Is it too late to save the gas oven?

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Additional Hair

Is it too late to save the gas oven?

I have just asked Rangemaster what they have in their range that have L.P.G. ovens (unfortunately I live in the country and cannot get town gas.

This was the reply:- “Currently the Models available with LPG ovens are as follows. Classic 90 or 110 (Standard, not Deluxe),Rangemaster 90 or 110
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While I'm not 100% sure if/when it will be happening but I believe we are beginning to phase out the all gas models in favour of the Duel Fuel cookers that can be converted between Nat Gas and LPG as and when required.”

So, they are offering me only four models, and in the future no one will be able to buy a cooker with an LPG oven as they are all to be replaced with electric fan ovens! I don't know why I am surprised as Belling, Baumatic, Bosch, Cannon, Stoves, Britannia, etc. don't even offer LPG ovens. Some of them already offer no gas ovens at all.

Why are the country dwellers being singled out? I am not sure we are, I suggest the town gas ovens will go the same way!

What is going on? Have we really been fooled into thinking electricity is better cooking? Are we really a nation of warmers and not cooks? I can't believe it. What can we do?

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JAMES

Gas Ovens.

Personally, I always go for an electric fan oven. Would never go for a gas one.

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Additional Hair

Why I want gas

I do cook with an electric fan oven when I am away in my holiday home, and I find time and time again that roast meat is less succulent, cakes are not so moist and you really cannot make a creamy rice pudding the same way in an electric oven. The oven itself gets dirty quickly because the fan throws the fat around and there are no heat zones, therefore it is difficult to cook a whole meal, (meat in the middle, roast potatoes in the top, pudding in the bottom), therefore saving fuel. As you see even on holiday (three months of every year) I am not a part time cook, so have loads of experience. I just want to save the gas oven for those of use that want them.

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Liz from Cumbria

Gas ovens

The only gas oven I have ever cooked in was my grandmother's (and I didn't do much cooking in that!) My mother always had an electric oven so that was my choice right from the start because it was what I was most familiar with. I found my first fan oven quite daunting initially but got used to it and now, my current oven gives me the choice of fan or conventional and I love having the choice. Some of my friends definitely prefer a gas oven though.

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John S.

Gas Ovens.

The only major difference between a natural gas and LPG cooker is the size of the burner orifices, the LPG orifice is much smaller in diameter as LPG has a much higher thermal efficiency than natural gas, conversion is quick and low cost, a matter of changing the orifices and maybe adjusting the regulator if required, they may be able to use the orifices from your old cooker if you got a natural gas cooker, worth asking about.

I personally would not have a LPG cooker or any other LPG appliance in my home , I liken it to sitting on a time bomb, LPG is heavier than air and in the event of a leak it lays close to the ground, it does have an odour but because it's laying down low you can't smell it, all it takes is a spark and up it goes, you and your house with it, in your shoes, I would bite the bullet an go electric.

I do have LPG on my sailboat but thats not too bad as there is always a flow of air through the cabin and the Gas would not get a chance to accumulate.

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John S.

Gas cookers

Just re-read your post Re. paragraph three:

While I'm not 100% sure if/when it will be happening but I believe we are beginning to phase out the all gas models in favour of the Duel Fuel cookers that can be converted between Nat Gas and LPG as and when required.”

This is possible with any gas appliance right now as I pointed out in my previous post.

A dual fuel cooker is one with both gas and electric, electric usually being the oven.

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Additional Hair

Phasing out of gas ovens

Thanks every one for your help, but the point I am trying to make is that the choices are fast being limited for any kind of gas oven. Gas hobs are really popular, but ovens do not appear to be, so duel fuel (gas hob and electric oven) are easy to get. What I don't understand is peoples preference for electric ovens, I do not mean any insult by this, I think it is a lack of experience and really good marketing has made electricity more purchased, and this is a shame, as I genuinely believe, gas to be a better all round choice as I have said previously.

Gas hobs are really popular so lots of people are choosing to cook with them, buying duel fuel cookers. But what about those of us who like using a gas oven? The manufacturers are doing away with them, so that all gas cookers will be a thing of the past! I know I could buy one now, even though complicating things by needing LPG limits the choice even more. The problem is that all the new more modern models are duel fuel, or all electric. So I suppose that once the new induction hob takes off we can say good by to the gas hob as well!

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Additional Hair

Gas is not dangerous

I would like to say that Liquid Propane Gas is no more dangerous than town gas in the home. Both are heavily stenched, and the nose is a really sensitive organ. In all my years with the Fire Brigade taking emergency calls I only heard of one gas explosion, and that was a gas main, in a high street. In my training I was told though, that LPG was more prone to accidents in boats and caravans, due to the movement involved in the pipe work (usually cause by lack of maintainance) and the low lying compartments collecting the gas. So please do not use danger as a reason not to cook with gas.

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JAMES

Gas.

" What I don't understand is peoples preference for electric ovens, I do not mean any insult by this, I think it is a lack of experience and really good marketing has made electricity more purchased, and this is a shame, as I genuinely believe, gas to be a better all round choice as I have said previously."

I think that is a little rude, I prefer electric ovens, if you don't, then fine, but don't tell me Im inexperienced and wrong....

I'd NEVER have a gas oven fitted, if I bought a property with one, it would be taken out.

At the end of the day, manufacturers would still make them if people were still buying them.

I do not mind gas rings, but also, would rather have anything else in all honesty.

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Nausea Bagwash

gas v electric cookers.

Having used both LPG, natural gas and electricity over many years of cooking, I wouldn't give an electric cooker house room.

Gas of any sort is only as dangerous as the person operating it. I worked for many years for the emergency service of a gas company both before and after privatisation and I never dealt with an incident (explosion, fumes, fatality, etc.,) that wasn't caused by the negligence of the consumer or the (private) installer. I've also cooked and lived in houses which used LPG and the above applies - it is only as dangerous as the person using it.

No gas appliance, whether LPG or natural gas, should be operated in a room with inadequate ventilation.

 
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