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Electric range help

I am moving to a new home and I am concerned about the stove possibilities--- In the past, I have had gas stoves/ranges, so Teflon wasn't a huge concern aside from the drip-trays etc.
That having been said, a lot of the properties I am looking at come with electric (not gas) stoves/ranges.
I can live without an oven (although I would hate it) but I need a range. Are electric ranges generally safe? Any thoughts on the matter?

If you have safely used an electric range, could you post your model/brand?

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Re: Electric range help

Might look into induction style electric ranges. If not familiar, they do *not* heat a surface directly but use electromagnetic pulses to interact with specific alloy metal pots/pans. I have used them at friend's houses; lift the pot/pan from the surface and it automatically shuts off and you can essentially touch the stove without much danger. (just remaining radiated heat from the pot/pan)

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Re: Electric range help

There is a major difference between Owning and Renting /Leasing! More Apartments are moving to Electric Kitchens to simplify construct and moving the cost of Utilities onto the Renter. i.e. a single meter for each unit.

Switching between Gas and Electric is a nightmare. Each technology requires a different mindset regarding temperature and length of time!

Technology: I like Scott's recommendation! Radiate heat based units are the long term wave of the future. The costs are still higher than either of the primary options and it is yet another cooking mindset that one must learn. You will not find this technology as part of Rental units...

If your buying a newly built home, which is completed, you will find a greater use of electrical Kitchens, hot water heaters and heating systems because is costs less to build such a home. Homes with LP /NG gas cost more to build! Two primary cost centers: Piping and removal of spent gases.

Safety: Any heat source has its dangers. Cooking is a dangerous activity! Cooking related fires are a far too common. All three technologies can result in a fire. All three are only as safe as the cook!

I have used all three and each have their good points and not so good. I'm old and I favor gas!

When we built a few years ago, we pre-set build spec's knowing that using gas would add cost to the build. The why was simple, when the (electrical) power goes out, you have nothing! Power outages are becoming far more common place and they are lasting longer. If one has a gas supply, one can connect a generator to that supply! Being warm and have cold food and drink is a sweet thing in the Great White North.

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Re: Electric range help

If you don't mind buying a gas stove to replace the electric one and even if there is no gas hookup, having the propane company install a propane bottle and line to you kitchen isn't that expensive.

You can even pay a handyman to run the gas line and the propane company will do the leak check before they hook things up. Shouldn't be more than a few hundred bucks for the connection unless you're buying a large house with a long gas run. You would probably only need a 100# tank for cooking and "now you're cooking with gas!".

If we're talking renting and not buying, I would think that the owner would be OK with the conversion as long as you discussed it with him because it would give him two options to offer to future renters.
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