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Now I’m cooking with gas!

For most of my life I have had a gas range. My mom always had a gas range and when we first married we bought one. When we moved to Greenville the area we lived in did not have gas lines so we purchased an electric range. I learned to cook on it but did burn out two of the burners over the years we lived there.

Our next house had an old gas stove which we used for several years until it gave up the ghost. At that time we purchased a new gas range.

When we moved into this house it had a drop-in electric range in good condition. At the time I couldn't justify the extra expense of running the gas line, and cutting out the cabinets so we sold our gas range.

My major dissatisfaction with this electric range was it's size. It had a smaller oven than I was used to (my large cookie sheets and sheet cake pan would not fit in it) and it had three small burners and only one large one. Here's a picture of it:

picture of Oldstove

Rob and I decided that if he had a job for the summer we would go ahead and purchase a new, larger gas range. Yesterday was the day it was installed! I ordered it on Monday and we found it out that it had arrived Friday evening. Rob went and picked it up yesterday morning and he and our friend Michael worked for several hours yesterday getting the gas line installed, cutting out the cabinets, staining the cut edges, etc. Here's a picture of it:

picture of Newstove

They had it up and running by supper time last night and we were able to eat our first meal cooked and baked in it. It was a simple meal of scrambled eggs and biscuits, but hopefully it was the first of many culinary adventures.

How about you? Let's take an informal poll: Which do you prefer: electric or gas?


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19 Comments on “Now I’m cooking with gas!”

  1. #1 Deb
    on Jun 8th, 2009 at 6:59 am

    Becka, I’ve never really cooked with gas except a couple of times in my aunt’s apartment. In fact, my memories of her apartment always include a gas leak smell. To me it was always scary…like it would make me die in my sleep! LOL! I’d much prefer electric!

  2. #2 Bet
    on Jun 8th, 2009 at 8:26 am

    I’ve never cooked on a gas stove–I’ve always been a little afraid of it. But I have a gas water heater in my house, so I guess I should be as afraid of that as a gas stove. I’m carbon monoxide phobic!

    I’ve always wondered what it is about gas stoves that make them the choice of professional chefs. Is it the control over the heat that is the key? What do you like about cooking with gas?

    Why did you have to cut out cabinets–to fit the gas range in? Is it significantly larger? or does the cutting have to do with the gas line? You can tell by my questions that I’m gas-range ignorant!

  3. #3 Dawn
    on Jun 8th, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Definitely Gas!!

  4. #4 Elizabeth Fitch
    on Jun 8th, 2009 at 9:19 am

    I LOVE gas. We’ve had to use electric at times, because that was the stove that came with the rental. However, the burners kept going out. Before we left for Korea, our stove was down to two burners (in preparation for Korea where we had only two burners to start with, I suppose.) Currently, I have electric, but I, too, hope to end up with gas!!

  5. #5 Danette
    on Jun 8th, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Yay for a gas range! I have a combination range with gas burners and a convection electric oven. This was Tim’s gift to me when we needed a new range. He told me that I would never want to go back to electric burners if I’d experienced gas. I’m still a little afraid of “fire” but I guess that it’s good for me to remain cautious so I don’t burn down the house with a tea towel.

  6. #6 Becka
    on Jun 8th, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I think what I like about gas is the control. This range even has a simmer burner which has an extremely low flame for simmering without scorching. It also is better for canning. I don’t do large amounts of canning any more, but I do like to can a few things and it’s really not good for some electric ranges.
    We had to cut out the cabinets because this range is 4″ wider and it goes all the way to the floor. The other was a drop in and sat on a platform (about the depth of a typical stove drawer) that was mounted underneath the stove. I think it’s a pretty typical installation in a lot of builder homes. Fortunately I didn’t lose any space inside the cabinets, just the 4″ of counter space on top. The vertical walls of the cabinet nearest to the stove were offset–probably just in case someone wanted to get a larger stove sometime.
    We do have a carbon monoxide detector just in case there would be a problem.
    The battery typically runs low in the middle of the night and the cats go berserk and Rob and I both have heart failure!

  7. #7 Rob
    on Jun 8th, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Most definitely gas. I have suffered with Electric in each of the 3 places Brenda and I have lived. If I could get a restaurant size range that holds a full size sheet pan in the oven and has a salamander on top I would be in hog heaven!!!

  8. #8 Rela
    on Jun 8th, 2009 at 9:54 am

    I got a gas stove last Oct. LOVE it!!! We had my dad come over and cut out the extra space needed as the old electric range was a drop in like yours. Our first meal using the stove was eggs also! I love the control and the even temperatures it provides. Tim loves watching the oven voom when it’s baking.

  9. #9 Sandy Stock
    on Jun 8th, 2009 at 10:20 am

    I had a gas stove only once but definitely preferred it to electric. When you turn it on, you have heat; when you turn it off, the heat is gone. Sounds right to me!

  10. #10 Nate
    on Jun 8th, 2009 at 11:14 am

    I love cooking with gas, but prefer baking with electric. There is much more control when cooking with gas, and the baking is much more even with electric. I love using my parents Duel-Fuel Range.

  11. #11 Carrie
    on Jun 8th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I too, prefer gas, but have only had it myself once while a poor grad student! I love that when you turn it off, it’s off. I spent a year in Africa in the 80s (I was a teen) and we had a gas range that had to be lit each time. Not so much fun. I was scared of it. :o) I’m sorry to admit that I laughed about your detector batteries.

  12. #12 Alice Fleshman
    on Jun 8th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I grew up using a gas stove and when I got married our first apartment had an electric stove. I burned many a meal before I learned how to control the heat. Every house since then has had electric but I still prefer gas. My husband does not like the smell of a gas range but I like the fact that when you turn it off it does not keep cooking.

  13. #13 Marilyn Donnell
    on Jun 9th, 2009 at 2:25 am

    There are pros and cons for each, but the biggest negative for me when I had to cook with gas was the smell. I know the gasman said if it was installed properly you couldn’t smell a thing. But I can always smell it and it makes me sick just to be in the kitchen.

    I wondered about the comment on ‘suffered with electric’? At least there is no electricial smell.

  14. #14 Ann Larson
    on Jun 9th, 2009 at 6:47 am

    I prefer electric but it’s all I’ve known. The “fire” and “smell” of gas doesn’t sound pleasant! Controling the heat sounds like a good idea. But…I’ve never heard of an electric stove “blowing up!” 🙂 I’m happy for you!

  15. #15 Sharon Seibert
    on Jun 10th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    I was afraid of gas until we moved to a house with gas. I’m not afraid of it now, and I love it. Don’t want to think of having to go back to electric ever again. Electric is SO SLOW!!! I did have a hard time baking cookies with gas, but I think I’ve figured it out now. My first several batches spread too thin. After some research, I now add a bit more flour and/or chill my dough before baking.

  16. #16 Sharon
    on Jun 10th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Hee hee, I just was reminded of another benefit to a gas stove – toasted marshmallows year round. 🙂 I’m eating a lovely s’more right now.

  17. #17 Becka
    on Jun 11th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    When my son, Mark, saw the new stove his comment was “now you can roast peppers over the flame like they do on cooking shows.” I haven’t tried it yet, nor have I ever tried toasting marshmallows. I guess I was always afraid that I might get some melted marshmallow on the stove top! Do you hold the marshmallow on a fork?

  18. #18 Sharon Seibert
    on Jun 12th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    To roast marshmallows, you can hold the marshmallow on a fork. I also have used a metal skewer. Really, any point will do. 🙂 We have gotten marshmallow on the stove, but it wipes off well. Depending on how you like your marshmallows, you may wish to remove the metal grate that covers the burner. Incidentally, don’t forget that metal does heat up quickly, and you could burn your fingers – or something else. Recently, I had three blisters on my lower lip because I ate the marshmallow remnants off the fork too soon after assembling my s’more. 🙂 Very silly. I should have waited longer, but I got a good laugh at myself.

    Tell Mark that I said, “Hello.”

  19. #19 Rhonda
    on Jun 16th, 2009 at 7:56 am

    I know I’m behind the times by responding to this post now. I’ve been out of town for 9 days, so I’m really out of touch! But I did want to offer my vote for electric stoves. I’ve had opportunity several times to cook with gas — and I always burn the food! But the point I wanted to make was my love for a glass-top electric stove. We had one when we lived in Germany and our current home had a glass-top electric when we bought it. The oven is also convection — which I have learned to love! 🙂 It’s very handy when you want to cook with dishes stacked on the racks — everything cooks evenly.

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