Gas Range - starting some research

Hi all,
I’ve been using an electric range for years and I HATE IT. I keep saying one of these days that I will get a gas range again, but I’m intimidated by (1) not sure if there’s a gas line to the house and (2) how to figure out what to get. I thought I’d ask y’all for help with the latter.
Do you have one that you are happy with? Tell me about it.
How would I decide whether I also want a gas oven, or I should get one of those combo gas top/electric oven ones?
What else would you look at to figure this all out?

Ultimately, I don’t have a huge kitchen, so 2 ovens is out. Also, I wouldn’t be looking at anything above a standard size, nor anything superpowered (OP as the kids say). I don’t cook for a living.

Thank you.

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Moved the thread to Cookware in Cooking Discussions.

I have a Viking gas cook top which is pretty nice, but it’s my second Viking with ignition problems. You hear clicking when it is struggling to ignite. It has six powerful burners and requires a serious hood, but it might be the most important thing in my kitchen besides me ( :smile:) .

I have a separate Dacor electric oven, and I prefer the electric oven because it has a cleaning cycle, not that I ever use it.

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Before you get too concerned with a brand, find out if it is even feasible to use a gas stove in your house. No sense finding the ideal stove only to find no way to connect it in your house

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Yes. That’s smart. I believe there was a a gas line at the street and it may just need to be run to the house from there. So cost and logistics but not impossible…

My brother found himself in a similar situation a couple of years ago when he completely renovated his kitchen (he’s in Westchester, specifically Mamaroneck). What was supposed to be an easy connection to the gas line turned out to be a mini-nightmare for him and his family that dragged on for weeks…and they were supposed to host us all for Thanksgiving. They ended getting a pre-cooked meal.

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Excellent point. Here’s our experience to illustrate. Connection requests and upgrades are more involved than I thought.

We had a natural gas powered standby generator installed a few weeks ago because the electricity goes out so frequently here.

Upon town inspection of the generator installation, we learned that we needed to look into an upgrade to the gas line that already supplies our house. (Technical term is relay for capacity.)

We’re now a few weeks into working with National Grid on the various steps. After our town returns the permit to the utility company, I have been told the general timeframe is 8-10 weeks until installation. The gas line is in a location that means the installers will have to dig through part of the asphalt parking pad/driveway in front of the house.

We were not expecting our project to morph into a mini Big Dig, but there you have it. Ultimately the pain will be worthwhile because without a standby generator we would have been challenged to ride through electricity outages four times over the last month. Extremely disruptive when working from home, so that’s why we took the plunge.

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You might consider an induction range if it turns out installing a gas line is too expensive, too complicated or will take too long.

Oh no! I better be serious then about verifying my possible connection.

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Well, all I can say is - I will do my homework regarding connection. In the meantime, if you have any good/useful information about gas range brands or models, please do share. I’d love to have this info to look through while I figure out the other.

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Do you have an existing exhaust hood over your electric stove? Also consider whether that will need an upgrade.

Running the gas line from the street shouldn’t be that big a deal, my mom had that done for a new furnace a few years ago and it was minimally invasive, no big trench in the yard or anything. The gas company wants to sell you gas, after all :slight_smile:

I do have a hood. It blows everything out into the yard.

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