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Cooking with gas offers a range of benefits

November 24, 2016

There is nothing that sets a cook’s heart on fire like having a great oven. If you love to cook, then you’ll know that professional chefs and all the very best cooks prefer to cook with gas.


Cooking with gas offers a range of benefits that you wouldn’t otherwise get with electric stoves.  Not only are natural gas hobs and ovens functional and stylish but Gas cooking is convenient, fast and easy to use. It gives you the speed, power and precision you need to be a master in the kitchen. It’s instant flame and visible heat gives you total control of the cooking temperature. Unlike gas stoves of long ago, modern gas cooking stoves have electronic ignitions so they are much easier to start. Cooking with gas also is very handy when there is a power outage.

The difference between a gas oven and an electric is usually not significant. But if you do a lot of baking or roasting, a gas oven could be more economical in the long run if you’re already using natural gas for hot water or heating in your home.  This is because every extra gas appliance you add will be powered at around one-third the standard unit price of electricity.  You might also be surprised to know that if you already use natural gas in your home, having a gas hob or oven in your kitchen will cost about 50% less than cooking with electricity and 36% less than bottled LPG.

 Modern gas appliances that are now available can completely transform your kitchen design.

Cooking with gas offers you:

  • Ultimate cooking control – cook your food exactly the way you like it.
  • Succulent results – water vapour produced by gas keeps food moist.
  • Variation of styles and models – find the one that suits your layout and style of cooking.
  • Savings – gas is economic and efficient.

You can choose to have a gas hob, a gas oven – or go all out and have both in your kitchen.

Gas hobs are fast, hot, and precise. They allow you to cook at low temperatures for the perfect melted chocolate, or crank it up instantly to sear a succulent steak. The power and performance of natural gas is matched by the beautiful design of modern gas appliances. Stylish cook tops look stunning and are super easy to clean.

Natural gas ovens are attractive because of their ability to distribute heat evenly – if you’re a baker you’ll know how important that is. Gas ovens also tend to heat up and cool down faster than electric ovens. If you’re cooking with kids around this means less time worrying about keeping them safe near a hot oven.

If you are considering gas for your kitchen you will need a specially trained expert to do the gas fitting. You need a technician who is certified with a professional qualification from the New Zealand Plumbers, Drainlayers and Gasfitters Board. Euro Plumbing’s technicians are all board certified and are helpful, friendly and efficient installers.

Prior to purchasing a gas hob or oven a wise thing to do is to complete the Euro Plumbing checklist. You can save yourself a lot of hassle and cost prior to purchasing/commencing the gas appliance installation with these basic answers. Euro Plumbing try to come as prepared as possible to the installation and your information will help.

Pre-installation checklist:

  • Check that the appliance is suitable for your requirements
  • Check the energy safety service website to see is the appliance is approved for use in NZ
  • Check that the appliance can be installed in the proposed location. (Is gas supply available? can flues be installed?)
  • Check that the gas type is compatible for the appliance.
  • Check the clearances to combustible surfaces.
  • Check that the air for combustion and ventilation is available.
  • Check that the access for maintenance can be achieved.
  • Check that a power supply is available if the appliance requires power.

In most cases, with the above information we can establish what gas appliance is suitable without arranging for a site visit, which will save you time and money and we always stand by what we quote you.

One thing to remember is that natural gas appliances are super reliable and because of this it is easy to forget about servicing. But, just like a car, if you service gas appliances well they will serve you better – for longer. An annual maintenance check-up will help make sure your gas appliances keep working safely and efficiently. Regular servicing also reduces the risk of breakdowns, which can be particularly inconvenient for you.

Whether its gas appliance servicing, repairs or new installations. Euro Plumbing does it all. 

Just as a new appliance needs to be installed by a certified gasfitter, maintenance is a job for licensed professionals who know the equipment and the safety codes to follow. Adjustments, cleaning of burners, replacement of parts, repairs and inspections of venting all must be carried out by a certified gasfitter.

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