We have debated and discussed and gone back and forth on whether to put a gas stove in this house. There is not one thing I like about cooking on an electric cooktop . . whether it’s glass or coils.
My reasons for staying with electric:
- It is going to be expensive to change to gas – my guess is at least $5,000, maybe closer to $6,000. There’s not a lot of payback in that expense. Even if we live in this house ten years, is it worth $500/year? The next person may want electric. At least the electric plug stays. I think we have a 220 plug in the basement garage so I may keep the electric stove down there so if we run out of propane or the cost gets too high or . . I just need another oven, I can use it but I’m thinking we need space more than we need another stove.
- With the cost of fossil fuels going up and probably continuing to go up, the cost of using the electric stove, with the solar panels, is going to be way less than the cost of propane.
- With propane, the thought almost never leaves my head “do we need propane?” In Texas, I checked the propane levels way too often. Currently in MO, we have two propane fireplaces and I never worried much about the propane levels. I used the upstairs fireplace every now and then to take the chill off the room when I first got up . . probably didn’t use it more than 20 minutes a dozen times during the winter. Vince lkes having the one on downstairs but he wasn’t here much during the winter. If I’m cooking with propane, I’m going to be checking it more often. By the way, we never came close to running out of propane in Texas.
Ater the winter storm in Texas and Vince was without power for three days, he’s now the one pushing for the gas stove.
When cooking yesterday for Chad and Nicole, I found myself saying “I hate this stove!” With something on every burner, if I had a burner up high and wanted to turn it down, I couldn’t move a pot to another burner and it takes a while for a hot electric element to cool down so . . today we start the work to get the gas stove.
The propane company here seems a bit more picky than they did in Texas. They have to come in and inspect the installation of the line and then come back before we turn the gas on to the stove (assuming the line will be put in before the stove arrives). I had read that you should have an external vented hood for a gas stove. I do not and cannot so we talked to the propane people this morning and they do not require the hood to be vented outside. Hurdle #1 cleared.
The propane guy is coming this afternoon to talk about a second tank. If we put a tank on the side of the house closer to the kitchen, instead of running the gas line from the sewing room (in the basement on the far corner of the house from the kitchen), then (1) it should be quite a bit less to run the line from outside to the kitchen and (2) we’ll have one tank for the stove and one tank for the fireplaces.
In Texas, we bought our tanks. We had one 500 gallon and one 250 gallon for the house and a 250 gallon for the greenhouse. Here, they seem to rent them more than buy sell them. We pay $50/year to rent a 350 gallon tank. That’s way less for us than buying one.
The tank has to be 6′ or 10′ (I can’t remember) from the house so there may not be a good place to put it where it’s not really ugly. We can plant shrubs around it but I’m just not sure about the unsightliness of it. We’ll have to think about that.
So, today, the propane man comes and we talk about where to put a second tank. Then the plumber comes and we tell him our idea of running the line from the side of the house vs. the current tank at the back of the house. If we can all come to terms on those two things, then we order the gas stove and wait forever for it to get here.
One thing for sure – it will be nice to have this decision made and one less debate going on in my head.