooker.

Range cookers are available in a wide range of sizes, from 800mm to 1500mm wide. Generally they are 600mm deep but always check first if this dimension is critical.

There are also a variety of styles available. Most manufacturers offer both traditional and contemporary designs often with solid door and ‘porthole’ doors available.

Many range cookers have a greater oven capacity than Built In ovens. Some Smeg and Britannia models for example have a capacity of almost 80 litres as opposed to regular ovens that vary from 50 to 74 litres.

Standard cooker widths vary from 500mm to 600mm wide. Generally they are 600mm deep overall. Again, always check first if this dimension is critical.
Some standard cookers have a greater oven capacity than Built In ovens.
Standard and Range cookers are offered in different fuel types and combinations:

Dual fuel

   This is the most popular option giving the best of both fuel options.The oven(s) are electric and the hob gas.

All Electric

   Both the oven(s) and hob are electric. The hob could be induction, ceramic or solid plate.

All Gas

   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.

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.

Additional information.

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.
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.


   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 cooker 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 cooker 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 cooker.
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.

Energy Efficiency

   Cameo Kitchens will display energy efficiency ratings whenever one is available.
The majority of Built In appliances have energy efficiency ratings. The only ones that do not are: hobs, hoods, steam ovens and microwaves. The ratings are in alphabetical form. The best is A (sometimes even AAA+) and the poorest is G. Double ovens will have two ratings, one for the top oven and one for the bottom oven. Of late some manufacturers have taken to expressing efficiency as a percentage better than A. For example A-30 is 30% more efficient than A and usually equal to A+++.
Please call our helpline for the latest information and energy efficient models.

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.

Avoid common ordering and installation errors....

  • Allow enough room for the doors to open fully, especially when fitted with telescopic shelves.
  • Make sure you have ordered the correct colour code.
  • Be sure which combination of fuel types you need.
  • These ovens are intended for domestic use only otherwise the warranty will be invalid.
  • Gas cookers must only be installed by a GAS SAFE (formerly CORGI) registered fitter.
  • Ensure there is a gas supply, if required, to the kitchen before ordering.
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