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Brass vs. Aluminum Burners

Aluminum vs brass burners

When buying a range, you might be confused by the many options available today. Often it might seem like there's not much of a difference between the ranges currently on the market, but the prices differ significantly. When it comes to ranges, it's all about the burners' quality, performance, and durability. The type of burners on the range can make all the difference. The most common burner options are composed of either aluminum or brass metals. You might be wondering, what difference does it make? To answer your question, we'll guide you through the differences between aluminum and brass burners to will help you make an informed purchase.

Brass Burners

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Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, which is corrosion resistant and has a beautiful antique gold color. Brass burners are usually used for gas ranges because of their durability and resistance to wear and tear. Brass burners are also perfect for outdoor grills because they can withstand even the most trying weather conditions, such as rain and snow. Even though brass burners don't heat up as fast as aluminum burners, the advantage of brass is that it provides superior heat retention. Brass burners can distribute heat more evenly. Additionally, due to brass's high melting point (1600F-1700F), brass burners are more resistant to high temperatures, making them more resistant to warping and deforming. Brass burners are more durable and last longer than any other type of burners. In addition to that, Brass is more resistant to stains and burned on grime. Ranges with brass burners are generally priced higher than ranges with aluminum burners, and most of the high-end ranges provide brass burners because of their durability and the qualities mentioned above.

Italian brands, such as Fulgor-Milano and Bertazzoni offer a great selection of professional style ranges with brass burners.

Fulgor-Milano

Bertazzoni

Aluminum Burners

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A lot of traditional ranges use aluminum burners. Unlike brass, aluminum has a low melting point (around 1200F), so they tend to warp and deform over time. Aluminum absorbs heat faster because it's less dense than brass, but it doesn't retain the heat for a long time. This means that the temperature drops down much faster with aluminum burners than with brass burners. This fact may be appealing to those with children or those who want faster burner cooling times. Additionally, aluminum burners are less corrosion resistant and have a shorter lifespan as compared to brass burners.

Take a look at Bertazzoni and Verona freestanding gas ranges with aluminum burners:

Bertazzoni

Verona

Final Thoughts

Choosing between aluminum and brass burners comes down to how often you use your range and how much are you willing to spend on the range. If you cook often, we recommend brass burners because they're more resistant to corrosion and high heat, and are more durable. But if you are on a budget, aluminum burners will be a more cost-effective alternative, depending on the model of the range.

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