The Evolution of the Oven

You use it often, likely on a daily basis in your kitchen, but have you ever thought of how the oven came to be?

woman with curly hair reaching into modern oven

Dating back to 29,000 BC and possibly earlier, some form of the oven has been used throughout history. In Spain, there is documented evidence of campsites that included roasting and boiling pits to cook Mammoth inside of yurts. Thankfully, we no longer need to cook Mammoth (and couldn't if we tried).

Campfire outside

As time marched forward, invention and ingenuity took hold and people from various cultures began using clay and bricks to create cooking surfaces.

Clay oven


Stone oven with flue

Ancient Greeks, Jews, Romans and Egyptians utilized some form of a brick or stone oven to bake bread. It is likely that other cultures also utilized this early form of an oven.

Brick oven with fire

The first proper oven recorded in history dates back to 1490 in Alasce, France. Crafted entirely of tile and brick, this oven featured the invention of a flue. Fast forward to 1795 when Count Rumford created a popular version of the Cast Iron stove.

Old time cast iron oven
Vintage oven with flue

Then, in 1892 a Canadian man named Thomas Ahearn manufactured an early model of an electric oven! As electricity became a staple in North American households, so did the modern oven!

Vintage oven with electric coil stovetop
Man opening modern oven



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Finding Your Fit!

Couple stands over range, cooking

If you are a new user of Drip Bowls or an old pro looking for the perfect fit, you may have some questions about Range Kleen's Heavy Duty Chrome (or Porcelain) Drip Bowls and Pans. Here are some frequently asked questions:

Q: Do these fit all stoves?

A: Range Kleen designs its Drip Bowls and Drip Pans according to OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) standards. This means that we create our products to fit YOUR range based on its specific attributes. Our drip bowls and pans have a custom-like fit to your range, making them superior to other products in the market. There are fits for electric and gas ranges! 


Q: What is a fit?

A: Our Range Kleen Drip Bowls and Drip Pans are like clothing made for certain bodies. We manufacture our products in styles A - K to provide an optimal fit to your range and give an instant beautiful update to your kitchen.

Q: What is MY fit?

A: We are happy to help you find your correct fit during business hours or you can easily find your fit online. By answering a few basic questions such as "Gas or Electric" (range), Manufacturer (Brand), etc., our system will identify your Range Kleen Fit in just one minute - click this link! 

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Tips to Keep Your Cooking Game Strong

Expert tips to keep your kitchen in tip-top shape so you can effortlessly whip up the meals you love!
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What's a Glass Stop Stove Protector?

As the #1 Consumer's Choice in Range Accessories, Range Kleen leverages our industry expertise to create solutions to solve everyday household problems. In recent years, many of our customers with smooth top ranges have expressed disdain over the special care these fragile ranges require; they're prone to cracking, staining, and scratching and limit the available workspace in kitchens.

Picture of a glass top stove protector on a smooth top stove

We listened to your troubles and created the Range Kleen Glass Top Stove Protector! Crafted from natural foam rubber, this premium cover protects your range from scratches, abrasions, and cracking while covering unsightly staining,

Closeup image of stained glass cooktop stove


Closeup of cracked glass cooktop stove

and scratching damage! 

close up of scratched glass cooktop

To use the cover, turn off your range and allow it to cool to the touch.  Place the Glass Top Stove Protector on your cool smooth top. 

Picture of a glass top stove protector on a smooth top stove

You CAN use the Glass Top Stove Protector when the oven is in use; you CANNOT use the protector when the cooktop is in use.)

Image of glass stove top protector on glass range
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What are drip bowls?

So, what are drip bowls? I asked this question many years ago before I started at Range Kleen. Hi there, I'm Whitney, the Marketing Manager at Range Kleen. And if you find yourself wondering what Drip Bowls are, I assure you that you are not alone. We hear this question often!

 My first experience with drip bowls occurred during my college days in an apartment - which, as rumor had it, was a convent in its past life. The apartment was spacious, the landlord was nice, and it was a great location. My roommate and I couldn't have asked for much more as college students. Also, it was incredibly cheap. Our fiscally conservative landlord ensured everything worked well but didn't replace or update things unless necessary*. Hence, one might describe the aesthetics of our apartment as a time capsule - featuring occasional updates through the decades. 

Picture of an electric coil stove with an element burning bright

The kitchen featured an electric coil range from the 1970s, which functioned well; the oven was easy to bake in. Imagine the range pictured in an almond color. As for the stove, it was mostly okay, except the elements banged and rattled against the drip bowls anytime you placed a pot or pan on the stove, stirred vigorously or attempted to separate anything by "chopping" it (i.e., ground beef etc). At the time, I had no idea what drip bowls were. I didn't know that their purpose was to collect drips, spills and crumbs during the cooking process; nor did I know that they help your range function efficiently by reflecting heat toward the cooking elements.

I also didn't know that drip bowls needed to be replaced annually (whoops). I certainly didn't know that an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) Quality fit from Range Kleen would provide a level, custom fit for my range and fix the banging and clanging!

Image of electric coil range featuring a yellow and white color block with the text O.E.M. Quality

I've learned a lot about cooking, working in the kitchen, and maintaining my range since then, and I happily educate friends, family, and readers on the importance of replacing drip bowls. If you need help finding the perfect drip bowl for your range, comment below - I'd love to help!

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What Does OEM Quality Mean?

If you've ever replaced a part on an appliance, vehicle, or machinery, you might've encountered the acronym OEM Quality and might not know what it means.

What is OEM Quality? OEM Quality is an acronym for Original Equipment Manufacturer Quality, which means the OEM Quality piece will fit equivalently today as when the appliance was new.

OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturing) Quality Drip Bowls overset on an electric stove

Why is OEM Quality important? In Range Kleen's Drip Bowls and Drip Pans, we manufacture a variety of bowls and pans to fit the specific needs of many range brands; the OEM Quality fit ensures the correct fit and function for your range. A proper fit ensures cookware sits level on your range and won't rock on top of your range (which makes your cooking experience safer and more pleasant). 

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What is F.O.G and Why You Should Care?

With that F.O.G. in your kitchen, ya' gotta drain it while it's hot,
drain it while it's hot,
drain it while it's hot.
- Soup Dog
Photo of dog with chefs hat on holding ladle in mouth

If you're wondering what F.O.G. is, you're not alone! F.O.G. is an acronym that stands for Fats, Oils, and Grease. And EVERYONE has a little (or a lot of) F.O.G. in their kitchen from cooking meats, batches of bacon, sausage, ribs, and so forth. There's also F.O.G. in things like salad dressing and creamy gravy. 


Picture of steaks in stainless steel fry pan


Photo of cooked bacon in fry pan

You should NEVER pour F.O.G. down the drain as the fats, oils, and grease congeal, then stick to the sides of plumbing, eventually causing blockages and potentially costly repairs!

Photo of clogged drain pipes from pouring fats oils and grease down drain

What SHOULD you do with F.O.G.? Dispose of it properly! Pour hot F.O.G. (up to 200˚ F) into Range Kleen's Trap the Grease: Fat Trapper Bags! Between uses, you'll fold down the top of the bag and use the locking tabs to close the bag! Closing the bag contains odors from the F.O.G.

Photo of open fat trapper bag and skillet with grease being poured into bag.

 Use these fantastic bags with or without the Fat Trapper container! Use one in your home, and take them while traveling! They're perfect for your vacation home,  Airbnb/VRBO, R.V./Camper, or cabin which tend to have fragile plumbing systems!


RV or camper photo


cooking on stove


picture of cabin

How can you get started collecting and disposing of F.O.G. safely? Head to our website! Want to save 20%? Enter discount code FRIENDS20 to save 20% off your next order!

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Caring for Your Smooth Top Range

In recent years, smooth top ranges have gained popularity. These affordable appliances offer a sleek, updated look in kitchens. However, the trade-off to having a glass-top appliance is that it often involves more frequent cleaning and care than electric coil or gas ranges. 

Smooth top range with cookware on top

Allow your glass top range to cool completely. 

For daily cleanings, you can use a water and vinegar mixture (1 tbsp of white distilled vinegar per 10oz of water). Spray the mixture onto your range, then wipe away with a cloth. 

picture of spray cleaner being used on smooth top stove

For a thorough cleaning, use Range Kleen's 3-Piece Glass and Ceramic Range Cleaning Kit to remove grime, dirt and difficult messes.

Picture of smooth top cleaning kit with sponge, scrape & kleen and cleaner

Use the plastic Scrape & Kleen All Purpose Scraper to scrape any crusty or burnt-on residue. Next, grab the bottle of Smoothtop Kleener. Shake it well. Open the cap, pour a small amount directly onto the smooth top surface (less is more).

Picture of cleaner on smooth top range

Spread the cleaner with the included sponge. Next buff the smooth top with a soft clean cloth. 

Picture of wiping clean the smooth top range

Want to keep your Smooth Top Range protected? Check out Range Kleen's StoveShield™ Smooth Top Range Cover! 

Picture of glass top stove protector on smooth top range

Boring but important info: Keep cleaner out of reach of children. The cleaner contains citric acid. First Aid: Rinse eyes with water for 15 minutes. If irritation persists, contact a physician. DO NOT mix with other household chemicals.)

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What is the Range Kleen difference?

Coil element electric stove photos

If you know anything about Range Kleen, it's that we take great pride in our Drip Bowls! You might even say we "geek out" when discussing them! We're the #1 Consumer's Choice in Range Accessories and here's why!

We're dedicated to ensuring your range will have the correct fit of drip bowl/drip pan. To meet this goal, we manufacture our Drip Bowls and Drip Pans according to OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) Quality, which means your range receives the same fit, quality, and performance today as the drip bowls/pans on your appliance post-production. 

So, how does OEM Quality benefit your range? When a drip bowl/drip pan fits properly on a range, it sits evenly and prevents the element from rocking on the drip pan/bowl (which can happen with an improperly fitted drip bowl/pan). The element rocking causes pots/pans to rock on the range, which creates a dangerous (and annoying) cooking experience and can result in injury. 

photo of level sitting on coil element on stove to demonstrate the perfect fit of range kleen drip bowls

We PROUDLY manufacture our Drip Bowls and Drip Pans right here in the good ol' USA, which means when you purchase our superior quality drip bowls/pans, you're putting your hard-earned dollars back into the American economy! In addition, we employ many associates here, which also helps put money back into our economy!

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Also, replacing your drip bowls instantly upgrades the appearance of your stove. It's easy to zhuzh up your range in minutes on a budget!

And for kicks, you should know that Range Kleen's bowls pass the following appliance industry standards testing

    • Fit, Function & Stability Test
    • Liquids Spill Capacity Test
    • Consumer Use and Cleaning Safety - Rolled Hem Test 
    • DuPont Ragu Test (Porcelain) 
    • 24 Hour Salt Spray (Chrome)
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Q: What do Drip Bowls Do?

A: Most folks know that drip bowls catch liquid spills, crumbs and other messes. What many people don't know is that Range Kleen's Heavy Duty Chrome Drip Bowls (and Drip Pans) reflect heat toward cooking elements, increasing the efficiency of your appliance and saving you money in the long run! 

Image of drip bowl with heat swirls pointing up toward cooking element on white background, with suns outlining the exterior of photo
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Q: Do I need any tools to replace my Drip Bowls?

A: No, you do not need tools to replace your Drip Bowls or Drip Pans! It's so easy; we'll show you how!

Image shows an electric cooktop with an electric coil element, drip bowl and the base of the range floating above the range

Unplug your appliance from the power source, and wait for it to cool completely. The cooking element sits on top of the Drip Bow, we'll need to remove this to access the drip bowls. 

Almond color electric range featuring close up of coil burner and dirty drip bowl below burner

To remove, grasp a cooking element, then lift it out by angling it slightly upward and sliding it out of the terminal. Remove all cooking elements. 

Almond color electric range featuring close up of dirty drip bowl

Then lift the drip bowl, slightly angled, out of the element well. Remove all drip bowls. Find instructions to clean drip bowls between annual replacements.

To replace drip bowls, remove Range Kleen's Heavy Duty Chome/Porcelain Drip Bowls from the packaging. Next, align one drip bowl element hole with the element plug-in hole. 

Image of chrome drip bowl held in place by hand on electric range

Then, plug the cooking element plug into the terminal.

Image of electric coil element with new chrome drip bowl beneath it

Continue with this process, replacing all drip bowls and returning the cooking elements to their positions. You've replaced your Drip Bowls/Drip Pans without tools in minutes!

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Q:My range has drip bowls; what do they do?

A: We hear this question often, so please know you're not alone.
Drip Bowls and Drip Pans sit beneath the coil element on your range to collect spilled liquids, crumbs, and other messes that fall beneath cooking elements. They also reflect heat toward the cooking elements, which helps your appliance run efficiently, saving you energy and money over the lifetime of your appliance!

Image shows an electric cooktop with an electric coil element, drip bowl and the base of the range floating above the range
Have questions about replacing your drip bowls or drip pans with Range Kleen's Heavy Duty Chrome or Heavy Duty Black Porcelain Replacement Drip Bowls/Drip Pans? Drop your questions below or reach out to us!

Please shoot us an e-mail at or call us at 1.888.391.2020 or 419.331.8000!

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