Determining Stove Flame Temperature
Date: April 2006
I recently got a new gas stove. (natural gas, not LP)
I cannot get milk, flour and butter (mixture) to boil no matter how
long I have it on the stove.
Water seems to take a long time to boil compared to my previous
stove. (also natural gas)
I asked the appliance dealer and they laughed at me saying a flame is a flame.
What determines how hot a flame is? The amount of oxygen? Perhaps
they have something adjusted wrong and the gas mixture is not correct.
All flames are definitely not created equal. Take a simple wood
ember, it glows red when you blow on it, this suggests that adding
more oxygen allows the flame to burn hotter. Check the flame from
your stove is it less blue, more yellow then what you had before?
For most natural gas stoves, a bright blue flame is a sign that a
lot of oxygen is being added to the mixture and allowing the gas to
burn more efficiently. A yellow flame is a lean flame, not much
oxygen, and is less hot. My guess is that your appliance dealer just
doesn't want to take the time to deal with your problem.
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