What Are Dual Fuel Cookers?

Andrew Kirmayer

The quality of cooking depends heavily on the equipment used. Chefs who prepare different kinds of meals require a heat source that can quickly be adjusted. An oven that can cook more than one type of food at a time can often be beneficial as well. Dual fuel cookers combine the capabilities of electric and gas ovens. Electric ovens usually cook food evenly, typically suitable for baking, while gas hobs can be used to control the heat on the burners.

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Dual fuel cookers usually have at least five gas hobs, and some have more than that. These enable a user to adjust the heat higher or lower to cook something at exactly the right temperature. There are at least two separate ovens in the same unit, so two or more dishes can be cooked at the same time. One dual fuel cooker can be used to perform a variety of cooking and baking methods.

These cookers sometimes feature different cooking functions. Multifunctional models can often be set for baking, grilling, or roasting. The main and secondary ovens can have similar or entirely different options for functions. Features such as a wok burner, gas burners, and dual electric ovens are included in one dual fuel cooker. A programmable timer is sometimes included and some cookers even have settings for cooking speed. The temperature of the oven is automatically adjusted according to this speed setting.

Many different dual fuel cookers are available, and are sold by well-known manufacturers. A common requirement for all of them is the connection to an electrical outlet as well as the gas line in the home. These ovens are generally more expensive than regular kitchen ovens so considerations include whether someone cooks enough to see the benefits. Other perks include his or her passion for cooking and if adding such a versatile oven will increase the value of a home when it is being sold.

Dual fuel cookers also come in different sizes. Standard sizes such as 30 inch (about 76.2 centimeters) wide ovens fit in most kitchens. Other common sizes include 36 inch (about 0.9 meters) and 48 inch (about 1.2 meters) units. Two fuel sources make it convenient to use the ovens for cooking various foods. Many dual fuel cookers are listed on manufacturers’ websites so potential buyers can research the specifications, and decide on a purchase, via the Internet.

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