26 Nov Stove Shopping — What I Learned
Yesterday, I went stove shopping. Many hours and several stores later, I learned:
- Very few manufacturers make 24″ gas stoves.
- Those who do make bare-bones models.
- You have your choice of white, white, white or white.
Today, I went shopping again and learned:
- When it comes to a 24″ gas range, you can buy bare-bones (see above) OR professional grade. There is nothing, repeat NOTHING in between.
- One line has so many colour options their paint chips look like a Pantone colour book.
- Even professional grade gas ovens do not come self-cleaning.
- This isn’t a big deal since the moist heat means you can clean spills easily.
- This will soon become a big deal if you are not prone to wiping up spills. (Faithful readers will know that I am not inclined to wipe up spills.)
- For safety reasons, gas stoves require a vented hood, not a circulating fan.
- The fact I have cooked on a gas stove with a circulating hood fan for 15 years means Someone Very Important likes me — a lot.
- That and we have a really, really drafty house.
- Pro stoves don’t have timers.
- I’m willing to compromise on the timer issue.
It seems rotisseries went out with Avocado, Chocolate Brown and Harvest Gold appliances. As Cheryl suggested, I can buy a $30 stovetop griddle in lieu of a grill feature. But the question remains, is a pro stove worth four crappy ones? I’m not good at math. Does anyone know the square root of value?
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