How to Use a Gas Oven
Did you know that the first gas oven was developed as early as 1826? They became a commercial success in the 1880's and went on to become one of the most popular household appliances worldwide. Gas ovens also remain the cooker of choice for chefs and big restaurants as they heat up quicker and provide better temperature control.
Nowadays, gas ovens are still widely popular in households, but the introduction of electric ovens may have left a few people wondering how exactly you use a gas oven? As both ovens work in an entirely different manner, gas ovens may seem a little daunting at first. But we're here to sort that problem out for you. Read on to find out how to use a gas oven.
Note: This is just a general guideline. Depending on the model, you may have to use your cooker in a different way. Try to read the manual first.
Light the oven using the pilot light or electrode
To start with, the first step in using a gas oven is to light it. If you're using an old gas oven, you can do this by locating the pilot light which should be found at the bottom of the cooker. It looks like a small piece of metal located in the center. You can then light it using a match or a lighter. When the flame is blue, you can then use the oven.
If you are using a newer gas oven model, the oven will typically come with an electrode or spark generator. These systems have replaced the older pilot lights and generate a spark when the spark generator switch is pressed. The spark will light the gas flow and will remain lit until the oven is switched off. If you're unsure what a spark generator is, you can take a look at our replacement spark generators here.
Heat up the gas oven hob using the burner control knob
If you're wondering how to use a gas oven hob rather than the oven cavity, you can do this by pressing the burner control knob and switching it to the light position. Be sure to place the pan on the hob first and then light the flame. If it does not light the first time you can try again, making sure to turn the control knob to the off position first. If it still doesn't light, you can use a lighter to ignite the gas as it is flowing.
The flame will be quite large at first, so try turning the control knob towards the 'off' position - but not all the way as this will diminish the flame. You can now adjust the flame to suit the temperature you need. The larger the flame, the hotter it is!
Use a baking tray or casserole dish when cooking in a gas oven
As gas ovens heat up very quickly, it is advised to use some form of protection to avoid burning the bottom of your food. If you are using a convection gas oven, this should not be a problem as the fans will help evenly distribute the heat. Standard gas ovens, however, may cause burning or uneven cooking - so prevent this by placing all food on a baking tray or casserole dish before cooking.
Turn off the flames when you're finished cooking
Finally, be sure to turn off all flames when you're finished cooking. Gas ovens require close attention when doing this as a control knob left slightly on may cause a gas leakage. This can be incredibly dangerous, so take extra precaution to turn a gas oven off properly when done using it.
We hope this guide has helped teach you how to use a gas oven. If you've tried all these steps and your gas oven is still not working properly, you could need a replacement part! Take a look at our cooker spare parts here or get in touch with our team on 02920 452 510 if you need help finding the right spare part.