Propane or Natural Gas Hotplates
Gas hotplates are countertop cooking equipment with cast-iron grates placed above burners fueled by natural or propane gas. If you want to enjoy the power of a commercial range but afford or free up space for one, a portable gas hot plate can be your lifesaver. Natural gas or propane hotplate can do many of the tasks of a restaurant range, including pan-frying, boiling, simmering, and sauteing.
Gas hotplate purchasing brings you several benefits. First, gas is a more affordable energy source, so gas burner hot plates are available in a larger variety of burner numbers and styles. Second, they have open burners, meaning you can visibly adjust heat levels. Manual control knobs respond faster to temperature changes. Gas hotplates will reach the desired temperatures instantly as soon as you ignite the burner safely with a standing pilot. Third, you can choose between propane and natural gas or convert one to the other with a conversion kit.
Cast-iron grates of different shapes and sizes compliment the burners in gas hotplates. Star, spider, or trivet design grates are strong and large enough to accommodate bulky pots. For example, an 18 by 14-inch top grate can hold up to 16-inch cookware. The position of the burners may vary, too. In step-up models, the back burners are placed above the front burners. You can thus easily see and reach the meals cooking on the back burners.
You can buy a gas hotplate with 1 to 10 burners. It is crucial to check BTU ratings separately for each burner. BTU refers to the energy generated per hour by gas equipment. A 2-burner gas hot plate, each with 24,000 BTU, will produce a total of 48,000 BTU. Higher BTU means more cooking power with more gas consumption.
You can check out a wide selection of gas hotplate models at Chef’s Deal from leading brands, American Range, Comstock-Castle, Imperial, Jade, and more. You may also wish to see our other commercial range types for different needs.