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Old 06-09-2013, 07:15 PM   #11
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I am researching what kitchen range to buy. What brand of range have you had that has worked well for you? Do you have different heat sources; gas for cooktop and electric for oven? Do you have a range that has 2 ovens; a little one for pies while the roast is in the lower oven? I thought I wanted a Bosch range but others also look interesting.
I've just bought an all gas British Range cooker - a Stoves Richmond and like it very much. It has 7 burners on thetop, including a wok burner and a removeable griddle plate, 2 main ovens, a combined grill (sorry, broiler) and small oven (you can only use one of the 2 functions at a time) and it also has an electric slow cooker. The only grouse I have about it is that the main ovens and the small oven/grill are fan assisted and don't have the option to turn off the fan and the griddle plate only has a ribbed surface so would not do to make pancakes, etc on it. Compared with my old(VERY old) range cooker the main ovens seem small. It's a good idea when going to look at cookers to take one of your biggest oven trays with you to check for size.

I know you wouldn't be buying a British cooker but I thought my observations might be helpful.
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:05 PM   #12
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Hi Mad Cook, thank you for your comments. Almost 10 years ago I rented a self catering apartment in Sparrowpit in Derbyshire for 2 weeks. The owner of the rental invited my cousin and me to her house for dinner. She had an Aga. I took many photos it it! I had never seen anything like it before.
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:40 PM   #13
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Not sure about the brand, but if I could I would definitely buy dual fuel now. Gas top and convection electric oven.
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:51 AM   #14
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I was just looking at ranges a couple nights ago. I so want a griddle. The stand alone one I wanted jumped up to 600 something just from a couple years ago... Any stove I've seen with a griddle is upwards of 2000 though, but if I didn't have a stove and was in the market for a new stove in a new house... I'd get one with a griddle. They seem so handy for cooking a big breakfast on or tossing some green beans onto to crisp a little... or mushrooms and onions. It seems there's a lot you could use one for and it would take the place of a pot or pan.
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:00 AM   #15
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I was just looking at ranges a couple nights ago. I so want a griddle. The stand alone one I wanted jumped up to 600 something just from a couple years ago... Any stove I've seen with a griddle is upwards of 2000 though, but if I didn't have a stove and was in the market for a new stove in a new house... I'd get one with a griddle. They seem so handy for cooking a big breakfast on or tossing some green beans onto to crisp a little... or mushrooms and onions. It seems there's a lot you could use one for and it would take the place of a pot or pan.
Most definitely! If I had a griddle, I would almost never use a pan or pot. Not good for soup or stew...but great for everything else.
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:04 AM   #16
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Most definitely! If I had a griddle, I would almost never use a pan or pot. Not good for soup or stew...but great for everything else.
I was wondering, if you had to, could you set a pot on the griddle and use it like a burner? I'm not sure if the flat bottom on the pot would be detrimental to the 3/4" thick stainless.
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I was wondering, if you had to, could you set a pot on the griddle and use it like a burner? I'm not sure if the flat bottom on the pot would be detrimental to the 3/4" thick stainless.
Absolutely! We used to put the 20 qt stock pot on a back corner of the grill first thing in the morning for potatoes to be made into mashed for the dinner rush. Great for a simmer. It was usually for something that would be in the way on the burners, but needed to be kept warm for a long time.
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:17 AM   #18
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If I could go back in time, I would take my mom's Chambers stove and oven. It was gas fueled and cooked like a dream. If I had the $$$ I could get a restored Chambers for maybe $10,000. If you watch Rachel Ray's 30 minute meals her gas stove is just like my mom's.
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Thanks PF.
That would mean if I could find one with two regular burners and a griddle I'd be set.

So yeah, Beth, that's what I'd get if I were you.
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:55 AM   #20
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If I could go back in time, I would take my mom's Chambers stove and oven. It was gas fueled and cooked like a dream. If I had the $$$ I could get a restored Chambers for maybe $10,000. If you watch Rachel Ray's 30 minute meals her gas stove is just like my mom's.
That is the stove I had when we lived in a rental in Hamilton, MT. That stove did everything but go out and kill the chicken for you.
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