|Dual Fuel Kitchen Ranges
|Dual fuel kitchen ranges are an increasingly
popular choice for luxury kitchens. They
provide the home cook with the high performance
of commercial type gas cook top burners and
the even temperatures and convenience of
electric self cleaning ovens. These ranges
come in 30 inch, 36 inch, 48 inch and even
60 inch models. Made from heavy duty, brushed
18 inch grade stainless steel, they stand
out as commanding focal points in any kitchen,
especially when they are topped by a wall
mounted exhaust hood.
If you are thinking of buying
a dual fuel
range, consider the following:
- These ranges have between 4 and 6 gas cook
top burners, depending on their width. The
larger sizes can also feature griddles and
grills. Be sure to check on the number of
burners that will allow you to gently simmer
at a low temperature. Some models will have
two low temperature burners, while others
have dual stacked burners that let you increase
the heat from very low to high on any burner.
Look for completely sealed stove top cooking
surfaces that have porcelain coated cast
- Most of these ranges use natural gas for
the cook top burners, but some companies
make models that are fueled by LP gas.
- The large electric ovens in these ranges
can bake or roast by conventional or convection
systems. They will also broil. The smaller
ovens in the 48 inch models are usually not
convection ovens or broilers. Only the 60
inch units offer two ovens with multiple
conventional and convection settings. One
manufacturer offers a model with one gas
and one electric oven.
- Compare the number of racks and rack settings
in the ovens. Some models have 3 racks and
5 rack positions; others offer more.
The companies that make these dual fuel ranges
often identify themselves by the highly colored
oven controls on the front of the ranges.
These controls have become one of the latest
kitchen status symbols.