I am remodeling my kitchen and after ordering and taking delivery of an electric 30" freestanding stove/oven, I've decided to get what I really want, a gas stove. Unfortunately, I don't have natural gas available where I live so it will have to be propane. I just returned from the appliance store where I have to purchase the stove from (because I'm returning the electric one to them) and I need some advice.
I am a retired chef and a CIA graduate. I cook dinner most days for my wife and myself and we entertain occasionally.I like good equipment but wonder what you get for your money when you buy a "professional" style range other than impressing your friends. I know they are more solidly built but do they function any better and are they more reliable? I looked at a non professional GE model PGB930SETSS which costs around $1,800.00. It has all the features I'm looking for, one piece continuous grate, self cleaning gas convection over, warmer draw and a powerful main burner rated @ 17,000 BTU using propane. My limited experience using a propane stove is that the are not as hot as natural gas. They also have several professional style ranges priced at $3,500.00 and up. What am I getting for the extra $2Kor more? I appreciate your feeback!