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Sep 10, 2008 06:05 PM

Buying a gas wall oven

Please give me some guidance. The search turned up lots of mixed and hard-to-follow information about cooktops and ovens. I'm in the market for a great oven, and don't mind spending a bit if I get an oven that I really love. I purchased a Miele dishwasher a few months ago, and am so very happy with it.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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  1. Go for a double oven. You will never regret it.

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    1. re: RGC1982

      Not fair to generalize like that. We live in a small home, love to cook, entertain at least once a week, but rarely for more than two guests (we are two ourselves) and simply have a dual-fuel Bosch range which is more than enough for us. We wouldn't have room for a double oven, nor would we want or need one. We love our new range, and especially like the gas cooktop and the electric oven and warming drawer which our range has. It has terrific and easy-to-use electronic controls, the gas cooktop is very flexible (simmer to super-hot) and the oven has more setting choices than we will ever use (from convection bake, to dehydrating, to sabbath, etc.).

      1. I love my wall ovens but I would never recommend a gas oven outside a commercial application because they are notoriously inaccurate and the broiler is almost impossible to use.

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        1. re: Kelli2006

          Nonsense. I was in the kitchen business in the early 90's and sold plenty of gas wall ovens (I preferred Thermador but sold lots of others). Unless the manufacturing has gone all to hell since then I refuse to believe that a gas oven is "notoriously inaccurate." In fact, my current GE Profile is a fine gas oven with a not-at-all impossible broiler.

          1. re: Kelli2006

            Do you mean all gas ovens, or just wall ones? Thanks.

            1. re: MMRuth

              I'm not a fan of gas ovens for baking and pastry work, but if you don't bake that wouldn't be a problem.

              1. re: Kelli2006

                Thanks - I do bake, though nothing fancy, and am using an oven thermometer and probably need to get the oven recalibrated (I assume one can do that with a gas oven?). I don't have a choice of ovens at this point, and I do hate that broiler on the bottom!

                1. re: Kelli2006

                  I bake all the time, cakes, breads. I think it has more to do with preference, As I hate an electric oven for baking or cooking.

            2. Do you have a budget? An existing cabinet opening? (This can create problems if you are replacing an older oven). Do you require self-cleaning? Convection? Is the interior dimension important? (not all of them will hold a full half-sheet pan).

              There are not many remaining manufacturers of gas wall ovens, especially if you want one wider than 24 inches. I found this to be a problem when trying to replace my dead one. I wound up adopting a friend's 30-year old O'Keefe and Merritt which fit almost perfectly into my cabinet, and still works like a charm.

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