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Old 09-25-2005, 02:47 PM   #1
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Bottom drawer in oven?

Ok....don't laugh but I honestly have never used it or seen anyone use it.

Ok......what the heck is that drawer in the bottom of oven for? I'm thinking its called the broiler but when I broil something to for instense melt/brown cheese on top of a dish I jack the therm up to broil and but the dish on the top rack in the oven.

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Old 09-25-2005, 02:50 PM   #2
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The drawer in the bottom of mine is for pots/pans storage. Mine doesn't get hot at all, but, I had one that was for broiling once, but, the depth of the drawer was less and it had the sides grooved for holding the broiling pan.
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Old 09-25-2005, 03:19 PM   #3
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I'm not laughing, Sizz. I've had stoves that had a real broiler on the bottom like you said, but not lately.

My current drawer is holding the broiler pan that came with the stove, my grill pan, and a pizza pan, plus a lot of dog hair (and before any of you say anything, YES, I wash the stuff before I use it!).
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Old 09-25-2005, 03:29 PM   #4
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I'm not laughing, Sizz. I've had stoves that had a real broiler on the bottom like you said, but not lately.

My current drawer is holding the broiler pan that came with the stove, my grill pan, and a pizza pan, plus a lot of dog hair (and before any of you say anything, YES, I wash the stuff before I use it!).
Is there still a dog in there?

I have dog hair all over too!!
Clothes, car, floors, etc....
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Old 09-25-2005, 04:55 PM   #5
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If it's a draw underneath the actual cooking space of the oven on some ovens it is used as a plate warmer. It uses the residual heat from the oven to warm any plates you might place in there while you are baking/roasting something.
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Old 09-25-2005, 06:11 PM   #6
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k....since this stove was purchased within the last 2 years its safe to say that this is probably just a storag drawer. That the pan that was in the drawer was just actually in there for storage and its a pan you use to broil in the actual oven compartment.
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Old 09-25-2005, 06:45 PM   #7
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Sizz, is there any burners on the top of the inside of the drawer like the ove or is it just an empty space? If it's just an empty space, then, yes, it should just be storage.
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Old 09-25-2005, 07:09 PM   #8
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Just space............well that clears up that mystery......oh well now i have more storage space....thanks everyone!
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Old 09-25-2005, 07:50 PM   #9
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As SizzlininIN has opened the door (or drawer ) on things attached to our ovens that we don't know what they are for, I have a question too.

Background: We live in a little "flat" that has a basic kitchen, as in many Irish (perhaps European?) kitchens the burners (hob) is detached from the oven (stove).

As to the oven itself (I will try to keep my colourfully worded thoughts to myself here), it is a small one that is set in the wall, above the floor. It has only a couple of knobs (no fancy buttons), and must be at least 20 years old. There is large top area with a normal front-open door, and a bottom part that I have yet to figure out.

Here's why, one of the knobs has an arrow pointing up, this is the one that heats the main part (which only has one shelf, and only heats from the top - yes, like a broiler, the heating element is on the ceiling of this top part!...Making certain recipes very hard to make sans burning them, even on low heat).

But I can't figure out what the little (I'm guessing, perhaps 9-10 inch area is for(if it'll help anyone I can measure the height). Inside it are 3 old, horribly dirty (in the sense of oven crud) blackened sheets that look a bit like cookie sheets, and which I assume are part of this contraption. They are spaced equal distances apart (like oven racks) in the 9-10 inch high space. I've tried turning the other knob to to see if this are would heat up this area, but it doesn't appear to. Nor does it get any warmer than the residual heat from the top part when the top is in use.

Not being familiar with ovens over here this is all new to me...I thought perhaps a weird plate warmer (lol, I know - far fetched), but that wouldn't explain the dirty sheets...perhaps it worked (got warm) at one point but is broken now?

If you can make sense of what I've described, has anyone encountered something like this before???

Many thanks, I've been shy to ask about this...thanks for opening up the topic.
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Old 09-25-2005, 07:54 PM   #10
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Wow, IC, you have completely stumped me. I know what you are saying as the oven being separate. My guess is that the bottom half is a broiler?? Maybe someone on here will know what it is for sure.
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