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Natural gas cooktops

The contemporary, designer look of built-in natural gas cooktops makes them a stylish addition to any kitchen.

They come in widths of 20, 24, 30 and 36 inches (51 to 92 cm). Gas cooktops are made of stainless steel, steel coated with porcelain or glass. Some may allow you to pop in a grill, a rotisserie or a wok. They are available with built-in downdraft exhaust fans or you can use them with overhead fans.

Standard models have four burners, but other models have two, five or six burners. Some have a grill or griddle unit in the centre, or on either side of the burners. Others have a griddle or grill that can sit over regular burners. There are several burner sizes to fit various widths of pots and pans, each with different heat outputs. Cooktops can have burners ranging from 5,000 to 17,500 BTU per hour. (A BTU, or British thermal unit, is a standard measure of heat or energy output.)

You can opt to have different sized burners on the same range. A common configuration is two small and two large burners. Sealed burners range from as much as 12,500 BTU per hour to a small 5,000 BTU per hour burner used for simmering.

Burner styles

Standard, unsealed (open)

This style has large openings for the burner that are much larger than the burner itself. The cooktop lifts up for cleaning underneath the cooking area. They produce about 9,000 BTU per hour.

Sealed burners

These are popular because they are much easier to clean than open burners. Many cooktops with sealed burners offer a range of burner sizes. For example, one model has a large burner for fast heating, two medium burners and a smaller one for simmering.

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