Speed is of no concern to me really. And although gas is cheaper than electric, it's minimal. So I just boil the water in the pan. The resultant boiled egg differs not which ever way the water is boiled.I think you misunderstood - I simply meant that any time I need to put something in boiling water on the hob, I boil the water in the kettle first and then pour the boiling water into a saucepan. Its much much quicker than boiling it on the hob.