Nov 15, 2011 by Alagasco

Shopping for a Natural Gas Range

Are you remodeling your kitchen? Or, is it just time for a new natural gas range? There is no better time than now to upgrade your range, cooktop or oven.

Why cook with natural gas?

  • 97% of professional chefs prefer cooking with gas.
  • Most natural gas cooking appliances cost less to operate than comparable electric units.
  • Natural gas ovens heat so quickly that many cooking scenarios don’t require you to preheat them.
  • Most natural gas cooktops work during power outages.

When you’re out shopping for your new natural gas cooktop, here are some things to consider:

  • Based on the space in your kitchen, determine the appropriate range size. Take your current range measurements with you if you’re shopping for a replacement. When space is not an issue, determine how many people might be cooking on the range at one time. This can help you decide how wide you want the unit to be.
  • Evaluate special features. Features of today’s natural gas ranges include sealed or removable burners, commercial grade, cleaning options, convection oven option and self-cleaning option.
  • Choose a cleaning method. Models come with either self-clean, continuous-clean or standard-clean option.
  • Give it a test drive. Try out the controls. Open the oven and determine the size to ensure it will serve all of your baking needs.
  • Know your exhaust needs and options. Does your kitchen require an overhead vent and hood or a downdraft vent?
  • Look for features that make clean-up for a cooktop easier such as porcelain drip pans under the burners, removable control knobs, a raised edge around the cooktop to keep spills under control and corners and edges without seams.
  • Choose oven capacity based on your cooking needs. Two ovens can be convenient if you often bake multiple dishes that require different temperatures.

Don’t already have a natural gas cooktop, but you’re ready to make the switch?

Simply contact one of our Gas Advantage Contractors. They will be able to give you an estimate on how much it would cost to convert your electric stove to a natural gas cooktop.

Alagasco rebates are for up to $100 when you purchase and install a natural gas cooktop or range in your home. Click for more information on our natural gas stove rebate offer.

 

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Alagasco, your natural gas partner, provides clean, energy efficient natural gas to approximately 437,000 homes, businesses and industries in central and north Alabama. To report a gas leak, a line break, or any other gas service emergency, please call 1-800-292-4008. For other inquiries about your account, service or billing, you can reach us via email or phone.

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