TOO HOT TO HANDLE….LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR BTU’S AND 6 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A GAS RANGE
A BTU (British thermal unit) is a measure of heat output and applies to the power generated by gas stovetops and ranges. The capacity of gas burners is measured in BTU per hour. Residential ranges, patterned after commercial units, have BTUs of 12,000 to 25,000. If you have one, or are planning a kitchen design, you no doubt know what these are. But do you really know why you need these? It’s gotta be for a better reason than bragging rights.
Before we go too much further, let’s do talk about those bragging rights!
Buying any one of these ranges is even more exciting than buying a sports car and much cheaper when you compare it this way. See, I can justify anything!
But would I really buy one? I am the world’s biggest cheerleader for induction cooking. (another post) However, yes if I was a guy, I’d be saying I’d trade a “you know what” for one of these puppies. Maybe not because of the way they cook, or for the bragging rights of having all these BTUs at our disposal, but because they just look like they need to be in our home!
Who can pass up this one in the color Roquefort?! That brass is welcome in our home anytime!
Don’t Like My Color Choice? Try These.
Three 12,000 BTU burners, one 17,500 BTU center burner, one simmer burner adjustable from 600 BTU to 6,000 BTU.
Dual wok: 750 BTU/h – 18 000.00 BTU/h, Rapid: 2500 BTU/h – 11 000.00 BTU/h (1), Semi-rapid: 1500 BTU/h – 6500 BTU/h (3), Auxiliary:750 BTU/h – 3400 BTU/h (1)
We’ve most likely just established that many of us do want one of these beauties. After all, won’t we cook better, more often, wow our friends with eat in dinners instead of eating out (another attempt at justification!) and host every holiday dinner from now on? Maybe. Inspiration is powerful and we have so many clients that are doing just this. Bravo to all of you!
What to know before you spring for a professional series residential range.
Just a few considerations, in layman’s terms, to keep in mind while you are drooling over the thought of owning a high BTU output range.
6 THINGS TO CONSIDER
- Study Up and Plan for Ventilation. You must have it and USE it. The proper system must be sized to your range and are costly. None of these ranges look good charred!
- The backsplash should also be a heat retardant material.
- Consider how you cook. Too much BTU means it’s harder to control when you do not want high heat. Look at where a lower BTU burner is located on the cooktop.
- The units themselves are heavy. A quick double check of floor support is never a mistake.
- Be careful using the range top. The grates do stay hot after use.
- Make sure you have a gas line. Don’t laugh…it has happened. Miscommunications, while make a good story later, can be frustrating at best when your new baby is in the driveway.
Ready For Yours?
But what if you are not ready, nor do you need a lot of high BTU’S? What if you have a standard 30″ opening and are dreaming of the perfect LBD for your kitchen? Don’t fret, littleblackdomicile has a few favorites to share!
Want to look like a professional….use a slide in unit and add your own backsplash!
Grilling season is in high gear right now but it won’t last forever in many areas. Don’t worry your faithful range is waiting!
Thank you for spending your Wednesday with us!