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April 6, 2020 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

Upgrading to a Professional Dual Fuel Range

 

Thor Kitchen 48" Dual Fuel Range

Every now and then something comes along that sparks our interest and cheers us up a bit. For some this could be receiving a bouquet of flowers, for others, it could be a trip to Paris. Yet, for those who genuinely enjoy all that the kitchen stands for, upgrading to a dual fuel range can be the icing on the cake.

Sure, it may seem silly to get so excited over an appliance – but don’t be fooled – this is not just any appliance. This is a professional style dual fuel range. And, if you are not too sure what that is just yet – you should keep reading. It is time you learn why you should be beaming with joy about upgrading your range. Dual fuel is a game-changer.

What a Dual Fuel Range Does

Just as its name suggests, this type of range works using two types of fuel – gas (either natural or propane) and electricity. But, you should note that this doesn’t mean you have a fuel switch on your range that allows you to choose which type of fuel you want each time you go to cook. They are not designed in that manner.

Typically, as is with Thor Kitchen’s design, dual fuel ranges have a gas stovetop and an electric oven. Because professional chefs everywhere will tell you that this is the best of both worlds, it is the most common type of dual fuel range on the market.

The Electric Oven

The electric heating of ovens tends to work much better than the fluctuating heat of gas when it comes to baking or roasting. This electric heat tends to be drier and distributed more evenly throughout the oven. Everything you bake, every time should come out baked evenly on every side.

Gas ovens do not give such award-winning outcomes. Since hot air rises, the higher racks will cook much faster than lower racks. Plus, because the heat is not evenly distributed, you will have to rotate your food as you bake it. This can be a bit frustrating if you are working on cooking other parts of your meal.

The Gas Stove

When it comes to the stove, gas is usually always the preference. And, it’s no wonder – it heats up instantly and gives you a very precise temperature. When you are done cooking and turn off the burner, it goes off. Just like that. You can even leave your pan on that burner and it will not continue cooking your food.

Electric stoves don’t do well. They are designed with heating coils which means they take time to heat up – and they take time to cool down. You cannot turn off an electric burner and leave your pan on the burner expecting it to not continue to cook.

Features You Will Want

Dual fuel ranges are designed with strong cooks in mind. They know what professional chefs want – and they want you to be able to have that in your kitchen. So, when it comes to upgrading your range to a professional dual fuel range, you will love these popular features:

  • An oven convection fan to ensure even baking.
  • Stovetop griddle with thermostat controls.
  • Extra-low simmer function to keep food warm.
  • Multiple burners, up to at least six burners, designed with durable continuous cast-iron grates.
  • Stainless steel finish for a stellar look that is easy to clean and fits any kitchen design.
  • LED lighting for energy efficiency.
  • Porcelain stovetop and interior oven for easy cleanup.

And the best part is that these are just a few of the features available. Remember, this professional style range was designed with those who love to cook in mind.

Why You Should Upgrade

If you want to make good food for your loved ones, family, and friends, then you require certain tools in your kitchen. Combining your gas range with an electric oven gives you a dual fuel option that gives you the best of both worlds – and simplifies your life.

No longer will you be stuck rotating your baked goods to make sure everything is baking evenly. And, no longer will you overcook your side dishes on the stove. Everything you do can be done with ease – when you upgrade to a dual fuel range.

And, you don’t have to be a professional to reap the benefits. Even novice cooks will look like pros with the use of a pro-style dual fuel range. It is amazing how much easier cooking a great meal is when you have the right fuel to get the job done, right?

So, now that you are going to upgrade, let’s take a look at a couple of your options:

Thor Kitchen’s Model Number HRD3088U

A smaller, space-saving model with great ability is this 30-inch dual fuel range in stainless steel with some awesome features:

  • Continuous, sturdy cast-iron cooking grates.
  • The porcelain cooktop under the grates makes cleanup simple and easy.
  • 4 gas range top burners, with heating ability as high as 18,000 BTU.
  • An oven with LED lighting with ample space to bake your favorite treats.
  • Porcelain walls are found inside the oven, as well, which allows for very easy cleanup.
  • Two moveable oven racks.
  • An electric broiler.

Thor Kitchen’s Model Number HRD3606U

This is a 36-inch dual fuel range with these great features:

  • Cast iron continuous burner grates for sturdy, durable cooking.
  • Six burners so you can be sure to cook all those tasty dishes.
  • Porcelain drip pan for easy cleanup afterward.
  • Oven with a commercial convection fan for even baking.
  • Blue porcelain oven interior for design and easy cleaning.
  • Blue LED illuminated knobs for that perfect final touch.

Thor Kitchen’s Model Number HRD4803U

If you need space, this 48-inch double-oven, dual fuel range is the upgrade you need. As if all the cooking and baking space wasn’t enough, check out all these features!

  • Continuous cast-iron heavy-duty grate.
  • Porcelain stove drip pan and inside of the oven for easy cleaning.
  • Not one, but two ovens – allowing you plenty of cooking space at multiple temperatures.
  • Commercial convection fan to ensure even baking.
  • Blue LED lights behind the control knobs for an elegant look.
  • Stovetop with 6-burners and a griddle.

Conclusion

Now is the time to upgrade to a professional dual fuel range. It’s simple: a pro-style by Thor Kitchen is a long-lasting investment for any kitchen.

December 31, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

The Benefits of a Prostyle Range in Your Kitchen

protstyle range

If you’re interested in upgrading your kitchen next year, you may be interested in considering switching to a prostyle range.

In this article, we’re taking a closer look at the many benefits a prostyle range offers.

Prostyle Range Benefits

Do you love being in your kitchen?

Are you someone who enjoys cooking a delicious feast for your family and may even be the best baker in any baking competition?  They say that cooking and baking are therapeutic. And, if you can vouch for this, then you ought to be using nothing short of the best when it comes to the range – or all appliances – in your kitchen.

Of course, not everyone can afford commercial appliances for their kitchen. And, even if money is no issue, who wants the boring appearance of professional appliances in a beautifully-designed kitchen? Talk about drab!

So, what if there was a way you can have the best of both worlds – the professional quality you find in a commercial range combined with the elegance that comes with a personal range? There is. It is called a pro-style range. And, it is time you consider an upgrade.

Here are several benefits you will enjoy with a prostyle range.

Durability

Pro-style appliances are built to live up to heavy use – and this is especially true when it comes to a pro-style range. They were created for those who want to turn their home kitchen into a professional kitchen without harming the design style. This means that they are durable. From the materials they are built with to the way in which they are put together, these pro-style ranges will handle all that you put them through without worrying about breaking a knob or losing their beautiful appearance.

Regular residential ranges are designed for light cooking. Work them too much, and they will not only wear down in their performance but also in their appearance. If you love to bake and cook, you need someone dependable – and durable.

Additional Burners

Have you ever tried to cook a large meal and realize that four burners just is not enough? Well, sure, you can cook in shifts, but then half the meal is cold!

With pro-style ranges, you get the option for additional burners. In fact, five or six burners are very common. Some of these ranges even add special features, such as a griddle in the middle which can provide you with quite a bit of extra cooking space.

Never worry about having a half-cooked meal again with a pro-style range in your kitchen.

Double Ovens

Just like that burner situation, oven space can be hard to come by. If you need to bake multiple things and at different temperatures, you are going to run into a problem. You can try it, but there is a good chance something may end up too done or not done enough. Besides, who wants the sweet potato pie to taste like turkey?

One option that comes in so handy with pro-style ranges is the double oven. Here you will find yourself able to cook multiple items at once, and at two separate temperatures. Imagine it – lowering your frustrations and increasing your cooking ability – all in a durable, long-lasting, double oven pro-style range.

Can life get any better than that? Well, believe it or not, there is something better than a double oven range. What is it? Its called a dual fuel range.

Dual Fuel

The dual fuel range is a special range that offers two types of heating – gas and electric. For those serious chefs and bakers, such as yourself, cooking with the right heat is essential for a perfect finished product.

With a dual fuel range, you get an electric oven and a gas stove. Here’s why:

A gas stove heats up burners instantly. There is no need to wait for the burner to heat up before the pan and, ultimately, the food can heat. Instead, there is fire heating it instantly. In addition, the control over the temperature is much more precise with gas. When you need to turn the heat lower, you turn the flame down. When you are done, you turn the flame off. You don’t have to worry about a hot burner or food that will continue to cook.

When it comes to the oven, electric heat provides even, thorough baking. There is no need to rotate your dish around. Instead, the even layer of heat will penetrate your dish perfectly, leaving you with a perfect outcome every time.

These pro-style, dual fuel ranges are a great addition to a kitchen – and can make your life in the kitchen much easier.

Stainless Steel

The stainless steel finish is another great addition to pro-style ranges. Have you ever noticed that commercial kitchens are filled with stainless steel? Do you know why? Despite the fact that stainless steel finish is timeless and it looks spectacular no matter what your design style is, there is a real serious reason why this is the finish of choice for commercial kitchens: it is non-porous.

So, what does that mean for your kitchen? Well, kitchens are full of germs and bacteria. The more you cook in them, the more these germs get spread around your kitchen. This is why it is so important to properly clean your kitchen so kill the spread of the nastiness.

Unfortunately, some materials have pores or grooves. No matter how hard you try to clean then, you cannot always reach the germs. But, when you have a surface – such as stainless steel – it doesn’t allow for that to happen. When you clean this surface, you are removing everything you don’t want, leaving you with a healthier kitchen.

Quality

Last, but certainly not least, is the quality that you get when you invest in a pro-style range. You don’t have to worry about cooking too much or wearing down the range. You don’t have to be overly gentle so you don’t break something. And, you don’ have to worry about your range looking used up over time.

Quality materials give you a quality product that will outperform other options. And, that is what you get with a pro-style range.

Conclusion

Now that you’ve learned about some of the many benefits a prostyle range offers, you can consider which professional range is right for your kitchen. Whether you’re interested in upgrading to a dual-fuel range or a range with a griddle, the choice is up to you.

Time for your upgrade? You should have all the information you need to consider upgrading your range to a pro-style range today!

December 22, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

Finding the Best Kitchen Range for Your Needs

If you’re looking for a new kitchen range, you may not know exactly which is right for you. The best way to find the right range is to consider how you like to cook, the space available in your kitchen, and what types of dishes you prefer.

In this article, we’re sharing a few tips all about finding the best kitchen range for your needs.

The Best Kitchen Range for Your Needs

Stop for a moment and think about the most important appliance in your kitchen. What would it be? The refrigerator? Sure. After all, it does keep your food cold and fresh. Your microwave? Eh, you may be able to take it or leave it. How about your dishwasher? Yes – it is important but you technically could wash your dishes by hand if you had to.

So, how about that range? Oh, the range – this is it! This is the most important appliance in your kitchen, isn’t it? You can create magnificent meals on the stove and bake delicious desserts for your friends and family in the oven. You can heat up water for tea to sip with a dear friend. You can even create feasts for the holidays that will live on in the memories of loved ones for years to come.

It is safe to say that the range is the one and only – the most important piece of equipment that needs to be in the kitchen. So, if you are ready to purchase a new range, how do you know which one to get? How do you know what to look for? What details do you need to know before shopping?

Let’s get to answering all these questions and more.

Here’s how to find the best kitchen range for your needs.

What Are Your Cooking Habits?

First of all, you absolutely must take a look at your cooking habits. There are some individuals out there that live alone and maybe use the range one or two days each week. Then, on the other side of the spectrum, there are those large families who always have a house full of scents from something cooking or baking.

Knowing your cooking habits can help you determine which range is the best for you. If you use the range frequently, then you are going to want to make sure that the range of your purchase can handle your workload. You want your range to be ready every time you need it. Investing in a pro-style range can give you the durability you are looking for.

Then, of course, there is the size of the range – can you regularly cook large meals for a family of 7 on a stove with three burners? No, right? You need more than that. How about a range with six burners and a griddle? That is ample space for you to cook with ease. Maybe you could even use two ovens!

Take some time to consider your cooking habits before you make your purchase.

What Type of Fuel Do You Prefer?

Gas or electric.

The debate over which type of fuel is best for a range goes back to their creation. There are some people who just prefer gas ranges. And, there are just as many who prefer electric. While they each have their pros and cons, the debate will likely never cease.

Then, there are those professional chefs – and those who are avid cooks and bakers at home – that know there is a range out there that includes the best of both worlds: the dual fuel range.

This range brings both gas and electric together to give you the benefit of each in the area they work best. For instance, gas stoves tend to heat up faster and provide more precise cooking. And, electric ovens provide even, consistent heat for thorough baking.

So, which fuel falls within your preference?

What Size Range Will Fit Your Kitchen?

The size of the range is going to be determined by the space allotted in your kitchen. If you are designing a brand new kitchen, then congratulations – you can design the space around the size of your range if you’d like. Otherwise, it is important to measure your current range or the space available to see which is best for your kitchen.

What Features Should You Look For?

Shopping for a new range can get a bit tricky, especially when you see all the features that are available. You may find it hard to determine what you really need and what you don’t. And, perhaps there are features out there that you don’t know you should be looking for.

As you head on your journey, look for these key features in your new range:

  • Stainless steel (or black stainless steel) finish.
  • Porcelain drip pans in the oven and on top of the stove for easy cleanup.
  • A commercial convection fan for even baking.
  • Continuous cast-iron cooking grates for incredible durability.
  • Adjustable oven racks.
  • Infrared broiler.

And more!

Benefits of a Pro-Style Range

Just any range may work for someone, but for you – the individual who is seeking quality and durability in their range – you need a pro-style range.

These ranges are designed for the home while manufactured with the same grade of strength as those used in heavily-trafficked commercial kitchens.

A pro-style range will offer the following:

  • Constructed with durable and non-porous metal, such as stainless steel.
  • Easy to clean surfaces, such as porcelain drip pans in the oven and the stovetop.
  • Designed with heavy use in mind – which means you won’t have to worry about knobs breaking or the like.

Pro-style ranges are strong, durable, and can handle very heavy use. However, they also look incredibly beautiful in your personal home kitchen. In other words – it brings the best of both ranges together.

Conclusion

Purchasing your new range should be fun and exciting. Sticking with a timeless stainless steel pro-style range means that you are purchasing an appliance that will last for years to come – and will blend with nearly any design style you may choose.

Know your size and measurements.

Understand the available features.

Determine your cooking habits.

And, decide on the fuel that is going to make you find joy in cooking and baking.

It is time to start making memories in your kitchen again, wouldn’t you agree?

December 15, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

How to Cook on a Griddle

how to cook on a griddle

If your kitchen range has a griddle, you may be interested in exploring some of the many benefits a griddle offers.

In this article, we’re taking a closer look at how to cook on a griddle so you’re prepared.

How to Cook on a Griddle

Well, look who invested in a griddle. It does not matter if your griddle came on its own or if it is part of a pro-style stainless steel range the Thor Kitchen designs, cooking on a griddle comes with its own set of rules.

If you are like most people, the first thing you may think of when you hear the word griddle is pancakes or flapjacks. And, it is for good reason. A griddle can make one unforgettable batch of pancakes. Though, here is the important thing to remember – those griddled hotcakes are only the beginning of the relationship with your griddle.

Take it to the next level with all these tips, suggestions, and how-to’s when it comes to cooking on a griddle.

Why Cook on a Griddle?

First of all, let’s see if we can answer the question – why cook on a griddle? After all, you have a stove, an oven, and maybe even a grill. So, you may be wondering why you should even bother with a griddle. Well, the answer is simple.

Griddles have a large cooking space. When you are making food for a large number of people, you can cook a large amount of food at once. Think about it – pancakes get cold easy. You can cook them all at one time on a griddle and the family can eat hotcakes together at one time. But, that’s not the only reason.

Griddles have a wide open surface with no sidewalls. That means moisture doesn’t get held up inside and affect the taste and texture of the food. Instead, everything can cook perfectly crisp. Oh – and did we mention how not having sides makes it much easy to flip and whip food around?

Another reason why you will begin to love cooking on your griddle is that you can cook multiple foods at once. That means only one thing to clean – and multiple dishes to eat. The large cooking area makes this possible.

Cooking Tips for Your Griddle

Now that you have a griddle and you are interested in seeing how it can work for you, there are a few tips you will want to follow to make sure the cooking goes smoothly. And to, well, make sure your food tastes good, of course.

  • Always use oil or a cooking spray. Just like any pan, food can stick to the griddle. Having a well-coated surface can reduce this issue and allow you to cook with ease.
  • If you are cooking thicker items or multiple items at the same time, you can consider wrapping your food in foil. This allows you to cook (sort of steam, really) in the foil and you can flip and turn with ease. And, this method does not involve the need for oil.
  • Try new recipes and blend new foods together. Because of its great big surface, you can cook multiple foods at once. This gives you the perfect opportunity to try something new and mix new flavors together.
  • Know that your food will cook faster on a griddle. See, there are no grated surfaces for heat to escape. The entire surface of the griddle is receiving the heat that your range is putting off. That means your food is bound to cook at a faster rate. You will want to keep an eye on delicate foods. Just know that everything you eat from your griddle will be cooked and browned to perfection.

A griddle is not that different to cook on from other things, such as your stove or your grill. But you may as well try some new foods and ideas while you are at it. Wouldn’t you agree? After all, new appliance, new recipes, right?

Safety Tips

Even though a griddle seems like a harmless appliance, it isn’t. There are a few safety tips to keep in mind.

  • Always, always use an oven mitt. Griddles can get very hot – and all areas of a griddle heat up. Accidentally touching one is equivalent to accidentally touching your burner or your grill grates. You don’t want to do that – so protect yourself.
  • Use the right size spatula. If you are cooking anything that needs to be flipped, do it correctly. Failing to use the right equipment can lead to burns and discombobulated foods.
  • Watch the grease. Depending on your griddle, it may or may not have space for the grease to go. Due to its flat surface, too much grease can overflow. If you are using your griddle on a range top – and especially if your simultaneously cooking on your burners – you need to be extra careful. Overflowing grease can cause fires.

Keep it Clean

Cleaning your griddle is simple. That is, as long as you keep up with it. You should be cleaning your griddle after every use.

  • Carefully remove excess food on the griddle, scaping it off with the spatula if necessary.
  • Then, use a wet rag and wipe down the griddle’s surface.

It works best to do these steps when the griddle is still hot so the food doesn’t latch on. Just remember this and take precautions so as not to burn yourself.

Your griddle is now ready for its next use.

36 Inch Professional Gas Range with Griddle

If you are looking for a pro-style range with a built-in griddle, look no further. This durable, 36-inch gas range offers you so many options – and a griddle.

Just check out these features:

  • Black Porcelain Drip Pan to facilitate surface cleaning
  • 15,000 BTU Stainless Steel Griddle
  • Infrared Broil Burner
  • Blue porcelain oven interior
  • Commercial Convection Fan

And that’s only a few of the many features!

Think about it this way. The next time you have to cook a large feast for a group of people, you won’t need to worry. You have the oven and all those burners. Plus, you have a griddle. You will have space for everything.

The best part is that it is not too good to be true—this range actually exists.

Conclusion

Now that you know how to cook on a griddle, you can explore the many different recipes and start crafting your griddle skills.

The next time you want to get cooking in your kitchen, consider being a bit adventurous and use your griddle!

October 31, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

Dual Fuel vs Gas Range: Comparing Kitchen Ranges

Dual Fuel vs Gas Range

If you’re thinking about replacing your old kitchen range, you may be wondering if you should purchase a dual fuel range or a gas range.

In this article, we’re comparing dual fuel vs gas range options and taking a closer look at the differences so you can make a more informed decision.

Dual Fuel vs Gas Range: Comparing Kitchen Ranges

Not all ranges are created equal. And, the most distinguishing characteristic of all is what type of fuel the range uses to heat each function of the range. Do you prefer electric ranges? Gas ranges? Or, how about a combination of both?

Depending on your cooking or baking needs and your preference in fuel, you may prefer a specific type of professional range. And, thankfully, you are able to choose the range that will best fit your desires and your kitchen.

For those who are on the fence about which kitchen range you want for yourself, let’s compare the two most popularly sought after – gas ranges and dual fuel ranges.

Here’s a comparison of dual fuel vs gas range options …

Why the Comparison?

If you are wondering why we are comparing two well-designed kitchen ranges, then you may be surprised at what you discover throughout this article. See, there are those individuals who cook just because they have to. Then there are those who do so because they love to. It is the latter who understands the differences that are found from one range to another.

But, should those who cook because that have to, be stuck dealing with a range that doesn’t provide everything they need? No way!

So, let’s look at these two ranges, discovering what sets them apart. And help all chefs – novice and pro – make the best-educated range selection possible.

Cooking with Gas

Gas is a commonly used fuel for ranges. Depending on what is available and pricing, gas ranges can be fueled by either natural gas or propane – with the difference between them being unnoticeable. Gas has been a very universal means of heating for a very long time. And, it seems to be preferred by many professional chefs.

When cooking on a stovetop fueled by gas, there is much precision in controlling the heat. Let’s say, for instance, that you have a pan cooking on the stove with chicken that you have deemed perfect and done – at just the right temperature. So, you turn the burner off, right? The heat source – the flame fueled by gas – disappears and your chicken stops cooking.

Electric stovetops heat the burner to, in turn, heat the pan. If you were to again find yourself in the same situation with your perfectly cooked chicken and you turn off the electric burner, the hot coils would continue to heat your pan, causing your chicken to overcook.

It’s no wonder so many chefs love cooking with gas.

Cooking with Electric

Another option for ranges is an electric range. While these are also very popular on the market, they aren’t the most popular among chefs, as discovered above. But, do you know who prefers an electric range over a gas? A baker. And, here’s why.

Ovens fueled by gas tend to provide an uneven amount of heat around the space. For those trying to perfectly bake something, it will quickly be determined that gas in an inadequate way of doing so. Unless, of course, you desire to keep turning the pan consistently, allowing for the heat to penetrate every side.

Gas ovens do not provide a consistent source of heat. So as the oven fills up to the desired temperature, the heat stops. And, when it is determined that the oven needs more heat, it will be provided. There is a bit of ebb and flow that takes place.

Now, for electric ovens, heat is received from a consistent heating source – without the ebb and flow effect. Solid heat that cooks food perfectly even every time.

And, that’s why bakers tend to be more fond of electric ovens.

Benefits of a Gas Range

Think a gas range may be more your style? Many people believe it to be. And, for good reason as there are many benefits to purchasing a gas range – especially a pro-style gas range in stainless steel.

gas range

HRG3618U 36″ Pro-style 6 Stainless Steel Burner Gas Range

These durable ranges come with a plethora of features that can be beneficial to get a great meal on the table in no time.

Gas ranges are:

  • Precise heat control for cooking.
  • Emergency ready. When the power goes out, you can almost always still utilize your gas range if you manually light it.
  • Fast access to heat. You turn the burner on and you are ready to start cooking. No need to wait for a burner to heat up.
  • Easy to clean and care for.
  • Cost-effective. Gas ranges will typically cost less than dual fuel ranges. Plus, depending on where you reside, gas tends to be a more economical method of heating.

Related: HRG3618U 36″ Pro-style 6 Stainless Steel Burner Gas Range

Benefits of a Dual Fuel Range

After all the benefits that a gas range has to offer, what can be said about a dual fuel range? Remember, this is a comparison between the two. So, while there are perks to owning a gas range, there are also perks to a dual fuel range.

dual fuel range

For instance, here are some benefits of a dual fuel range:

  • They offer the fuel that is best suited for the appliance. Electric heat for the oven and gas for the stove.
  • As discussed above, having the right type of fuel leads to effective and efficient cooking and/or baking.
  • These ranges are preferred by professional chefs and bakers all around the world. The experts know that gives the best of both worlds.
  • Dual fuel ranges are designed with durability and professional quality in mind.

Related: HRD3606U 36 Inch Professional Dual Fuel Range in Stainless Steel

Conclusion

Buying a range means that you are adding an investment to your kitchen and, of course, your home. Ranges are not the type of item you re-purchase regularly when the new model comes out. Therefore, you want to make sure the range you invest in – is the range you will be happy with.

Taking the time to understand the benefits and features of each of these ranges – a gas range and a dual fuel range – can help you determine which would be best for you. Don’t forget to take into account your cooking habits and frequency.

Choosing the right range for your lifestyle will bring even more benefits to your life.

October 28, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

How to Clean a Gas Range Top

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Looking for an effective way to clean your gas range top? There are several approaches you can take so today we’re sharing a few tips for your consideration.

In this article, you’ll learn how to clean a gas range top safely.

How to Clean a Gas Range Top

If you have to choose the messiest appliance to clean in your kitchen, what would your answer be? For many, choosing the oven, microwave, or refrigerator may be the first choice. After all, you always wipe down your stovetop after you use it so it should be clean, right?

Truth be told, your gas range top goes deeper than just the surface. Food may overflow, crumbs will drop, and heat will make any debris burnt and crispy. Thankfully, there are ways to clean up this mess that finds itself on and under the surface. And, you should know that it is easier than it may seem!

Here’s how to clean a gas range top …

Gather the Proper Materials

The first step to any cleaning project is to get the proper materials together. When it comes to cleaning your gas range top, you will be happy to know that the cleaning materials you need are probably already in your home.

Here is what you will need:

  • Mild dish soap
  • Scrubbing sponge
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • A soft, dry cloth

There are other methods that use store-bought, chemical products. And, while they do offer a nice clean shine, the method presented here will provide the same shine sans chemicals.

Cleaning the Grates

The first step in cleaning your gas stovetop would be to remove the grates. These heavy, cast iron grates may be durable, but they do take a beating while cooking. Spills and other residues get burnt onto the burner every time you use it. Over time, this buildup gets thicker and thicker. This may lead you to believe that getting the grates clean will take a lot of work and require heavy scrubbing.

But, fear not! There is an easy way!

Fill up your sink or a bucket with hot soapy water, using your dish soap. Then place the grates in the soapy water to soak. Then, as they are soaking, mix baking soda with a little bit of water, creating a thick, paste-like substance. Remove the grates from the soapy water and cover them with this baking soda paste. Let them sit for about 20-minutes.

Use a sponge and scrub the residue on the grates and run it under water to clean it off. All debris that was on these burner grates should be removed.

Make this process easier in the future by performing routine care. Fill a spray bottle with plain white vinegar and spray down the burners after each use. Let the vinegar sit on the grates for approximately ten minutes or so, then wipe off. The vinegar does not allow the grease to latch on, keeping your burners cleaner.

Careful with the Fuel Ports

When you remove the grates, you are looking at the burner caps. Remove these and add them to the bucket of hot, soapy water to soak. If they are too bad, they may require the above baking soda paste treatment.

Below the burner cap is where you will find the fuel port. This is where the flame comes from when you light your burner. Sometimes, in gas ranges, food particles can find their way down into these fuel ports, clogging them and making it more difficult to distribute even heat. If you have ever seen a bright burst of flame when lighting your burner, this comes from food bits around the fuel ports, too.

Examine them and make sure all holes are open and debris free. Rumor has it that the best tool for clearing a clogged port is an unbent paperclip. It seems to be the perfect size to fit right in the space.

Caring for the Surface

Initially, you want to wipe down the surface to make sure that you remove all unstuck debris. Get it off of there so you know what you are working with. Then, using a wet, soapy sponge (NOT the scrubbing side) gently begin wiping down the surface. You may need smaller rags to find your way into crevices. Or, sometimes a soft toothbrush will be beneficial. Note: Do not use any other type of toothbrush than soft or you may risk scratching the surface.

If you find you have areas that are heavily soiled with stuck-on debris, here’s what you can do. Wet a cloth and place it in the microwave for 30-seconds. Then, place the steamy wet cloth over the stuck-on debris and let it sit for a few minutes. This will loosen what is stuck, allowing you to wipe it off much easier.

Once your surface is clean, wipe it down with a dry cloth. Then, replace your burner tops and grates.

Don’t Forget the Knobs

Lastly, it is easy to forget about your knobs if you are simply focused on the top of your range. But, believe it or not, your knobs get really dirty, too. Follow the same method as with cleaning the surface above. If possible, remove the knobs and place them in the hot, soapy water to soak. Then, gently wipe them down, dry them with the soft cloth, and replace them.

How Often Should You Clean Your Gas Range Top?

Congratulations, you have got yourself a clean gas range top. So, now you may be wondering what you can do to keep your range looking as good as it does at this very moment, right? As well as how often you should follow these deep cleaning steps.

The answers to these questions will vary, of course, based on how often you cook. For instance, someone who uses the stovetop regularly will want to clean the range more frequently than someone who occasionally cooks a meal on the stove.

So, simply stated, you should clean your gas range top after every use by wiping it down, carefully cleaning up crumbs and spills. Then, every month or two (or when you notice a lacking appearance), perform a deeper cleaning.

Conclusion

Your gas range top is an investment. You will find that by following these simple steps, it will remain a shining addition to your kitchen.

To learn more, take a look at our article about cleaning kitchen appliances.

October 14, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

An Overview of Pro Style Kitchen Ranges

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If you’re thinking about replacing your old range, you may be interested in learning more about the various pro style kitchen ranges available.

In this article, we provide an overview of pro style kitchen ranges so you can make the best decision for your kitchen.

Pro Style Kitchen Ranges

Prostyle kitchen ranges are a welcome appliance in any kitchen. Unlike regular household ranges, these professional appliances bring with them a standard of durability, strength, and solidity. It does not matter how much they are used or how hard they are worked, they prove over and over to be beacons of the appliance world.

Imagine, if you will, having one of these pro-style kitchens ranges in your home; inside your kitchen. Can you see it? Can you picture yourself cooking your meals on something so wonderful? What delightful dishes could you provide your family and friends if you had the means to do so?

If you do not currently have a pro-style kitchen range, it is time to consider investing in one. In fact, it is time you understood the power of this appliance.

Looks Aren’t Everything, But…

We learn throughout life that looks aren’t everything. You may find a book with an eye-catching cover only to find that the pages inside put you to sleep. Or, you may see a piece of cake that looks so divine you can almost taste it. Only, when you do, it doesn’t taste anywhere near how good you thought it would.

When it comes to just any old range, the same rules may be applied. It may look great and it may try to keep up with you in the kitchen, but you’ll find out soon enough that it just can’t get the job done as a pro-style kitchen range can.

Looks aren’t everything, but when it comes to pro-style kitchen ranges, you get the full package – style and ability. Thor Kitchen’s pro-style ranges, for example, come in stainless steel or black stainless steel. This means that they are strong and durable, free from future erosion and rust. And, they look nice, with a shine that will stand out in your kitchen – and adapt to any décor you bring its way.

Gas Ranges or Dual Fuel Ranges

If you are looking for the best pro-style kitchen range for you, there are many different choices. However, it comes down to whether you prefer a gas range or a dual fuel range.

Gas ranges are powered by gas, whether natural or propane, as their name suggests. Both the stove and the oven work off of the gas heat to provide you with an effective cooking experience. These ranges can come in different sizes and offer a variety of features.

Dual fuel ranges are a different type of appliance. They are, as you might imagine, designed to work with two types of heat sources – gas (again, whether propane or natural) and electric. Why would anyone want this? The top chefs around the world will tell you that a dual fuel range gives you the perfect outcome every time.

See, if you’ve ever cooked on a gas stove, then you know that when you turn the burner off, the heat goes off – and the food ceases cooking. This does not happen with an electric stove. When you turn it off, your burner is still hot and continues to heat and cook the food, leaving it overdone.

A gas oven, however, is fine for normal use, but not so great if you are an avid baker. Thorough, even heating is crucial and, with a gas oven, this is often hard to come by. This is why dual fuel ranges use electricity to heat the oven, providing the best, even heat for a great outcome every time you bake.

Think of a dual fuel range as the perfect solution for every cooking experience.

Easy Cleaning

If you are going to be doing a lot of cooking, then you are going to be in need of a pro-style kitchen range. The more you cook, the more mess you will ultimately make. And who likes the cleanup?

With pro-style ranges, cleanup is not a bad word. Instead, it’s a simple task, really. Here’s why: The stovetop burners have black porcelain underneath them. Any spills, regardless of whether they are cooked onto the porcelain or not, are easily wiped up without a lot of effort. This same porcelain is also found inside the oven, although blue in color. When things overflow and get burnt inside the oven, they are easily cleaned up after use.

The outer stainless steel is easily cleaned with nothing but a soft cloth. For tougher jobs, a little soapy water and a soft rag will get your pro-style range back to its shiny self in no time.

The Burners Matter

When someone walks into your kitchen, they cannot see inside your oven, but they can see your burners. The more you cook on them, the more wear and tear they will show, right? Wrong.

Sure, with a regular household stove, you may find this to be true. But, with a pro-style kitchen range, you will see nothing but a brand new appearance. The grates on these ranges are designed to handle heavy use – without dulling down or looking used.

Designed with cast iron continuous cooking grates, these burners are the perfect addition to your pro-style range that will keep it looking new no matter how hard you work it.

Other Features that Stand Out

A range designed for professional use doesn’t have to lack the bells and whistles. Instead, it goes all out, providing you a solid cooking experience all while it looks beautiful. For example, you may find features on your pro-style kitchen range – especially those by Thor Kitchen, such as knobs and controls illuminated by blue LED lights or a commercial convection fan to provide even baking. After all, you deserve a range that does it all – pleases the eye and your inner chef or baker.

Conclusion

When it comes to purchasing your next kitchen range, don’t settle for the basic household range. Rather, find one that will give you the strength and durability of a professional range with all the beauty perks of being designed for the home.

This is exactly what you’ll find with a pro-style kitchen range.

October 9, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

7 Essential Kitchen Range Parts

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If you want your professional kitchen range to last for years to come, it’s important to understand the various parts that make up the appliance.

In this article, we’re taking a look at seven essential kitchen range parts.

7 Essential Kitchen Range Parts

When it comes to your kitchen range, you may take it for granted. You know it is always there in your kitchen. It cooks you hot meals when you need it and bakes some of the most delicious desserts. But, have you ever given any thought to the parts that go into creating these magnificent – and reliable – appliances?

For just a moment, think about this – how many times have you referred to it as a stove? Or, how about all those times you’ve just pointed to it, calling it an oven?

The stove and the oven are only two parts of many that make a range such a necessary kitchen appliance. Here are all the important parts of your professional kitchen range that you should be giving thanks for.

Here are seven essential kitchen range parts.

1. Burners

It does not matter what type of range you have, if you have a range, you are going to have burners. However, the type of burner will vary. Primarily, those that are designed as professionally-styled ranges will come with heavy-duty cast-iron grates or a glass top. Both have their own benefits.

Cast iron grates are what you will find with gas ranges. They provide a durable surface for cooking while still maintaining their superior look and quality and design.

Glass top stoves are a very common style of the electric variety. Whether they come as part of a range or a side addition by themselves, these are sleek and very aesthetically pleasing. They take away all rigidity when it comes to the appliances, leaving nothing by a shiny, smooth space.

2. Element

Have you heard of an element? Most pro-style ranges come with not one, but two elements – a bake element and a broil element. And, when it comes to the elements in your range, they have an extremely important job.

The element itself is the main source of heat in the oven. If it is the bake element, then this is the source of heat that you will find at the bottom of the oven. For the broil element, you will find this source of heat at the top of the oven. Depending on what you are cooking and how you have your controls set, the appropriate elements will be used for heating.

3. Drip Pan

The drip pan catches drips, of course! The drip pan is found underneath the burners on the stove. They are made of varying materials. Those pro-style ranges from Thor Kitchen, however, come with black porcelain drop pans.

The benefit of using porcelain means much easier cleanup. See, as you cook and things overflow from the pan, splatter, or drip as you serve your dish, this debris lands in the drip pan. If the area is still hot, it could continue to cook – baking itself right on to the drip pan. You will find that porcelain drip pans are the easiest to clean which means they always look nice – keeping your entire range looking nice. And, well, that’s important for your kitchen, right?

4. Convection Fan

The convection fan is found in the oven. And, while it doesn’t provide heat like the all-important element, it distributes the heat evenly throughout the space.

If you don’t have a convection fan, you will find that you will spend time checking your food throughout to make sure it is done. Often, this involves rotating the pan within the oven as it cooks. This is not necessarily the most ideal method for baking.

Just heating up space cannot ensure where the heat goes what it is released. But, with a convection fan, you can be sure that you are getting an even flow of heat throughout the oven – leading to perfectly even baking.

5. Broiler

Broilers are not a tricky way of cooking, but they aren’t used as often as regular baking. Broilers work on high heat. And, it comes from the top of the oven. This high heat works to cook your food fast – leaving it slightly crispy or crunchy, too.

Many people will often bake their dishes using the oven’s bake element. Then, as it is almost done, switch on the broiler element for that final tasty bit of crisp.

6. Knobs or Touch Controls

You need to be able to control your range. You have to be able to adjust the heat on your burners. Or, just turn them on, for that matter. You also need to manage your oven, heating it up in the manner and at the temperature required for whatever you are baking.

Knobs allow you to do this. Of course, depending on your range, you may have touch controls rather than knobs, but they all serve the same purpose – and are essential to using a range.

7. Range Hood

While a range hood is not necessarily a part of a range per se, it is definitely an essential part of owning a range. Here’s why.

Every time you heat up your stove and begin cooking, your kitchen heats up. A range hood pulls that heat from your kitchen, leaving you with a cooler space. This brings comfort and also means your air conditioning system doesn’t have to work as hard – saving you money.

As you cook, there are food particles, toxins, and other debris that make the way into your kitchen air. Yes, the very air that you and your loved ones breathe. A range hood will remove this dirty air from your kitchen, filter it, and replace it with much cleaner air to breathe. It is safer for you and your family.

Range hoods come in different shapes and sizes. Some mount on the wall while others mount under the cabinet. Some are vented outdoors while others are not vented but filter the air instead. It doesn’t matter what type you have, as long as there is a range hood above your stove.

Conclusion

Ranges are a necessity in the kitchen. The more you know how it works, the more useful it will be to you. Take time to familiarize yourself with all these essential parts.

September 30, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

How to Clean a Glass Top Range

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Do you have a range with a glass surface? If so, then there is a good chance you have found yourself frustrated with trying to clean it. Whether it is removing streaks, scraping off burnt-on food, or simply cleaning the stovetop, it is hard to know just what works and what doesn’t.

Of course, you always want to keep in mind the delicate nature of your range’s stovetop – and care for it accordingly.

But, how?

In this article, you will discover how to clean a range with a glass top.

How to Clean a Glass Stove Top Range

When it comes to a glass top stove, you can’t just jump right in and start cleaning whenever the mood strikes you. Well, you could, but not if you want to be safe – and effective. Here are a few things you need to know before you start cleaning:

  • Wait until the stovetop is cool before you begin cleaning. We know that food that boiled over while cooking is just urging you to clean, but doing so can be dangerous. Keep yourself safe and free from burns by waiting until the surface is cool.
  • Consider using natural products and not heavy chemicals when cleaning. Remember, anything you put on your burners will heat up the next time you cook. Using heavy cleaners can leave you with some strong smells burning off – and may be hard to get rid of.
  • Take care of your glass top by only using gentle products and tools. Anything abrasive can permanently damage the surface.

And, finally, you may want to consult your manual or the manufacturer of your range to discover any specific information related directly to the care and maintenance of your glass top stove.

Here’s a closer look at how to clean a glass top range.

Daily Routine Care

If you use your stovetop often, then getting in the habit of caring for it regularly can help you in the long run. Think about it – your stovetop is left wide open to dust, dirt, and debris. And, with each use, whether you spilled anything or not, there is often a residue left behind – which can trap even more dust and debris.

Take the time to gently wipe down the stovetop after each use. This keeps it looking nice and fresh – and it reduces heavy buildup which is tougher to clean down the road.

For this routine care, consider using a spray bottle of water (or a mix of distilled vinegar and water) along with a soft cloth. Once the stovetop has cooled down, spray it down and wipe up with the cloth. Use an additional dry cloth to buff out any streaks.

Deep Cleaning

Knowing how to keep your stovetop clean daily is one thing.

But, sometimes you need more, don’t you? If you find yourself in need of deep cleaning for your glass top range, then you will want to grab these ingredients and follow the instructions:

Ingredients:

  • White vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Baking soda
  • Spray bottle
  • Hot water
  • Bucket or large bowl
  • Towel (or towels) large enough to cover stovetop
  • Dry soft cloth
  • Soft or medium bristled toothbrush

Step One: Spray the Glass with White Vinegar

Add some white vinegar to a spray bottle. This can be regular white distilled vinegar that you likely have in your pantry or can pick up easily on your next trip to the grocery store. Spray down the glass until it is fully covered with a nice, wet layer of vinegar.

Step Two: Sprinkle Baking Soda

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (or any other brand, generic or not) will work just fine for this step. Sprinkle a light yet a thorough layer of baking soda on top of the stove. Make sure to hit all areas, leaving a little extra sprinkle on the roughest, most used areas.

This baking soda, when combined with the white vinegar, will begin fizzing. This works to clear up the tough, stuck-on debris on the stovetop.

Step Three: Fill a Bucket with Hot Water

This bucket – or large bowl – needs to be large enough to hold a small bath towel or two kitchen towels. Fill the bucket with the hottest water your faucet will allow and add a couple of drops of dish detergent.

Place the towel (or towels) in the bucket to get thoroughly soaked. Then, place the towels across the stovetop, covering the baking the soda.

Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes. The heat and moisture from the towels will further help the baking soda to penetrate any burnt-on debris.

Step Four: Remove the Towel and Scrub

When the time is up, remove the towel (or towels) and begin scrubbing the roughest areas with a soft– or medium-bristled toothbrush. Use the rest baking soda that remains on the stove and gently scrub in a circular motion. The key here is to give the stovetop and extra chance to release any grime or stains without damaging the surface.

Step Five: Clean It Up

Use your wet towels to remove the rest of the debris and baking soda that remains on the stovetop. Once you are back to your clear glass, use your spray bottle of vinegar to again spray down the surface. Then, using a soft rag or cloth, begin wiping down the stovetop, taking care to buff out any streaks.

 Conclusion

Cleaning up your range’s glass stovetop does not have to take a lot of time or effort. This is especially true if you take the time to maintain your glass regularly after cooking. Once you do a major cleaning (listed in the steps above) follow it up with regular wipe downs. By doing so, you should not have to do any major cleanings for your stovetop for a couple of months. Though, keep in mind this does depend on how often you utilize your stove.

There are many methods that you may use to clean your glass. And, consulting your manufacturing may result in a specific recommended product. However, if you are looking for a simple way to keep your glass top shining bright without the use of heavy chemicals, then you will enjoy this method we have provided.

September 9, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

30 Inch Gas Range: An Overview

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Is it time to replace your kitchen range? If so, you may be interested in learning more about the benefits a new 30 inch gas range has to offer.

Let’s take a closer look.

The 30 inch Gas Range

Do you know what you can do with a range? It can be there so you can cook a delightful meal that could win over the heart – and stomach – of your significant other. It can allow you to provide warm nourishment for your children. And, it can give you and your friends a place to hang around as you make delicious munchies for the monthly girls or guys night.

The 30 inch gas range is one of the popular gas ranges available today. Its size is convenient and it packs the power you need to cook up your favorite meals.

If you’re interested in replacing an old range, you need to consider a few things before making your purchase.

Below, you will find an outline of some of the things you should consider.

Get the Sizing Right

It is important to note that a range can come in a variety of sizes. Most typically, however, you will find them to be either 30-inches or 36-inches. It is important to note this because when you begin your search for a new range, you need to make sure you are purchasing one that will fit. There are few things worse than having your range delivered and the spacing be off.

Take a moment to confirm your sizing before you go any further. If you currently have a range installed, measuring it should give you a good idea. For example, it will not likely measure 30-inches exactly. Instead, it may ring in at about 29 ¼ inches instead. This gives you a tiny bit of wiggle room on either side. However, if you currently have an empty space where your range is going to go, just do a quick measurement and make sure it is 30 inches.

Once you have this taken care of, let’s take a look at the 30-inch ranges you may be interested in.

Thor Kitchen’s Model Number HRG3080U

This 30-inch range is a professional gas range in a shiny, bright stainless steel. It offers a lot of power in its standard sized package. For example, you will find that it has 4 burners that go from a soft simmer at 650 BTU to 18,000 BTU. And, with this heat in a gas range, you will be able to get your cooking done in no time!

Of course, you will also find these wonderful features, too:

  • Porcelain cooktop drip pan for easy cleaning
  • Poven interior – also for easy cleaning
  • CSA Certified
  • 3 x Continuous flat cast-iron cooking grates for the easy movement of large cookware
  • 2 cubic feet of oven capacity
  • Oven Broiler with a BTU of 13,000
  • Commercial Convection Fan circulates heat to maximize even cooking
  • Two Halogen Lights illuminate the oven cavity
  • Thermostatically controlled for precise temperatures

What if all of this sounds wonderful, but you are looking for something a bit more trendy or rather, edgy? If so, then why not opt for black stainless steel?

Thor Kitchen’s Model Number HRG3080-BS

Black stainless steel is a popular trend these days. It offers everything that stainless steel does, such as durability, strength, longevity, and more. It also is easy to maintain and keep clean from smudges, smears, and fingerprints. Here is where it differs, though. While stainless steel offers a more bright, shiny appearance, black stainless steel is more of a matte finish. It is beautiful and provides a wonderful addition to any kitchen – and design.

As for this 30-inch range, you will find that it provides a lot of the same features as the model above. The primary distance is the finish.

Here are some of the features model number HRG3080-BS offers.

  • Four burners ranging from a soft simmer at 650 BTU to 18,000 BTU
  • Black zinc alloy knobs with blue LED illuminating lights
  • Porcelain stovetop drip pan for easy cleaning
  • Porcelain oven interior – also for easy cleaning
  • CSA Certified
  • 3 x Continuous flat cast-iron cooking grates for the easy movement of large cookware
  • 2 cubic feet of oven capacity
  • Oven Broiler with a BTU of 13,000
  • Commercial Convection Fan circulates heat to maximize even cooking
  • Two Halogen Lights illuminate the oven cavity
  • Thermostatically controlled for precise temperatures

What is a Dual Fuel Range?

Are you a great chef or like to pretend like you are? If you cook and bake a lot, then you probably know that certain types of heat work better on the stove and in the oven. For example, a gas burner offers more precise temperature control. However, in an oven, gas has to continuously re-light in order to maintain the temperature. This means whatever you are baking is being exposed to a continuous fluctuation in temperature, causing it to bake unevenly.

On the hand, an electric stove heats up the burner which, in turn, heats your pan. It takes longer to heat and longer to cool down. Temperature precision is scarce. Here is the benefit, though. When baking, an electric oven offers a continuous flow of heat – meaning that your food is baked evenly without worry.

Wrap this all up together and you have what is known as a dual fuel range. And, guess what? It comes in a 30-inch model.

Thor Kitchen’s Model Number HRD3088U

Back to that timeless stainless steel, you will find that this dual fuel range offers you more than you could imagine – and all packed into its 30-inch width. It is easy to keep clean and will look nice with any design style. Like Thor’s other stoves of the same size, this one has four burners that heat up to 18,000 BTU.

Remember, this stove runs off of natural gas, but the oven is electric – with an electric broiler. It also has these key features:

  • Porcelain cooktop drip pan for easy cleaning
  • Blue porcelain oven interior – also for easy cleaning
  • CSA Certified
  • 3 x Continuous flat cast-iron cooking grates for the easy movement of large cookware
  • 2 cubic feet of oven capacity
  • Commercial convection fan circulates heat to maximize even cooking
  • Two halogen lights illuminate the oven cavity

Conclusion

Getting a new range is always exciting, no matter the reason. Before you head out to make this investment, have an idea of what you are looking for. So, will it be Thor Kitchen’s stainless steel? Black stainless steel? Or Dual fuel?

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