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    Roughrider50 Guest

    Default Gas or electric?

    first of all I'm not a professional chef(or even a good cook) but I
    like to play in the kitchen & occasionally I surprise myself.
    Recently I've been toying with the idea of replacing my 25yr old
    Whirlpool range with a new one.I can't decide between a gas or
    electric. My daughter has Kenmore electric( http://tinyurl.com/6pca4t)
    I'm really drawn toward. She loves it. Boils water fast, as compared
    to 1-1 on my old whirlpool. I grew up with gas stoves & really liked
    them.
    Sears is having a sale on Mon. & I need to decide which. TIA!

  2. #2
    Nina Guest

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    On Thu, 14 Aug 2008 10:18:26 -0500, Roughrider50
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >first of all I'm not a professional chef(or even a good cook) but I
    >like to play in the kitchen & occasionally I surprise myself.
    >Recently I've been toying with the idea of replacing my 25yr old
    >Whirlpool range with a new one.I can't decide between a gas or
    >electric. My daughter has Kenmore electric( http://tinyurl.com/6pca4t)
    >I'm really drawn toward. She loves it. Boils water fast, as compared
    >to 1-1 on my old whirlpool. I grew up with gas stoves & really liked
    >them.
    >Sears is having a sale on Mon. & I need to decide which. TIA!


    I'm sure you'll get a tons of answers on this but to me, this comes
    down primarily to two things: consistency and ease of adjustment.
    There are lots of other things you can consider, but this is pretty
    much it for me.

    Electric stoves are faster and more consistent. If you mostly boil
    water, sure, you'll like that Kenmore electric better. The other
    thing I came to like after a while (when I was sort of forced to use
    an electric stove for a while) is that they are consistent. If you
    set it to 3 (or whatever), you know how hot it's going to get.

    Gas stoves are far easier to get good control on. If you adjust the
    heat on an electric stove, you have to wait for it to adjust, lose
    heat, whatever. With a gas stove, it's instant. To me, this is FAR
    more important than how fast I can heat something up, say, so I
    greatly prefer gas stoves, even my crappy old gas stove that doesn't
    adjust all that well really.

    (It's also notable that sealed-unit electric stoves mean that you
    can't use certain types of pans. A consideration only if you're a fan
    of cast iron, etc., but notable anyway.)

    Nina







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    Sky Guest

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    Roughrider50 wrote:
    >
    > first of all I'm not a professional chef(or even a good cook) but I
    > like to play in the kitchen & occasionally I surprise myself.
    > Recently I've been toying with the idea of replacing my 25yr old
    > Whirlpool range with a new one.I can't decide between a gas or
    > electric. My daughter has Kenmore electric( http://tinyurl.com/6pca4t)
    > I'm really drawn toward. She loves it. Boils water fast, as compared
    > to 1-1 on my old whirlpool. I grew up with gas stoves & really liked
    > them.
    > Sears is having a sale on Mon. & I need to decide which. TIA!


    Go with gas. One you use gas, you'll never go back to electric again!
    Instant heat with gas. No waiting for any electric "element" to heat up
    or cool down.

    Sky, who's used both and has had a gas range for nearly 20 years
    (woohoo!) ;D

    --
    Ultra Ultimate Kitchen Rule - Use the Timer!
    Ultimate Kitchen Rule -- Cook's Choice

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    Becca Guest

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    Roughrider50 wrote:
    > first of all I'm not a professional chef(or even a good cook) but I
    > like to play in the kitchen & occasionally I surprise myself.
    > Recently I've been toying with the idea of replacing my 25yr old
    > Whirlpool range with a new one.I can't decide between a gas or
    > electric. My daughter has Kenmore electric( http://tinyurl.com/6pca4t)
    > I'm really drawn toward. She loves it. Boils water fast, as compared
    > to 1-1 on my old whirlpool. I grew up with gas stoves & really liked
    > them.
    > Sears is having a sale on Mon. & I need to decide which. TIA!


    Both have advantages, but my preference is gas. When you have to lower
    the heat, the electric does not lower the heat as quickly as gas does.

    Becca

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    Lynn from Fargo Guest

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    On Aug 14, 10:32*am, Becca <beccaNos...@hal-pc.organ> wrote:
    > Roughrider50 wrote:
    > > first of all I'm not a professional chef(or even a good cook) but I
    > > like to play in the kitchen & occasionally I surprise myself.
    > > Recently I've been toying with the idea of replacing my 25yr old
    > > Whirlpool range with *a new one.I can't decide between a gas or
    > > electric. My daughter has Kenmore electric(http://tinyurl.com/6pca4t)
    > > I'm really drawn toward. She loves it. Boils water fast, as compared
    > > to 1-1 on my old whirlpool. I grew up with gas stoves & really liked
    > > them.
    > > Sears is having a sale on Mon. & I need to decide which. TIA!

    >
    > Both have advantages, but my preference is gas. When you have to lower
    > the heat, the electric does not lower the heat as quickly as gas does.
    >
    > Becca


    Boy. I would kill to be able to use gas. It's faster, more responsive
    and much more flexible - wit electric there's no place between medium
    and high. Unfortunately, I use supplemental oxygen almost all the
    time and I'd blow myself to kingdom come!

    Lynn in Fargo
    Cooling more carefully these days!

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    Corey Richardson Guest

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    On Thu, 14 Aug 2008 10:18:26 -0500, Roughrider50 <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >first of all I'm not a professional chef(or even a good cook) but I
    >like to play in the kitchen & occasionally I surprise myself.
    >Recently I've been toying with the idea of replacing my 25yr old
    >Whirlpool range with a new one.I can't decide between a gas or
    >electric. My daughter has Kenmore electric( http://tinyurl.com/6pca4t)
    >I'm really drawn toward. She loves it. Boils water fast, as compared
    >to 1-1 on my old whirlpool. I grew up with gas stoves & really liked
    >them.
    >Sears is having a sale on Mon. & I need to decide which. TIA!


    The best solution I've found is gas hobs and an electric fan assisted
    oven.

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    Nancy Young Guest

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    Roughrider50 wrote:
    > first of all I'm not a professional chef(or even a good cook) but I
    > like to play in the kitchen & occasionally I surprise myself.
    > Recently I've been toying with the idea of replacing my 25yr old
    > Whirlpool range with a new one.I can't decide between a gas or
    > electric. My daughter has Kenmore electric( http://tinyurl.com/6pca4t)
    > I'm really drawn toward. She loves it. Boils water fast, as compared
    > to 1-1 on my old whirlpool. I grew up with gas stoves & really liked
    > them.
    > Sears is having a sale on Mon. & I need to decide which. TIA!


    It's gas for me. I would consider range with a gas cooktop and
    electric oven. If you ever see chefs cooking in restaurants on TV,
    you'll see they prefer gas cooktops, for what that's worth.

    nancy




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    Marcella Peek Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>,
    Nina <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Thu, 14 Aug 2008 10:18:26 -0500, Roughrider50
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >first of all I'm not a professional chef(or even a good cook) but I
    > >like to play in the kitchen & occasionally I surprise myself.
    > >Recently I've been toying with the idea of replacing my 25yr old
    > >Whirlpool range with a new one.I can't decide between a gas or
    > >electric. My daughter has Kenmore electric( http://tinyurl.com/6pca4t)
    > >I'm really drawn toward. She loves it. Boils water fast, as compared
    > >to 1-1 on my old whirlpool. I grew up with gas stoves & really liked
    > >them.
    > >Sears is having a sale on Mon. & I need to decide which. TIA!

    >
    > I'm sure you'll get a tons of answers on this but to me, this comes
    > down primarily to two things: consistency and ease of adjustment.
    > There are lots of other things you can consider, but this is pretty
    > much it for me.
    >


    For me it comes down to money.

    Our house is three stories. Gas comes in under the house. Kitchen is
    on the top floor. When we moved in husband said he'd love a gas stove.
    When the got the bids for increasing the pipe size from the street to
    under the house, ripping out the wall all the way up (for the inspectors
    to inspect easily) run the pipe up to the kitchen and hook up. Oh, and
    permits, the city loves residents to pay large sums of money for
    permits. Well....10 years later we still have the electric stove.

    Maybe some day.

    It sounds nice as the original poster said to take out the electric and
    replace it with gas from the Sears sale, but for us it was much more
    complicated than just that.

    marcella

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    Felice Guest

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    "Roughrider50" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > first of all I'm not a professional chef(or even a good cook) but I
    > like to play in the kitchen & occasionally I surprise myself.
    > Recently I've been toying with the idea of replacing my 25yr old
    > Whirlpool range with a new one.I can't decide between a gas or
    > electric. My daughter has Kenmore electric( http://tinyurl.com/6pca4t)
    > I'm really drawn toward. She loves it. Boils water fast, as compared
    > to 1-1 on my old whirlpool. I grew up with gas stoves & really liked
    > them.
    > Sears is having a sale on Mon. & I need to decide which. TIA!

    '

    Gas, gas, gas! When I moved into a home with a new electric range I got rid
    of it within a week.

    Felice



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    Michael \Dog3\ Guest

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    Roughrider50 <[email protected]>
    news:[email protected]: in rec.food.cooking

    > first of all I'm not a professional chef(or even a good cook) but I
    > like to play in the kitchen & occasionally I surprise myself.
    > Recently I've been toying with the idea of replacing my 25yr old
    > Whirlpool range with a new one.I can't decide between a gas or
    > electric. My daughter has Kenmore electric( http://tinyurl.com/6pca4t)
    > I'm really drawn toward. She loves it. Boils water fast, as compared
    > to 1-1 on my old whirlpool. I grew up with gas stoves & really liked
    > them.
    > Sears is having a sale on Mon. & I need to decide which. TIA!


    We have a smooth cooktop electric. I like it well enough but if I had it
    to do all over again I'd have done gas. I can't tell a whole lot of
    difference in the cooking between the 2 but I feel I have more control with
    gas. I'm not a chef either, just my 2 cents.

    Michael



    --
    "No More Getting Jerked Around by the Gas Nozzle"
    ~ Senator Larry Craig R-Idaho on Cspan-2


    To email - michael at lonergan dot us dot com

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    notbob Guest

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    On 2008-08-14, Roughrider50 <[email protected]> wrote:

    > electric. My daughter has Kenmore electric( http://tinyurl.com/6pca4t)
    > I'm really drawn toward. She loves it. Boils water fast, as compared
    > to 1-1 on my old whirlpool. I grew up with gas stoves & really liked
    > them.


    We can no more recommend a stove type than a favorite color. Only you can
    decide.

    Having said that, I must relate my disapointment with my recent change from
    electric to gas. After using an electric for most of the last 30 yrs, I
    finally get back to gas (propane) and am not exactly thrilled to tears
    (well, almost but not like you might think). First, it's almost impossible
    to get down to a low enough heat. Any attempt to do so has the flame
    sputtering back and forth between still-too-hot and off. Never a problem
    with electric. Yes, it heats a bit faster. In fact, the btu output is so
    prodigious, I no longer find it necessary to shave my arms, all the hair
    from my knuckles to my elbo having been graciously removed. Just stiring a
    small diameter pot is invitation to a denuding.

    I'm learning to live with it (longer spoons!), but it would not bother me
    one bit to go back to electric. EV might be a bit slower out of the gate, but
    infinitely kinder and gentler in the back stretch.

    nb


    > Sears is having a sale on Mon. & I need to decide which. TIA!


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    cybercat Guest

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    "Felice" <[email protected]> wrote :

    >
    > Gas, gas, gas! When I moved into a home with a new electric range I got
    > rid of it within a week.
    >


    I always loved cooking with gas, and always had a gas stove until we bought
    this house about ten years ago. As I've mentioned, we have an old smoothtop.
    It was hard to get used to, but now I love it. I don't find the process or
    the results any different from cooking on a gas stove, and the clean up is
    just so much easier.

    What I miss the most: when the storms roll in and the electric goes out, I
    can't cook on the stove, whereas with gas I could.



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    Edwin Pawlowski Guest

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    "notbob" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > electric to gas. After using an electric for most of the last 30 yrs, I
    > finally get back to gas (propane) and am not exactly thrilled to tears
    > (well, almost but not like you might think). First, it's almost
    > impossible
    > to get down to a low enough heat. Any attempt to do so has the flame
    > sputtering back and forth between still-too-hot and off. Never a problem
    > with electric.


    What you need is a different gas range. Mine will get down to 750 Btu, just
    the tiniest bit of even flame. All ranges are not created equal, no matter
    the fuel.



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    Edwin Pawlowski Guest

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    "Roughrider50" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > first of all I'm not a professional chef(or even a good cook) but I
    > like to play in the kitchen & occasionally I surprise myself.
    > Recently I've been toying with the idea of replacing my 25yr old
    > Whirlpool range with a new one.I can't decide between a gas or
    > electric. My daughter has Kenmore electric( http://tinyurl.com/6pca4t)
    > I'm really drawn toward. She loves it. Boils water fast, as compared
    > to 1-1 on my old whirlpool. I grew up with gas stoves & really liked
    > them.
    > Sears is having a sale on Mon. & I need to decide which. TIA!


    If you are going to Sears, it won't make much difference. They don't sell
    the top brands and models. A cheap gas or a cheap electric is still not
    going to be a big deal.

    OTOH, if you want to pay $2500 and up, gas is the way to go. My choice was
    a Bertazzoni, but a Bosch duel fuel or anything by Viking, Wolf, or
    Thermodore is going to be excellent.

    The electric ranges do heat faster when doing the pot of water test. A
    typical gas range has burners with 9,000 Btu. The ones I mentions have
    burners with 15,000 Btu or more.

    Electric ovens are often though of as better and more consistent
    temperature. Compared to the average gas, yes, they are. But the high end
    gas ranges have precise temperatures and convection. When we bought our new
    range back in May, the oven was not a big consideration. A heated box is a
    heated box, right? Wrong. We were pleasantly surprised to find the new
    convection oven is far superior in cooking the same foods we've done for
    years.

    This is ours
    http://www.bertazzoni-italia.com/Pro...CatID=PS&ID=47

    I don't know your budget, but if you look at the cost over the next 10 or
    20years you will be living witht he range, get the best you can afford. My
    choice was to not get the fancy electronics that go bad and are expensive to
    repair, but instead a very high quality mechanical system. Performance
    rather than gadgets.

    Visit your local appliance dealer. With the co-op buying they do these days
    they are very price competitive and have superior service.



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    Janet Guest

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    "Roughrider50" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > first of all I'm not a professional chef(or even a good cook) but I
    > like to play in the kitchen & occasionally I surprise myself.
    > Recently I've been toying with the idea of replacing my 25yr old
    > Whirlpool range with a new one.I can't decide between a gas or
    > electric. My daughter has Kenmore electric( http://tinyurl.com/6pca4t)
    > I'm really drawn toward. She loves it. Boils water fast, as compared
    > to 1-1 on my old whirlpool. I grew up with gas stoves & really liked
    > them.
    > Sears is having a sale on Mon. & I need to decide which. TIA!


    Gas, in a heartbeat.



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    Dee Dee Guest

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    On Aug 14, 2:43*pm, "Edwin Pawlowski" <e...@snet.net> wrote:
    > "Roughrider50" <corky...@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >
    > news:[email protected]..
    >
    > > first of all I'm not a professional chef(or even a good cook) but I
    > > like to play in the kitchen & occasionally I surprise myself.
    > > Recently I've been toying with the idea of replacing my 25yr old
    > > Whirlpool range with *a new one.I can't decide between a gas or
    > > electric. My daughter has Kenmore electric(http://tinyurl.com/6pca4t)
    > > I'm really drawn toward. She loves it. Boils water fast, as compared
    > > to 1-1 on my old whirlpool. I grew up with gas stoves & really liked
    > > them.
    > > Sears is having a sale on Mon. & I need to decide which. TIA!

    >
    > If you are going to Sears, it won't make much difference. They don't sell
    > the top brands and models. *A cheap gas or a cheap electric is still not
    > going to be a big deal.
    >
    > OTOH, if you want to pay $2500 and up, gas is the way to go. *My choicewas
    > a Bertazzoni, but a Bosch duel fuel or anything by Viking, Wolf, or
    > Thermodore is going to be excellent.
    >


    >
    > This is ourshttp://www.bertazzoni-italia.com/Product/detail.aspx?CatID=PS&ID=47
    >


    What width is yours? Looking at it, I can't see where the grill is.

    Thanks.
    Dee Dee



  17. #17
    Lin Guest

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    Janet replied to Roughrider50:

    > Gas, in a heartbeat.


    Gas, without skipping a heartbeat. ;-)

    --Lin

  18. #18
    Christine Dabney Guest

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    On Thu, 14 Aug 2008 12:36:30 -0700 (PDT), Dee Dee
    <[email protected]> wrote:


    >What width is yours? Looking at it, I can't see where the grill is.
    >
    >Thanks.
    >Dee Dee
    >


    Dee Dee!!!!!

    Welcome back!! I have missed your posts here!!!

    Christine

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    Edwin Pawlowski Guest

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    "Dee Dee" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >
    > This is ours
    > http://www.bertazzoni-italia.com/Pro...CatID=PS&ID=47
    >


    What width is yours? Looking at it, I can't see where the grill is.

    Thanks.
    Dee Dee
    *****************************

    The 30" Four burners, no grill. The entire top has a cast iron grate that
    is even all the way across so you don't have to lift a pot if you want to
    move it.

    The paint is put on in the same factory that paints the Lamborghini. We
    have hte black.



  20. #20
    Nancy Young Guest

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    "Dee Dee" <[email protected]> wrote

    >What width is yours? Looking at it, I can't see where the grill is.


    Hey! You must have read my mind, I have been wondering
    how you were doing.

    nancy

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