No gas can is 'fully sealed' if the lid/spout is not put on tightly and
correctly every time. Plastic cans UV weaken from sunlight, and can get
damaged by winter weather or improper handling. The now-rare(for new
ones) metal cans can rust. And yes, there are still a whole lotta old
cans with vent doohickeys on them. Wish I could find one- these modern
no-vent cans are a major pain to pour from without splashing. Careful
people would likely never have a problem, but non-careful people are the
reason we have fire departments.
I just bought a gas "can" after my last move. It *cannot* be sealed
tightly, particularly with the spout attached. The only worthwhile
feature of the can is that the vent is part of the spout, which aso
acts as a cut-off when the tank if full. If the spout is stuck far
enough into the tank the vent goes under the fuel, cutting off the
vent. Sure, it's possible to spill, but you have to try. Believing
that gas cans are sealed is lunacy.
We suffered through a couple short lived generations of piss poor vent
free spout designs, but the current generation of vent free spouts
(which are available separately for $5 or so and fit the earlier cans)
are pretty good. Give one of the new ones a try.
No, but I store more than 5 gal, and I can also siphon from one of my
trucks (34 gal) if needed. Also on that 72 hr outage I had, the power
was on ~2 miles away so I could readily get more gas if needed.
In 44 years of home ownership, I've never been able to justify a generator.
A few power outages lasted in the 1 to 3 hour range, only once did we have a
2 day outage after a hurricane. Putting out $500 to $1000 for a generator
makes no sense to me. I do know some locations have days at a time every
year and easily justify having one.
My generator that cost me ~$800 some 25 years ago had a ~72 hour
continuous run during and in the aftermath of that nice ice storm that
hit northwestern CT somewhere in the 2000-2004 range (I forger exactly
when). It has had many other outage runs in the 1 - 12 hr range as well.
Indeed I just used it for around 4 hours about a week ago.
Yes/no/maybe, it's a bit more complicated than that. It depends on if
you are using gas for other things as well, if not the monthly service
charges for the gas service eclipse any savings on cost/BTU.
LP is a better option if you aren't using gas for other appliances,
particularly since if you are only running a stove/range with LP, you do
not need a large tank or any sort of service contracts with an LP
dealer. I run my dual fuel range (5 gas burners and 2 electric ovens)
off of a single 20# LP tank and that tank lasts about 8-10 months
between taking it to be filled. If I has an all LP range with LP ovens,
I might upgrade to a 40# LP tank, but in either case there are no
service charges involved.
Common misconception. Electric can get plenty hot and melt aluminum
pans. Electric is also more efficient thermally in that the element is
in direct contact with the pan and a greater percentage of the heat is
transferred to the pan vs. rising up past the pan like a gas burner.
I haven't ever seen an electric stove/range with just low-med-high, all
I have seen and used had plenty of adjustment points in between.
This faster response to setting changes is the primary advantage of gas
for cooking. It's not a huge disadvantage for electric though since it
just requires you to lift the pan off the burner you turned down for a
few seconds while the element cools.
True, but probably not a consideration for most folks yet. Give it a few
more years as the US goes the way of Zimbabwe and we're reduced to
subsistence farming and it may be a consideration. Of course at that
point neither gas nor electric will be available.
If you have gas in your house, and cooking is the only thing you're using it
for, you're a fool. It's *far* cheaper to heat your house, make hot water, and
dry your clothes with natural gas than with electricity.
If you aren't using gas for other appliances, a still better option is to get
rid of the expensive-to-operate electric appliances and replace them with gas.
And you think gas can't??
Lucky thing, too, or else the cost difference would be even greater in favor
They still have discrete points, though, not the continuous variability of
My electric dryer is extremely inexpensive to operate, particularly
since my washer is a front load with "escape velocity" spin dry. My
electric heat pump is inexpensive to operate as well.
Don't fall for the propaganda from the Nat Gas monopolies, do the math
yourself, being careful to compare like appliances, not comparing a new
gas appliance to a 30 year old non gas one like the gas monopoly's
propaganda often does.
See above. My electric appliances are not expensive to operate by any
I didn't say if couldn't. I corrected the false assertion that gas stove
burners got "MUCH" hotter than their electric counterparts.
Except that the cost difference isn't in favor of gas. If you actually
do the math you'll find there is little difference.
The dozen or so discrete points cover the range from low to high just
fine. Also electric can go lower than gas can unless you have expensive
intermittent gas burners.
No, I did not. I cooked extensively on electric stoves for about 30
years, so I'm well aware of their response times. Ten seconds is about
the maximum you need to hold the pan off the burner, and indeed you
don't even have to hole it entirely off, just lifting the handle to have
the pan at a slight angle and not in direct contact with most of the
burner is sufficient.
You're, ummmm, overly optimistic if you think that an electric burner will
cool off enough in ten seconds to make a significant difference. Boil water in
a teakettle on an electric range. As soon as the kettle begins to whistle,
turn the burner off, remove the kettle, and pour yourself a cup of tea. Set
the kettle back down on the same burner -- a burner that's OFF, remember --
and observe as the water comes to a boil again, and the kettle begins to
whistle. One more reason to dislike electric ranges.
The response time of electric burners isn't anywhere *near* fast enough to
avoid boilovers or scorched white sauces if you inadvertently set the heat a
bit too high, or if your attention gets distracted.
Odd, then, that you still harbor the delusion that a burner on an electric
stove will cool off in ten seconds. Like someone else said, you must have
magic burners. Or else you're full of, ummm, unreasonable optimism.
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