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Mar 4, 2012 07:49 AM

New gas oven - how often should burner cycle?

I am a new owner of a gas KitchenAid Architect II series range/oven. I have been stuck with electric for many years, so it's been a treat to get back to gas, albeit in this case propane (the range was converted per instructions).

The range top and oven all seem to function perfectly, so this is really just a question out of curiosity -- I notice that the oven cycles on and off quite a bit. For example, at 300 or 400 degrees for any length of time, the flame will run for a couple of minutes at most (maybe less) then go out for a minute, then relight. I mainly notice because you can hear the "pop/hum" of the flame lighting.

Is it normal to cycle so often? I suppose that with my old electric range I had no idea how often it cycled since I couldn't really hear the faint hum of the element from the next room.

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  1. I have a Kitchenaid gas range with a gas convection oven - the oven performs well. Logic tells me that more frequent cycling minimizes the temperature fluctuation.