Cooking with Propane Gas
Surveys continually prove that consumers prefer to cook with propane
gas because it provides more precise temperature control and heat
delivery than electricity. Propane cooking appliances can integrate
style and functionality into any new home, regardless of its size or
Propane Range cooking appliances cover a wide spectrum, from low-cost
economy models to deluxe units that combine every imaginable cooking
convenience and energy-saving feature. The wide variety of ranges,
ovens, and cook tops available today can give homebuyers and contractors
a choice of unique and functional kitchen designs. Also the off-the grid
customer has some choices.
Various energy-savings features (such as pilotless ignition and
improved insulation) are also available on propane cooking appliances.
These features can reduce gas consumption by 30-50%, further increasing
propane’s cost advantage over electricity.
What is available?
Gas Burners. There are three types of gas burners
commonly available: conventional burners with standing pilots,
conventional burners with electric ignition, and sealed burners with
electric ignition. Most gas cooktops sold are of the conventional burner
with electric ignition type.
Gas Ovens. Gas ovens offer the precise heat control
that cooktops offer. Gas heat has more moisture than electric, which can
provide better quality baking. Standard temperature swings on
conventional electric ovens are as much as 25░- to -50░F. Gas ovens cool
by only 10░F before heating up again. Broiling with an electric oven
often requires leaving the door open so the smoke can escape, while gas
ovens reduce the amount of smoke because the gas flame consumes much of
Propane cooking appliances offer several advantages that make them an
attractive option for homebuyers who want optimum performance at a
- Cooking with propane, on average, costs less than half of
cooking with electricity.
- Gas will respond instantly, while electric elements will not.
- Gas burners do not have problems with warped-bottom pans,
whereas electric heat elements require flat-bottom pans to maximize
their cooking ability.
- A gas cook top with electric ignition has the lowest annual
operating cost, while gas cook tops with standing pilots and
electric cook tops cost about the same to operate.
- Gas provides more even heat across the bottom of pots and in the
oven, which means fewer hot spots to scorch sauces or burn cakes and
- Pilotless ignitions on propane stoves eliminate the need for a
constant pilot light, saving a homeowner 40% overall in energy use.
- Unlike electrical appliances, many propane cooking appliances
are not affected by power outages.
- Propane appliances are available with the latest technology.
Whatever is new in appliances is available with propane – convection
ovens, sealed burners for easy cleaning, griddles and grill tops,
even deep fryers.
In general, cooking appliances have low efficiencies. Standard
propane cook top burners are roughly 40% efficient and standard propane
ovens have efficiencies around 10% (Source: “Residential Appliances,” by
E SOURCE, Inc., 1996, and DOE). Efficiency is defined as the amount of
energy absorbed by the food divided by the energy produced.
Did You Know?
- Propane Ranges offer instant heat and absolute temperature
control, allowing users to adjust from a boil to a simmer in
- Propane provides a more even heat across the bottom of pots and
pans, which means fewer hot spots to scorch sauces or burn the tops
of cakes and casseroles.
- Ninety seven percent of professional chefs prefer cooking with
propane gas (American Gas Association).
Pilotless ignitions on propane stoves and Propane Ranges
eliminate the need for a constant pilot light, saving homeowners
Although you might spend
less time in the kitchen than a professional chef, you'll still
appreciate the advantages of cooking with propane.
Propane cooking appliances
cover a wide spectrum, from low-cost economy models to deluxe units that
combine every imaginable cooking convenience and energy-saving feature.
The wide variety of ranges, ovens, and cooktops available today offer a
choice of unique and functional kitchen designs. There are freestanding,
slide-in, built-in, and console models with high ovens or single ovens;
there are models with waist-high broilers and microwave ovens,
self-cleaning ovens, pilotless top and oven burners, and convection
Propane gas ranges or stoves
offer faster, more precise temperature control than electric units. This
allows adjusting from a boil to simmer in seconds.
The Economical Choice
The benefits of cooking with
gas are even more noticeable when the energy bill arrives. Various
energy-savings features (such as pilotless ignition and improved
insulation) are also available on propane cooking appliances. These
features can reduce gas consumption by 30-50 percent, further increasing
propane's cost advantage over electricity.
Ranges and Ovens
There Are So Many Good
Reasons to Cook with Propane.
Propane ovens and ranges
give you greater control with precise temperature and even heat
Instant gas flames allow
you to cook without the wait for burners to warm up.
Propane burners also cool
quickly. Electric burners that have not completely cooled can be
Propane Cooking: A Recipe
Ninety-seven percent of
professional chefs prefer cooking with gas (Survey of Professional
Chefs Association, September 2004).
Propane appliances are
available in all the latest kitchen designs — convection ovens,
sealed burners for easy cleaning, griddles and grill tops, even deep
of Gas Cooking
INSTANT – No
wasted time while preparing your holiday feast. Instant gas flames
allow you to cook without the wait for burners to warm up or cool
down. This means more time spent with loved ones.
SAFE – Propane
gas turns off immediately, so you don’t have to worry about burning
yourself while waiting for your cooktop to cool off. In the kitchen,
safety comes first.
EVEN – Propane
provides even heat distribution and more even heat across the bottom
of pots and in the oven, which means fewer hot spots – no scorching
the gravy or burning the pumpkin pie!
PRECISE – Propane
allows even the newest chefs to achieve precise temperature control,
which helps prevent burning delicate dishes such as stuffing or your
favorite melted chocolate.
Regardless of the style of
home or the size and layout of you kitchen, propane gas ranges, ovens,
and cooking appliances offer the best recipe for making every meal a