Cooking with gas
Once your home is connected to natural gas, it’s easy to add cooking appliances such as stoves and outdoor grills. Natural gas stoves give you instant heat with an adjustable flame and are energy efficient. A natural gas barbecue means you’ll never need to fill your propane tank again.
Ways to save on cooking
To cut back on the cost of cooking, consider switching to energy efficient appliances and follow these tips:
Save using your stove
- Use the burner size that matches your pot.
- Flat-bottomed pans make greater contact with your burner.
- Use lids to conserve heat and speed up cooking time.
- Turn your burner down once liquids boil.
Save using your oven
- Defrost food before cooking to cut energy use by a third.
- Don’t pre-heat your oven for dishes that take over an hour to cook.
- Avoid opening your oven door- 20% of the heat escapes each time you do.
- Turn your oven off a few minutes before the timer- the remaining heat will finish the job.
Stove and range safety
To stay safe when cooking on your natural gas stove, always read your owner’s manual and follow these simple tips:
- Keep the burners and interior of your oven clean.
- Clean spills so they don’t clog pilot lights and outlets.
- Don't line your oven with aluminum foil, it can block an air vent or interfere with circulation.
- Never use your stove or oven to heat your property.
- Yellow burner flames could be a buildup of carbon monoxide. Shut off your stove and call a HVAC contractor.
- Consider guards to keep you children and pets safe.
When cooking outdoors on your natural gas barbecue, follow these tips for using your grill safely:
- Use long-handled barbecue tools and heat-proof mitts.
- Don’t wear loose clothing. Watch out for apron strings or other loose fabric.
- Never leave children or pets alone near a hot grill.
- Never smoke or light a match while checking connections, and be sure to turn off the natural gas supply.
- Never use a barbecue inside – it should be outdoors, on level ground, out of the wind and away from combustible materials.
Enbridge Gas does not sell or repair natural gas products like dryers, fireplaces and pool heaters. However, you can consult a registered heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractor to learn more.
Tips to help you choose a HVAC contractor
Contact a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractor for repairs and maintenance.
Find and verify the certifications of HVAC contractors: Check the Technical Standards and Safety Authority(TSSA) and the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI).
Request references: Requesting references is a helpful way to assess your options in HVAC contractors.
Get a written quote: It's very important that you get detailed written quotes for your project. Get at least three written estimates, from different contractors, outlining the work to be done and the total price.
Tips for buying stoves and barbeques
Cooking with gas is a reliable and affordable option. With so many natural gas stoves and barbecues to choose from, picking the perfect appliance for your cooking needs can be challenging. Consider these tips to find the perfect fit for inside and outside your property.
Always ensure that a certified HVAC technician completes the installation.
Buying a natural gas stove, oven or range
- Self-cleaning ovens are better insulated and save energy.
- Stay safe by choosing a model with knobs mounted on the front or side of the stove so you don’t have to reach over hot elements when you are cooking.
- Look for ovens with safety features such as auto-lock, auto-shut off or time-controlled shut off to help keep your family safe.
Buying a natural gas barbecue
- Most barbeques allow you to choose your fuel source. Make sure that the one you choose is compatible with natural gas.
- Barbeques with fat drainage systems will help reduce flare-ups.
- Warming racks, side-burners and food prep areas are great add-ons that make grilling an entire meal easy and convenient.
- Two-burner systems have better heat control and work well for indirect cooking.
Need help with installation?
Always use a registered heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractor to install your natural gas appliances, including barbecues and stoves. Outside, a HVAC contractor can install quick-connect outlets for your barbecue which prevent gas leaks.