Annotated Gas Stove Guide
Overview: Put pan/pot on stove top. Turn on heat knob. Cook food.
- Stove top: You start by putting the pan/pot here. Do not put food directly here - that would be messy.
- Fire: The fire for the stove will come out of the sides. If you are using a lighter to help light the gas, make sure that the lighter goes here. The first time I used a lighter for a gas stove, I tried to light the top black part of the stove, which is incorrect.
- Position: Location of the burner on the stove. This stove has four burners. This one is in the bottom left. Make sure that you know which burner you are lighting. I once lit the wrong one and wondered why my food was not cooking.
- Heat knob: Use this to light the stove and control the stove setting. To light, push the knob in and turn to the "light" position. This step does not take very long. If you cannot light the stove, turn it off completely. If you do not light the stove and you leave the stove on, gas will start accumulating, which is dangerous.
- Stove state: The black line indicates the current state of the stove. For example, since this heat knob has settings that go lo-2-3-4-5-6-hi, the current state is 4-5, which is medium-heat. Gas stoves cook quickly. If you're using an unfamiliar burner, in order to not burn your food, you should use lower heat settings.
- Off: Most important stove state. If your food is about to burn, turn off the stove completely. On a related note, if your food is smoking excessively, turn off the stove completely or else you will set off the smoke detector.