Gas or Electric: A Buyer’s Guide to Stoves
When you’re choosing whether to buy an electric or propane gas appliance there are a few questions that you should ask yourself, especially since purchasing the right appliances for your needs can make a world of difference.
Many people tend to feel that an outdoor propane burner will always trump a traditional charcoal barbecue, while some think that an electric stove is better for certain purposes than a propane gas stove. Opinions vary widely, which is why it’s necessary to take a good look at what you need and what type of function you require for your home, campsite, or anywhere you might need electric or propane-powered appliances.
If you’re having trouble deciding, consulting gas co. experts can give you the low-down on the benefit of industrial gases and the overall benefits of propane-powered appliances in the home and elsewhere, so you feel more confident moving forward.
For now, take a look at a few of the benefits and differences that should be taken into consideration when thinking about electric or propane-powered appliances for cooking.
Where Will Your Propane Powered Appliance Be Used?
Determining where your propane powered appliance will be used can go a long way towards how long it will last, how often it might need to be maintained, and whether or not it will require additional parts to help keep it in working condition. In many cases, a well-planned diagram of the desired space can go a long way towards what type of appliance will be needed and where it can be placed for maximum efficiency.
1) High-Volume Areas
High-volume areas are typically any areas that service large numbers of people, like a restaurant. As a result, the propane-powered appliances, such as a propane kitchen stove, will be separated from diners. In these cases, your appliance will suffer more wear simply from being used so often and will likely require constant cleaning and upkeep, not to mention proper maintenance. An electric stove is no better or worse than a propane gas stove when used in high-volume areas, although if a power outage were to occur, the propane-powered appliances would still be able to operate.
Other appliances, such as outdoor propane heaters and outdoor propane burners, are also just as useful because they don’t require electricity to operate, but are far more susceptible to damage and wear if placed in a high-volume area.
2) Low-Volume Areas
This will often be classified as appliances that will be used in the home and therefore will not be used to service mass numbers of people. In this instance, it is often recommended that simplicity is the best policy since industrial-grade appliances are not needed. While wear and tear are still an issue and must be addressed in order to keep your electric or propane-appliances working at maximum efficiency, it is less of an issue than it might be in a commercial location. Plus, propane-powered appliances can help to cut down the cost of operating your home.
How Will Your Propane Kitchen Stove or Other Appliance Be Used?
1) Commercial or Private?
For commercial or private purposes, either electric or propane-powered appliances can be used since both are highly effective. The selection of an appliance tends to come down to what it’s needed for, how often it will be used, and what kind of budget the owner has, as electric appliances will tend to cost more on average in the long-term than propane-powered appliances will.
It’s also important to be selective when choosing an appliance and to think of the size of your business or home no matter the appliance, as having enough room to operate the appliance is important for function and safety.
2) Indoor or Outdoor?
Outdoor appliances such as an outdoor propane heater or an outdoor propane burner are obviously tools that have a firm, designated use. Electric appliances often require an extension cord or a generator to achieve the same results as propane-powered appliances but can be just as useful. When selecting your appliances though it’s important to factor in just where it will be placed and what function it will be required to fill in order to maximize its efficiency.
Electric vs. Propane-Powered Appliances
Simply put, the decision between electric and propane-powered appliances is a personal preference. What can be said is that both types of appliances are only as efficient as their designer makes them, but the argument over whether to stay with electric or propane has more to do with efficiency and the overall cost of conversion. Most homes today are wired to use electricity as their primary source of energy. It is possible to exist with propane-powered appliances and eschew electricity in a big way, but again, it’s a personal decision.
One very big deciding factor is the availability of said power source, as propane is a primary energy source, while electricity is a secondary source that requires more energy to obtain.
The only real obstacle to using propane-powered appliances in a home or business is the cost of converting to gas, as this can be quite costly. But in the long-run, propane is far more efficient and costs a great deal less.
Also, the added benefit is that while both electric and propane-powered appliances are able to go pretty much anywhere, carrying a propane tank is often easier than lugging around a heavy generator and a full tank of gasoline.
How to Maintain Your Propane-Powered Appliances
Cleaning any appliance can be a chore, but keeping them clean can help maintain your appliances and help them to last for many years to come. Cleaning an electric appliance versus a propane-powered appliance can be simple depending on the design, though with many propane appliances it’s possible to disassemble them in order to really get a deep clean that can maximize the life of the device and thereby ensure that it will work whenever it’s needed without fail.