I can't help you with question #1, but here in Westerville, OH, I
upgraded our old Federal Pacific 100A/12 slot panel to a SquareD
200A/40 slot. The cost of the parts, permit, etc. (plus a few new
tools <G>) was about $500. A neighbor had theirs replaced by a
electrician, total was about $1,300. Of course, the professional did
it in about 1/3 the time (about 3 hours, including re-connection by
the electric co.)
(Before I get flamed, I am NOT trying to imply that the cost of having
an electrican is a rip off or anything. With an electrican, you're
paying for the training, skill, and peace of mind. In my case, I've
worked on this type of thing and similar items, and did a lot of
research, including talking to the building inspector. The local code
allows the homeowner to do the work, even if they're not a licensed
Another option is to add a propane stove and forget about adding an electric
stove. I did this because my house only had a 100 amp service and I didn't
want the extra load. Many people like cooking with gas better then electric
too. If you want to go with the electric stove then I would buy the twin
breakers to free up the slots and see how it works. You can always upgrade
to 200 amps down the road. You're looking at some bucks for a new service
which might not be needed. It all depends on how your circuits are laid out
and how you use your appliances, etc. I never blow fuses so I'm not looking
You'll get a laugh out of this. This is a kitchen re-model. There was a natural
gas range in place but it stuck out 2 inches from the rest of the cabinets. So
the lady of the house went to a Kitchen Design place and they suggested an under
counter electric oven which would be flush with the cabinets and allows for a
gas cook top on top of the oven. If there was an under-the-counter gas oven that
would allow a gas cooktop on the top that would be ideal but there isn't any
that I could find.
So the bottom line is that to get rid of the 2 inches sticking out into the
kitchen, it may cost $1500 for an electrician.
For the cooktop, gas is preferred by most chefs. I don't think there's
anything particularly more appealing about a gas oven. Convection
ovens are all electric, if memory serves. I've heard that the new
ideal is gas top, electric under.
2" sticking out into the kitchen can be expensive indeed. I can see it
now: "Does this new oven make my ass look fatter?"
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