Range/Oven - Gas

How it Works

The gas range uses open-flame stovetop burners: each burner has a heavy cast iron frame above it to support pots and pans. These gas stoves regulate heat with valves activated by dial knobs. Depending on the model, the knob may double as an ignition switch or there may be an automatic striker or pilot light ignition source. 

Ranges usually include an oven for baking, roasting and broiling. Some ovens use a fan to distribute heat for even cooking. 

The gas range is connected by pipe to a propane tank or to a natural gas line, and should be installed by a licensed technician.

What Can Go Wrong?

Control valves regulate the flow of gas in each burner: when those valves fail, the corresponding burner will no longer work. Failure of such a valve may leave the burner in a set position.

Any impact to the stove top may damage the burner housing and cause a gas leak. 

Environmental Impact

Although the gas range is more energy efficient than the electric stove because gas heats the food quicker, the carbon footprint is generally the same: they each produce about 160 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) per month.


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