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So, I am moving into a new apartment after having lived in my current place, equipped with a gas stovetop, for a few years. The new place does not have a gas line. My problem is, I have gotten *damned* attached to the gas stovetop and am having difficulty imagining going back to the usual electric burners. An idea that popped into my head was using a combo of an oven only - maybe this: http://www.amazon.com/Breville-BOV800... (this seems to be a well thought of appliance - I live alone and am usually only cooking for 1-3 people, but I am definitely open to recommendations) and something like a portable gas stove/set of burners. Possibly something I have seen in the outdoors shops my sister haunts? Like this (random search - no attachment to this one in particular): http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-S... - maybe 2-3 of them?

Is this a ridiculous idea? Does anyone have any thoughts on workability? Recommendations for equipment? Please let me know!

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  1. I don't suppose an induction cooktop would interest you? They can be more precisely controlled, they're fast, and they are, of course, designed to be used indoors. I love my Rosewill cooktop and I don't have to worry about being gassed to death in my sleep or anything.

    1. portable gas burners don't work *anything* like hard-connected gas burners...you'd be hating life within a week.

      1. I don't know the rules for Montreal (assuming that is where you are from), but in DC it is illegal for us to have gas grills, inside or outside on balconies, in condo buildings. I don't know the exact rule but if you use this approach and cause a fire or any damage and its illegal, you may have voided your insurance. Just a potential issue!

        1. agree with dclinds...
          u also need to look into your fire codes/building regs

          the propane burner would be illegal/against fire code here ...
          u cant even store the tanks for them near the building...
          or have a charcoal either...
          only kind of grill u can even have near the building is an electric one...
          is this a complex or building?
          do they have gas grills outside?

          u may just have to stick with what comes with the apt...
          my last apt had a self cleaning stove...my current one doesnt..so i have to clean a stove every once in a while...

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          1. re: srsone

            Ha, OK, shot down! This is good advice and I have ditched my crazy idea - thank you all for posting. :)

            It's looking like induction is the way to go - an induction range. I will search the threads here for info because to be honest, I don't think I was aware that 'induction' was significantly different from 'electric burners'. Any advice or links would be appreciated.

            Thanks again, you may have saved me from burning down my apartment. :)

          2. You want to use a propane burner indoors? Don't skimp on liability insurance.

            1. For occasional indoor use, a canister butane hot plate works well, but I'd stay away from a large propane burner like that (with the possible exception of using it on a concrete patio).

              1. As a somewhat younger and much more idealist and romantic person I lived with my SO in a single apartment which came equipped with only a mini fridge. Probably very illegally I cooked almost two years worth of food on a camping burner. There were quite a few near misses (!) but it was one of the best times of my life and there were quite a few great meals made there.

                Now that we've got a kitchen and I'm fully obsessed with cooking and cookware I can hardly imagine having to function like that again. I'm not necessarily recommending it but it can be done ;)

                1. The idea of putting a gas cooktop designed for outdoor use into a kitchen strikes me as something that just might get you nominated for a Darwin Award.

                  Using the Breville for an oven, on the other hand - much better idea. I have this model and it's great when cooking for two. It will handle pans up to 12" x 13-1/2", and definitely saves energy compared to using a full-sized oven. I would not give up my large one though, if only because although we're empty nesters, we do a lot of entertaining and the Breville, for all its wonderful qualities, simply isn't big enough to cook for a crowd.

                  But strictly as a toaster oven, it is the largest and best on the market. By the way - don't get snookered by that Amazon page claiming to discount it from $299 to $249 - the list price is actually $249 (you can verify that on Breville's own site), and I've seen reports from others who've gotten it for as little as $200 using coupons at Bed, Bath, & Beyond.