Since we got the new stove recently after we discovered the old one was leaking carbon monoxide, we've noticed the roasting pans and such that we keep in the stove's bottom storage drawer are warm to the touch - the pizza stone is actually bordering on hot.
I came across an on-line article yesterday quite by accident....
The drawer is not for storage! It's a warming drawer meant to keep food at serving temperature while your other food is still cooking!
I have a gas stove, so my bottom drawer is a broiler.
Well, thanks Joxie - now I'm thoroughly confused!
Over the course of our marriage living in various apartments and houses, we've had both gas and electric stoves - and I've always used the the drawer in any of them for storage. I've never noticed any pans that were kept in the drawer being warm...but then again I've never kept anything other than those broiler pan things in the drawers, and I maybe only use them once in a blue moon (I really don't even know why I have them!). This new stove is gas, as was the one it replaced. It's only recently the pizza stone has migrated to the drawer - I use that often, preheating the oven first, so I'm in the drawer more often than I have in the past. The stone conducts heat differently than metal, so maybe that's why it feels almost hot to the touch when the oven is on?
So storage, warmer, or broiler? According to Snopes, the drawer can be any of those.
I've never used the broiler, so I don't know how it works, but I thought you had to get the oven knob up to the broiler part/section for the broiler to work. But when I was in my early 20s my sister and I cooked a pizza in the oven, and the grease in the broiler pan, in the bottom drawer, that Mom hadn't removed caught fire. (She said she thought of it at one point while she was shopping, and hoped we didn't use the oven for anything until she could remove it. BOLL)
You can always do a test. Put some food down there to see if it keeps to a warm temperature or starts to burn.
Ours is an electric range, so the bottom drawer never gets truly hot. We generally store oven safe pots and pans in it in any case, though I seem to remember a plastic colander being in there at one time ...
User Notes huh, must remember to thank Mini-Mia for letting me know about this field.
...but I thought you had to get the oven knob up to the broiler part/section for the broiler to work.
On all the stoves we've had, the broiler was part of the oven - turn the knob to broil (or on the newer ones, just press the button that says "Broil") and the heat comes from the top of oven instead of the bottom.
OMG, LMAO....So I'm looking at digital display/touchpad on my stove last night. There is a button for "Bake" and another for "Broil". Next to each word is an icon of an oven. The icon next to "Bake" has an arrow that points to the oven; the icon next to "Broil" has an arrow that points to the drawer. Don't feel so bad that I didn't notice this until now; Hubs never knew either, and he's the only that broils anything!
It reminds me of something I learned a few years ago. I was driving Hubs' car, and LX was with me. The car needed gas, and pulling up to the pump, I said something like "Crap. I think I'm on the wrong side; I can never remember which side of this car the gas cap is on." LX says, "Uhm, Mom? You do know, don't you, that the little fuel pump picture on the dash has an arrow on it? It points to which side you put the gas in."
Get out! Seriously? I started driving at 16; I bought my first car when I was 17. In all those years, I never noticed that little arrow.
Those little arrows are fairly new. They weren't always on the fuel gauge.
Good to know I'm not unobservant enough not to notice it for thirty-some years...but I am unobservant enough not to notice my 2007 car has the arrow until LX pointed it out in Hubs' car in about 2013.
We started off talking about stoves. LX texted me yesterday evening about hers: "Is it bad if the flames on my stove are orange?" YES! Something most people probably know, but many may not - (I think I might have posted this when the gas company "red-flagged" our stove because it was leaking carbon monoxide) - the flames on a gas stove are supposed to burn blue; if they burn yellow or orange it indicates the gas/oxygen ratio is incorrect. It could mean a carbon monoxide leak.
I told her to call the gas company immediately. Turns out when whoever installed a new stove before she moved into the apartment never removed the tape that holds the parts in place during shipping under the stove-top. In the six months she lived there, the tape had melted enough during use to create a hard seal over the stove's air intake.
We don't have gas anymore but I swear I never knew this!
I didn't know it either, Scrappy, until the gas company guy explained it this past fall.
She was very definite that our drawer is just a drawer and that the broiler is part of the main oven.
Now that I know the drawer is not a drawer, I miss it - where else am I supposed to store those broiler pans I never use!
I, based only on our use of the broiler, think the separate broiler drawer is impracticable. Hubs uses the broiler feature to get the tops of pizzas or cheesy casseroles just the tiniest bit brown, but still bubbly. Taking a pan out of the oven to move it to the broiler drawer seems like it'd be a hassle.
When I pointed out to Hubs the other day that the broiler was the drawer, he said "No wonder!" All this time, (since we got the new stove), he'd been trying to broil as if the broiler was part of the main oven.