Choices, Choices: The Electric Stove versus Gas Stove

25 Mar

In the most recent ventures of cooking, I’ve discovered a few things, and a few topics are becoming popular among my friends.

I’m sure a great debate exists about whether an electric stove or a gas stove is preferable- so we’ll address that in this blog!

Basically, the only time I had used a gas stove previously was at my friend Courtney’s house. The stove was odd, though, and the pilot light had to be blown upon to fully light things.

At my parents’ home and my aunt’s house and in most I’ve been in, we have electric stoves- so I’m accustomed to using those and have generally preferred them.

Until now.

At Caleb’s house, a very efficient gas stove can be found. Turning it to “Lite” actually lights the flame, and then voila, we’re ready to cook.

Water boils in no time at all, and the heat is immediate. If you turn it up, you immediately have more heat. If you turn it down, you immediately reduce the heat. It’s amazing, this idea of immediacy. Electric stoves take a long time to heat up, and if you turn the heat down, it takes a long time for the heat to actually come down…absolutely ridiculous.

My friend Heather, who lives in Japan, has informed us that most Japanese kitchens are equipped with gas stoves, which she prefers.

Doc has said much the same thing, even going so far as to say that one can only cook properly over a gas stove!

The downside, of course, is that the potential danger of a gas stove. A gas leak, while not inevitable, may happen, and more than one home has burnt down because of it. This danger does not exist with an electric stove.

Our general consensus has shown a preference, even by yours truly, for the gas stove.

As a shocking point in watching Julia Child yesterday, Doc pointed out to me that she uses an electric stove. Talk about one’s mind being blown away!

If you’ve never cooked on a gas stove, I highly recommend trying it, to see the differences and advantages it offers. You may ultimately prefer the electric stove, but I’m sticking with the gas stoves as much as I can.

On another note, my friend Roxanne’s stove…slants. I’m not sure how to explain this, other than it appears the hot plates in the stove are pushed up and tilting forward (toward you if you were standing in front of it.) This ruined an omelette I tried to prepare the other day, though we’ll save that tasty little disaster for another blog!

Until then, with good appetites and that deep love for cooking, I bid you adieu!


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7 responses to “Choices, Choices: The Electric Stove versus Gas Stove

  1. Courtney Reed

    March 26, 2010 at 2:02 am

    hahaha honey that stove at my house was ghettofabulous, not only did you have to blow on each eye, but you had to silently repeat a mantra and WILL it to light. Cooking on a gas stove is awesome. Electric stoves…they have their pros and cons. With the gas stoves, you have the unpleasant smell and the possibility of gas leaks. With electric stoves, there’s the problem of the heat not actually distributing evenly and so on and so forth…

    I’m actually planning on putting each in my kitchen in our BIG house!

  2. Van Tilden

    March 26, 2010 at 5:53 am

    the gas stoves here use batteries to make the controls electronic. so i dont light anything, i just push the button and it lights itself i guess. the temp controls and temp sensors are all electric too. i only replace the batteries once every other year.

    i do not smell the gas at all either. i dunno if the japanese have just perfected it or what. we have sensors inside too to detect gas leaks since gas is so prevelent here.

    most pro cooks prefer gas. one thing i like about gas as far as safety, it was always easy for me to forget and leave an electric eye on but with gas it is more than obvious if one is on or not. but still…if an earthquake hit all these gas lines would cause huge fires and such. that is what killed most folks in the last great quake. supposedly they are all wired to immediately cut off if there is any major shake so i dunno…..

    i also like the gas water heating. no wating for water to heat in a tank…it is heated instantly by gas. so, you never run out of water and you never have to wait for the water to get through the miles of pipe to the faucet. but i do feel nervous around the thing…..

    • enamouredslave

      March 27, 2010 at 1:50 am

      That’s how my friend’s stove works, as well- you switch it to Lite, and then on, and it’s great.

  3. Doc

    March 26, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Not only do you get “instant” heat with gas ranges, it also cools more quickly, offers greater energy efficiency and costs less! Leaks are less trouble than one might imagine, since you’ll smell them before they get really dangerous. I hear more often about electrical fires than gas fires, too.

    • enamouredslave

      March 27, 2010 at 1:51 am

      Who’d a thought? I guess one does smell the gas before it becomes a complete hazard, and an electric stove shorting out can probably be a real danger. I never thought about it that way.


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