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I have a gas oven which has given up the ghost and I want to replace it with an electric pyrolitic oven.

Do I need a separate circuit for the new oven, or can I put it on the normal ring main.?

The new oven says it needs a "hard wired" connection. What's that?

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DON'T DO IT MAN! gas ovens are way better (in my opinion). more efficient, better more even heat, faster boil times. Stay with gas, or you'll probably regret it later. –  Tester101 May 6 '11 at 12:14
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Most cooks prefer electric ovens, gas ranges. –  DA01 May 6 '11 at 13:21
    
Not to mention, you can use them when the power goes out. –  Doresoom May 6 '11 at 13:22
    
The phrase "ring main" makes me think you're in the UK, correct? –  Vebjorn Ljosa May 7 '11 at 21:17
    
I'm in Australian. 240V, 50HZ AC –  WOPR May 11 '11 at 1:42
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You need a separate circuit for the oven as it draws a much greater current than the normal ring main.

This site explains the load a cooker draws.

A 240 V domestic cooker has the following connected loads:

top oven 1.5 kW
main oven 2.5 kW
grill 2.0kw
four hotplates 2.0 kW each

This results in a nearly 30A load which will clearly overload the regular 13A ring main.

A hard wired connection is where the connection is permanent and not through a normal plug and socket.

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Usually though the cooker will only be able to run the oven OR grill/broiler at the same time - so often 20A. In europe (230V 13A) you can get stoves that do not need a separate power line BUT are set so that you can't use the oven and 2 large rings at the same time. –  mgb May 6 '11 at 15:54
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