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#117188 12/08/03 04:04 PM
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Yes, I would agree with you, dxb, and add that manufacturers have recently been advertising "ranges" which appear to be arger than usual cookers, with six, rather than four, hobs and two ovens side-by-side instead of one over the other.


#117189 12/08/03 05:39 PM
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Where I come from (be it ever so humble, except where rugby's concerned), any of the three would be equally as well understood. God, our backsides get sore from sitting on the transpondial fence sometimes!


#117190 12/09/03 01:28 AM
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From Gurunet:
stove1 (stv)
n.

1. An apparatus in which electricity or a fuel is used to furnish heat, as for cooking or warmth.
1. A device that produces heat for specialized, especially industrial, purposes.
1. A kiln.
1. Chiefly British. A hothouse.
[Middle English, heated room, probably from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch, both probably from Vulgar Latin *extfa, from *extfre, to heat with steam. See stew.]

WORD HISTORY The word stove first referred not to a cooking or heating device but to a room for taking a hot-air or steam bath (first recorded in 1456). Around 1545 the word is recorded with reference to another room, such as a bedroom, heated with a furnace. The devices used to heat these rooms came to be called stoves as well, a use first found sometime between 1550 and 1625. Of course, heating devices that we would call stoves had long been in existence, going back to Roman times. However, the stove as the chief cooking device, taking the place of the fireplace, dates only to around the mid-19th century with the widespread use of wood-burning or coal-burning cooking stoves.


Here's something that maybe gives a VERY slight hint: (a) Stove Company, founded in 1912, manufactured cast iron, coal and wood stoves at its inception. Later the company marketed a combination coal and gas range. As gas became an important source of fuel, Premier developed a complete gas range line. A full array of electric ranges was engineered as electric cooking grew in popularity.





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The term "hob" is not used at all here in the Colonies, to my knowledge, but rather the term "burners."



#117192 12/09/03 11:07 PM
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"Get down off the cooker, Grandad. You're too old to ride the range."
-- Amazing what nonsense sticks in one's head.


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