Advantages & Disadvantages of a Gas Stove

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Stoves are important in everyday life; however, selecting the perfect stove for your own household can be a bit troublesome, what with the variety of options available to homeowners. While gas stoves have gained popularity due to their advantages, they also have some disadvantages to consider.

Convenience and Cleaning

  • Gas stoves are convenient to use. They are quick and easy to start, firing up immediately when you turn them on. Unlike wood and pellet stoves, gas ranges don't need thorough cleaning. Wiping the sides of the burners after every use or even at a certain interval is enough to keep the gas stove clean.

Precision

  • Since you adjust the fire produced by a gas stove with the turn of a knob, changing the heat temperature is more controllable and precise compared to doing so with an electric stove. Many electric stoves only have the low, medium and high temperature settings, and therefore can be more difficult to use for cooking.

Operating Cost

  • Gas stoves are powered by natural gas or propane and do not need electricity to produce fire. The gas normally lasts for a long period of time depending on the frequency of stove usage. Pellet and electric stoves need electricity to function, which has a greater operating cost.

Power Outages

  • Since gas stoves don't operate on electricity, you can still use them to cook--even if the power is out.

Safety

  • While cleaning is not a problem for gas ranges, safety is of great concern. Gas stoves need to be checked from time to time to make sure that there are no gas leaks, which can potentially cause unexpected fires.

Portability

  • Gas ranges are heavy and occupy space. They don't have portable versions, which exist for other types of stoves, such as ones that operate on electricity.

References

  • Photo Credit Gas flame on the kitchen gas-stove image by Peter Ivanov from Fotolia.com
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