Yes, that's very possible. Shall we compare fuel bills some day?
Christopher A. Young
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Likely takes as much to heat your trailer as to heat my approx 1250 sq
foot 2 story with finished basement.
On Thu, 11 Apr 2013 04:19:55 -0400, "Stormin Mormon"
Compare away. Never hit $700 per year for my natural gas which heats
the house and water and operates the BarBQ. Just put the BarBQ on NG
last year, so if we have a good summer it might nudge it up to the
$700 this year. A lot better than $30 to $45 in propane
for a tank rental, you're stuck. i own my own 500 gallon tank, and call
about 4 suppliers when it needs a refill. the price will vary a lot,
sometimes by almost $2/gal from high to low. my last fill was about 2
months ago, for $2.49/gal.
amerigas runs sales about 2x/year.
One thing that might help would be a water heater insulation
blanket. Those don't cost much. Would lowering the water heater
temperature be an option?
I have a natural gas on demand water heater. The darn things are
spendy especially for mobile homes. I don't know if/when the payback
will be. My motivation for buying one was it was something different.
I live alone so only need hot water for a short time each day.
There are some on Ebay if you're curious. There are some threads
here discussing them.
I seriously doubt that a tankless water heater is going
to be a good option. They cost considerably more. And
the main savings is that they eliminate the standby losses
that you have with a tank type, where hot water is sitting
there all the time. And then you have the issue of a
tankless gas or electric? Even to supply a mobile home,
an electric one is going to have to pull a lot of amps. Maybe
so much that the service can't support it without upgrading
it. Same thing with a gas one. You need a supply line
big enough to run it and that could require upgrading
back to your tank. The one advantage you would have is
your location, where the incoming water isn't real cold,
so you could get away with a smaller BTU unit.
If you start to look into tankless, those are the kinds of
things you want to look at, not just the cost of the unit.
I don't know how much or what you cook but for me it would take some
humongously huge price difference for me to switch from a gas to an
Have you ever spent any significant amount of time cooking on an electric
Never tried one. Thought they worked as well as gas. What's the problem
with them? Haven't heard bad about them in cooking group but then again
hadn't looked for such posts. There may have many I'd not noticed.
On Apr 9, 7:04 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
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In general, I agree. A lot of this is personal preference and
also based on whatever experience folks have had. IF your
experience has been a real nice gas range and a cheap electric one,
then you're opinions may be different. Gas does tend to heat
faster. But then for making coffee, I use an electric kettle,
which boils water faster than either a gas stove or electric.
Gas is definitely more responsive. If a pan is getting too hot,
it will react faster when you turn it down. With electric, it may
burn. Another thing I hate about electric is that the older style
burners would never stay truely level and oil in a pan would
tend to run to one side or the other. But then the newer
flat cooktops I guess solve that. Also, with electric the heat
comes directly from the bottom and the sides tend to stay
cooler. With gas and a larger flame, the sides of the pan can
get so hot that stuff starts to burn on them or a spoon left
laying in it gets heated and burns you.
In the end, it's what you're used to and what you prefer.
On Tue, 9 Apr 2013 16:36:34 -0700 (PDT), " email@example.com"
And you can tell by looking at the flame, how big the flame is and how
hot the fire. Looking at the electric stove knob doesn't tell me
much, but after 25 years, I knew some rules for some kinds of cooking.
Then I had to get a different brand of electric range and the
settings, Medium, Medium HIgh, etc. are not the same temps as what I
had learned. Or if they are, maybe i learned by which absolute
direction the knobs were pointing, not which setting they pointed to.
I have that trouble with an old GE. My even older Whirlpool used
plug-in electric "burners" and they were always level.
A lot depends on how you cook, but my biggest issue is the response time. A
gas burner is immediately hot when I want to be, immediately cold when I
want it to be and immediately any temperature in between when I want it to
I don't have to take a pot off of a gas burner when I want the cooking to
slow or stop. That's not an issue when you only have one or two pots on an
electric stove, but as soon as you reach 3 or 4, you run out places -
except for the counter - to move them to.
Electric burners stay hot - and dangerous - long after you remove the pot.
I've seen many a burnt cutting board and towels because they were put on an
open burner that was still hot.
Professional cooks use gas mainly because of the responsiveness. On the
other hand, some feel that electric ovens are more even from a temperature
perspective, so I have heard of cooks who have a gas stovetop and an
I grew up with gas. When my parents sold the house they bought a double
without gas and have been using (and hating) an electric stove for the past
10 or so years. Dad had to replace the oil fired boiler before this past
winter, so he had the utility run gas from the street and bought a gas
range, dryer and boiler - for both the front and back apartments. Big bucks
but Mom is finally happy.
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