To make a long story short, bought a $1200 gas cooking range at Sears and have been thoroughly disappointed in the performance--takes a good fifteen minutes to boil a small tea kettle. "Hot" burner is rated at 12,000 BTUs, others at 9,000. Had Sears guy come out and look at it, also local propane supplier guy--the Sears guy says the propane guys probably got the pressure wrong, the propane guy says pressure is fine, the stove has sealed burners so it can't be adjusted, and LP gas gives significantly less performance than natural gas.
I'd like to determine if the stove or installation is defective, and figured I'd do an experiment to find out the actual BTUs. So I timed how long it took to boil 32 oz. of water. Anybody know how to calculate BTUs? Is there any easier way to do this?
And secondly, is there a way to boost performance of a gas range running on LP gas? The stove handbook says to expect that with LP gas the actual BTUs will run 2000-3000 lower than the rated number.
p.s. I hate electric stoves because they guzzle electricity and they're a pain to cook on!
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