How to Buy a Stove on eBay

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How to Buy a Stove on eBay

A quality stove can change an individual's cooking experience and affect the types of foods that can be prepared. To get the most out of a stove, the right combination of features and design are important. Buyers need to decide between gas and electric models or choose dual fuel units that combine a gas range with an electric oven.

Stoves are produced in a range of sizes with many different features. These products can be purchased at department stores and specialty appliance retailers. They can also be found by shopping on eBay. The high number of sellers and products on eBay makes it easy for buyers to narrow listings to very specific stove models. Shop around to find the best stoves available, and begin choosing designs and features for a product that will provide the most use and culinary enjoyment.
 

Choosing the Right Stove

Stoves are generally comprised of a range and an oven. The range is the cooktop for pots and pans, while the oven is an enclosed heated space for baking and roasting. There are several decisions to make when shopping for a new stove, including fuel type, size, design, range type, and extra features. Buyers should begin by deciding between gas and electric models. There are several advantages and disadvantages to each, and understanding the differences between them can help buyers make an informed purchase.

Types of Stove Ovens

When it comes to the oven, the lower portion of a stove that heats to very high temperatures, buyers can choose between electric or gas. There are also size considerations to make, and shoppers should decide if they would benefit from a double oven.

Electric Oven

Electric ovens are less expensive than gas units. They are easier to use, as they do not require any special power accommodations, and they can be turned on with the twist of a knob. They also bake foods more evenly and produce a dry heat that is ideal for roasting. However, electric ovens are slower to heat up and also slower to cool down.

Gas Oven

Temperatures on gas ovens can be adjusted easily, and they cool quickly when the heat is turned off. However, they are more expensive to purchase than electric stoves and do not cook as evenly. Because temperatures are hotter at the top of a gas stove than the bottom, foods require rotation and careful placement to avoid being overcooked or burned. Also, gas stoves produce a more humid heat than electric models, which makes them difficult to roast with.

Oven Size and Design

Decide if a stove will be placed between cabinets, on the end of a row of cabinets, or on its own. Products are specifically designed for each of these locations. If a slide - in stove is purchased, be sure it will fit the existing space beforehand. Most units are 30 inches wide, though stoves are produced in several different sizes. Commercial - style ovens can be as wide as 60 inches across.

Double Oven

Double ovens feature two stacked oven compartments that can be used to simultaneously cook different foods at two separate temperatures. These models typically do away with the bottom drawer found on most models in order to make more room for oven capacity. Double ovens can be found in both gas and electric models, so choose this option if multiple dishes are often prepared at once.

Types of Stove Ranges

The range is an important aspect of a stove and should be considered for its design and capabilities. Like the oven, the first decision to make is between gas and electric. Remember, the fuel for a stove affects the oven and range differently, so it may be useful to decide whether the range or the oven is more important in order to choose the fuel type for a stove.

Electric Range

Ranges that run on electricity are less expensive to purchase, and like the ovens, they are slower to heat than gas ranges. They are also slow to cool, and it can be difficult to adjust cooking temperatures quickly. There are three primary types of burners on electric ranges: coil, smooth top, and induction. The table below describes the three burner types.
 

Burner Type

Description

Coil

Though many people prefer the look of smoothtop ranges, coils remain a faster way to heat objects on their surface. They use less energy than smoothtop ranges and are also more durable. However, they can be difficult to clean.

Smoothtop

Smoothtop ranges have heating elements hidden beneath a smooth ceramic surface. These ranges look sleek and modern and are easy to clean. However, they take longer to heat than coil ranges and use more electricity. They are also susceptible to damage from dropped objects and sugary liquids.

Induction Burners

Induction burners only heat the pot or pan, while the burner itself does not retain heat. Induction ranges are more expensive than other options and require cookware made from materials like cast iron and magnetic steel. However, they heat more quickly than coil and standard smoothtop elements and can be safer to use.


Gas Range

Gas ranges heat quickly and are generally less expensive to use than electric. Some gas burners are even designed for a special type of cooking like searing, boiling, or simmering. Gas ranges allow the cook to adjust temperatures quickly, and they tend to be more versatile than electric ranges. However, gas ranges require access to natural gas lines or liquid propane, which is not always as convenient as electricity. These ranges are also generally more expensive to purchase than electric ranges.

Dual Fuel Stoves

Dual fuel stoves can be purchased for a balance of gas and electric power. These units heat the range with gas while using electric power for the stove, which provides fast and easy heating of the burners while maintaining even heat in the oven. Choose this option for a well-balanced stove.

Stoves With Additional Features

Stoves are produced with many additional features. Consider the options described in the following table to narrow the search for a stove and select a product that will be convenient and safe to use.
 

Feature

Description

Self-Cleaning

Some oven models feature a self - cleaning option. This heats the inside of the oven to temperatures high enough to burn off spills and splatters. Self-cleaning can be a tremendous time-saver for people who use their ovens often, so look for this option to avoid manually scrubbing the inside of the oven.

Hot Surface Indicator

Some modern stoves include a light or other indicator to let users know if the stovetop is still hot. This is especially useful on smoothtop ranges where there is no physical indication of heat from the element.

Raised Edges

Though it is a standard feature on most stoves, look to see if the range has raised edges. This will contain spills and prevent them from running down the sides of the unit and onto the floor.

Placement of Controls

Check the location of touchpads and knobs. Controls placed above the oven door handle can reduce the chances of contact with hot dishes, as users do not need to reach over the burners. However, this placement means the controls are liable to be bumped and adjusted accidentally. Knobs and touchpads placed on the back of the stove are less likely to be adjusted on accident.


How to Buy Stoves on eBay

Many styles of stoves and ranges are available on eBay. There are two easy ways to locate these products, including using keywords and searching by item type. It is also important to evaluate the seller to ensure a smooth transaction.

Find Stoves on eBay

To search by item type, click on the link for All Categories on the homepage. Look for the header for Home & Garden and click the More tab to see all item types for this category. Select Major Appliances, followed by Ranges & Cooking Appliances. From there, click on Ranges & Stoves. You may browse all listings at this point or continue to refine the search by using keywords. For example, to see listings with a double oven, type "double oven" into the Search field and click on the Search button.

Evaluate the Listing

Take the time to read item listings while shopping for stoves,. Be clear on the price of the item as well as applicable shipping charges, and check to see which payment methods a seller accepts. If it is a pre-owned stove, examine photos of the stove for any signs of damage or wear. Be sure to see photos of the stove's interior, as well. Contact the seller if you have any questions about a listing.

Evaluate the Seller

Look for sellers with a high positive feedback percentage to increase the likelihood a satisfactory buying experience. Feedback scores are determined by information left by other buyers within the past 12 months, and comments from these buyers can be read on the seller's profile. Once you have received your stove, take a moment to leave feedback for the seller. This informs both the seller and other buyers about the service you received.
 

Conclusion

Buying a quality stove with the right design and features can increase an owner's enjoyment of cooking and help him or her prepare better dishes. There are many stoves available on the market, and buyers will have several decisions to make during the shopping process. First, choose between a gas or electric fuel source for the oven and range. Gas stoves heat quickly and offer high levels of control over temperature, though they are more difficult to use and ovens heat unevenly. Electric stoves are less expensive to purchase than gas units and easier to use, though they take longer to heat and to cool down after use.

If an electric stove is chosen, consider the three different burner types. Smooth Top burners are easy to clean and look sleek, though they take longer to heat. Coil burners are less expensive, use less energy, and heat more quickly than smooth tops, though they are more difficult to clean. Induction burners heat only the pot or pan, not the stove top. They heat rapidly, but are also the most expensive option.

Consider additional features and the size of the unit to choose the best stove, and shop around to find low prices from quality eBay sellers. With a bit of patience, buyers can find a stove that will enhance their enjoyment of cooking and the food they produce.

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