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My stove is dying ... [message #787054] Mon, 23 September 2013 05:16 Go to next message
Bonnie  is currently offline Bonnie
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Gas or electric?[ 20 vote(s) ]
1.Electric 3 / 15%
2.Gas 17 / 85%
3.Always eat out (That's a nice thought!) 0 / 0%
4.Other (though I can't think of what that would be. Solar maybe?) 0 / 0%

We've always had electric, but since I'm going to have to replace it, Rod asked if I would prefer gas. We have a gas water heater, so we do have access to gas. We would just have to run a line for the stove. (That's where working with young people come in handy. They grow up and get careers - some of them in the trades!)

So, do you prefer gas or electric? I do a LOT of cooking for big crowds. Sunday dinner is always 16 here, and will only get bigger.


Bonnie
Re: My stove is dying ... [message #787064 is a reply to message #787054 ] Mon, 23 September 2013 08:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
MicheleB  is currently offline MicheleB
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I've had both and I much prefer gas. It is much easier to control the temperature when you're doing stove top cooking and just seems to bake better as well.


Michele
Re: My stove is dying ... [message #787067 is a reply to message #787054 ] Mon, 23 September 2013 08:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Dimples  is currently offline Dimples
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I would go with gas! I have electric now and would switch, but we do not have a gas line out in our area.

I prefer gas because whenever the electricity is out you can still cook and heat things. Plus, as Michele said, you can control the temperature better.
Re: My stove is dying ... [message #787070 is a reply to message #787054 ] Mon, 23 September 2013 10:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Elise  is currently offline Elise
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Well, "they" say that the best is a combination of both - gas cooktop, electric oven. I do prefer a gas cooktop, but it took me a long time to get used to it. I'm now back to electric (because it's what we could find used at the time), and I miss the quick response time of the gas burners.


Blessings,
Elise


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Retired homeschool mom to Emily and Bryan
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Re: My stove is dying ... [message #787071 is a reply to message #787054 ] Mon, 23 September 2013 10:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lisa T.  is currently offline Lisa T.
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I absolutely, totally, without any equivocation prefer gas.

That said, I'm OK with my glass electric cooktop...much easier to clean than traditional burners. But it doesn't have the quick response time of a gas burner.


Lisa T.
Re: My stove is dying ... [message #787073 is a reply to message #787054 ] Mon, 23 September 2013 12:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
praise2christ  is currently offline praise2christ
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I dream of someday having a gas stove! It is so much easier to control the temp.

That being said, if I had to go with electric again, I'd much prefer a coil top over the ceramic or glass smooth tops. I HATE my smooth top stove. It takes forever for something to boil and when it finally does, it boils over (if I lower the temp before it starts to boil, it will never boil). Even water leaves rings that are almost impossible to clean up. My stove came with burnt on rings that I have never been able to get rid of completely. I've used every type of scrub and online tutorial I've found, but nothing works. I've even taken a razor blade to the rings. It helped, but didn't completely get rid of it.


Stacy, mom to 11-year-old boy/girl twins and a three-year-old boy.

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Re: My stove is dying ... [message #787092 is a reply to message #787073 ] Tue, 24 September 2013 05:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Emily
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I've used both and hands down LOVE our gas range. I love the quick response and ease of temperature control....I'll never go back to electric again if I can help it!

[Updated on: Tue, 24 September 2013 05:00]


Emily
Re: My stove is dying ... [message #787109 is a reply to message #787073 ] Tue, 24 September 2013 10:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Robin H.  is currently offline Robin H.
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I have to differ here. I love our glass cooktop. The old coils were awful.

Re: My stove is dying ... [message #787155 is a reply to message #787054 ] Wed, 25 September 2013 17:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
elliemaejune  is currently offline elliemaejune
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I had an electric range for 16 years and wished every time I used it that it was a gas range.

Now I have a gas cooktop and a separate electric oven. I'm a happy camper again. Smile So actually, if you could afford a dual-energy range (gas cooktop, electric oven) that would be best (electric is supposed to be better for oven), but I'm thinking it might be pricier than an all-gas range.

I make good gravy, but for some reason I was never able to do it right on the electric burner. Confused


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Re: My stove is dying ... [message #787177 is a reply to message #787054 ] Thu, 26 September 2013 10:59 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Diana P.  is currently offline Diana P.
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I've had multiple years experience with both, and currently have gas.

I will take GAS over electric any day, hands down.....and that goes for the stove top as well as the oven....gas just cooks better.


Grace & Peace,
Diana

"Do your best, then rest"

Re: My stove is dying ... [message #787194 is a reply to message #787054 ] Thu, 26 September 2013 20:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
~Janice  is currently offline ~Janice
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I've had both - prefer electric.


TAKE TIME FOR FRIENDS!

Janice T. ~ CHF member since 09/97 ~
Mom to four - ds 28, dd 26, dd 24 and ds 21 - and wife to my sweet husband Richard.
Re: My stove is dying ... [message #787254 is a reply to message #787092 ] Sat, 28 September 2013 06:04 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Diana P.  is currently offline Diana P.
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Emily wrote on Tue, 24 September 2013 05:00

I've used both and hands down LOVE our gas range. I love the quick response and ease of temperature control....I'll never go back to electric again if I can help it!

This is how I feel about it...when we moved here, the stove was electric, but there was gas IN the house to heat the hot water, so we had a plumber come and do the hook-ups so I could use my gas stove.

My mom told me that when she first moved into elderly housing, one of the biggest things she missed was her gas stove at home. She is a phenomenal cook and baker, and she always told me that the same recipes she used for years with her gas stove and oven, were now a little "off", using the electric stove in her apartment..

Interesting...I don't know all of the science behind it, but I have found it to be the same way myself.


Grace & Peace,
Diana

"Do your best, then rest"

Re: My stove is dying ... [message #787335 is a reply to message #787054 ] Mon, 30 September 2013 19:46 Go to previous message
Nancy  is currently offline Nancy
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When I was younger, I preferred electric. I just couldn't seem to get the hang of gas. I don't remember why.

Recently dh found a really nice brand new gas range on Craigslist for $150. Someone moved into a house and decided to remodel and replace the entire kitchen. He grabbed it up since he has always preferred gas and I agreed to try it.

The oven works great, I haven't had to adjust any of my recipes for the oven and the stove top totally ROCKS! I hope I never have to go back to electric, but if I had a choice between coils and ceramic top, I would choose a ceramic top which is what I have had for the past 15+ years.

Another cool thing is that our previous electric range is set up in the garage and I will have an extra oven for Thanksgiving dinner. I'm really excited about that.


Blessings,
~N
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