Duel fuel cooker

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    Hello

    I have paid a well known shop £80 to install my cooker (gas hob electric oven) when I purchased it I explained I did not have one of those red switches designed for cookers just a normal 13 amp plug, the salesman reassured me that was sufficient, however I have read through this site and realise that my cooker will need to be hardwired and my normal socket will not be enough. Do you think I should call the installation team and explain the situation or is this problem easily solved.

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    Is it single oven or double? Most Single oven dual-fuel cookers made for the UK market will run on a 13A plug, because most of the power is needed for the hob, which is gas.

    How many amps does yours need?
     
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    I'm not sure how many amps, however it is a double oven. any help?
     
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    There is a difference between recommended and required. It is recommended that any fixed appliance over 2kW should have a dedicated supply and should not be powered from the final ring circuit. This is because items over 2kW could add up and blow the fuse/MCB and also prolonged consumption of over 2kW as for example an immersion heater can over heat a 13A socket.
    But an oven does not normally use the power flat out over a long time as soon as it reaches temperature it starts to switch off and on so plug is unlikely to over heat unless faulty.
    So although not recommended one can run an oven from a 13A socket. That's 3kW but some ovens are over the 3kW limit. Mine has elements top, bottom and back (fan) and you can use them together so my oven (Stand alone) is over the 3kW limit.
    Some cookers have settings which can be used to limit the total power. Even some hobs can be configured to run on less than 3kW. So without knowing exactly which cooker you have one can't give a real answer.
    My sons multi fuel cooker only required a 12v supply for the water pump it would run on wood, coke, coal, peat nearly any solid fuel that would burn. It could also be adapted for liquid or gas the only option it did not have was electric. So duel fuel could mean anything.
    Personally I do like solid fuel but don't like the dust it generates, as to gas far too dangerous would not entertain it although house is designed to use it. So since no flue in real terms I have only one option. Electric.
    I would not really consider any other form of cooking as it's so controllable and safe. Not found a single gas cooker to date which will auto switch off if left unattended. Even solid fuel does that. So I will not consider gas as an option. To me it's an outdated dangerous cooking system which if it was introduced today would be banned. OK for central heating but not for cooking.
     
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    Your reply arrived after my post. It is unlikely a double oven is within the 3kW limit. However I had said that about hobs only to find you can get specials which can be configured to run on less that 3kW so really do need to read data sheet.
     
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    how about the make and model?
     
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    The cooker hasn't arrived yet, no specs as yet for my Cannon C60DPXF, I do hope the electrician can sort it for me.
     
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