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Old 07-25-2006, 04:36 PM   #1
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Gas or Electric?

I grew up with an electric stove and oven, convinced that a gas stove would blow me to kingdom come (my Mother's words, not mine). Then, when I got married and got an apartment I was finally introduced to gas. I had to light the oven with a match each time, again convinced I'd blow myself to kingdom come, but I never did....

Now, I don't think I can ever cook on anything except gas. It would be a dealbreaker if my next home purchase didn't have gas..

What are you using and how do you feel about it.


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Old 07-25-2006, 04:47 PM   #2
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I know about blowin myself up.....did it once while lighting a propane stove with a match. The oven door knocked me across the room but no injuries. I like gas but currently have an electric stove. My wife refused to use gas because we had little kids at the time. I grew up cooking on a gas stove so it took me a long time to get used to electric. Its hard to boil large amounts of water.

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Old 07-25-2006, 05:43 PM   #3
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I have an electric stove. I would prefer gas, but I resent the "turning up the nose" attitude towards electric that is sometimes exhibited. I also tire of hearing an electric stove used as an excuse for substandard results.

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Old 07-25-2006, 06:10 PM   #4
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When we moved here the house came with a gas stove...
I like it except it seems to be harder to control the temp
and I know for sure it takes water a long long time to boil.
OH, it's propane not natural gas.
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Old 07-25-2006, 06:30 PM   #5
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For all but a brief hiatus of two years in the 28 years we have been married we had electric stoves, not a choice.

We both grew up with gas stoves and always missed them.

Now we have one, propane not natural gas, but we love it.

Find it much easier to control the temperature.
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Old 07-25-2006, 06:47 PM   #6
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I want gas....

well, a gas stove, or a gas equipt house. They are pretty rare around this area. I love cooking on gas, there is NO comparison.
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Old 07-25-2006, 07:20 PM   #7
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I grew up with gas and had it for the first 7 years of marriage, but our first home came with electric. I was disappointed, but I learned to cook with it and it wasn't all that bad.

When we finally remolded the kitchen about 20 years later, we opted for a Viking gas range. What a difference! I found the heat much easier and quicker to regulate, although very low temperatures were always a bit of a challenge. I wasn't crazy about the gas convection oven, however, as it was slow to heat and had hot spots.

We moved to our present house almost two years ago, and it has a Jenn-Aire gas cooktop and GE electric electric ovens. The cooktop sucks, big time! The problem is that its burners are simply too little. On my Viking, I had four 15,000 BTU burners; this thing has one 12,000, one 10,000, and two 8,000 BTU burners. I have to cover pasta to keep the water boiling, and that's on the "big" burner! The little ones are next to useless. The electric ovens are fine, even though they're not convection.

So, when it comes to stoves, give me gas, but lots of it!
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Old 07-25-2006, 08:41 PM   #8
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I like an electric top (easier to contol temps) but I love a gas oven. Any manufacturers out there listening???
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Old 07-25-2006, 08:43 PM   #9
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Gas. All the way
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Old 07-25-2006, 08:49 PM   #10
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I grew up with gas, but that was before I got into cooking. By the time I found out I really enjoyed being in the kitchen I only had electric. At first I was really disapointed because you always here how much better gas is, but I do not think this is true. I think both gas and electric have their advantages and disadvantages and one is not really better than the other.

I am very happy with electric as that is what I am used to. I know how to cook on it and I can do it well.

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