Natural Gas Ranges - Product Overview
Natural gas ranges offer options in range styles, burner styles and
sizes, ignition sources and venting options. Choosing the features that
suit your kitchen and your cooking style is easy with natural gas.
Choose from freestanding, drop-in and slide in, wall
ovens and cooktops and commercial style natural gas ranges.
This is the most traditional style of natural gas range. It’s a stand
alone unit that combines a cooking surface with two to four burners, a
standard oven, and a storage drawer.
Drop in and slide in style
With both a cook top and oven these units differ from a freestanding unit
mostly in appearance. They have no back panel so they appear to be
stylishly ‘built-in’. A drop in range and a drop-in oven sits on a low
cabinet base with no storage drawer. A slide-in range sits on the floor
much like a traditional freestanding style without the back panel.
Wall ovens and cooktops
These models offer cooktops separate from ovens so you can customize your
kitchen layout to suit your style and needs.
The cooktop is made of stainless steel or steel coated
with porcelain or glass. These appear to be ‘placed’ on top of a counter
and offer a contemporary look. Some cooktops feature grills, woks,
griddles or rotisseries. Standard units have four burners but there are
models with two, five or six burners.
A wall oven is built into the wall offering maximum
placement flexibility and a sophisticated professional appearance. Wall
ovens save space by offering more under counter cabinet space and have a
low profile on the wall. Natural gas wall ovens are a ‘natural’
convection oven, which means that the normal air movement during cooking
makes cooking faster, more even and there is no need for fans. Widths
available are: 24 and 27 inches (61 and 69 cm).
When you have a lot of cooking to do or enjoy the look and feel of a
professional kitchen there are commercial ranges that will suit your
needs. With chrome or stainless steel finishes and multiple burners and
ovens they are built especially designed for home use, offering reduced
heat outputs while maintaining their rugged and distinct commercial
A sealed burner is popular because it is easier to keep clean. A sealed
burner comes in large, medium, and small sizes. You can opt to have
different sized burners on the same range. A common configuration is two
small and two large burners.
This style has a large opening for the burner, openings that are much
larger than the burner itself. The cooktop lifts for cleaning underneath
the cooking area.
There is a range of burner sizes to fit various size pots and pans with
different heat outputs to suit your needs. Cooktops have burners that
range in heat from 5,000 - 17,500 BTU/hour*. Natural gas ovens produce
You can choose to have a bake only burner in your
natural gas oven or a bake and broil burner. A natural gas oven bakes
and broils using the same burner unlike an electric oven. With a non
self-cleaning natural gas oven you place the pan in the oven drawer
underneath the baking burner. In a self-cleaning oven you place the food
at the top of the oven which is easier to reach for most people.
* BTU/hour – the thermal unit for power in the English system used to
express energy use as a per hour rate.
Choose a continuous pilot flame on each burner for ignition or an
electronic ignition system that eliminates the continuous pilot and
replaces it with an electric spark on each burner. You will save energy
by choosing an electronic ignition system.
It is suggested that you run a rangehood while operating a natural gas
range in order to improve ventilation and prevent odours. Ducting your
rangehood through an outside wall is the best option for removing
cooking odours and steam.
For maximum flexibility in the placement of your range
choose a direct-vent model as it can be vented through the ceiling above
the unit or through an exterior wall.