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If you are about to start a new home, one of the most important decisions to make is whether to cook using gas stoves or induction.
Both ways of cooking have advantages and disadvantages.
This article will introduce you about gas cooktops and induction cooking along with their pros and cons to help you weigh your decision.
Gas Cooktop or Gas Stoves
Gas cooktops, or the gas stove, is the most traditional way of cooking. Many households use gas stoves in which the heat source comes from different flammable gases such as natural gas, butane, propane or liquefied petroleum gas.
Most of the modern gas stoves come with built-in extractor hoods to help to extract certain gases and fumes etc.
Before I get into the full Pros & Cons of both induction & Gas cooktops; I will go over the history of each type.
History of Gas Cooktops
Gas stoves were developed in the early 1820s but they were isolated experiments. The patent was named after James Sharp in 1826 and was marketed by the Smith and Philips firm in 1828. In 1836, he opened his own gas stove factory.
Alexis Soyer, a reputed chef in London, converted his kitchen to use piped gas which he argued was cheaper and its supply could be turned off when not in use. This move by Soyer became a significant thing in the acceptance of gas stoves.
In 1851 at the World Fair in London, a gas stove was demonstrated.
However, it took about 30 years to be commercialized in England. It was only in the early 20th century when gas stoves became widespread in the United States and European continents.
Today, they are traditionally used by most households around the world. However, due to the advent of technology, an induction cooker has come along. It is important to know the advantages and disadvantages of a gas cooktop to understand their differences.
Pros of the Gas Cooktop
Using gas cooktops has the following benefits and advantages:
- No power loss
- One of the most obvious advantages of gas cooktops versus induction cooking is there’s no power loss. Even when the electricity goes out, cooking meals for the whole family won’t be disrupted.
- Lower Heat Emission
- Gas cooktops remain cooler in the kitchen. The heat immediately disperses once the gas stove is turned off. Unlike induction cooking which distributes heat around the appliance, gas cooktops don’t waste heat that enters the air around the stove top.
- Accurate Cooking Temperature
- The temperature required for cooking is accurately and easily achieved with gas cooktops. Whether you turn the flame lower or higher, it changes immediately. Induction cooking, on the other hand, requires more time for the change in flame to occur while the burner gets warmer or cooler.
Cons of a Gas Cooktop
Using gas cooktop also have disadvantages such as:
- Cooking through gas cooktops can be messy because it has metal grates over each burner to hold the pots and pans over the flame. Food commonly spills around these burners and you have to clean them out to maintain the cleanliness of the place where you cook food.
- Requires installation
- Every time you order a new gas for the gas stove, you need a professional to help you with its installation.
- Potential danger
- Using gas cooktops can be dangerous, especially if they’re not installed and used properly. Gas leaks can be dispersed around your house which can create breathing problems and fire.
Induction cooking was first patented during the early 1900s.
Instead of thermal conduction through flames, induction cooking heats a cooking device by magnetic induction through electricity.
It works by having a coil of copper wire placed under the cooking pot and having alternating electric currents that pass through the copper wire.
Because of this structure, special cooking pots and pans made of ferromagnetic metal like stainless steel or cast iron must be used.
Pros of Induction Cooking
Induction cooking has the following advantages:
- No wasted heat
- Unlike gas cooktops in which the energy is converted to heat then directed to the pan or pot, induction cooking directly supplies the energy to the cooking vessel through the magnetic field. 84% of the energy from the electricity is used for cooking while only 40% of energy is used using a gas cooktop.
- Cool Stovetop
- The heat from the induction only stays on the cooking vessel and is not distributed around the stovetop. Therefore, the stovetop stays cool so danger with kids around will be prevented.
- Maximum Safety
- Induction cooking keeps the stovetop cool. Because induction cooking doesn’t produce fire as a source of heat and the electromagnetic energy is only transferred to massive electromagnetic materials, you can use the induction stove, turn it to the maximum level and even put your hands on it without getting burned or any negative consequences.
- Even rings, bracelets, and any other jewelry will be safe because the sensors detect how much ferrous material is in the area and it won’t turn on with these kinds of materials. Therefore, induction cooking has much less of a fire and health hazard compared to gas cooktops.
Cons of Induction Cooking
While using induction stoves have advantages, it also has disadvantages that you should also consider:
- Only Works With Magnetic Cooking Vessels
- The most obvious disadvantage of using induction cooking is it only works with pots, pans and other cooking vessels made of magnetic materials. These kinds of cookware are more expensive compared to regular cookware. You can check out my detailed guide about finding the Best Induction Cookware to make it a bit easier to help you choose.
- Power Interruption
- Induction stoves only work with power. When there is a power interruption, you won’t be able to cook your meals. If there’s power loss for hours, you might lose your cooking ability. Most people who own induction stoves have backups like propane powered emergency generators.
- Cannot use if you have a pacemaker
- Obviously, a very big con if you have this device fitted.
There are pros and cons of using gas cooktops or induction cooking. When choosing between these two, weigh your priorities, financial capability and safety concerns.
It is important to consider safety for your family (which is best achieved with induction cooking) but it is also a necessity to cook for your family without any interruption (which gas cooktops can provide).
I hope this article helps you with your decision.
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