Stoves & Ovens

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Typically, there are two options for stoves and ovens - electric or gas fired. Which option is the best for you and your club depends on a variety of factors, as well as personal preference. Generally, we recommend to move away from gas, as it is a non-renewable resources that emits large quantities of greenhouse gases into our atmosphere - especially compared to the relatively green electricity that is available in New Zealand.

Electric ovens are plugged into a power socket within your house, or are wired to a main electricity supply. They are also relatively easy to clean, which makes them ideal for sports clubs where time is a valued commodity.

The supply of gas to run ovens and stoves can either be made available through a grid similar to electricity, or via Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), using a large tank that has to be refilled or replaced when it runs out. They need to be installed by a qualified professional and require more intense cleaning.

Cost

The purchase price of comparable models is usually lower for electric stoves and ovens compared to gas, especially if you do not already have a gas line installed. In return, gas as a heating source can be more cost-efficient compared to electricity, resulting in lower operating costs. So in summary, an electric model is cheaper in the short run, while gas is cheaper in the long run - having to pay extra for a gas line.

Heating Time

Electric ovens heat a coil inside the device to distribute heat more efficiently throughout. This results in a slightly slower temperature increase than gas counterparts, as it requires the coil to go from cold to superheat before giving off sufficient warmth. Once at this point, they hold heat for longer and are more effective for starting/restarting cooking.

In contrast, gas stoves and ovens give off instant heat and are easy to control. As soon as a flame sparks, its size and thus temperature can easily and instantly be adjusted.

Cooking Style

Gas ovens often provide a more moist heat, preventing dishes to dry out when heated. Electric ovens on the other hand provide more of a drier baking experience, great for adding crunch to foods.