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Old 11-02-2009, 05:24 PM   #21
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Old 11-02-2009, 05:50 PM   #22
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I've had both gas and electric. I vastly prefer gas. In fact, I feel so strongly about it that I wouldn't buy a house that did not have a gas range or could not have one installed.
Ditto. However, when we had our home built, we had it plumbed for gas and wired for electric, just in case some future new owner had different preferences. The home is still pretty new (completed in 2005) so no remodels in sight, but would go with gas again without even thinking about it.

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Old 11-02-2009, 05:56 PM   #23
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Have glass top top-of-the-line electric stove and separate oven, but would have taken a gas stove if I could have. I find it so much easier to regulate the fire under the cast iron with gas compared to electricity.
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Old 11-02-2009, 05:57 PM   #24
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Here's a nice gas range that I've been looking at. Gas lets you get the heat all the way up the side of the skillet or pan, makes for nice stir frying also. Get a little flambe action at the last minute to add that smokey/charred taste to a beef dish.
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Old 11-02-2009, 06:03 PM   #25
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We have a new fancy schmantzy oven and separate electric glass top stove that cost way too much. Me? I'd rather have an old gas stove where I can see the flame underneath my #12 Griswold cast iron skillet instead of having to guess if there's enough electricity under there. Go figure?
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Electric now, but gas in the near future.
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I think it depends on the availability of gas lines . In my last house we had natural gas so of course I had a gas stove . In this house I'd have to have a propane tank so I have an electric stove . I prefer a gas stove but I get the job done with electric and nobody complains .
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When we redid our home, like Rambler we plumbed in gas and electric to the stove and dryer sites for any future folks - we've been using the $25 1950s gas range we bought at a church rummage sale back when we moved in 10 years ago. My understanding is that electric or better yet electric convection is the shizznit for baking. Gas s'posedly puts too much moisture in the oven for super baking. I am not much of a cook - cookies seem to get made okeedokee in the gas oven. I will say I've replaced many a stove element but never had to do more than rod out the spaghetti sauce from the gas range burner rings. And relight the pilots.
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I've never had a gas oven, just stoves. I was reading about them in a cooking forum (http://www.discusscooking.com/forums...oven-2902.html) and was surprised to read so many positive comments for gas. I had always heard they produce too much moisture, but some people say that is a positive for baking bread/cake/etc. But at the same time, some people (like my SIL) who bake a lot love convection ovens, which I believe are electric only. We don't bake flour products much (Type II), so it doesn't matter to us. But we've been very happy with the gas stove electric oven combination.
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We remodeled the kitchen 2 years ago and converted from all electric to a gas cooktop and dual electric ovens (1 convection). DW is the cook in the family, and that was her request. Works great so far.
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Old 11-03-2009, 01:50 AM   #31
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We have both gas cook top and oven. Once you've had gas, you can never go back. I find the gas oven pre-heats much faster than any electric oven I've used and the temp adjusts faster if I need to modify it in the middle of baking an item.

Only thing I don't like about gas is that I have this paranoia that there will be a leak somehow and we'll all die in our sleep. I purchased a dedicated gas detector/alarm that is installed in the kitchen just to put myself at ease.
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My wife has had gas (well, me as well) for most of her life (UK). I grew up with an electric back in WA. Gas has speed advantages over regular electric coil type, but my wife is NOT going to get a gas top she says when we retire back to Spokane. She is positive it's going to be a smooth top stove from now on (although induction is waaay too expensive still, although it is faster than gas). Less cleaning...and both of us find the low heat on a gas stove is just not low enough for some things that you want to leave on barely cooking. I can see it either way....but when it comes to the kitchen I just get the hell out of the way. Halogen might be the alternative that is cheaper.
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Gas cook-top, sealed burners for easy clean up, with electric oven. I love this new range. It is so much better than the old electric one.

I've had electric, halogen, induction cook top, and gas. Gas is by far the best.
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If the sealed burners that I saw online are really the sealed ones.....that's the kind we have had for years.....wife is tired of it. Tired of cleaning underneath the supports and the area under them. I don't really think it is all that bad, but then again.....when was the last time I cleaned them??
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I would like a gas stove that is easy to clean.
Me too. Cleaning was more important than gas so I have a glass cooktop.
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Reluctantly, from a cheap bastard POV, I am remodeling my kitchen. There's natgas on the other side of the wall for a gas dryer, so no major plumbing involved. Even doing much of the labor myself, and having a BIL contractor, the $$$ are racking up fast...
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Only thing I don't like about gas is that I have this paranoia that there will be a leak somehow and we'll all die in our sleep. I purchased a dedicated gas detector/alarm that is installed in the kitchen just to put myself at ease.
Very good point. We went to visit DD a couple of weeks ago. When we walked into the townhouse it reeked of gas. She had had a cleaning person come in to do a few things, and we suspect they bumped the knob while wiping down the stove. Just a tiny amount, enough to open the gas, but not enough to start the igniter. We found the problem and opened the windows, but it could have been worse. DD and DGD didn't get home until 5 hours later, and by then DKC could have been doing the dead cat bounce.

It's not much of a danger, but definitely get a detector.
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I love to cook, and have a gas cooktop. I like the control (you can see the flame) and I like that if the power goes off, I can cook. Gas burners generally can be lit with a match if necessary.

I have separate double ovens which are electric and both are self-cleaning. One is convection. I'm in kitchen heaven :-) If the house hadn't been set up for separate ovens and cooktop already, I probably wouldn't have bought a separate cooktop and ovens - it is far more expensive that way.

If you are buying a range, gas cooktop and an electric convection self-cleaning oven is the way to go (IMHO, of course).

I do use a gas grill :-) Hey, it's so EASY...
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I'd like to point out that the far majority of electric smooth-tops are radiant resistance coil type. With the ceramic glass top, they work differently than the old exposed-element type. The new ones turn the element on and off more often, and when on, they go red immediately. They duty-cycle modulate to hold the heat setting. The old exposed-type had a lot of thermal mass to swing about, and took quite a while to get up to heat. That's all changed.

"Stove?" I haven't heard that word in years. I grew up with it, but when we moved to TX, it was separate electric cook top, and electric wall oven(s).
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