- How does a gas hob work?
- Gas hobs available in many sizes
- Which gas cooker hob to choose?
- Safety features for your gas hob
Klarstein gas hobs: the unmistakable choice for your kitchen
Knowing how to cook is certainly a skill, but to achieve optimal results, you also need the right tools at your disposal. And what’s more important than an efficient and functional hot plate meeting your needs and cooking habits? In this sense, both gas and electric ceramic hobs are interesting solutions that don’t require a huge investment. Although induction hobs are becoming more and more popular in many British households, mainly because of their modern design and ease of use, gas cooker hobs are still the most popular choice, as they are cheaper and compatible with any type of pan. But how to find the best gas hob? This question may seem trivial, but it is not, as it has to do with functionality, but also with aesthetics and design.
That's why at Klarstein you can find a wide range of gas hobs for sale, covering different models. From smaller versions, with our handy 30 cm gas hobs, to 4 and even 5 burner gas hobs designed for larger families’ needs, when you need more comfort and space to cook several dishes simultaneously. Read on to find out more about the main features to look out for, find the best gas hob for your needs in our product gallery and take advantage of our great offers.
How does a gas hob work?
The operation of a gas cooker hob, whether built-in or free-standing, remains the same. The heart of the system is the burner, located just below the crown from which the flame emerges. Naturally, the higher the power of the burner, the higher the gas consumption. Above the crown, you can always find the burner cap, a metal discovering and protecting it. A hob of this type is equipped with knobs, to regulate the flow of gas. Depending on the case, the gas may come from the natural gas supply system or the classic replaceable cylinder.
Once you turn the knob, it is necessary to ignite the flame with a spark, by pressing a special button or with a lighter. Some models produce the spark automatically as soon as you turn the knob. Above the cooker, a grill holds the pots and pans: it is usually made of cast iron and high thermal conductivity to facilitate heat transfer. In some cases, hob grates can also be made of stainless steel.
Gas hobs available in many sizes
The first aspect to consider when buying your gas hob concerns its dimensions. As mentioned before, there is a wide variety of choices in this area. Built-in hobs are characterised by precise and standardised dimensions allowing their installation in any type of kitchen. The depth measurement is usually 51 cm. On the other hand, the width can vary greatly and depends on the number of burners present. However, this is not a fixed rule. For example, there are hobs with four burners measuring 50 cm and others with a width of 65 cm. But there are also larger ones, such as hobs with six burners that can be up to 95 cm wide.
If you have problems with space, you can alternatively choose a smaller hob. In this case, the minimum width is 30 cm, and the hob normally comprises a maximum of two burners. The four classic burners that we find in the vast majority of gas hobs differ in size. We have a large one called rapid, a small one called auxiliary and two medium-sized ones called semi-rapid. In this way, you can always choose the ideal flame for what you are going to cook. The large fire is suitable for boiling a huge pot of water, whereas the small one is perfect for a Moka pot or a small saucepan. The other two are suitable for all uses in between.
Which gas cooker hob to choose?
The difference between one gas hob and another is not only the number of burners but also their power and arrangement. Let's start with the first point: depending on the burners’ size, each one’s nominal power varies. The smallest burners usually have a power rating of around 1000 W, the medium ones between 1500 and 2000 W, and the largest ones (also called rapid or super rapid) generally exceed 3000 W. While auxiliary burners are suitable for slow cooking or small pots, larger burners are ideal for intense cooking and large pots. These aspects must be taken into account when choosing a gas hob, as they are linked to your cooking habits - which recipes do you prepare most often? - and the size of your household. Also, more power means more cooking speed.
Another element to consider is the number of crowns. The best gas hobs have double or triple crown burners: this means that the flame comes out of two or three concentric discs, not just one ring as in traditional or entry-level hobs. The advantage of this mechanism is simple: the heat is distributed evenly under the pan, and the food is cooked more evenly and quickly. Finally, let's look at the positioning of the burners. Here, too, you can find several options. A rhombus arrangement has joined the classic square arrangement. This is not only an aesthetic differentiation but also a practical one, as it affects the arrangement of pots and pans and the way the hob is used. The latest generation of 5 ring gas hobs is often equipped with the so-called multi-corner wok burner, huge and powerful, designed for preparations requiring high temperatures.
The right pots and pans for your gas hob
One of the advantages of having a gas hob, be it a 4- or 5-burner hob, is that you can use any type of pan, pot or saucepan because it is heated by an open flame. All you have to do is place the container on top of it to achieve an instant rise in temperature. Cooking utensils have undergone a profound evolution over the years, aimed at limiting energy wastage and improving culinary results. The copper pans used in the past have almost disappeared, as this material, despite being an excellent heat conductor, requires a lot of maintenance after each use. Today, materials such as aluminium and stainless steel are preferred, and they are often used in combination to form a layered structure. The former conducts heat well, while the latter can boast considerable resistance. The same applies to the hob. Aluminium, stainless steel and brushed stainless steel are the most commonly used materials, while cast iron is preferable for the grills.
When it comes to cleaning, the grills are the most problematic element, given their tendency to get encrusted and the inconvenience of reaching certain parts with a sponge. For this reason, it is advisable to choose a gas hob with the same number of grates as the number of burners. Smaller and more convenient, you can also wash such grates in the dishwasher for deeper cleaning.
Safety features for your gas hob
The potential health risks that even the best gas hobs can pose should not be underestimated, as they operate with an open flame that can cause burns, scalds and, if out of control, even fires. Also, gas can be dangerous in the event of a leak due to the flame’s unintentional extinguishing. Fortunately, modern gas hobs are designed to limit these dangers through very efficient safety systems. Some models, for example, are equipped with lights that illuminate when grills and burners are hot, preventing you from touching them by mistake.
In the event of an accidental flameout, there is also a safety valve stopping the gas supply. All it takes is a gust of wind or liquid spilt over the fire to produce such a situation. And should this happen, the thermocouple mounted on each cooker comes into operation. By detecting a drop in heat due to the fire going out, the thermocouple sends a signal to the gas control valve, which blocks the gas supply.