Cooking with Gas: Sealed Burners vs Open Burners

Pros and Cons of Sealed vs Open Gas Burners

Burner Types

There are two styles of surface burners for gas ranges: open burners and sealed burners. Imagine a range top as a single piece of metal with holes punched in it just large enough to accommodate a gas line for each of the burners. This cooking surface would have sealed burners. Any spills or debris would contained on the top.

Some cooking surfaces have large openings for each burner so that the entire burner sits in the center of the hole with open space around and below the burner itself. This is an open burner configuration.

There are advantages and disadvantages with each system. Industry veterans often have strong viewpoints prefering one or another. If you are confronted with this decision, here are some criteria to help you choose.

Cleanability

There's no doubt that sealed burners are easier to clean than open burners. Spills are captured on the cooking surface where they can be wiped up, and the burners themselves can also be cleaned with ease. On the other hand, when spills occur with open burners the spill will fall into the hole surrounding the burner. Fortunately, there is a metal sheet below to catch any spills. Cleaning the burner itself can be time consuming and depending on use may be required often.

Appearance

Open burners expose the underneath of the top, and are generally going to have more of an industrial, restaurant-look. Sealed burners will not show anything below the top, and be less obtrusive than the bulky open burners.

Cooking Results

There's lots of debate here. Chefs will brag about the air surrounding the open burners creating more heat, greater flexibility, and better overall control. Tests confirm some advantage here, but as they say, “your results may vary”. Sealed burners are by far the most popular, and few users complain about the lack of air circulation affecting cooking results.

Conclusions

If you do a lot of cooking and are used to using the open burners of commercial-type ranges or rangetops, you're probably going to want to stay with open burners. It's worth noting that open burners can be synonymous with professional or commercial-style appliances that are likely to have a steep price premium.

For convenience and low maintenance, sealed-burners are the obvious choice. Over the years, there have been some advances in both sealed and open burner technology. For example, Viking has recently launched a new sealed burner that is claimed to have a commercial heritage.

For more information, or to compare the two burner-types call the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply for an appointment.


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More about cooktops at Arizona Wholesale Supply

Gas Cooktops

Gas fuel is probably the most preferred cooktop fuel type for pro chefs and enthusiasts alike. They like the instant on and off, the infinite control from low to high and the high heat that is often available on professional duty cooktops and rangetops. We distinguish cooktops, which are inserted into kitchen counters and have controls on the top, from rangetops which have the cooking surface on the countertop, but with knobs located on the cabinet front.

Jenn-Air-Cooktop

6 Burner 36 JennAir Cooktop

Cooktops and rangetops alike come in a variety of widths from 24″ all the way up to 60″. Cooktops are designed to fit into a standard 24″ deep countertop, and are usually no more than 20″ deep. Range tops overlap the countertop front, and may go all they way to the back of the counter, taking up the entire 24″ counter depth.

Cooktops can be made of glass (gas on glass), porcelain, or stainless steel. Rangetops are built on a stainless steel chassis, and can offer a variety of cooking options including grills, griddles, and even French tops. 30″ cooktops are mostly 4 burner models, while 36″ cooktops are likely to have a 5th burner in the center. Sometimes, gas cooktops and rangetops will feature power burners with a higher *btu output than the standard 8-10,000 btu rating. Also, some cooktops will have super low simmer burners going down to 1,500 btus. Modular cooktops over a wide array of options.

While there are a few cooktops and rangetops that have open burners, sealed burners have become standard for most. Sealed burners offer advantages, and in particular are easier to keep clean than open burners.

This blog is one of a series on cooktops. Visit often for updates and new cooktop blogs. Here are the previous cooktop blogs:

1. Choosing a Cooktop
2. Induction Cooktops

*btu = British thermal unit, a measure of heat.


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Myths About Appliances

Researching Appliance Energy Claims

Major-Appliances

Do Appliances Use Significant Power when they're not running?

I like to do some research when I post blogs that make claims or contain data. Unfortunately, many online blogs and posts seem to mislead us rather than enlighten us. Recently, I came across a blog from an appliance “expert” (an appliance parts house), referring to myths about appliances. Here is the author's claim regarding one of the appliance myths he purports to expose:

MYTH

Appliances don't use power while in stand-by mode: FALSE. Almost all home appliances and electronics continue to consume power when in “stand-by”. Check out these stand-by power consumption rates:

  1. Microwave oven: up to 6 watts per hour
  2. Ranges: up to 4.1 watts per hour
  3. *Telephone: up to 5 watts per hour

In some cases, appliances in stand-by mode can consume as much as 15-30 watts per hour – that's a lot of power usage day after day, week after week.

Not so Fast

OK, let's assume that leaving all our appliances in “stand-by mode”, whatever that means, will consume as much as 15-30 watts per hour, BUT to say that “that's a lot of power usage…” doesn't ring true to me.

Let's do the math:

30 watts per hour = .03KWH (kilowatt hours)

Let's see how much it costs to keep our appliances in “standby mode” for a month.

.03KWH X 24 hours = .72 KWH per day X 30 days = 21.6 KWH per month. X $.12** per KWH = $2.59 per month.

Now, this estimate is at the very high end. Using the author's own data, this could be 15 watts rather than 30, making the cost per month under $1.30. I'm not happy that my “standby” appliances cost as much as a couple bucks a month to keep running, but I can live with it.

Conclusion

HE-Topload-Washer

Let's put all this in perspective. Your major appliances are going to cost you far more in energy costs (electric and/or gas) than $1.30 per month. If you really want to cut down on appliance energy costs, unplugging your microwave when it's not in use is quite trivial. It's also a pain to reset the clock each time you plug it back in. However, replacing an old agitator-type washing machine with a new high-efficiency washer will get you significant savings. Maybe as much as $130 a year according to Lifehacker.

* When did a telephone become an appliance?

** $.12 per KWH = national average cost of electricity. Electricity costs vary greatly across the country.


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New Concept Outdoor Grill at Arizona Wholesale Supply

Explore Outdoor Cooking at Arizona Wholesale Supply

CALIBER Grill by David Rockwell

Caliber Grill Open

Caliber Grill Open

It’s so great to visit Arizona Wholesale Supply to find out what’s new! We’re excited that the folks at Arizona Wholesale Supply are always looking for the next new thing. Not too long ago we wrote about a unique appliance product called the Urban Cultivator (click below) for growing herbs and vegetables indoors.

URBAN CULTIVATOR

Today, we’re pleased to showcase the Caliber Grill, a new concept in outdoor entertaining.

Caliber Grill Closed

Caliber Grill Closed

Created by the legendary David Rockwell and Caliber Range Corporation, this luxury grill has a canopy that rolls under the cabinet leaving an open table that can be accessed from any side. There’s really nothing to compare it with, but think along the lines of a communal gathering place around a grill.

It’s much more than a clever idea, however. At the Caliber Range Corporation, the same folks who founded DCS, are busy re-inventing outdoor grills with their exclusive CrossFlame™ system (see details below). The Caliber Grill features three 20,000btu CrossFlame™ burners.

CrossFlame™ Grill Burner

The patent pending Crossflame™ burner design is a marvel of cooking technology where heat is evenly distributed front to back as well as left to right.

•World’s first”socialgrill” with fully disappearing lid (patent pending mechanism)
• True 360 degrees grill that encourages the social gathering aspect of grilling
•Three 20,000BTU type 304 stainless steel Crossflame™ burners (patentpending) •Exclusive Crossflame™ radiant system (Trademark and Patent pending)
•675 sq.in cooking surface area
•Heavy gauge 304 stainless steel welded grilling racks
• “Sure Light” ignition system – no electricity required
•Cooking zone dividers
•Commercial grade powder coated aluminum “tableclothtop”
•Hardwood base comes fully assembled and ready to use
(LP tank not included)

On display now at Arizona Wholesale Supply in Scottsdale.

To explore other grilling products at Arizona Wholesales Supply click on the link below:

GRILLING TIME IN ARIZONA


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Grilling Time in Arizona

Get the best in Gas Grills from Arizona Wholesale Supply

School is out, Memorial Day approaches, and families begin to think more about backyard grilling. Maybe now is the time to get a top-notch gas grill that will take care of your family's outdoor gathering for decades to come. Time to take a trip to Arizona Wholesale Supply for professional grade grilling equipment. Here are three top brands you'll find at Arizona Wholesale Supply Company.

LYNX

Lynx Professional Grills

Lynx Professional Grills elevate outdoor cooking to new levels, offering unique and innovative features, unparalleled performance and superior craftsmanship. Available for either built-in our freestanding application.

  • Two cast brass burners and one ProSear 2™ Burner (73,000 BTUs)
  • 935-sq.-in. cooking surface (640 primary, 295 secondary)
  • Hot surface ignition system
  • Control illumination with blue LEDs
  • Dual halogen grill surface lights
  • Heat stabilizing design
  • Temperature gauge
  • Fluid rotation handle
  • Lynx Hood Assist Kit
  • Removable large-capacity smoker box
  • Stainless steel grilling grates
  • Dual-position internal rotisserie with heavy-duty, 3-speed motor and rear infrared burner (14,000 BTUs)
  • Ceramic Briquettes facilitate even radiant heat distribution
  • Heavy-duty welded construction eliminates gaps where grease and moisture can collect

ALFRESCO

The key to perfectly grilled food is instant caramelization, which seals in juices for tender, moist, and flavorful food. The ALX2 Grill has been engineered to deliver the intense, even heat needed to achieve perfect results, with the control and flexibility needed for all kinds of food.

  • Three 18-SR stainless steel main burners producing 82,000 BTUs
  • Integrated rotisserie system with built-in motor and 18,500 BTU
  • infrared burner Smoker system with 5,000 BTU dedicated burner and drawer for wood chunks
  • 660 sq. in. actual grilling area
  • 3 position warming rack stores up out of the way when rotissing
  • Dual integrated high-intensity halogen work lights
  • User-friendly push-button ignition with sealed 110v AC power source
  • Optional Infrared Sear Zone™
  • Standard cart model comes with 2 doors
  • Optional cart model (shown) comes with 1 door and 2 drawers

COYOTE

36″ S-SERIES GRILL
MODEL: CS36 OR CSL36 LP/NG

AS THE UPPER ECHELON OF COYOTE GRILLS, THE S-SERIES COMBINES ALL THE POWER AND FUNCTIONS OF AN ULTRA-PREMIUM GRILL WITH THE DESIGN AND DURABILITY OF A COYOTE.

STANDARD COYOTE S-SERIES GRILL FEATURES

  • PREMIUM STAINLESS STEEL CONSTRUCTION
  • STAINLESS STEEL BURNERS, GRATES AND COMPONENT PARTS
  • DOUBLE WALLED STAINLESS STEEL HOOD
  • INTERIOR GRILL LIGHTING
  • CONTINUOUS WELD ON GRILL BOX WITH SEAMLESS EDGING
  • PERFORMANCE ENHANCING HEAT CONTROL GRIDS™
  • ROTISSERIE KIT
  • SMOKER BOX

CS36 EXCLUSIVE FEATURES

  • THREE HIGH PERFORMANCE COYOTE IBURNERS™, PLUS ONE INFRARED REAR BURNER, PLUS ONE COYOTE RAPIDSEAR™ INFRARED BURNER
  • 875 SQ. IN. COOKING AREA
  • UP TO 95,000 BTU

Alfresco, Lynx, and Coyote are brands that specialize in manufacturing grills. Arizona Wholesale Supply also carries excellent grills from appliance manufacturers Dacor, GE Monogram, Viking, and Wolf.

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New Jenn-Air Appliances at Arizona Wholesale Supply

Jenn-Air Takes it up a Notch in 2014

New Jenn-Air Appliances and New Luxury Showroom

In 2009, Jenn-Air launched a new lineup of appliances anchored by the world's only wall oven with a culinary center. Today, the Jenn-Air wall oven is still an industry exclusive, but it's time to investigate what's new with Jenn-Air 5 years later.

The luxury appliance industry has changed in the last 5 years and Jenn-Air has changed with it. Most recently, Jenn-Air has added a steam convection oven, and a built-in coffee machine.

Famous for cooktops, Jenn-Air is upgrading the line for 2014 with new gas cooktops featuring new styling, super low 800 btu burners, powerful 18,000 btu burners, a low profile design, and elegant, durable brass burners. Here are the specs on the new 36″ – 6 burner model.

New Jenn-Air cooktop JGC7636BP

Jenn-Air Cooktop

Jenn-Air JGC7636BP Cooktop

With a combined 78,000 BTUs of power, this luxury Jenn-Air® gas cooktop is an exceptionally robust six-burner, 36-inch cooktop. Its Simmer/Melt Burner reaches as low as 800 BTU, while an extremely low profile allows for near-flush countertop installation.

Low-Profile Design

With an extremely low profile, you can have a minimal look —nearly flush with the countertop — for an integrated transition to the cooktop.

Pro-Style® Stainless Design

Make a bold statement with a commercial-styled cooktop and match your other Jenn-Air® Pro-Style® Stainless appliances.

18,000 BTU Brass PowerBurner

Power Burner

Enjoy the elegance of brass and robust heat from this PowerBurner that’s necessary for high-powered cooking techniques, whether searing a steak, stir-frying vegetables or rapidly boiling water.

New Jenn-Air Luxury Showroom

Jenn-Air NY Showroom

Jenn-Air NY Showroom

In keeping with Jenn-Air's move into the Super Premium category, the brand has opened a new showroom in Manhattan.

The new Jenn-Air showroom, occupying the entire fifth floor of the Decoration & Design (D&D) Annex in New York City, serves as a showcase for Christopher Peacock Home, a leading designer of high-end kitchen cabinetry and home furnishings.

See the new Jenn-Air Appliances at Arizona Wholesale Supply. Check out the new Jenn-Air display at Arizona Wholesale's remodeled showroom in the Scottsdale Design Center.

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