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How many BTU's do you need?

Asked by susanc (16122points) November 28th, 2007

I’m trying to replace an old gas range. The more you pay, the more BTU’s you get under your saucepan. Why does this matter? Is it more fuel-efficient? Less? Does the water boil faster? And do I need a convection oven?

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robhaya's avatar

Most gas ranges have four burners, measured in British thermal units per hour (Btu/hr.): one or two medium-output burners (about 9,000 Btu/hr.), a small burner (about 5,000 Btu/hr.), and one or two large burners (about 12,500 Btu/hr.). Consider a gas range with at least one high-output burner on the cooktop that will provide a higher level of heat—usually up to 15,000 Btu/hr.—instantly. These burners make it easy to quickly boil and sear foods.

Convection oven helps cook/bake food more evenly by circulating the air in the oven. I highly recommend one, if you do a lot of baking.

Good Luck!
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hossman's avatar

I also recommend the GE Advantium microwave, which microwaves and bakes, which not only allows you to not heat up the whole kitchen or dirty up your oven if you’re doing something small (I haven’t found anything that does better baked potatoes) but gives you the ability to bake two dishes at different temperatures (huge help at the holidays).

If you want to stir fry, grill steaks, or cook large batches of soups and sauces in a stockpot, a high BTU gas burner is very helpful.

susanc's avatar

Okay, one high-speed burner; yes to convection; but a sad no to Advantium (tiny
kitchen) and hello to Product Envy…..thank you both.

hossman's avatar

If you have a range hood over a standard size range, the Advantium will fit there, or in any space a full-size microwave will fit.

gailcalled's avatar

I have a new GE 32” gas stove and oven; c.$900. It has two medium burners, one large and one small. When I am trying to get a large pot of soup to reach the boil, for example, I put it on the large burner. But I have to watch pot like a hawk. Then I move it to the small burner, (and use a heat infuser) in order to keep a low simmer going. I have burnt the bottoms of several pots due to the efficiency of the gas. No idea of the BTUs but I can send you the model # privately if you like. i did a lot of research online and read dozens of opinions at epinions, etc. from real people (I think).

My sis, who is the mad cook in the family, has a new 32” Garland gas stove, which she LOVES. I can get that model number also. I won’t tell you what she paid for it unless you are sitting down w. the smelling salts at the ready.

We also use the oven in a good toaster oven alot.

PS. Extra charge to haul old stove away, and you will probably need the gas. co. to unhook and rehook the gas. I was able to find a plumber who could do it all, but most don’t.

ladybrede10's avatar

I am looking at a new gas stove. It has glass on top with gas burners. I love it but it is only 15000btu’s. Another without the glass is 17000btu’s is that significant enough for me to give up the glass I love?
Thanks

lockebarrels's avatar

How many BTUs does a 1930 Wedgewood stove use? It has 6 burners, 2 ovens, 1 pancake grill.

gailcalled's avatar

@lockbarrels: Call your gas supplier.

lockebarrels's avatar

I called the gas company and they don’t provide that kind of information.

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