I am not an expert in gas ranges. I have a Crowley 4 burner with a gas oven. It works well for me. But if I had to do it all over again, or had the money to get a great setup, I think I'd go with a good Sears, or Jenair, with the features I'd pick out at the store. The money I saved buying this instead of a high-end professional gas range would be used to purchace an induction cooktop. It gives all the advantages of gas, but with no carbon monoxide or other noxious by products that come from burning natural gas in the house. And since no heat is lost as all of the energy goes directly into the pan, it's more effecient than gas. It's also much safer. There is no hot flame, or hot elements to worry about.
That would give me six cooktop burnes. I think I'd use the gas primarily for grilling. Of course that would require either a built in downdraft or a substantial hood fan that could move substantial air.
I also like the idea of and induction stove as electricity in my area is relatively inexpensive. And given my spin on things, one day I'd like to build a truly energy efficient home with either a wind generator or photovoltaic setup to suplement, or even replace the grid.
Whether I ever have that opportunity remains to be seen.
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