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How do you preheat an oven? My GE range has an oven like any other gas oven, it has bake, broil buttons, start time, and cooking time, cooking time, clock. start time, Self cleaning oven light, and self cleaning. It also has the + and - button. What worries me is when I pre heat at the temperature I'll bake with, Flames come out from under, and that burns the walls of the oven, and I'm afraid it might start a fire. Is that normal? with the previous ovens I've had, I pre heat at the temperature I'm goint to bake, and once it has achieved the temperature I've set, it's ready for baking. I'm afraid to use my new oven.

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