I am looking for a new gas range as the old albatross I have is greasy, burners are inefficient, stove thermostat is broken (off or 550F) and company is out of business.
So, I come to the assembled braintrust about how much power I need for my range . . . gas supply is ample for anything I would get that I can afford. The one I am looking at is a basic Imperial 6-burner.
 six 28,000 BTU burners
 35,000 BTU oven
My question is whether the 28K is enough heat for my sautee needs. I know more is better when it comes to speed and volume of sautee. I can manage a pretty high heat skillet with dexterity and success. My less talented staff may not be so fortunate. I was thinking that 32,000 to 35,000 is more my goal, but the model I would need to get (and can afforD) is a few hundred higher, plus has 2 to three week lead time. I need one within the week and can buy one off the floor with the 28K burners.
So, do I suck it up with the greasy monster in my sparkly new kitchen to get the 4,000 extra BTU, or is the 28,000 going to be enough for this range . . . and then get more muscle in the second one when we get the upscale place ready.
to many gaps in my question? Please inquire if I left out some huge, important detail.