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How to Use a Gas Oven

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Use a Gas Oven

Kitchen professionals adore using gas ovens when preparing their dishes. This is because they work at high temperatures and cook food quickly. On the other hand, they tend to behave in a more uneven and imprecise manner, which sometimes makes them difficult to use if you're not a great cook. What's more, this type of oven operates with natural gas, so outside ventilation is needed. If you bought one of these appliances and need a guide for its correct use, this OneHowTo article will teach you how to use a gas oven.

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Steps to follow:


To light a gas oven, you must first find the pilot light, located at the bottom of the appliance. Just open the door and look inside to find a small piece of metal located right in the centre. Then, use a match or a lighter to ignite the device through the pilot light hole. A blue flame is then generated which indicates that the oven can now be used. Then turn the appliance up with the corresponding buttons and it's ready for you to start cooking.


Gas ovens reach higher temperatures more quickly than electric ovens and they also cool faster. Conventional gas ovens have hot spots and cold spots, which causes food to be cooked unevenly. To fix this, it is best to buy a convection gas oven which has an internal fan to distribute heat evenly. The fan inside the oven is very useful for improving air circulation, which ensures that food bakes evenly. Additionally, it can also be used to prevent the food from becoming too moist due to gas combustion. Therefore, the fan keeps food crisp and dry.

How to Use a Gas Oven - Step 2

Gas ovens can also burn the bottom of food because the heat is usually very high at the bottom of the appliance. In order to prevent this from happening, it is advisable to use a baking tray or casserole dish to protect food while cooking.


In this type of oven, the temperature is usually uneven due to gas being released at different times. If you're worried about the cooking temperature of your food, it is ideal to use an oven thermometer which can be placed in the centre to find out the level of heat.

How to Use a Gas Oven - Step 4

As to where to place your food during baking or cooking, we recommend that you place the tray on the bottom shelf to make more direct use of the heat. However if you don't want it so hot, you can place it on the top shelf. On the other hand, placing food right in the middle is also a good choice if you prefer more even cooking.

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Emily Logan
top of our gas stove works. Not the oven. It's a self ignite newer gas stove.
I have a new gas stove/oven. I baked a loaf of banana bread and it took 1o min longer than recipe said and the top was burned and the bottom was doughy. What do I need to do different? I had it on the middle rack. Thanks
OneHowTo Editor
Does your oven have different settings? It sound as if it was on grill mode
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