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Wolf/Viking/Capital et al - question about Grill - is it worth it?

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We're looking to replace our 20 year old gas Jennair gas cooktop (which we have always hated - not enough BTUs and the grill never worked due to lack of power and the downdraft....but I digress)

We're looking at Wolf, Viking, Capital and DCS cook tops - we are really interested in a 36" with a grill - we live in Toronto so the ability to cook inside all year is interesting, plus we think it will change the way we cook overall (we love to cook, and cook alot).

But - the grill option is very expensive especially considering the extraction cost (probably $3,000)......I'd love to hear from people who have a similar set up to learn if they really do use the grill - especially in the winter when extraction is important.

I think we would use the grill almost everyday - but if extraction is a problem then we won't pay the premium (plus the hood)

Thanks for any comments.....

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  1. I think you will need a hood with any 36" unit.

    1. We installed a 36" Wolf with the grill 2 years ago during a kitchen re-model. I couldn't be happier with it. I use it quite alot, less so now that the outdoor grilling season is here. But during the winter or whenever the weather is bad enough to prevent outdoor grilling it gets alot of use. Also, I work from home so if I just want to grill up a small piece of chicken or whatever for lunch, it's more convenient than going outside, uncovering the grill, starting it up, etc.

      1. I live in Saint Paul, MN so outdoor grilling isn't an option year around, but instead of the grill, we opted for a griddle and we use it on a regular basis for bkfast (pancakes, eggs, hashbrowns etc.) Lunch and dinner (frilled vegetavles, melts, sandwiches, etc.)

        Here are a couple previous posts:
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/522444
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/522443

        Good luck!