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wawajb Jan 4, 2007 03:02 PM

I know this sounds crazy, but I'm trying to find a good gas range, pref. 48" 4 burner with a 24" griddle, in ANYTHING but stainless steel. I know perfectly well that all the "commercial-esque" ranges are going to be stainless, because that's what real commercial ranges are made out of, but stainless steel just does not fit in my mental imagine of the kitchen I'm trying to design. Price is really no object (we're still in blue-sky territory here as far as design goes) but i can't find anything that fits the bill. I've checked Blue Star, Viking, Bosch, Kennmore, Wolf...what am I missing? Where else should I look? Is this something I need to just give up on?
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    stromboli RE: wawajb Jan 4, 2007 03:10 PM

    You might want to consider La Cornue for a great gas range, with a wide array of styles, set ups/configurations, finishes, etc...you said price was not the object, so check it out...http://www.lacornue.com/

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      wawajb RE: stromboli Jan 4, 2007 03:41 PM

      oohhh...interesting. And comes with copper trim! Which would be perfect. Although...does anybody know what they mean by a "gas solid top" as a cooktop configuration option? It's shown on the diagram as a big rectangle with a circle in the middle? And what the heck is a "reversible snack plate"?

    2. bodie RE: wawajb Jan 4, 2007 04:37 PM

      I too am pretty well over the ubiquity of stainless kitchens, so I went vintage.
      On the West Coast it is very easy to procure an antique O'Keefe & Merritt stove. I bought one and had it refurbished - it cooks like a dream and looks like a 1950-something Cadillac. The chrome is killer or you can go with colors or plain white. Often, you can find one with a built-in, center griddle. The only drawback is energy efficiency but since I conserve in other areas, I don't sweat it.

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        wawajb RE: bodie Jan 4, 2007 04:46 PM

        That's an interesting idea, but the range is essentially going onto an island (actually an 'el', but you get the idea) so it can't have a built in back-splash as big as the ones you get on vintage stoves.

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          Sam Harmon RE: bodie Jan 5, 2007 02:44 AM

          What a great idea. A quick google search turned up these guys. I may need to rethink my La Cornue dream.

          http://www.antiquegasstoves.com/pages...

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            wawajb RE: bodie Jan 5, 2007 12:15 PM

            Btw, I first read that as "looks like a dream and cooks like a 1950-something Cadillac" and spent about a minute trying to figure out how a Cadillac cooks before I realized that I can't read.

          2. andreas RE: wawajb Jan 4, 2007 04:59 PM

            What about an AGA? They're anything but stainless.
            http://www.aga-ranges.com/

            Good quality too, and available as dual fuel models (IIRC).

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              stromboli RE: wawajb Jan 4, 2007 05:36 PM

              The rectangle with the concentric circles could be a french top, which is the coolest way to cook with lots of pots and pans. I use it all the time on my range. You'll have to let us all know if you go this route...

              1. kiwijen RE: wawajb Jan 4, 2007 05:38 PM

                Could you do a separate oven and cooktop? My JennAir cooktop is white enamel, not stainless steel. 5 burners.

                1. Joe Blowe RE: wawajb Jan 4, 2007 07:30 PM

                  Take another look at Blue Star:

                  http://www.eurostoves.com/bluestar_po...

                  Island trim, brass/copper accents are available...

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                    wawajb RE: Joe Blowe Jan 4, 2007 08:47 PM

                    Ahah! I was missing something! I knew somebody made a "standard" commercial style range that you could get in something other than stainless steel. Not everybody that wants to cook on an 'industrial' range wants their kitchen to look like a industrial kitchen. Thank you!

                    Now as for what decision I make...sorry folks, you are likely going to have to wait several years to find that out. My BF and I like to kill time at work by planning our dream house together and emailing websites with paint colors and floor plans and appliances to each other. Yes we're strange. We know. Of course we've managed to spend the last 2 months on just the kitchen and have come to the firm conclusion that we just don't like the look of stainless steel in the house we have envisioned. (lots of wood, lofted ceiling, exposed beams...sorta an oversized log cabin really, but not made out of logs) So until we are actually at the point where we can start really talking about building this house (let alone furnishing it) this will stay a very detailed day dream.

                    But don't you doubt it is going to get built someday! We're both only 23...tons of time for saving our pennies and making it happen. (lots of pennies) And in the meantime, a girl can dream!

                  2. Bababooey RE: wawajb Jan 4, 2007 09:10 PM

                    FYI - Viking ranges come in 14 color choices, so you can go from "Eggplant" to "Mint Julep"!!

                    1. irodguy RE: wawajb Jan 4, 2007 09:34 PM

                      Another choice would be the new steam injection kitchen aid steam injection range. They are enamel and reasonably decent btu.

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