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OK Stupid I know...but stove Vs Oven.....

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1. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 8y

Hubby thinks a "stove" means pretty much....both an oven and a stove.

I always understood the difference between a stove and an oven.... was cooking....well..let's say, cooking on an actual stove as opposed to baking somrhting in an oven? (Call me crazy!) His concept of a "stove" means both units. I'm really curious? What is the difference in most cultures? He thinks I'm in the minority on this subject...I think I'm in the majority. Is a "stove" a universal cook all thing? Does a "stove" encompass all of the above?

Your thoughts?

(Stupid, I know.....)

But I am really curious....

Thank you.

2. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

This prob needs moved into Off Topic but....

To be stove - hob - the rings whether electric or gas and the oven well is the oven below it (usually!) To talk about them both as one unit then l would refer to it as a cooker!!

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

I understand your husband's reasoning behind the stove being all-encompassing because here in the States, we have made both "stove" and "oven" interchangeable. The stove (or stove top as sales people will call it) has the burners for pots while the oven bakes and roasts things. But, for the ease of advertizing and selling the item, either word can mean both parts together in one package. I call the whole unit a stove because that's the terminology I learned from my mom. My aunt (her sister) called the whole thing an oven. (Sounded funny when she'd say she was putting a pot of noodles on the oven.)

On a side note - who came up with "hob" as a term for the stove top? You guys have the strangest names for things (ie: sprog = baby).

4. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

An oven and a stove are one and the same thing. However an oven/stove may or may not have a cooktop. It may be a separate item. If that's the case, then the oven/stove will be referred to as a "wall oven" (stove). As soon as you hear that term, you know that it will not have a cooktop.

5. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

Quoting Isadora

On a side note - who came up with "hob" as a term for the stove top? You guys have the strangest names for things (ie: sprog = baby).

Its one of those "quaint" british things - at least lm guessing its a UK wide phrase if not then its a Northern Irish thing!! Oh l cant wait until Thursday G - you really aint gonna be understanding a word lm babbling about!!!

6. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

I'm surprised that Isa even knows what a stove is. I thought beerman did all the cooking in that household

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Quoting james

I'm surprised that Isa even knows what a stove is. I thought beerman did all the cooking in that household

He does - I just sit and take notes in case I ever decide to give it a try.
In reality, Beerman is an excellent cook and has one of his signature dinners planned for Heather's visit to IsaManor. ;)

Wall ovens are called wall ovens here too. The counter-style stove tops are usually called cook-tops. Stove-tops are part of the stove/oven unit. We have both a stove (stove/oven unit) and a wall oven.

8. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 8y

Quoting james

I'm surprised that Isa even knows what a stove is. I thought beerman did all the cooking in that household

I do (nudge nudge wink wink) all the (nudge nudge) cooking.......if you know what I mean (wink wink) outside of the kitchen.....

Anyway, the two terms, for me, have always been interchangeable.....that big-box-thing-in-the-kitchen-that-gets-hot. Don't touch the burners with your face, trust me......

And after all, the don't call them "microwave stoves", do they? Funny world......

9. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 8y

hmmm....well, i always called a stove one that had burners on top and an oven below. my mom has two stacked ovens and a range that is separate, where the burners are on an island in the middle of the kitchen and the ovens are in the wall. so i guess i consider the oven as something separate, but the stove has both parts and the range only has the top!

10. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 8y

Thanks everyone, for all your post. (And for putting this thread in the right spot...I guess I would always check out "general topic" and didn't quite get to the "Off topic" where it belongs).

This has been rather fun, though as my husband and I are both American and at first, I thought this concept was a "regional" response, I'm from the West, he from the South. But! We had just watched a "House Hunter's International", filmed in Brazil, whereas, the buyer exclaims, "I have a stove", (points to freestanding cook top), "And I have an oven", (points to that box that cooks things inside itself).

So....I'm thinking...must not just be me...but I dunno. So, I turn to the experts! Those with a "worldly view. You people!

In the meantime, I very sweetly drop such tidbits as, "So...if I want to bake my ceramics in a kiln...would that be on a stovetop?" Or, "If we had a pizza oven in the wall...does that mean we need a cooktop as well? ( As you can tell, what a joy I must be to live with!)

In any case, I find it really rather interesting what different concepts are there, regionally, nationally, wordly.

Again, I thank you all for responding to kind of a silly thread.

BTW, hob...I love it, and cooker too, I mean, who knew? It's great to learn something new every day!

LadyMacWilly ^..^ ~

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 2, 2008, at 10:44 PM by Ladymacwil ]