How does the gas stove work? (3 Things to Know)

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, ‘How Gas Stove works?’. We will look at different components and the ways; they are integrated into the stove to make it work.

How does the gas stove work?

The gas stove works as a result of ignition created by gas and air. When the ignitor is triggered by the dial, the gas reacts with air to produce the pilot light. Initially, the blue flame is produced, which goes from the pipe to the burner. 

There are two mechanisms with which a gas stove can operate:

1.Electronic Ignition System

The ignition is created by a series of sparks by a piezoelectric lighter. When you turn the burner on, a clicking noise is generated, which will create a spark and consequently turn the burner on.

2.Pilot Flame

A pilot light is a blue flame on the burner that initiates the flame. The pipe has a constant supply of gas and needs to be let to the stove for it to light up.

As you turn the gas valve on, natural gas feeds through a pipe to the burner and, ignition occurs.

However, since the pilot light always stays on, the stove takes up gas round the clock. When compared to the electronic ignition system, it uses up a greater amount of gas. 

Contemporary gas stoves are designed to work with electricity. In ordinary operating conditions, your gas stove needs electricity to light up. However, if you are experiencing a power outage, you can switch to a gas-based option to light up the stove. You can opt for matchsticks to light up the burner instead.

What is the technical difference between Gas-pilot Ignition and Electrical Ignition?

The old-fashioned stovetop can work with a matchstick ignition. When the electronic burner ignition stops, you could allow the flow of natural or propane gas to reach the ignition.

The new stoves have a solenoid valve that obstructs the flow of the gas towards the gas valve. The technology is a safety feature that prevents your stove from lighting up without a power source. The electric side is a part of the burner system.

Even though the gas stove uses gas to sustain the flame, for initiation access to current must be provided. The power is not used in the heating process, rather the start-up, lights, clock/timer.

In conclusion, the gas valve connects to the ignitor in a circuit that prevents it from lighting up unless it has access to an electrical source.

 Gas-Pilot Ignition Stoves

If a gas stove was built before the previous two decades, you could easily bypass the electrical ignition and instead use a matchstick to light up a stove.

The older stoves come with a standing pilot flame. In such a case, a technique called hydraulic pressure operates the gas valve.

 In case the flame sensors and temperature sensors are ignited by the hydraulic technique, the stove will work in case of a power failure.

To tell if your stove works without an electrical ignition source, turn the knob; if you hear a hissing sound, this implies you only need an ignition source to turn it on.

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What are the advantages of having a gas stove over an electric stove?

While old-fashioned and less privileged homes use a gas stove for cooking, some people opt for a gas stove for other reasons too. Let us look at some reasons that make people choose a gas stove over an electric stove.

A gas stove heats up immediately after you turn it on.

Chefs and professional cooks prefer to use gas stoves. With the flame in sight, it makes it easier to cook, handle it; and gauge the current temperature.

There isn’t a restriction to the kinds of cookware you could use on a stove. Stainless steel, cast iron, and woks; all are well-suited to be used on a gas stove.

Some people have a gas line connected to their homes. In such an instance, gas is cheaper than electricity. If you do not have a gas supply to your home; using a gas stove could be costly.

How do Modern gas stoves work?

Gas stoves require careful handling because they are more prone to catching fire and causing accidents. You need to install a carbon monoxide detector for safety in the kitchen.

The open flame requires you to have a proper ventilation system.

Modern gas stoves are topped with glass ceramics which are stain-proof and clean easily. The glass-ceramics are also thermally resistant. Not only do they not catch fire as easily but also increase their temperature slowly. In other words, they are bad conductors of heat.  

However, you need to practice safety when you cook with flame.

In this brief guide, we answered the question, ‘How Gas Stove works?’. We looked at different components and how they are integrated to make a gas stove work.

Citations

https://www.us.schott.com/innovation/works-gas-range/

http://arancucine.com/gas-electric-induction-stoves-need-to-know/

https://products.geappliances.com/appliance/gea-support-search-content?contentId=19226

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.