The unit is freestanding and measures approximately 55cm x 56xm x 59cm so it is a little smaller that the standard size base unit so ideal if your kitchen is on the small side. The main part of the oven is a matt silver colour and the hob is glossy black which I think looks really nice and would fit into the décor of most homes.
The front of the cooker is split into two, the top half and the first door opens to reveal the grill and the second the oven. Both doors open downward so you do have to be a little careful when opening the oven as the handle nearly touches the floor.
The grill came with a black grill tray which rests nicely on the wire shelf which has be adjusted to two different heights within the grill which is the reason that the grill only has one heat setting. The oven also has two stainless steel wire shelves which can be adjusted or removed as needed. The two glass doors have a slight black tint to then which is designed to reflect the heat back into the oven, however you can still see through enough to keep an eye on how your food is coming along. Along the top panel of the oven are six dials, one for each of the hobs, one for the oven and the other for the grill. To the left hand side there is a switch which ignites the gas.
Because the oven is separate to the grill, it does mean that the capacity of the oven is a little smaller than I am used to, it serves us for just cooking small things such as pizza, oven chips etc but I would have to have to cook a Sunday roast in there as I am not sure that there would be enough room.
The bob has four different sized rings, the bigger the ring means the higher the heat output. The pan stands can be completely removed so easy to wash (they are also dishwasher safe however when it comes to the caravan, that’s the hubbys job).
The oven and the grill both heat up really quickly, a lot quicker than my electric oven at home and it also seems to cook food a lot faster. It is worth noting that this isn’t a fan assisted oven therefore you do need to double check your cooking times. Although this cooker is fan assisted, I have never experienced any problems with heat distribution as the heat seems to circulate around really well.
The only negative is that the knobs are located to the front of the oven and are within easy reach for little ones, this isn’t a specific problem to this oven, many freestanding cookers have their buttons situated here.
I bought this cooker over 2 years ago and it's been my best ever purchase. I paid around £400 for it from Kays Lifestyle, so I expect it was a little overpriced compared to other stores from the catalogue. This didn't include installation but luckily I have a friend who is Corgi registered.
The main reason for this purchase was that I had previously been using an OLD cooker with eye level gas grill - space was limited.
So this was a bonus to see that my new cooker not only had a separate grill, but the grill also doubled as a top oven too.
The cooker looks fantastic, the internal glass door inserts are removable so are very easy to keep clean, and the non stick coating inside the oven and grill makes "cleaning the oven" somewhat less frown-inducing than what I was used to. All of the steel trays and holders are easily removable too.
The main bottom oven pre-heats very quickly, you should follow the guides for fan assisted ovens when deciding cooking time with this oven. The reason i say this, is I was told it was not fan assisted (it has a fan, i'm no expert but i'd say that it assists) and the cooking times are brilliant.
The main oven distibutes the heat perfectly, i've used several cookers which i've had to spin food around halfway through to make sure it's not being burned at the back - but this one never has.
The grill only has one heat setting, but you can adjust the height of the grill pan to vary the heat. The grill pan itself is very generously sized and you are given a handle to keep unattached from the pan to allow for easy storage and is very easy to slide onto the pan.
The top oven is ideal for things like pizza's or anything not worth using the big oven for, although it's not as good at distributing the heat around so I would only use this for cooking small things, preheating cooked food or finishing off things like roasties when making a roast dinner.
The hob has 3 different sizes which I've found to be perfect for cooking any large meal, 1 large, 2 medium and a small simmer hob.
The cooker has a digital display which you can set as a clock, and is really simple to use as a timer, there is a couple of different style beeps you can set too, depending on how well you need to hear it.
The light inside the cooker works on both the top oven/grill and the bottom oven at the same time. It's bright enough to see clearly what you're cooking with the door closed, unlike many other cookers I have used.
This oven got my attention by the brilliant safety features. If you lift down the glass lid when the hob controls are on, it will not only switch off the gas supply, but it will turn the knobs too.
The grill is the same, and shuts off the supply when the door is closed.
I am fully confident I won't have to buy another cooker for at least 10 years, this Stoves oven looks as new as the day i bought it.
I would highly recommend this brand to anyone, just remember to tell them you don't want insurance on it the first time they write to you, or it never ends!
STOVES 1100GSIDLA Gas Range Cooker Lpg Version Available Accessory drawer Zoned heat gas main oven Zoned heat gas second oven Surface combustion gas grill Easy care oven interior Mains powered push button ignition Glass doors with viewing windows Air washed oven door Four enamelled pan supports 7 burner gas hotplate inc / wok burner Light Toughened glass fold down lid Removable cast griddle plate Colour Options Blue Green Cream Silver steel Black / Short name: Stoves 600SiDOm