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Old 04-26-2007, 08:49 AM
 
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I would like to change my eletric stove for a propane one. I hate not being able to cook when there is a problem with the energy, usually caused by bad weather. Does anyone has had or has a propane gas stove? Does it cost more or less than electricity? All answers will be highly appreciated.
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Old 04-26-2007, 08:56 AM
 
Location: NC
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Alot depends on th cost of propane. Ours is fairly expensive on both accords. having the ability to cook w/o power is a major bonus. It can also be used for heat when the power goes out Although I would'nt recomend it with little ones running around
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Old 04-26-2007, 09:45 AM
 
Location: NW Atlanta
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I would like to change my eletric stove for a propane one. I hate not being able to cook when there is a problem with the energy, usually caused by bad weather. Does anyone has had or has a propane gas stove? Does it cost more or less than electricity? All answers will be highly appreciated.
do you have a gas line in your house for your heating already? or would you have to put a tank in those are costs to consider also if you already have gas heating...instead of propane tank just have a plummer (specializing in gas) come out and run the line for the stove otherwise you have to run that buy the tank install the tank fill the tank you get the point alot more cost

I think generally that gas is more reliable and less costly than electric
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Old 04-26-2007, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Hopewell New Jersey
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I have a DCS Stainless steel dual fuel unit. Can be found on line. 5 burner propane with an electric oven. The best of both worlds !! And two of the burners are "super Burners"..ie....very high BTU output. They are expensive very high end type appliances. I went this route for the same reasons...like to cook but found the power outage a pain.
I'm going to be relocating out of NJ. PM me if interested in unit.
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Old 04-26-2007, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Maple Valley, WA
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Just ask Hank Hill. He sells propane and propane accessories.

(Just kidding - I'm a big King of the Hill fan)
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Old 04-26-2007, 08:32 PM
 
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Default happymember

Our family of three live in our house for the winter 6 months of the year. The house has only one propane appliance which is a 2-year-old Amana stove with 4 12,000 BTU burners and a 30,000 BTU oven element. Cost for the stove at a clearence center was $300.

The propane source is a 200 lb upright cylinder located in the yard next to a shed. Cost for the tank was $250. It has a bamboo screen around it to make it less unsightly. Propane is conducted through a tank-top regulator and then through underround copper pipe to the kitchen wall. On the inner side of the kitchen wall there is a shutoff valve in the line before the actual connection to the stove.

We use the oven probably 5-6 hours a week.

We get the tank refilled each spring before we move to our summer residence. The cost is generally in $100 range which would work out to about 140 lbs of propane.


If you have never cooked with gas, you'll find a large difference in the response time for burner heat. Electric elements take time to heat up and, more importantly, time to cool off. Gas elements are almost instantaneous in their response which means that when your pot has reached a boil you can reduce the heat and see the result very quickly.

You mentioned heating with a gas stove. Normal cooking is safe, but prolonged burner use for heating purposes could lead to carbon monoxide issues. Not recomended.

If you do choose to go the gas stove route, please consider installing both a propane gas detector and a carbon monoxide dectector in your home. Small units of both types are readily and cheaply available. You simply plug them into a standard wall receptacle.


Converting to gas from electric is going to cost you some $$$. If your main concern is convenience during power outages, perhaps you might consider spending the same $750-$1500 on a portable gasoline generator in the 3500 watt range. This would be enough to power up a couple of stove elements, but could also power your furnace blower motor, microwave, toaster oven, water pump, sump pump, lights, Tv, computer etc, etc. .

Warm is good when the power goes off; warm with the lights and TV on is even better.
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Old 04-27-2007, 05:23 AM
 
Location: NW Atlanta
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I agree with corner guy
we have a generator too
the only problem I find with it is that it is loud and when the power goes out the neighbors can hear it for miles and people start knocking on our door lol
but it really does work great
we have a 5000 watt ---my hubby is a web based programmer so losing his work at any given moment would be like VanGogh's kid coming and crayoning his current work-- not good
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Old 04-27-2007, 01:12 PM
 
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we're all propane here at the ranch, and we mostly cook on our Hotpoint propane range/self-cleaning oven. This unit has been the top-rated gas range for several years by Consumer Reports for control, oven uniformity/temp, and for least repairs needed. Our cost was less than $300 at 7 years ago, and they still sell new for about $300.00.

Gas ranges historically will take more repairs to maintain than electric ranges, but we've been highly satisfied with this unit. The only range more durable is our Waterford Stanley wood cookstove, which we use in the winter for outages or to help heat the house; I cook on it when it's fired up, it's a pleasure cook on or bake in the oven.

Our propane from the delivery truck ran $1.53 per gallon this year, up from the low $1 range over the last several.
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Old 05-04-2007, 09:50 AM
 
Location: here at the the present time, but on my way to heaven to meet my Criator
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I have a DCS Stainless steel dual fuel unit. Can be found on line. 5 burner propane with an electric oven. The best of both worlds !! And two of the burners are "super Burners"..ie....very high BTU output. They are expensive very high end type appliances. I went this route for the same reasons...like to cook but found the power outage a pain.
I'm going to be relocating out of NJ. PM me if interested in unit.
Thank you very much. But I'll try the one at Lowes.I love white appliances.
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Old 05-04-2007, 09:54 AM
 
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do you have a gas line in your house for your heating already? or would you have to put a tank in those are costs to consider also if you already have gas heating...instead of propane tank just have a plummer (specializing in gas) come out and run the line for the stove otherwise you have to run that buy the tank install the tank fill the tank you get the point alot more cost

I think generally that gas is more reliable and less costly than electric
No, no gas line here. No choice but the tank. Thank you
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