Written on: December 18, 2023
These days, you might be experiencing some whiplash with the public discussion about home stoves. For decades, gas stoves have been the overwhelming preference of both professional and at-home chefs. When you turn on a cooking competition, you will invariably see the blue flames of propane gas-powered ranges.
However, there has also been a lot of chatter online and in the news about the effect of these stoves on indoor air quality. Rumors abounded this year that gas stoves would be “banned.”
Cooking with a propane stove means enjoying virtually instant heat from your flame. You can precisely adjust the flame to your desired temperature. With electric stoves, you need to wait for your element to heat up, and you’re stuck with pre-set temperatures.
Propane stoves can accommodate pans of just about any shape, including woks. Electric elements tend to perform poorly unless you’re working with a flat-bottom pan. And searing and flambéing food is much easier with a propane flame.
Propane stoves often have long center burners for griddles or grill pans. They provide superior, even heating, whether you’re making pancakes for the whole family or a sizzling porterhouse on a freezing night. And if the power grid goes out, your gas range keeps working!
From a safety perspective, propane ranges cool quickly once you put out the flame. Electric elements can stay dangerously hot long after you’ve finished cooking. A 2020 National Fire Protection Association study found that electric ranges cause household fires at a rate 2.6 times greater than gas ranges, civilian injuries at a rate 4.8 times higher, and civilian deaths at a rate 3.4 times higher.
Much of the debate over “gas stoves” and indoor air quality involves recent medical studies, but their findings are not always applicable to propane stoves. Most of these “gas stove” studies limit their subjects to natural gas stoves, which function much differently than propane appliances.
For example, there is a lot of concern about methane leaks from natural gas stoves, but this isn’t an issue with propane stoves because propane contains no methane. Another air quality concern is particulate matter, or microscopic solids or liquid droplets that can be inhaled and cause health problems. But all cooking generates particulate matter, including electric stove cooking. That’s why it’s so important to ventilate your cooking area with a hood or an open window. Doing this goes a long way to ridding the kitchen of particulates and other combustion byproducts.
Finally, we want to note that the findings on gas cooking and respiratory illnesses are not uniform. A Lancet Respiratory Medicine abstract found “no evidence of an association between the use of gas as a cooking fuel and either asthma symptoms or asthma diagnosis.”
At Koppy’s Propane, we sell and install safe, world-class propane ranges from great manufacturers like Frigidaire. Families from Williamstown, Carlisle, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Mountain Top and other Central and Southeast Pennsylvania communities come to us for advice, installations and dependable propane delivery , too!
Don’t hesitate to reach out to Koppy’s Propane to discuss your propane range options.