Watch: 4 propane cooking myths debunked
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One thing homebuilders and interior designers can agree on is that the kitchen is the heart of the home. They’re giving this space more thought and consideration because it’s evolved to accommodate more than cooking: It has become a place for entertaining, as well. Take the island as an example. It’s not only where food is prepped but also where it’s served.
And if the kitchen itself has a star, it’s the cooking range. But this appliance sparks heated debates: On one side, proponents of gas ranges champion precision and versatility. On the other, advocates for electric cooktops cite air quality concerns and efficiency.
Those on the side of electric ranges mean well, but they’re often misinformed.
We caught up with Paul and Susan Kadilak of “Renovation Rekindle” to help address common misconceptions about propane gas ranges.
Myth 1: Chefs enjoy using electric cooktops
Watch even a minute of Food Network and you’ll see why this myth goes up in flames. Igniting cooktops is the official kickoff of any cooking competition worth its salt. But those blue flames offer more than drama. Professional and amateur chefs prefer gas because it heats up pots and pans quicker, and provides finer temperature control.
Myth 2: Induction cooktops are as good as propane
As a builder, you always want to deliver your projects on or under budget. The good news is that gas cooktops are usually more affordable than induction ranges, and you’ll be providing your clients a better product. That’s because gas ranges provide precise temperature control, allowing them to sear to perfection. Plus, gas stoves tend to be cheaper to operate than their electric counterparts.
Myth 3: Cooking with gas is bad for indoor air quality
No matter what fuel source you’re using — gas, electricity, or wood — cooking can contribute indoor air pollution. That’s why it’s vital to pair your cooktop with a quality range hood. A range hood exhausts smoke, steam, fumes, and other cooking byproducts to the outside. It can even help eliminate odors. So go ahead and pan fry that mackerel.
Myth 4: Upgraded kitchen appliances aren’t a high priority
Whether they’re hosting for the holidays or recreating their favorite restaurant dish, today’s homeowners are spending more time in the kitchen and expect new homes to boast the latest tech. Their dream kitchens include touchless faucets and smart appliances with voice control and integrated lighting, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s 2023 Design Trends report.
For builders, that means specifying higher-end appliances. A quality gas stove will appeal to the discerning buyer while also carrying a lighter price tag than a comparable electric stove.