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Russell Range Info Please -- any info?

We're remodeling our kitchen and we've been offered a used Russell Range. We haven't been able to find any info about this manufacturer or brand, except that it seems (judging from one other post on a Chowhound board) to be defunct. A Google search brought up an old post from another forum about someone having difficulty finding parts or service. Yet we've seen two fairly recent (07 and 08) articles about kitchen remodeling projects that seem to feature a Russell Range. A local appliance repair guy who is usually a font of knowledge has never heard of the brand. Bottom line: we'd appreciate any info that anyone might be able to provide about the manufacturer, brand, fair price for a used working model, durability, problems etc. Really, any info of any kind. Thanks very much.

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  1. I remember they seemed to get product placement on a number of PBS cooking shows back in the early 90s.

    When I was looking for a new cooktop back around 2000, I looked into them, and they were already out of business. I think they lasted all of three years.

    I'd look elsewhere for a cooktop.

    1. I purchased my 6 burner, Russell Range countertop in 1997. I LOVE IT! I have never had a problem with it and it is used extensively. Some of my friends pruchased them here in Michigan also and they have had similar experiences. Russell range was started by a former Viking exec. I picked it from the Chicago NKBD show for my high end kitchen. I recently saw the range on HGTV featured in the Chef Boyardee mansion, really. I chose my range for it's polished brass, bullnose front that could fully integrated with my bullnose granite countertops. I also like the 6 15,000 BTU burners that also can be reduced as low as 400 BTUs (that is enough to melt chocolate in a paper dixie bowl, without the bowl catching on fire -they demonstrated it at the show and i tryed it at home, it works! Anyway, the components are simple, and i think it could be easily repaired it the OEM parts are not available. I have also heard that they were purchased by someone else in the early 90s. I paid $3600. for the cooktop in 1997. Hope this helps.

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      1. re: lauriatthelake

        I have just acquired a Russell 6 burner stove, still in the original packing crate that my brother bought and never installed. I don't know if it will work but am interested in finding out whatever I can about it. Your note is quite encouraging and I wonder if there is anything else you would care to add. Thank you, Phedix

        1. re: phedix1214

          did your russell range come with assembly diagram for oven? did you install it? our works well enough. it seems to break every few years. any help is appreciated. eli 978 318 5387.

          1. re: phedix1214

            Phedix, could you email me personally about your stove? my Father has one, and would like to have a second one as he cannot find parts for it, and heloves it, and doesn't want to redo granite countertops to fit a new stove... my email is Brandotheamazing@gmail.com

          2. re: lauriatthelake

            Hi -- I am doing a kitchen remodel and my sister gave me her old Russell 6 burner stovetop. Would you possibly still have your user's manual or any original paperwork that came with your stove that you could pdf to me? I need the schematics for my contractor. Thanks!

          3. I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news but we are out of luck. I, too was a owner of a RR. The oven died years ago (yes, I've been w/o oven for too long to admit...). I too have done due diligence online TRYING to find a resource, to no avail. In my neck of the woods as well, no one knows about them or will work on them. Except Clarence Flint from Flint Appliances. He found the problems alright but there are no parts available. None. Nyet. Nada. Zippo. Fromm anyone anywhere. Have you tried to call the Russell #? Its a sex line. If that tells you anything. I'm thinking about a DCS, how about you?

            1. I am wondering if you have had any luck in your search for replacement parts for the Russell range? I have one, still in the original packing crate that my brother bought and never installed. I don't know if it will work but am interested in finding out whatever I can about it. Thanks, Phedix

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              1. re: phedix1214

                My advice: Run, dont walk away from this "gift". There are no, repeat NO replacement parts for them. I am chucking mine and getting a Bluestar. I would hand it off to a non-profit and take the tax deduction.....

                1. re: phedix1214

                  i have just bought my home and a six burner Russell Range came with it. the range works fine but asthetically the cooktop grills need a little resurfacing. if you are planning on not using your gift and are interested in selling burner bowls and grates, i am interested.

                  1. re: davidyou

                    For those Russell Range owners who have chipped or worn burner grates, they CAN be restored to as-new condition. Look for an antique stove restorer in your area, or try these guys:

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

                    The grates are sand-blasted to bare metal, repaired if needed, and new porcelain enamel fired on.

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