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Everything You Should Know About Gas Burners

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There are many questions you may have about gas burners and their advantages. Many homes nowadays have no gas stove tops so people are sometimes not familiar with cooking with gas at all. So, in this blog we have decided to answer some common questions and provide you with everything you should know about gas burners. What are the advantages of using a gas burner over an electric stovetop or open fire pit? Well, for one is ease of use. A paella burner and stand is going to be the easiest and quickest way to cook paella. Just keep in mind a couple of things before going out to get a gas burner.

  • Size of burner
  • Gas compatibility (butane, propane, natural gas)
  • Nozzle size
  • For outdoor use
  • Let cool before cleaning

Size of the Burner

The first thing you will want to be sure about when deciding on a paella burner is the size of your pan. The last thing you want is to order a brand-new burner where your own paella pan does not fit. Burners are a set size, so you must be sure your pan fits before. Most average sizes of pans will fit on a paella burner.

Gas Compatibility

You should also be careful about the type of gas you use. While some burners may be able to handle both, many are built only for a specific type of gas. Using the wrong gas can lead to problems with the regulator that can range from failure to accidental fires. Rather than risking damaging your equipment, be sure to find out what gas your burner uses and to avoid others. Even among propane or butane burners, there may be specific kinds of propane or butane that are recommended for the product. The best way to be sure you are not damaging your equipment is to the follow the manufacturers guidelines for gas.

Nozzle Size

Nozzle sizes are a lesser-known part of gas burners you should be aware of. Many are standardizing so you will probably not have to worry too much. However, knowing to watch out for the nozzle size can save you some embarrassment and time. Converters are easy enough to get but if you were expecting to use your paella burner as soon as possible, it can ruin your plans to find out you cannot until your converter comes in.

Outdoor Use

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One thing to keep in mind is that most burners are specifically for outdoor use. If you are intending to use your gas burner indoors, make sure you purchase one that is meant for indoor use. Larger burners like the Garcima burner, are suited for outdoor use. To avoid potential issues health issues, make sure you use your burners in the appropriate locations. You should avoid unventilated rooms and instead cook outdoors in a well-ventilated area.

Clean When Cool

The last tip you should keep in mind when cooking with a burner is to keep it clean. Cleaning should be as simple as wiping the surface with a moist rag or sponge. You should never submerge your burner in water to clean or cool it down. Instead, simply wait for the entire surface to cool down and wipe clean. This way, you avoid bugs and animals from being attracted to your burner.

Get Cooking Today with Machika!

Whether you are looking for recipes or to buy a new paella pan, we have your back over here at Machika. We believe the kitchen is an important place for the family to grow and for people to learn important life skills. Cooking is invaluable and creates traditions that can be passed down throughout the generations. You can click here to check out our blog full of helpful cooking articles and recipes.

Machika writer Maria Perez, blog writer; paella pans, paella recipes, cooking recipes, food articles, and more.

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