Considerations When Selecting Appliances
for Off-Grid Living:
Stoves and Ovens
Clearly, electric stoves and ovens are not good choices for
the off-grid home. Fortunately, cooking with gas is entirely
practical and in some ways preferred. Specifically, when you turn
down the flame on a gas burner, the heat being delivered to your cooking
goes down RIGHT NOW! There is none of the lag time associated with
electric heating elements.
Most gas ranges and ovens can be purchased for either Natural Gas or Propane.
Most off-grid homes will need to use propane as such homes are usually
nowhere near a natural gas pipeline. Make sure your range is set up for,
or convertible to, the desired fuel. Convertible ranges where different jets
are installed for the different fuels work better than those with adjustable
Also, be CERTAIN that both the range and oven will operate
without electricity. Some stoves include interlocks that prevent gas from
flowing unless there is power for the electronic ignition module.
EVEN MORE IMPORTANT, be absolutely certain that the oven DOES NOT
utilize 'Glow Bar Ignition'! The Glow Bar is a ceramic heating element used
to ensure that the gas will be ignited as it is cycled on and off for
temperature regulation. These Glow Bars require 300 Watts or more the
entire time the oven is operating. This is a bad thing when you are using
a Solar Electric Power System.