About Gas Cookers
The gas cooker is a classic piece of kitchen equipment which has evolved over the years but retains its appeal for the cook. Many freestanding gas cookers combine a gas oven with a hob, featuring four or more gas rings, on top. It may also have a built-in filter hood, and there is usually a grill incorporated, either above or inside the oven or, on older models, under this hood.
Modern kitchen design has replaced this unit with more flexible components. The hood is now usually separate, and often features an externally ducted extractor fan. A gas cooker featuring an inside grill and integrated hob are still a popular way to meet all of a household's cooking needs, and freestanding versions particularly appeal to landlords as they are easy to replace if damaged.
Many stylish homes now opt for a combination of built-in cooking components tailored to their own cooking habits and preferences, which might include a gas or electric oven (usually with built-in grill), microwave oven and a hob. Although there are advantages to choosing electric ovens or hobs in some situations, gas is a more economical fuel for cooking, and chefs love the subtle and immediate heat control you get with a gas hob or grill.
You will be able to install a gas cooker if you have a mains gas supply to your home. If that's not a possibility, the alternative is Liquid Petroleum Gas, or LPG, which can be bought in portable canisters. Make sure you choose a cooker suitable for the correct type of gas, and take care also to choose a cooker of the correct width to fit the space in your kitchen.