Gas hobs have become an integral part of kitchen sets, replacing standard gas stoves. They blend harmoniously with the kitchen design thanks to a variety of sizes and designs, as well as modern control systems.
Shape and number of burners
The surface shape can be different: from standard and usual options to original design ones. The most common are traditionally square and rectangular surfaces. For the implementation of the design concept, hobs of an unusual shape can be used: round, trapezoidal, curved.
In addition, the shape of the burners themselves is different. The most popular are round burners, which can be of different diameters and designs . For an original kitchen, you can choose a surface with square-shaped burners. Spiral burners and elongated options for installing appropriate dishes are also considered very convenient. The number of burners can be from one to five or more.
Single-burner panels in apartments and houses are rarely used enough, since one burner is not enough for constant use. Basically, this option is used for cooking in the country or in the household room of a small enterprise. As a rule, such a surface can easily cope with the preparation of one dish, heating or boiling a kettle.
Two-burner panels are recognized as the most optimal option for a small family of 2-3 people. They are used both for summer cottages and for home. Two-burner models with a vertical arrangement of burners one above the other are called "dominoes".
One of the advantages of such panels is the ability to purchase an identical panel and add burners, if necessary, without violating the overall style.
Three-burner hobs are great for a small kitchen. They provide enough cooking gas burners for the average family of 4-5. And at the same time, three-burner gas hobs are quite compact and significantly save the work surface with a lack of space.
Four-burner gas hobs are the most common option. It is considered standard, since most modular kitchen sets are focused on such models. To conserve gas and cook in small pans, one of the four cooking zones is usually smaller than the others.
Five-burner hobs and above are large gas surfaces. They are in perfect harmony with headsets in spacious kitchens. Such models are necessarily equipped with one powerful gas burner or wok burner.
This is a great option for those who cook a lot and often.
The dimensions of the built-in gas hobs depend on the number of cooking zones. When describing hobs, it is customary to use the following dimensional characteristics: width, depth and height.
The minimum width of the hobs is 30 cm. Surfaces of this width can be either one or two burners. The built-in width is usually less than the outer one by about 1-2 cm. The next step in the standard sizes of hobs is 30-50 cm. Panels with a width of 45 cm (450 mm) can accommodate at least 3 burners, and most often they are four-burner.
Hobs with a width of 50-60 cm are the most popular option for installing four burners. It should be noted that most of the models in this group are 58-59 cm wide and are suitable for installation in modular cabinets 60 cm wide. Gas hobs larger than 60 cm are usually equipped with at least five burners. Basically, these surfaces are produced in widths of 60-75-80 cm. Wide models over 80-90 cm have the ability to accommodate six burners or more.
The most common cooking gas surfaces are models with a depth of 50-55-60 cm, that is, designed for a standard cabinet. Panel sizes 50x50 and 60x60 are the most common and demanded.
For narrow countertops, it is quite possible to choose narrow panels in the form of an elongated rectangle. In this case, all burners are arranged in one row. The depth of such models usually does not exceed 30-40-45 cm, but the width increases to 1 m. The depth of the cooking gas surfaces is not always less than their width.
For example, domino models with a width of no more than 30 cm have a depth of 50-60 cm, which allows you to place two burners.
The standard height of gas hobs is in the range of 4-5 cm. Such panels fit perfectly into worktops with a thickness of 3.8 cm. However, there are also models up to 10 cm high, which are buried below the worktop.
How to calculate?
In order to calculate the size of the gas hob to be built into a set, a number of measurements must be made. Typically, the work surface is divided into the following zones: sink, cutting table, stove and the zone from stove to wall. The cutting table is an area from sink to stove. In an ideal safe version, its width should be at least 70 cm. In this case, a cutting board is conveniently placed on the table and the necessary safety measures are provided when working with gas panels.
You also need to leave free space between the stove and the wall. To ensure the functional use of this zone, it must be at least 30 cm. As a result, in order to find out the optimal size of the hob, add the following values: the width of the sink, the cutting table and the zone between the stove and the wall or the edge of the countertop. Then the resulting value is subtracted from the previously measured length of the countertop or wall along which it will be installed.
- When calculating the number of burners you need , think about how many dishes you cook at the same time. There is no need to purchase an unnecessary burner, which will be idle and occupy centimeters of the desktop.
- When using a hob that is thicker than the worktop, you must use a bezel that covers the inside of the hob.
- The use of a bezel is also necessary if the hob is located above the dishwasher in order to avoid melting the equipment from exposure to high temperatures.
- Contrary to popular stereotype, the hob does not have to be installed above the oven . Their design allows you to choose the location that will be convenient for the hostess.
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