flame supervision device (also known as a flame failure device) is essential for any gas cooker. It helps to prevent wastage and, crucially, averts a lot of the hazards that flammable gas can cause.

Gas ovens, gas grills and gas hobs operate by burning a steady supply of gas - this produces the heat that cooks your food. But sometimes, the flame that burns the gas is unexpectedly extinguished (perhaps due to a draught, some spilled liquid, or a momentary interruption of the gas supply). What happens then?

Well, if you have a working flame supervision device or thermocouple, the gas supply will be shut off until you re-ignite the oven. However, if you FSD isn't functioning properly, the gas valve may remain open, in which case the flammable gas will continue to seep into your oven or, worse, your kitchen.

It isn't hard to see why this is an issue. If you want to avoid a dangerous build-up of flammable gas in your kitchen, you must ensure that your gas cooker is fitted with a working flame supervision device (a minimum safety requirement for most gas-burning appliances). If your cooker needs a new FSD, you can purchase one from Cooker Spare Parts - visit our Flame Failure/Thermocouples page now.

A broken oven can cause serious headaches come teatime, robbing you and your family of quite a few meal options. Of course, our wide range of oven spares makes it easy to get everything working again, but while you’re waiting for your replacement parts to arrive, here are a few delicious meals that you can do on the hob. No oven required!

  • Spaghetti Bolognese
    An Italian classic that can be cooked entirely in saucepans. Boil the spaghetti in one pan, cook the sauce in another (recipes vary, but this is a good one), and slap them together for a yummy meal that everyone will enjoy. Vegetarians can use Quorn mince instead of minced beef, while vegans might swap the mince for peppers and use egg-free whole wheat spaghetti.

  • Chilli Con Carne
    Spag bol’s Tex-Mex cousin, if you will. Here’s a recipe for you to follow – chilli con carne is a tasty mixture of mince, diced vegetables, red kidney beans, and sauce. Oh, and you can boil some rice to go with it, too. Again, veggies can replace the mince with something more suitable, although as ‘chilli con carne’ is Spanish for ‘chilli with meat’, you might want to call it something different.

  • Fajitas
    Another one from down Mexico way. This one is simple; just throw some chicken, some peppers, and whatever else you fancy into a frying pan. Then, once everything’s cooked, spoon the mixture into flour tortillas, wrap ‘em up, and enjoy!

Oven failure is a nuisance, but on the upside, such occasions can give you an opportunity to broaden your repertoire a little. Still, if you just want to get your oven working again, bear in mind that we do offer a next day delivery option – your parts will be with you ASAP, and your oven will be up and running again before you know it.

Broadway, Cardiff, near the Cooker Spare Parts shop

While our website allows anyone in the UK and Ireland to purchase parts for their cooker, it's always nice when our local customers pop in to discuss their requirements in person. The Cooker Spare Parts shop is in Roath, just a short walk from the centre of Cardiff; if you live nearby and you don't want to wait around for your cooker spares, feel free to drop by and collect the parts yourself. If we've got them in stock, you can walk away with the replacement parts you need and get your cooker back in action straight away!

Here's our address:

67-69 Broadway
Roath
Cardiff
CF24 1QE

Our trade counter is open from 8.30am until 4pm every weekday except Friday, when we close at 12.30pm. We don't open on weekends, usually because we're elsewhere in town, enjoying everything else that the city of Cardiff has to offer!

Of course, there's no reason to panic if you can't make it over during opening hours because our attractive, user-friendly website (the one you're currently browsing) makes it easy to track down and order the cooker spares you need. We offer a wide variety of search options; you can search by manufacturer, you search by part type, or - if you're really on the ball - you can type in the relevant part number and go straight to the precise product you're after.

Whether you come to our trade counter in Cardiff or place an order through our website, we are dedicated to our customers and their appliances. If there's anything else you need from us, you'll find our contact details here.

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Save money with an oven door seal

A broken oven door seal is irritating and unsightly, but if you don't replace it quickly then appearances will be the least of your worries. The door seal, you see, is there to keep heat in your oven; if it breaks, your oven won't be properly sealed up and heat will be able to escape.

This is a problem for several reasons:

  • Your oven will take longer to heat up
  • Food will take longer to cook
  • The heat that seeps out can damage other parts of your cooker
  • It's a waste of energy

It's amazing how many problems a strip of rubber can prevent. You may not mind having to wait a little longer for your food, but nobody wants a gargantuan energy bill popping through their letterbox, and that's why it's well worth replacing your broken seal. Once your oven is properly sealed, it will heat up faster, you won't have to leave it switched on for such a long period of time, and as a result, you'll save money on your next gas/electricity bill. It's better for the environment, too!

If you need a new oven door seal, don't put it off for another minute. Head over to our Oven Door Seals section now, and use our intuitive search filters to find a seal that's suitable for your oven. Our prices are as low as can be, and don't forget, you'll be saving yourself quite a bit of money in the long run!

We also stock universal oven door seals, which saves you the trouble of finding one that's specifically for your model. We have a Universal 4 Sided Door Seal and a Universal 3 Sided Door Seal; be sure to check how many sides your existing seal has so that you don't order the wrong part.

Two contrasting oven door seals

Replacing your oven door seal is a pretty straightforward process: unhook the old one, replace it with new one, and you're pretty much done!

Of course, the part before that - finding and purchasing the right seal for your oven - threatens to be slightly more complicated. As with any cooker part, the wide range of brands and models on the market can make things very confusing, and then there's the question of whether you want a 3-sided seal or a 4-sided seal. Unless you own a triangular oven, you might well assume that you need four sides, but unfortunately that's not quite how it works.

The good news is that we're here to make it simple. Our snazzy search filters allow you to specify your cooker's brand and model number to make sure you're shopping for the right stuff. As for the 3/4 sides issue...well, we'll clear that one up for you right now:

  • 4-sided oven door seal will completely seal up the space around your oven door, keeping the heat in and making the whole operation a lot more energy-efficient. An oven with a broken door seal will take much longer to reach the designated temperature, and the longer your oven is on, the more energy you'll use and the higher your utility bill will be at the end of the month. With that in mind, it's not hard to see why you should seal up your oven! However...

  • Some ovens aren't supposed to be sealed up completely. These appliances draw air in through the bottom of the oven door, and that's why the 3-sided oven door seal exists: for ovens (mostly gas ovens) that rely on that gap at the bottom. Oh, and don't worry - since heat rises, very little heat is lost through the lower, unsealed side.

Hopefully, this explains the importance of establishing whether your oven needs a 3- or 4-sided seal. If you're interested in ordering one of our universal oven door seal kits, please bear in mind that, while they are compatible with the vast majority of appliances, they are not suitable for:

  • Ovens with curved corners
  • Ovens with more than one hole at each corner

Check your appliance first to avoid disappointment!