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Gas - John C. Kirk

Mar. 4th, 2004

09:42 am - Gas

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Flat stuff seems to be going according to plan - I got the results of the electrical test on Tuesday, and everything is satisfactory there. Assuming that I do actually buy this place, one issue is gas. Basically, there's a pipe that runs through the flat (from the ground floor to the top floor), but it's not being used for heating etc. So, I have the option of replacing the immersion heater with a gas boiler, installing radiators, etc. I could delay this decision until later, but I think it will be easier to get it sorted out before I move in (if they need to pull up floorboards to lay pipes). Also, I'll need to buy an oven, and so this would affect my choice of which one to get.

From comments I've heard in the best, gas is generally considered a good thing, since it's cheaper than electricity, and you don't have to wait ages for water/hob to warm up. The downside is that due to my anosmia, I wouldn't smell anything in the event of a leak. I would of course install gas detectors, along with smoke alarms. However, I can imagine a situation where there's a leak in the morning after I leave for work, and the alarm bleeps all day, but then the battery runs out before I get home in the evening. I come in, turn on a light - BOOM!

So, poll-time!

Should I install gas at my new flat?

Yes - gas is the best energy source known to man!
7(77.8%)
No - you'll be dead within a week...
2(22.2%)

If I do install gas, what is the best type of oven?

Gas only
3(33.3%)
Electric only
2(22.2%)
Gas/electric combination
4(44.4%)

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From:sulkyblue
Date:March 4th, 2004 02:08 am (UTC)
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Ordinarilly I'd say go for the gas - gas hobs are far better than electric as they give much better control over temperature ("easily off and onable"). Electric ovens are better though as they tend to be more even (in my experience at least).

However based on how often I've seen you cooking - it's probably not going to make the blindest bit of difference. I'd therefore probably advise going for the cheap and simple option of not having them install stuff and phaff about. The heating may be more of an issue, but again, we haven't switched ours on in the house *shrug*.
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From:bazzalisk
Date:March 4th, 2004 02:08 am (UTC)
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I've never been able to cook properly on electric stoves - there isn't enough precission of control. Gas ovens also tend to be much more efficient, both environmentaly and cost-wise.
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From:rileen
Date:March 4th, 2004 05:02 am (UTC)
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We've always used gas at home (in India), but given your anosmia, it's a little difficult - BOOM! doesn't sound good, though it may be quite unlikely(?).
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From:shuripentu
Date:March 4th, 2004 06:13 am (UTC)
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I'd agree with Lorna. In all my time cooking, I've never noticed any difference with electric hobs, and given that we probably cook at about the same level of poshness, you probably wouldn't notice a difference either :) Plus there's no BOOM BOOM to welcome you home either :)
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From:alexmc
Date:March 4th, 2004 07:10 am (UTC)
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I favour electric oven and gas *hob* which is what I assume you meant by option three. However I was being pedantic and chose option 2.

I prefer this to all sorts of ovens/hobs including Aga and halogen.

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From:elvum
Date:March 4th, 2004 08:09 am (UTC)
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Get a gas oven and take up cooking as a hobby. :-)
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