It’s all the rage in chef’s kitchens all over the place now. The super-powerful gas range. If you’re looking into new kitchen appliances we are sure you’ve seen it.
But, what are the benefits of a gas range? What are the downsides? Can you even have a gas range if you don’t already have a gas line installed?
Here we answer all your questions about the pros and cons of a gas range.
The short answer, yes. But, it will take the skills of an electrician and you’ll need to do some renovation before install.
The new models of gas ranges run on a combination of gas and electricity. A licensed electrician will be able to assess your kitchen and tell you what’s involved with installing the gas.
Sometimes the home will already have a gas line installed as a just in case sort of thing and that’s a great thing. That means you won’t have to run a new line. But, you will need a plumber if an entirely new gas line needs to be run to fuel your range.
There are a ton of pros to a gas range which is why they are the choice of many chefs and home cooking enthusiasts. Here are some of the top pros to buying a gas stove:
A gas stove offers you very exact temperature control which is impossible to achieve on an electric range. More control over the temperature means your cooking will always have better results.
No more waiting forever for your pan to be hot. Because the flame is directly under the pan immediately there is practically no heat up time.
On electric ranges, it’s typical to have some hot spots and colder zones in each burner. These get worse with age. A gas range has no inconsistencies because the flame is even the entire circumference of the burner.
This means your heat is more evenly distributed which gives you a better cooking area in your pan.
If you live in a place that experiences many natural disasters or is prone to power outages a gas range is a great idea.
The best part of a gas stove is the gas line is always operable even if the power goes out. You won’t have automatic ignition but you can still turn the burner on and light it with a match or lighter.
Now that we have looked at all the great things about a gas range, where’s the downside? Here are the main cons when it comes to using gas.
Gas ranges are significantly more expensive than their electric counterparts. However, if you do a ton of cooking you can save money in operating expenses. Most of the time a gas range is going to be cheaper to operate than electric.
If you don’t already have gas accessibility in your kitchen it can be a costly thing to add on to your home.
There has been a push to phase out natural gas. Berkely, California recently became the first US city to implement the ban in all new construction.
If you’ll need to convert your system and go to the extra expense of adding a gas line this is a real consideration because it could all be money wasted.
Only you’ll be able to answer that question. While the pros are solid there are some costly cons to deal with.
However, if you are a person who cooks a lot at home and enjoys trying more complicated recipes, having a more accurate temperature control is a godsend.
If you barely ever use your home kitchen and are more of a take out kind of family, then a gas stove is probably not worth the investment to just sit there.
Are you thinking of getting a new range installed? Interested to know if your kitchen has the ability to convert to gas? We can help you with that!
Contact us today and we will be happy to go over all your options.