Written on: February 27, 2023
Did you know that 96 percent of chefs prefer cooking with gas over electricity?
If you’ve ever been to a restaurant with an open kitchen layout, you might have noticed that the searing, boiling and sautéing was happening over rows of blue flames. Simply put, gas is the gold standard for people who like to cook — whether professionally or at home.
It’s no wonder, then, that many of our customers in Williamstown, Carlisle and other cities in our Pennsylvania service area want to know about propane stoves. Here are answers to some of the frequent questions we hear.
Generally, a propane stove for residential use will only need about 35 gallons of propane per year. If you anticipate heavier usage, the annual total could be as high as 60 gallons. The reason is that propane ranges are incredibly efficient. One gallon of propane produces about 91,502 Btu of heat energy.
If one of the larger burners on your propane range produces 18,000 Btu per hour, then one gallon of propane will power that burner for over five hours.
As such, you can power a propane-fired stove and oven — plus other propane appliances — with a modestly sized propane tank and not require too many fuel deliveries.
There are many reasons that propane stoves are so prevalent in new construction. Here are just a few:
Some homeowners are reasonably concerned about the safety and eco-friendliness of propane stoves. But many of the emissions at the center of the current debate don’t come into play with propane. For example, propane is entirely methane-free. It also emits virtually no particulate matter.
Particulate matter is microscopic solids or liquid droplets that can be inhaled and cause health problems. It’s worth noting that all cooking produces some particulate matter, regardless of whether it involves a gas, electric or wood stove.
But particulate matter and other emissions can be largely mitigated with proper ventilation. If you want additional peace of mind, consider indoor air quality products. In a recent New York Times article, Dr. Ravi Kalhan of Northwestern University suggested that an air purifier with a HEPA filter can significantly help reduce the level of nitrogen oxides concentrating in the home.
If you’re ready to take the plunge on a high-quality, fuel-efficient propane-fired range and oven, we can help. We sell and install propane stoves from leading manufacturers and can find the perfect one for your kitchen.
Our friendly technicians are ready to help. Get in touch with Koppy’s Propane right away.