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Range cook­ers used to only be oil-fired, but you can now buy mod­els pow­ered by gas, elec­tric­ity and even wood.

if you don’t Have ac­cess to the mains gas sup­ply, oil is still a pop­u­lar choice. As a ba­sic guide*, a four-oven range will typ­i­cally burn 50L a week and cost £20-22.

gas is cheaper than oil burn­ing, cost­ing around £15-18 a month for a four-oven stor­age heater. Re­mem­ber though, th­ese al­ways-on de­signs will use sig­nif­i­cantly more fuel than a cook­ing-only range cooker.

all-elec­tric Heat stor­age Range cook­ers are ex­tremely con­ve­nient to in­stall, re­quir­ing noth­ing more than a plug and a socket, but it comes at a price, with al­ways-on de­signs cost­ing up­wards of £40 a week to run.

dual-fuel (gas and elec­tric) cook­ers such as those from Range­mas­ter, Leisure or Smeg are far more ef­fi­cient, cost­ing from £20-30 a year to run, purely be­cause they’re not de­signed for space heat­ing.

Wood-fired Ranges of­fer an ecofriendly al­ter­na­tive. How­ever, you’ll need to fac­tor in log stor­age and de­liv­ery, and un­less you own your own for­est, wood re­mains an ex­pen­sive fuel. For this op­tion, we love this Esse 990 model, which boasts an en­ergy ef­fi­ciency of 85% and is suit­able for use in smoke-con­trol zones. Featuring a six-pan hot­plate and three large ovens, each of which can be set to dif­fer­ent tem­per­a­tures, it’s quick to light and once hot will stay that way for eight hours.

990, from £6,878, Esse.

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