There is a lot of debate on whether gas or electric appliances are more useful in an RV. This is especially true when deciding on a stove for your RV, as there are many factors to consider! Both have many advantages, so it can sometimes be difficult to decide which one is right for you! So what are the pros and cons of gas stoves versus electric stoves?
There are many useful advantages to using a gas stove in your RV! Overall, gas stoves make for a faster, more efficient cooking experience from start to finish! Gas stoves heat quickly, which is great if you hate to wait around! It is also easier to adjust the flame and temperature quickly and accurately, which is good if your pans start to get too hot. Nobody wants the smell of burned food lingering around in their RV! As a result, gas stoves also provide more accurate cooking temperatures because you can easily raise or lower the heat! If you’re interested in using a gas stove while boondocking, you’re in luck! As long as you have sufficient propane levels, you won’t have to worry about having enough power to cook with!
A large downfall of these stoves is that they are a bit harder to clean. You’ll have to make sure that the metal grates of the cooktop, grease-catching pans, the hood, and vent are all kept clean, and they require frequent cleaning to avoid grease buildup! A disadvantage of gas is having to get more fuel. You will have to get your tanks refilled from time to time to ensure that you’ll have enough gas to power your appliances. This is moderately costly, and requires maintenance checks by professionals every few years to make sure they are in proper working order.
Perhaps one of the biggest issues with gas stoves is safety. If you’re installing a gas stove, you might want to leave it up to a professional, as an improperly installed stove can cause dangerous leaks. Also, you have to be careful when shutting off the flame on your cooktop. Knobs on RV stoves can be a bit backwards from normal stoves. If you’re not careful, this might make it confusing to know whether you are completely shutting off the flame. This could cause you to melt something if you set it on the flame, or possibly start a fire! If you still have the gas on but do not have a flame, this will cause fumes to fill your RV until the safety valve can shut down the system. This is very dangerous and could lead to fires, or someone inhaling dangerous fumes.
Electric RV stoves also have a variety of useful advantages that could work for you! First and foremost, electric stoves are generally more safe than gas stoves. You don’t have to worry about igniting electric stoves, and there is no open flame, so the risk of starting a fire is substantially lower! Fire hazards are an issue anywhere, but the compact cooking space of an RV makes them more of a concern, so these stoves drastically reduce the risk! Electric stoves also have very flat cooktops, with either a smooth surface, or a slightly raised coil heating element. This means that there is less danger of knocking a hot pan off of the stove, as it will not be on a raised grate.
Electric cooktops are easier to keep clean and maintain, as they create less mess and produce less exhaust and fumes than gas stoves. They also tend to cook food more evenly, as there is less heat lost to surrounding ambient air. Electric heating elements usually span the entire bottom area of a pan, and are in direct contact with cookware to prevent heat loss. All in all, they are generally easier to use, as you will not have to make extra trips to get fuel in order to use your stove! Additionally, electric stoves are fairly easy and safe to install, eliminating the need to have a professional do it for you!
If you prefer boondocking and taking extended trips without being hooked up to electricity, then electric stoves might give you some problems. If you don’t have a large generator, or if you don’t have solar panels installed, cooking with electricity may be difficult. Even with solar panels, you still have to be smart about electricity use, as they only generate a certain amount of energy per day. You may only have a small amount of energy to allocate to cooking, especially if all of your other appliances run on electricity.
The materials of electric cooktops can vary, but if you have a glass cooktop, there is a chance that it will stain more easily than other materials. While gas cooktops are almost instantly cool, or cool rapidly, after you turn the burner off, electric cooktops take quite a bit of time to cool down. This can be especially dangerous if you have younger children, who could accidentally touch a hot cooktop. This risk is heightened in the smaller space of an RV, so you’ll have to be more vigilant about keeping children away from a hot stove!
There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to determining which type of RV stove is right for you! There are both pros and cons of electric stoves and gas stoves, so evaluate your needs and consider the factors of how you will use your stove! Either way, you’ll have a great time cooking up great food in your RV!