basic gas range questions - please help


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basic gas range questions - please help

tochipotle | | Jul 30, 2009 01:51 PM

I'm in the market for a gas range. This will be the first time I've ever purchased a range, so I'm pretty excited, but also completely ignorant...please help! I've done some searching on this board, but I can't seem to find the answers I'm looking for.

We are in the fortunate position to get a discount from GE, so I'm pretty focussed on their products. Leaning towards the GE cafe range, but I'm open to their other products as well. Here's a basic list of what I want:

cast iron grates
largest oven I can get
most BTUs I can get!
Built in temperature probe
self cleaning

I've never had a convection oven it very noisy? What do you think of your convection oven as compared to my old standard electric? (I think the stove I have is older than I am - and I was born in the 70s).

I'm having trouble understanding dual fuel. Does this mean that the range is gas, but the oven is electric? Do I want that? Wouldn't a gas oven be more efficient? Please advise!

It seems I can't get away from either getting a warming drawer or a lower oven, I'm not sure I will find either of these useful, not to mention I actually use my oven drawer for storage! Given the choice, I would definitely go with the lower oven (IMHO a warming drawer is pretty wasteful). Does anybody out there actually use this, if so, what do you cook in there, and why? I suppose if I had a turkey in the oven and wanted to bake a pie at the same time...but wouldn't the pie taste/smell like turkey?

Thanks in advance to anybody who's able to offer advice.

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