Benefits of Propane Gas Stoves
7 Reasons to Love Cooking with Gas
There’s a reason you’ll never see a chef trying to heat a pot or skillet over an electric coil. Just look in the kitchen of your favorite restaurant and you’ll see a gas-fired range. But you don’t need to be a professional chef to appreciate the benefits of cooking with a gas stove. Even many fast-food burger joints use gas-fired grills to get consistent results. Here are 7 reasons you’ll love cooking with a propane stove, too:
- Control. An electric range will never provide the same control as cooking with gas. Think about why you opt for a propane grill instead of charcoal: you can adjust your flame with the turn of a knob. An electric burner doesn’t respond as quickly, taking more time to reduce or increase the heat. That means you can heat up a can of soup quickly without it boiling over, and you can keep a delicate sauce at a subtle simmer without scorching.
- Cost. Propane burns extremely efficiently: it generates more Btus than an equivalent amount of electricity, so you need much less propane to produce the same amount of heat or energy. That means cooking with propane can be significantly cheaper than cooking with electricity, no matter what you’re serving. It also makes it a smart option for heating your home, compared to electricity.
- Reliability. Propane is a convenient, reliable fuel. You’ll always have a ready supply, especially if you sign up for convenient automatic deliveries. It works when the power is out, which means you can prepare food while you wait for the utility company to restore power. (Propane is great for a whole-house generator, too, speaking of outages! It will keep your refrigerator running, so you have food to cook.)
- Safety. Propane is very safe, thanks to strong government regulation and high industry standards. In fact, recent stories about gas stoves and indoor air quality are a bit misleading: While natural gas stoves can potentially emit methane, a potent greenhouse gas, propane contains no methane. And, cooking of any kind creates particulate matter and affects indoor air quality, no matter what fuel is used.
- Clean. Not only is propane safe, when it comes to environmental impact, propane gas is one of the cleanest and most efficient fuels around. It produces minimal emissions. Another important factor when it comes to evaluating whether a fuel is “green”: Propane also doesn’t harm soil or groundwater.
- Domestic. Propane is also an American energy source. About 90% of the United States’ supply of propane is domestically generated. Most of it comes from the processing of natural gas—which is considered a greenhouse gas when burned. Propane is not considered a greenhouse gas. On the other hand, generation of electricity is the second-largest creator of greenhouse gases in the United States. That’s because most of our electricity supply is generated by coal-fired power plants. (Only the transportation sector creates more greenhouse gases.)
- Versatility. Cooking with propane gas is a smart choice for a lot of reasons, not least of all it gives you a lot more versatility and choice when it comes to running other appliances in your home: water heating, laundry equipment, bbq grills, fireplaces and heaters, and a range of other appliances can all be run by clean-burning efficient propane instead of electricity.
Want to learn more? The pros at Midway can answer all your questions, and help make adding a propane range and other appliances to your home easy. Contact us today for more information.