Choosing a slab for a garden house
A stove in a country house is no less important than furniture or heating appliances. A variety of prices, types and brands of stoves, suitable for use in the country, is able to lead anyone into difficulty. Let's try to figure out together how to find your ideal stove for a cottage from a practical point of view.
Today, the possibilities of equipping country houses with household appliances are in no way inferior to the options available for urban apartments. And the most diverse cooking technique is no exception. The market of modern household appliances provides a really huge selection of options for stoves and additional appliances, but you should not rush to install a complete set of appliances in the country. In this matter, it is better to be guided by needs rather than opportunities. On what kind of stove is needed in the country, there are two most important factors:
- Actually your addictions to cooking, namely how much you cook during your visits to the cottage.
- The power source for the stove. Devices running on gas and electricity are fundamentally different in their functionality, in their capabilities, and even in budget.
Gas or electricity?
The most important criterion for choosing a stove for a summer residence has always been the type of “fuel” on which it will operate. Electric and gas models have both their advantages and disadvantages.
Electric stoves offer the largest assortment of heating elements, but require a stable and high voltage and significantly increase electricity costs. Gas stoves can be installed not only where it is possible to connect to the main gas pipeline or to ensure the constant delivery of gas cylinders, but also involve explosion and fire hazard. But they better preserve the beneficial properties and taste of the products, do not depend on the voltage in the electric network, which can be unpleasantly surprising in the country, and are also able to work in a portable mode, and not just on a common gas pipeline.
Range of plates for a summer residence
Among all the devices that can be installed in the country, there are 5 main options, or standard types of stoves, each of which has its own functional features. The main types of stoves for summer residence include:
- Portable tile.
- With gas hob, or stationary stoves.
- Glass ceramic hob.
Do you cook at your suburban site from time to time, never cook several dishes at once for lunch and dinner, your family is not numerous and leisure in the country does not require a constant process of cooking, you visit the site no more than 2 - 3 Once a week in the active season, then you absolutely do not need a regular stove, and even more so a stove with an oven. The ideal option is a small tile.
The simplest and cheapest portable tile is a good option to be able to cook vegetables or a hot dish if you wish, to cook a quick breakfast or lunch. Lightweight, compact and portable, this tile not only does not require much space, but can also be transferred from corner to corner. It can be placed on the veranda, in the kitchen, and even on the terrace or in the barbecue area, if you like to spend time cooking kebabs and grills.
Portable tiles are divided into electric and gas. All of them are equally mobile and are characterized by limited but sufficient functionality to satisfy modest needs. The only drawback of a gas stove is the need to move a gas cylinder with it, which requires a completely special safety technique and careful handling.
You cannot take the gas stove to the sun terrace or terrace, but if mobility is not your main complicating criterion, then this circumstance will not become an obstacle. Although, from all points of view, compact stoves are leading the way among portable tiles. Low-power, but light and simple, they are ideal for summer cottages. Gas stoves for one burner can be taken with you on hikes, when you go fishing or a picnic, and models for 2 and 4 burners will allow you to cook even several dishes at the same time.
A standard stove is necessary if even in the country you continue culinary experiments and are actively engaged in cooking, constantly inventing new dishes and experimenting with recipes, the summer cottage menu provides several dishes for dinner or lunch. Such a stove is the best choice for those with a large family who like to spend time together in a summer cottage.
Ordinary stoves with an oven and hob or an integrated hob - there are plenty to choose from. Stationary stoves have a lot of disadvantages. They create a large load on the wiring or require connection to the main gas pipeline, the constant supply of gas cylinders, the use of which is associated not only with the need to additionally equip the stove with the appropriate nozzles, but also with extreme care in handling.
Conventional cookers are not a cheap pleasure, and before buying it is necessary to weigh all the options, taking into account the peculiarities of the power grid, the resource on which the stove will work, and the ability to recoup such an acquisition by its active use. If you do not care about the parameters of the oven, the budget can be reduced by buying more modest models or choosing a simple gas hob.
For summer cottages, models with cast-iron pancake burners, which cost less, retain heat for a long time and can significantly reduce costs, are considered the ideal option. Today, the range of such cottage stoves is actively expanding with electric models with express burners, which heat up to a high temperature 3 times faster. They are easily recognizable by the red indicator in the center of the cast-iron pancakes.
When choosing a gas stove, make sure that it is equipped with a special gas leakage protection system that automatically shuts off gas when the flame is extinguished. Gas control for country houses is more important than for urban kitchens, because there are much more chances to get distracted by garden chores and forget about a stove that works.
Stylish glass ceramics
For those for whom the style and aesthetics of the interior of the garden house is more important than functionality and costs, who need the conditions and comfort that are available in the city, it is best to choose ceramic glass hobs. This option is appropriate only if the power grid allows you to install any equipment (by capacity), and you spend a very large amount of time in a country estate.
Amazingly stylish and modern, built-in hobs allow you to maintain familiar living conditions and offer maximum ease of use, allow you not to worry about dishes of various sizes, equipped with practical indicators. One of the advantages of glass ceramics is the safety of touch, which is an important factor for families with small children.
But such panels consume very large amounts of electricity, require special care, care and accuracy, do not tolerate treatment with conventional care products and, in fact, are more of a luxurious model than a necessity in the country. To install powerful models of glass-ceramic, you will need to lay a power cable and special wiring, since the requirements of such a plate for installation are really very high.
For the most active housewives who cannot imagine leisure without baking and various dishes baked in the oven, it is best to install a high-quality stationary stove with an oven or a built-in oven as an addition to any hob. A variety of heating modes, the ability to choose a gas or electric model, different volumes of the oven and the presence of additional functions - from convection to the grill - all this allows everyone to find their ideal version of the oven.
Ovens for a summer residence are selected in the same way as for ordinary kitchens. They allow you to cook pies, and a variety of desserts, bake meat and fish, vegetables, and indulge in the pleasure of enjoying even the most complex culinary masterpieces. But they are still necessary in those cases, if only you really spend a lot of time in the country.