28 July: old cooker



28 July: old cooker

Originally uploaded by Sladey

I’m supposed to be getting a new cooker delivered today – though it’s now 6pm and no sign so far. Anyway, a nice man called Phil disconnected the old one and left it in the patio, ready for the men from John Lewis to take away.

It’s not a bad little cooker. The ignition is about to die, and the oven doesn’t cook things evenly. I bought it for £200 about 10 years ago, when my old cooker suddenly got dangerous the week before Christmas. It was only supposed to last a year or two, but we never got around to replacing it with something nicer.

Until now. The problem was finding something narrow enough to fit into the cooker gap, and complied with a new government directive on cooker safety. Now all new cookers installed in flats or multi occupancy dwellings have to have a device fitted to cut off the gas if the cooker flame fails inadvertently. All very well and good, but cooker manufacturers only started marketing flame failure devices about a month after the law came into action, so there aren’t many about.

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