Out there in the big wide world, there are two main types of stoves – gas and electric. Both types have their fans, and their critics. If learning cooking using a gas stove, the chances are that gas is the preferred cooking method. However, allegiances and conversions do occur, and plenty of people find reasons to switch to the other.
Busy chefs may decide on the versatility and accuracy provided by the flame heating on a gas stove. Diamond Plumbing & Gas in the Perth & Northern Suburbs are top quality experts on anything gas related. Whereas, parents with young children may decide on electric, seeing it as the safest. Economics plays a role in peoples’ choices also. If a current stove is not up to scratch and committing crimes on food, such as scorching or burning fare, keep these points in mind when choosing a new one.
Electric Stoves – the Good
- Easy to Clean: A smooth-top electric range is easier to clean. A coil-element style range is also somewhat easy to clean, by simply lifting up the element and cleaning without moving any other parts.
- Smooth-top electric ranges are more stable for pots and pans. An electric stovetop’s even surface can also be used as a counter or storage space when not in use.
- Ignition: To turn a burner on, simply turn the knob and the stovetop instantly begins heating up. Most electric ovens also heat up faster than a gas oven.
- Heat Distribution: The heat in an electric oven is drier and more evenly distributed compared to a gas oven.
Power Source: Very important! If there is a power outage, no cooking!
Durability: A ceramic cooktop can be destroyed if a heavy item is dropped onto it or if cold water is splashed on a hot burner.
The top can also easily be scratched with a heavy pot and spoil that shiny finish.
Gas Stoves – The Good
Heats Quickly: The flame on a gas stovetop lights instantly, giving prompt heat, and the heat range can easily be controlled. If in Perth or the Northern Suburbs, check out www.diamondplumbing.net.au for the best deal. When the flame is turned off, the food can stay on the range without worry of burning – the elements cool quickly.
Fuel Source: Gas stoves operate on either propane or natural gas, both of which are relatively inexpensive compared to electricity, plus, they are clean burning.
Heat Distribution: Oven temperatures are hotter at the top of a gas oven, so baking requires some rotation.
Flame Stability: If there is an open window near the stove, the wind can hamper the evenness of the flame or even blow it out.
Cleaning: Cleaning the gas cooktop means moving those cast-iron burner grates. Each burner has moving parts that may be moved and then an uneven flame appears when turned on.
Both methods have their pros and cons, but seeing that efficiency is the major key in most peoples’ lives, gas gets the thumbs up. It takes about three times as much energy to produce and deliver electricity to your stove. A gas stove will cost you less than half as much to operate (if you have an electronic ignition–not a pilot light).