liquid propane cooktops

jennyallenSeptember 6, 2013

I have liquid propane in my house and am not happy with my kenmore elite cooktop that was converted to liquid propane. I am trying to investigate whether it is a gas line problem or the actual cooktop. What is the opinion regarding factory installed propane vs. having it converted? Sears is willing to switch it out but the only liquid propane specific model they sell is the Dacor Distinctive line...

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jakuvall

What is it your unhappy about?
In many cases converted units will lose power, how much varies a lot. Even some factory ready units will have lower power ratings. If you are coming from electric keep in mind that any gas top will take longer to boil water than electric.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2013 at 6:44PM
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kksmama

I had an awful builder grade propane range, now have KA 36" range top and love it. Specs say as gas it is 90k Btus, but "only" 64k as propane. The big burners are 14k instead of 20k, but they seem great to me.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2013 at 7:11PM
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deeageaux

If you are coming from electric keep in mind that any gas top will take longer to boil water than electric.

It is almost always the opposite.

Standard Gas burner > Electric Radiant

True Open burner gas ~ Premium Electric Induction

Very few people have the latter two options.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2013 at 7:35PM
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jakuvall

A few years ago the appliance advisor had folks timing and posting boiling times for various ranges- can't find that now but it is where I got that opinion. At the time I'd just switched from a not great Amana electric to a Wolf DF and was surprised how much longer it took to boil the pasta water.
And then there are these links- though you can find the opposote opinion at a few places too

http://www.foodbanter.com/cooking-equipment/7620-high-btu-gas-electric.html

http://www.qfak.com/education_reference/science_mathematics/?id=1855711

http://kitchen-myths.com/2011/03/31/gas-cooktops-are-better-than-electric/

http://www.improvingyourworld.com/home/gas_versus_electric_cook_tops_000956.html

    Bookmark   September 6, 2013 at 8:14PM
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35ftcabo

I have to say I agree - although I never timed it, it seemed like my 5 year old Kenmore electric stove boiled water faster than my new 48" propane range. And my friend, who has the same model in gas, says the same. So it's just a feeling. But I wouldn't switch back, lol.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2013 at 9:51PM
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