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So, our stove/oven busted. I've been cooking with just our woodstove and toaster oven. I'm looking into cooktops as we don't really bake much and definitely won't be heating up the woodstove in the summer.<br><br>
We will be installing ourselves...which is why I'm leaning towards gas -- my husband is better with gas lines than with electric......and I've always preferred cooking with gas.....<br><br>
But gas definitely has it's drawbacks as far as simmering goes, unless you can afford a very expensive model........an money is definitely an issue.<br><br>
What do you prefer and why?
 

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Gas! Electric is horrible. Slow, poor control. For simmer on a gas stove, you need a flame tamer.<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FIlsa-Cast-8-25-Inch-Diffuser-Reducer%2Fdp%2FB0007T25ZC%2Fref%3Dpd_sbs_k_title_3" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Ilsa-Cast-8-25..._sbs_k_title_3</a>
 

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Gas, gas, gas, gas, gas! I detest cooking on electric. I found a gas stove with both a high-power burner and a simmer burner on clearance, and I love those options. The simmer burner is great for making stock and rice, and if I had to choose one or the other, I'd take the simmer burner, but would still choose gas over electric even if the only option was all standard burners.
 

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Gas!!!
 

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Well, I prefer electric because being around gas cooktops makes me nauseous (my parents had one through my teenage years and still do). I know that in theory they burn clean and fumes don't get into food and blah blah blah, but my gut tells me otherwise.
 

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Another gas lover here - that sounds funny, but its true! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Definitely gas. We have had electric for many years now, but when the time eventually comes to replace the stove we've got, I would like to go back to gas.<br><br>
Can you get convection ovens that use gas or is that an electric-only feature?
 

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Gas! I can't stand electric stove tops.<br><br>
We are renting and its one of those stupid smooth top ranges. I hate it!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
The other thing is we like to can. A smooth top range can carry the weight of a canner with all the water and jars in it.
 

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GAS!!!<br><br>
We just moved and have a smooth top electric, I hate it, but we can't get gas here.
 

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Electric!!! I've had both, and just hated that gas stove every day for two years until my dp finally gave in and we tore it out for an electric. I complained every day for two years. I still can't believe I put up with it for that long...<br><br>
I hated the gas stove because there was no low. I've heard that expensive models have a better option for this, but I'd need it on all four burners as I don't always know when I'll need to turn something down to answer the phone or help a child. I burned more stuff - just turning around "for a minute".<br><br>
In our new house, the builder just assumed we'd want gas and plumbed it for that. I said absolutely not. I wouldn't buy the house unless he put in an electric cooktop. So we have gas access there, capped off - good for resale I suppose.<br><br>
I have a flat top electric and I love it!!! So easy to clean, cooks great, and no gas smell when you turn it on! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I also worry much less with the kids "helping".
 

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GAS!!! We have an electric one in our new house and I HATE IT. Grrr.<br><br>
As far as energy efficiency goes, as well, it's basically NEVER a good idea to use electricity to make heat.
 

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Gas all the way.<br><br>
I've never had any problem getting a simmer out of my stove with gas, and we've used gas my entire life. Our stove now came with the house 10 years ago and is a cheap GE. If you're concerned about simmering, i really recommend getting a gas model that you turn off the flame by turning the flame up all the way. That way you can turn the flame all the way down and don't have to play this dance between low and off.<br><br>
The only thing I dislike about my gas stove is the discoloration it causes to my pans (copper or stainless). But for the amount of control it gives me, the immediate response to a change in heat, that little bit of inconvenience is minor.
 

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Gas. Hands down.
 

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i must cook on real flames. last time we moved my one requirement was that our house had to have a gas stove, and preferably a good one. we found a house with a great old 1940's o'keefe and merritt, i love it.
 

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Gas, no question. Propane is cheap(er), and I can start cooking right away when I get that stove turned on. No waiting all eternity for the elements to heat up.
 

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Yet another for..........GAS!!!!!!<br><br>
I abhor our electric stove right now. In the house we had before we had gas (we rent) and loved it. I felt like I could control the amount of heat better with gas, low lows and high highs. Electric is just kind of tricky for me.
 

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Gas, Gas, Gas! With the simmer burner. We found a brand new gas stove with a high power burner and a simmer burner on Craigs list for very little $$$. Gas company came and hooked it up, and I've never been happier!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">: I feel I can get the temp. I need much more quickly and fine tune it quickly. And convection in the oven is super too, if you can get it.
 
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