Is 14,000 BTU enough?



Is 14,000 BTU enough?

mattwright | | Aug 12, 2007 11:42 AM

We are finally getting round to renovating our kitchen, and I am looking at ranges.

Cooking is a huge passion for me, so much so I am writing a cookbook. I am so looking forward to getting rid of our dated electric hob oven, and getting a decent dual fuel range.

We are looking for a pro style range, something that gives good heat, and is solid. I should also note that we most likely won't be in this house for more than 4 years, so I am not looking for a complete beast of a range.

Right now, I am looking at Five Star. I have heard some great things about them (solid, great burner pattern, decent heat, good price). I am looking at their "open burner" range to help keep costs down. The range burners are rated up to 14,000 BTUs. If I went with the sealed burner, it would cost more cash, but the burners are then rated up to 21,000 BTUs. The price difference is about 300 bucks between the two.

I have never actually cooked on a pro-style range, and in fact very little on gas. I would love to hear people's thoughts on the following:

Is 14,000 BTUs enough?
How do people rate five star (bear in mind what I mentioned about moving from the house in a few years, and thus I am not going to buy an awesome blue star).

Cheers, and happy cooking!


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