Kitchen Stoves

Written by Norene Anderson
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Kitchen stoves can be freestanding, built-in ranges, or countertops. The freestanding type are completely self-contained and typically have four burners on the cooking surface. There are some five-burner designs that are 36 inches wide. Most stoves are 30 inches in width. The oven size depends on the size of the lower drawer. Sometimes it is designed as a warming drawer and sometimes it is for storage.

The kitchen stoves that slide in are sized to fit into the standard 30-inch opening. Sometimes the cabinet design leaves one side open. In this case, a side panel can be purchased separately to complete the unit. A drop-in range is similar to the slide-in. It does not have a bottom drawer since the oven contains the broiler unit. Drop-ins are used quite often in islands. This makes it possible to visit with guests or watch the kids do homework while dinner is being prepared.

Choices in Kitchen Stoves

Kitchen stoves come in a choice of either gas burners or electric coils. The advantage of the gas burner is the quick heat up and cool down compared to the electric coil. It is easy to adjust the flame to visually control the heat. An electric burner must be controlled by the temperature settings.

Conventional ovens are another consideration when looking at a stove. If a stovetop is chosen, the oven will need to be a separate unit. There are ovens that offer a combination of microwave or convection units with the conventional oven. The conventional oven can be either gas or electric. There are as many choices in stoves as there are in other appliances for the kitchen.

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