The Advantages of a Dual Fuel Range

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The Advantages of a Dual Fuel Range
Dual fuel ranges use both gas and electricity. (oven image by Evgeny Rodionov from Fotolia.com)

Dual fuel ranges are ovens that use two sources of fuel: gas and electric. These ovens require both an electric oven connection and a gas line to the kitchen in order to work, but if they can be installed they offer the benefits of both fuels. Duel fuel ranges use gas for the stove burners on top, but electric for the oven beneath. They tend to be more expensive than single fuel ranges, but offer benefits for serious cooks.

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Hob Control

A gas hob is more accurate and easier to control precisely than an electric hob. In gas burners there are very few steps to passing the heat onto food. The burner is lit via an electric ignition, and the flames from the gas immediately heat the pot, skillet, or kettle placed on the burner. When users turn up or down the gas, the changes in heat are immediate. In electric burners, owners can only control the electricity that flows through the heating element, which in turn affects the resistance of the metal, which produces heat that radiates up out from the burner before it encounter the pot or skillet. This takes much longer and is not as precise as the alternative version.

Dependable Baking

Gas ovens also have their share of problems. When a gas oven is used, the heat from the gas does not disperse equally. Instead, it moves in currents around the oven and tends to collect in spots directly near the burners creating the heat. This leads to spots of heat that cook food unequally and make it difficult to warm frozen meals or keep certain foods baking for the right amount of time. Electric ovens, meanwhile, heat the inside of the oven very uniformly, with even heating and rises in temperature that allow food to be cooked more thoroughly.

Price Savings

Despite the higher installation cost, dual fuel burners can also save users money if they already have access to both gas and electric lines in the kitchen. Most users operate the burners more often than the oven itself. Since the burners are gas powered and gas is cheaper to use than electricity (especially when it comes to heating elements) users tend to save money in utility bills over time.

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