FAQs About Cooking with Propane

If you’ve never cooked with propane before, it can be a little disconcerting to rent or buy a new home that has propane appliances. But rest assured, you’ll get the hang of it quickly. Cooking with propane has considerable advantages over cooking on an electric stove.

How is a propane-powered stove different from an electric stove?

An electric cook surface is flat, and skillets and cooking pots are placed directly on the burner surface. When you turn on a burner on an electric stove, you have to wait for it to warm up before the food can start cooking. A gas stove has a grate over the burners. You’ll place the skillet or pot on the grate, and turn the dial to activate the burner. Typically, most gas stoves require you to press the dial in and turn it slightly to the “light” or “ignite” position. There’s a brief pause before you’ll see the flames come out, and then you can turn the dial to the desired setting.

What are the benefits of cooking on a gas-powered appliance?

Since the flames are already hot, there’s no need to wait for the burner to heat up. You’ll be able to prepare your meals faster, and you’ll have more precise control of the cooking temperature. Many people discover that they prefer to see the flames that they are cooking with to get a better sense of whether they need to turn the heat up or down for their recipe.

How can I keep the burners clean?

Eventually, the burner holes (where the flames come out) can get clogged with grease and crumbs. Turn off the stove, wait for the entire unit to cool, and remove the stove grate and the burner caps. Use a clean, dry toothbrush without cleaning solution to scrub the burner.


Residential propane delivery is available throughout Cochise, Santa Cruz, and Pima Counties. Barnett’s Propane prides itself on fast, friendly service and convenient payment options to meet the needs of our valued customers. You can call our location in Tucson at (520) 628-8525 or in Sierra Vista at (520) 458-4541.