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The Science Behind Range Cookers

The Science Behind Range Cookers

17TH JULY 2017

A range cooker can be the main aesthetic feature of a kitchen, but it is a true investment piece, and therefore needs some practical substance to match its exterior style.

The good news is that the function-focused science behind range cookers ensures that you will enjoy a top-rate cooking experience regardless of which model you choose.

Induction Hob

Although induction hobs are powered by electricity, they are not quite the same as run-of-the-mill electric hobs.

An induction hob functions like a powerful electromagnet, and for this reason it will only be compatible with cookware that is made of ferrous metals.

In plain terms, an induction hob technically turns your pan into part of the the cooking element – so when you remove the pan from the zone, the magnetic circuit is broken, and the surface will instantly begin to cool down.

This type of hob works by transferring electrical energy through magnetic induction, which is then converted into heat conduction when a ferrous pan comes into contact with a switched-on zone.

One huge bonus of the induction hob setup is its energy-efficiency: the zone only heats the surface of the pan, which results in minimal energy wastage.

Gas Hob

Gas hobs, on the other hand, work by using flammable gases as their fuel sources. They can be fueled by multiple gases, including butane, natural gas, and propane.

The average modern gas cooker is ignited by a pilot light or an electrical ignition system, once you have opened the corresponding gas valve for the burner you wish to use.

As gas hobs offer a direct heat source, they respond instantly to temperature controls, making them a favourite amongst enthusiast cooks, and a standard in professional kitchens.

A blue flame indicates complete combustion and an efficient burning of gas, whereas a yellow flame is indicative of an incomplete combustion and is usually a sign that your cooker needs servicing.

Triple-Glazed Oven Doors

Triple-glazed oven doors offer higher levels of insulation than the standard double-glazed oven doors that are found on most cookers.

The extra layer keeps the oven doors cool to the touch, and ensures that the unit runs efficiently – saving you money in the long run. Ovens with triple-glazed doors also run more quietly thanks to this extra layer of insulation.

Cast-Iron Pan-Supports

If gas hobs are your preferred choice, there are a number of different materials you can choose for your pan-supports. Unlike enamel, cast-iron pan-supports have more textured surfaces to stop your pans from sliding around. Cast-iron retains heat, which in turn ensures an even distribution of it during cooking.

Browse our range cookers to find the model and fuel option perfect for you.