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What is a dual fuel range?
A dual fuel range gives you the best of both worlds: electric heat for the oven and gas heat on the cooktop. It’s the ideal appliance if your household enjoys baking (electric ovens provide the perfect dry, even heat needed for baking) and searing, sautéing or charring with a live flame.
Flame Failure Safety Device
A flame failure safety device shuts off the gas flow of your range or cooktop in the event the flame is extinguished. This safety device is standard equipment on all Verona ranges.
BTU, or British Thermal Unit, measures heat energy from a flame and quantifies cooking power. A BTU is equal to the energy created by burning one match. If you look at our 24” gas range, for example, the smallest burner at the front left burns at 3,400 BTU, or the energy of 3,400 lit matches. The largest burner, the front right, burns at 12,000 BTU or the energy of 12,000 lit matches. The higher the BTUs, the higher the heat you can achieve with that burner and, often, the bigger the flame.
Verona backguards sit at the back of cooktop surface on ranges and helps with oven ventilation. The heat from the oven is pushed through the openings in the backguard, rather than through the oven door. Backguards do serve other purposes as well, including shielding your kitchen wall from intense heat, steam, sprays, and splatters that result from range-top cooking. When paired with a backsplash, cleanup is that much easier. The backguard you need will depend on the fuel type, size, range model and backsplash material in your kitchen, so you’ll want to talk to your dealer about which option is best for you.
Is it an oven, stove or range?
These words tend to be used interchangeably when referring to your cooking appliance, but there are subtle differences between them.
- Oven: In today’s kitchen, an oven is often a built-in appliance, also referred to as a wall oven. It does not include external features like burners, and instead, it is just the oven box.
- Stove: A stove also features an enclosed area, but it’s most often used for warmth, like a wood burning stove. Cooking on this kind of appliance is possible, but it’s not the main purpose.
- Range: This is the all-in-one appliance that combines an oven and a cooktop. A range is what you’ll most commonly see in U.S. households today.
Induction vs. Electric
Induction and electric cooktops may look similar, but they perform very differently.
Electric cooktops use a centralized heat source, often coils, that are usually found underneath a glass or ceramic cooktop surface. As the coil gets hot, it transfers the heat to the surface, which is eventually transferred to the pot or pan. Induction cooktops also use coils, but more specifically, magnetic coils that generate heat a with a pot or pan on top of the surface. This energy will heat the pot or pan directly and provide a quicker and more efficient heat than traditional electric.
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