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