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Old 04-20-2006, 11:33 AM   #1
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Question If not gas, then what?

Like nearly everyone in the threads I've looked at here and elsewhere, I love cooking with gas. And I've been fortunate enough to have gas in every apartment I've lived in for the last 12 years. Now I'm buying my first house, and it's perfect in nearly every way... except that it has no gas service.

Every dollar I've got is going into the house, and I wouldn't even be thinking about a new stove except the owners are taking theirs with them. So now I've got to buy an electric stove. The ceramic top seems to be the most popular now but I'm concerned about this. I'm already going to be a little unhappy about not cooking with gas for the next 7-10 years ('till the next house), and I'd like to minimize that unhappiness by getting a stove that will allow me to cook well.

I've used the coil type of electric stove before, and I am familiar with its behavior. My only experience with the glass top one was while visiting a friend. I tried to make popcorn three times, and burnt it horribly each time. The "burners" consisted of a deep red light that (on Hi setting) would turn on for about ten seconds, then turn off, then on, etc. I still bear the emotional scars from my total failure to pop corn , and it has totally turned me off of that kind of stove.

So, I hope you can help me. Is it possible to do any serious cooking on a ceramic top stove, or are they only for people who value good looks and easy cleaning? Not to minimize the importance of aesthetics and cleanliness, but I love to cook! Is my experience typical, or was that a particular type of flat top stove that they don't make anymore? I'm currently planning on getting a coil-type electric stove, but my fiance would be really pleased if you could convince me that I can have pleasurable cooking experiences with a ceramic top stove.

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Antonio

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Old 04-20-2006, 11:37 AM   #2
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I have only used gas and electric coils so I can't talk about the other options, but I have to say that now that I am used to electric I have no problems with it at all. It is even better than gas at some things (like a low simmer). Don't rule electric out. The only downside is that you can't regulate the heat as fast as you can with gas, but you learn how to get around that (there are ways).
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Old 04-20-2006, 11:58 AM   #3
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i use one of those glass/ceramic ones with no coils and it's fantastic. I sear steaks to perfection, cook slow simmered sauces for 2-3 hours +, make awesome grilled cheese and paninis, everything is good.
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Old 04-20-2006, 12:03 PM   #4
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Have you checked into getting propane to use for your stove? That's what we did, and got the hot water heater hooked up to propane at the same time - love it!!! All gas stoves come with a converter kit that can be used for propane, and while some folks say there's a difference, I haven't really noticed it.
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Old 04-20-2006, 12:05 PM   #5
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There are many nice induction cooktops in the market. The one that has caught my eye from time to time is Kupperbusch. They make clean and contemporary looking cooktops that are high end and can be enjoyed both by the professional and the occassional cook.

I am sure other high end appliance makers make nice ones too in electric. I cook as well and like to invest money in appliances but if this is too much check out the top of the line Kenmores they do a good job. This is the first time I experienced Kenmore (all my appliances are Kenmore) and I am so happy with them.

Goodluck if you are a good cook you will prepare a great meal on electric. The only other thing I wanted to mention was that you may want to get someone in to check if they can run a gas line through your kitchen. It is not unheard of to do that especially if there is a gas line already in the house you are moving into.
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Old 04-20-2006, 01:17 PM   #6
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I liked gas stoves better than electric ones. I've used both, but I like gas ones much better.


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Old 04-20-2006, 02:13 PM   #7
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I've been using electric for the last 18 years and it's perfectly fine, once you get used to it. The only thing I missed was the ability to roast peppers over the flame.

I went from a coil to ceramic-top last year, and it's great. The only thing different (other than it being easier to keep clean) is that my steamed vegetables now take 15 minutes instead of 10.

I do a LOT of complicated cooking.

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QSis I have roasted peppers right on the coils and it has worked well.
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Old 04-20-2006, 02:24 PM   #9
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I prefer gas. that said, I prefer the ceramic electric to coil electric...less hot spots etc. Induction would seem much like ceramic electric except...with induction you can only use magnetic pans (low chrome SS or carbon steel or iron.) So I also ask the question, no propane available??
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Old 04-20-2006, 03:58 PM   #10
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I couldn't WAIT to have our gas disconnected & have an electric range installed. Especially after half a block of houses blew up just a few miles from us due to a gas leak.

Sorry, I'm electric all the way. While I do understand why many serious cooks love gas because of the easy heat adjustment, it's just not worth it to me. I'm always looking for the smell, & frankly, just don't feel it's safe. Around here, anyway, there have been far too many gas explosions. You never hear of homes exploding because of the electric range.

I grew up with electric, have catered meals with electric, will continue to use electric.
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