Gas Ranges- Huge Drop-Off In LP?
I am going to be purchasing an AG or DF range in the near future (and, junking my accursed electric range). Natural Gas is not an option where I live, so I will have to go with LP. I am looking in the 2K range (GE Profile, Jenn Air, etc.). I was a bit disconcerted at the HUGE dropoff in BTU with LP as opposed to NG. I read some posts in this forum referring to a 10% LP penalty. But the numbers i am seeing on manufacturer's websites are way above that. For example, GE's PGB910SEMSS lists the Powerburner at 17K BTU for NG, but 11K for LP. That is a drop of over 1/3. Does anyone make products specifically for LP? I think it's crazy to spend 2K for a range that doesn't put out much more than a $500.00 range. I realize that there are other capabilities at issue, but I would like at least one "hot" burner. Any suggestions will be most appreciated. Thank you.
Second the suggestion for induction. More efficient in terms of energy transfer, doesn't heat up the kitchen and no burning sleeves unless it's intentional. Depending on unit, it may require a second 220V line but at least there's no need to install a LP tank and appropriate piping.
Yes, non-magnetic cookware has to be replaced but that's not the end of the world as there are affordable pieces that do work very well on induction (cast iron for instance - you'll give your arms a workout).
We switched from electric to Thermador cooktop using LP 12 years ago. I don't know the BTU ratings, but it is PLENTY hot. I only crank it all the way up to sear a steak in a cast iron skillet, get a pot boiling for pasta or do a stirfry. When initially installed, they set it up wrong and it was WAY too hot, with occasional bursts of flame. At first, I thought I just hadn't learned to use it. Then, I got a bad burn from it catching the sleeve of my T-shirt on fire! That's when we decided something was seriously wrong and had the installers come back. Sure 'nuf, there was a problem! They fixed it and it's been great since. IMHO, LP is still so much better than electric!
wmanning: "I am going to be purchasing an AG or DF range in the near future (and, junking my accursed electric range). Natural Gas is not an option where I live, so I will have to go with LP. ... I would like at least one "hot" burner. Any suggestions will be most appreciated."
You do say ANY suggestions, so here is one: induction. Induction is twice as fast as gas (as _gas_ -- more than twice as fast as LP) to heat water, according to all reliable sources (such as Consumers Union) that have conducted direct controlled test comparisons. Our own experience over the past ten years using an induction cooktop anecdotally supports those test results. Also, at lowest settings where gas would flame out, you can still finely tune an induction burner.
If you have a huge sunk investment in copper or aluminum pots and pans, induction may not be a solution for you, but all of your cast iron and enameled steel pieces, and most of your stainless pots and pans, will work just fine on induction. And a good quality pan on an induction burner will react just as quickly to a change in controls as a copper pan will on a gas burner.
Thank you for planting the Induction seed in my head. Yesterday, I bought a GE Profile Induction range. I did lots of research on the "bottled gas" issue, and decided that Induction made lots of sense for me. So, I will toss the Calphalon (thank God I don't own any copper), and shop for induction-friendly replacements. Prices on induction have plummeted lately (this unit cost me 2K; it was 3K a year ago). Do you have a brand-preference for cookware? I have heard good things about Demeyere (pricey, but willing to pay for quality). Thanks again.