Posted on October 09, 2015 Topic(s): Cooking
Cooking with gas is a glorious thing. While it was once used predominantly in the restaurant industry, Okanagan homeowners are catching on to the benefits of gas-fueled appliances Vernon chefs have been using for years.
Whether you’re searing, sizzling or stir-frying, you can count on a gas stove to heat up quickly and provide precise temperature control. However, before you make the switch from an electric range, you should first consider the steps you’ll need to take to ensure a proper conversion.
Fortunately, it might be easier than you think.
In a best-case scenario, you’ll already have other appliances that are fuelled by either propane or natural gas. These typically include:
If either of these appliances has a gas hookup, you’ll likely be able to run a line to where the stove is being installed. However, you’ll need to contact a certified plumber to install the line and complete the connection so that it meets local building code. In other words, don’t attempt to install this yourself.
When finding a plumber:
In rare instances, there might already be a gas hookup for your stove, but previous owners chose to use an electric range instead.
When constructing a new home, you can easily incorporate gas connections into the design to accommodate the top appliances Vernon homeowners covet. If a natural gas utility isn’t available on your property, you can use a propane system instead.
Keep in mind that most gas stoves and other appliances require a conversion kit to switch between natural gas and propane.
The standard width of an electric stove is 30 inches. There are many gas models, such as Viking's 5 Series Gas Range, that come in 30-inch models, and would make for an easy switch.
However, many home cooking enthusiasts are recognizing the culinary freedom you can achieve with a larger cooking area. The Brigade 7 Series Gas Range, featuring six burners and measuring 36 inches wide, is a good example. The more BTUs, the better, right?
If you’re looking to upsize your stove (or cooktop), you’ll need to ensure there’s space to accommodate it. You might need to do a little remodeling, and possibly sacrifice some counter space, but it’ll be worth it.
Another consideration of upsizing cooking appliances is whether your range hood is adequate enough to handle the extra smoke, heat and odours produced by a larger range. For more on that, read our post Custom Vent Hoods: A Buying Guide for Kelowna Appliances in the Kitchen.
Are you thinking of switching over to high-end gas cooking appliances Vernon foodies are always raving about? Come and see our selection of top name brands at Genier’s. We carry the Interior’s largest selection and our live showroom is sure to inspire.