Purchasing a powerful and efficient gas range is one of the best decisions you can make for your kitchen. However, it doesn’t stop there. You need to know the type of burner you should get. There are generally two types of burners—open and sealed. In this guide, both burners would be properly discussed.
WHAT IS AN OPEN BURNER?
An open burner, like the name implies, is a burner that is ‘open’ and exposed. In other words, the components of an open burner are not sealed, therefore making the flames very easy to see. The fact that an open burner is exposed makes it easy for things to fall into them and even the range themselves, since nothing protects them from spills or the likes. Things tend to get a little messy when you use an open burner, and this is why it comes with a drip tray. The function of this drip tray is to catch any food particle or spill that falls on the burner. This makes cleaning easy, as you can remove the drip tray from time to time, clean it, and put it back in place. Though this cleaning method might take a lot of time and energy, a lot of chefs and professionals prefer open burners to closed burners. Open burners have been known to be professional burners for over two decades around the world.
Open burners have quite a number of advantages. Some of them include:
- As a result of their exposed components, they allow food in your pot or pan to be directly heated.
- They burn better.
- They allow you simmer your food excellently.
- They boil much faster than sealed burners.
- They are not as costly as sealed burners.
- Cleaning an open burner is quite laborious.
WHAT IS A SEALED BURNER?
A sealed burner, unlike an open burner, is not exposed. Like the name implies, it is sealed or closed, thereby making its components hidden. It usually comes with a seal which lies between the burner and the frame, and it holds the cookware above it. Since this burner’s components aren’t exposed, it is difficult for spills or crumbs to fall into the flame. Also, it is easy to clean sealed burners because there are fewer food particles or spills. Sealed burners are often used in residential kitchens, including low-end and high-end kitchens. They are not only easy to clean, but they also make any modern kitchen look fantastic.
Sealed burners also have their advantages, which include:
- They heat efficiently and can be used both in professional and residential kitchens.
- They are less laborious to clean than open burners.
- They are more expensive than open burners.
- If it comes with a ceramic cooktop, it can easily break or crack when a heavy object falls on it.
- Generally, it has been said that they are not as efficient as open burners.
- Sometimes, it doesn’t heat food evenly.
- If not properly cleaned, burn rings can easily form around sealed burners.
Like I said earlier, chefs and cooking enthusiasts prefer open burners to sealed burners, and below are some reasons:
Open burners are more powerful than their sealed counterparts. While sealed burners have about 15,000 BTUs, open burners have much higher BTUs. Some open burners can even go as high as 25,000 BTUs, making them a lot more effective than sealed burners.
Better distribution of heat
Open burners offer a better level of heat distribution than sealed burners. Sealed burners are designed in a way such that heat is channelled at the center of the cooking surface, causing food at the center to cook very fast. This means that food at the center of the pot or pan will cook faster than the food at the edges. Open burners, on the other hand, distribute heat evenly, ensuring that food in your cookware cooks simultaneously at the same temperature.
Open burner gas ranges allow food to simmer very well. This is made possible because of the open components allow for better airflow and flame regulation.
Cleaning is easier
Open burners are not as difficult to clean as sealed gas burners. This contributes to the reasons that professionals opt for them. I mean, who would go for something stressful to maintain?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What does BTU stand for?
BTU stands for British Thermal Unit. It is the unit of heat that is equal to the amount of heat needed to heat water at one atmosphere pressure.
- What should I consider before getting an open or sealed burner range?
Before getting either a sealed or open burner range or stove, you should think about your preferences. Firstly, ask yourself which burner you would be more comfortable with. Also, you should look out for the size, colour and design. Ensure that all of these matches your taste and your kitchen. Don’t opt for a burner stove that is too big for your kitchen.
In addition, you should think about your budget. You would not want to get something that is too expensive. Furthermore, think about how much time and energy you are willing to put into cleaning. Open burners are easier to clean, so you might opt for this if you don’t want anything that is laborious to maintain.
If you are a chef, you might also want to go for an open burner, since it is widely accepted and recommended by professionals.
- Which is better, a sealed burner or an open burner?
The truth is, it depends really. Both open and sealed burners have their advantages. However, open burners are generally more efficient.
- Can I use a sealed burner on my gas cooktop?
Yes, a sealed burner is safe on your gas cooktop.
- Can I use an open burner without a wok ring?
Yes, you can.