Cooking with Propane vs. Electric: How to Upgrade Your Kitchen

A closeup of a gas stovetop in a residential kitchen

If you’re thinking of switching your home from running solely on electricity to residential propane, one thing you might have some questions about is your oven. Many people have electric ovens and stoves, and using a gas oven instead can feel very different. Cooking with propane gas has different benefits than electric ovens, so it’s important to understand what you’re getting before you make this change.

Here’s what you need to know about cooking with gas vs. an electric oven and why you should consider switching to propane. 

Gas Ovens Reach High Temperatures Faster

When you’re baking something, waiting for your oven to preheat can be annoying when everything else is ready to go. While heating an oven to a high temperature will always take some time, this is something you can do quicker with a gas oven.

Electric ovens typically take longer to heat up, especially when you have it set to a high temperature. So, by using a gas oven instead, you could end up saving some time when you need to preheat your oven. This can help cut down the amount of time you’re using the oven in general, which could be a big benefit, especially if you’re trying to cut utility costs.

You Can Still Cook in a Power Outage

Do storms frequently knock out your power? Being unable to cook is one of many inconveniences of a power outage. However, one of the top benefits of having a gas oven in your home instead of an electric one is that gas won’t be affected by power outages. 

It’s always important to feel secure knowing that you’ll be able to power your home even if something happens to the power lines, but this is especially important when it comes to your kitchen. Houses may only lose power for a few minutes, but it could be days if a natural disaster occurs. No matter how long you’re without power, you’ll be able to prepare a warm meal when you’re cooking with propane indoors. Canned soup is great to have on hand in the pantry, but if you’re relying on an electric stove, you’ll be eating a lot of gazpacho. 

Even if your stove is the only appliance that runs on propane, this is a huge advantage and something to consider when deciding between a propane gas vs. an electric oven. 

A copper saucepan heating on low on a gas stovetop

Gas Ovens Offer More Precision

Cooking is an art, but it’s also a science. If you’re not careful, you may end up with undercooked chicken or a quesadilla that is beyond well done. If you like your food cooked properly, the last thing you want is to end up with an oven that’s difficult to control and leave your food either undercooked or burnt. 

Fortunately, this isn’t something you’ll have to worry about when cooking with propane. Typically, gas ovens have more precision than electric ovens. Gas ovens make it easier to bake and cook at the exact temperature you need, so you have more control over it. If you need to adjust the temperature while baking or cooking, gas ovens easily adjust so you don’t have to worry about over or under-cooking something. 

Make the Switch to Propane with Heller’s Gas

Whether you’re switching your whole house to propane or only your oven, you’ll likely have some questions. Before switching from electricity to gas, you want to be sure you’re making the right choice for you, your family, and your home. At Heller’s Gas, we help make switching to residential propane easy, so you can enjoy the benefits of using gas in your home. 

If you’re considering making the switch to cooking with propane, contact us today to learn more about it and how we can help!

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