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Feb 7, 2007 10:33 PM

Is cooking on propane dirty??

has anyone experienced cooking on propane being dirty? I have always used gas and now have to move where only propane is available and someone told me it's dirty and leaves residue everywhere? Are they just used to coooking with electric? I LOVE my gas stove and hate the idea of going back to electric but don't want to end up with suet or residue everywhere. Any thoughts?

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  1. I've cooked on propane for about the last 25 years. Compared to natural gas, it's common to have a little yellow at the flame tips, and as a result there can be some minor and easily removed carbon deposited on the bottom of pots and pans. Other than that, I don't see any problem - and certainly nothing that could be described as "soot and residue everywhere."

    1. Millions of people own propane grills. I'm sure they don't have any problems.


      1. That's just crazy talk! I had a house once that used propane for heat too, and although it wasn't hermetically sealed I sure didn't see dirt all over (except for the mud we tracked in since we were in the boondocks). Maybe it's someone's excuse for not doing their normal housecleaning? After I switched from electric, my pots got cleaner, since it was easier to control the heat and not burn the bottoms.

        1. Dictionary says "suet: the hard fat about the kidneys and loins in beef and mutton that yields tallow." Hard to figure out how a propane flame could spew that around the kitchen.

          That being said....I have cooked with propane for years and don't discern any difference between it and natural gas. However, make sure the settings on your stove/oven are set for use with propane, not natural gas, or your appliance will not work correctly.

          1. Everybody uses propane where I'm from in Maine; before I moved there, I had used natural gas for years and years. There was no difference in the cleanliness factor, but I thought the propane flame wasn't as hot as with natural gas. That very well may have had more to do with the stove than the fuel, though.