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Monday, January 15, 2007

Gas Stoves

Gas comprises about 70% of the Boston market currently. These ranges are available in 20, 24, 30, 36, 40, 48 and 60 inches. Of these sizes 90% are sold in the 30 inch category. For simplicity, we will cover regular 30 inch ranges in this post and professional ranges will be published later

There are two types of gas ranges. Free standing ranges have the controls on the back of the range. A basic gas range has four burners with the same BTU output, self cleaning oven and a storage drawer.

When you step up in a range, a power burner of 16,000 BTUs is added as well as a low simmer burner. Power burners are almost double of a regular burner(9,000 BTU on average), and the simmer or low burner, lets you...simmer or slow cook.
Power Burner

The next upgrade would be convection, which is a fan forced heat, so it keeps a more even heat in the oven. Convection is primarily a baking mode, and you will bake and brown more evenly. Convection is not a time saver per se. On average, bake time is decreased by 10-15% with a temperature adjustment of 25 degrees less. According to the Green Project, the dollar saving is a nickel per hour.

The Last upgrade is a warming drawer or oven instead of storage. The oven is self explanatory, but a warming drawer allows you to maintain warmth without dehydrating the food. Its a very nice option for two working members of a household. You can also refresh leftovers efficiently.
Second Oven

The other type of stove is the slide-in. A slide-in stove has the controls on the face and no backguard. A slide-in will have most of the upscale features, but the main benefit is the aesthetic. Because there is not a backguard, custom tiling, wall paper and other treatments can be placed in the back of the range for a much more linear or polished appearance in the kitchen.

Thus ends my gas stove rant. Please realize that I am starting with the basic and will cover more specific points later(or when I run out of basics)

If you are looking for more information, have a look at our Gas Cooking Buyers Guide. It breaks down the terms and brands and allows for informed decision making.

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