A common question that we hear at Appliance
Life is "What is the difference between
a range and a stove?" Most dictionaries will
refer to the two words as synonyms. But in the
world of appliances, common knowledge tells us that a range
is typically larger than a stove.
The average new stove is 30 inches wide and 24 inches deep. It has four burners with one small and one large burner in the front and likewise in the back.
Most ranges are between 36 inches and 60 inches wide. The 36 inch range has six burners and one large oven, the 48 inch range has 8 burners and two small ovens, and the 60 inch range has ten burners and two large ovens.
stoves (conduction stoves), the heating element is simply a big resistor wire, with enough resistance to generate a high heat.
Usually these are nichrome wire, surrounded in ceramic insulation, with a steel sheath around the ceramic. On higher settings, the element glows red when operating. Heating occurs mainly by conduction; that is, the direct contact of the heating element to the cookware.