|Appliance Glossary: Ovens
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The gas burner or electric heating element on the ceiling of the oven cavity or in a
separate compartment underneath the oven cavity that is used to cook foods.
The knobs, buttons or electronic touchpads that regulate cooking functions. The
most common types of controls are: rotary, which offer control by turning a dial;
pushbutton, which are controls that invert at the press of a finger; electronic, which
are low-profile press pads; or a combination of the three options.
A cooking method in which a fan continuously circulates heated air in the oven cavity
while foods are cooking. May have a third heating element around the fan.
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Door latch or lock
A lever, usually positioned above the oven handle, that locks the oven during the
self-cleaning process to protect the user from the extreme heat generated during the
A cooking appliance that features two separate ovens to let you cook or warm at
different temperatures. Typically double ovens are built-in and feature two
conventional ovens, although they may also be available in various combinations
including conventional, convection and microwave ovens. Ranges may also feature
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The cooking cavity of a gas or electric range or a cooking unit designed to be
installed separately from a cooktop.
The volume of the inside of the oven measured in cubic feet. An oven has an average
capacity of 4 cubic feet.
A small flame in gas units that burns constantly and is used to automatically light
the burners and oven. Pilot lights are rarely found in today's cooking appliances.
Pilotless ignition system
Employs an electric spark to light the burners or oven, dispensing with a pilot light or
constantly burning flame. Gas units with this feature must be fueled by both
electricity and gas. This kind of system is an energy saver.
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Allows a user to lock the oven and set it to clean automatically using very high heat
to burn off food soil.
A smooth electronic control panel that replaces knobs and dials and is frequently
featured on ovens or smoothtop cooktops.
A bottom drawer in a range designed to keep cooked food at serving temperature.
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