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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.

                2. We have a 6-burner Russell that we installed in 1992. It's been great and without issue and we use the hell out of it. My grates are looking shabby now, as the porcelain has cracked and worn to a point where it looks bad. I figured I would just go to a metal fabrication shop and get some new ones made eventually.

                  I love the fact that the grates are continuous across the top. It makes it very nice for moving pots and such around. My only complaint is that I wish the burners had a few more BTU's.

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                  1. re: fini

                    I too have a Russell. It came with the house. It's worn, but I love it. I don't want to replace it. The grates are worn. I didn't know that a metal fabricator might be able to reproduce the grates for me. Any suggestions how I might proceed? I live in the North Bay of San Francisco. Thanks.

                  2. When I purchased my house it came with a 4 burner Russell and only one of the flames ignited by turning the knob. The rest had to be hand lit with a match. The grates are very worn. That siad, I love the BTUs and really like the cooktop. I extensively researched the company and yes, unfortunately, it is out of business. You'd think that given the above average quality of the cooktop and the BTU strength, there might be generic parts available to replace worn out parts. I still have not had any luck finding any. Has anyone else? (In my case I did clean the cooktop well and now all the burners self-ignite, but I'd sure like to replace the drip pans and grates. Thanks much.

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                    1. re: debbiemckinney

                      The drip pans are a standard size, try either an old-fashioned hardware store (not Home Depot or Lowes!) or a commercial appliance dealer. Get the grates re-enameled and they will look like new. Cast iron never wears out, it's just the enamel finish.

                    2. For everyone who owns one of these beauties: Yes, they have been out of business for a while. However, they last near forever, and the internals are made from standard commercial parts. If your repairman can't find parts, he's just looking in a catalog. Go to a restaurant supply place with the broken or malfunctioning piece, and I'd bet they can find something that either matches exactly, or functions fine. The only exception MIGHT be (and I stress the "might") the valve/ignitor switch assembly. I haven't had to get one, as mine still works fine. But if you couldn't match it, you could certainly replace the valve with any standard commercial stove valve, and install a push-button ignitor.

                      We have a 6-burner range top and their built-in char grill. They were in the house 8 years ago when we bought it, and still work flawlessly. Don't know how old they really are.

                      I would NEVER turn down the opportunity to get one for free, or a used one for parts.

                      As far as worn burners, they are cast iron and can be re-enameled to look like new. There are plenty of places that do it -- a Google search will turn up one in your area.

                      Finally, you might try giving these guys a call: http://www.selectappliance.com/

                      The owner is the "Russell" of Russell Range. If anyone can suggest parts sources, it will be him.

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                      1. re: SF_Owner

                        I also have a six-burner of indeterminate age, and needed two new ignitors - the dacor ranges use EXACTLY the same units and everything now works perfectly. My tech guy showed me how to blow out the gas pipes as they get filled with dust and grime over time and therefore not as much gas flows through. I'm ready to get rid of the remaining enamel on the grates and will get new ones fabricated if I absolutely have to... Last resort.

                        1. re: SuzeR

                          Wow. This is encouraging. I've got a four burner Russell cooktop, and our ignitors re failing on two burners. The local repair people told us there was no way on earth to get parts -- could you by chance tell me the part numbers for the Dacor ignitors you used on your Russell? I'd sure love to get mine fixed.

                          1. re: chambolle

                            So I just found out that my Russell Range no longer works as an oven. The repair guy told me it would be $1,000s to fix it. It's a four-burner model. The stove works perfectly. I'd really love to have it repaired. I'm in the South Bay. If anyone knows anyone who might be able to help, that would be great. Otherwise, I might have some extra burners soon. Thanks all.

                            1. re: J.in.the.Bay

                              anyone figure out how to open the front panel where the broiler and oven controls are? i suspect the switch is broken - since i do not get any spark on the oven ignitors, although we get them on the boiler ignitor - suggesting the spark module is working... great stove - too expensive to replace withouth making the effort - a shame they went bust.. does anyone have an exploded assembly diagram for oven - the manual came with assbly dialog for stove portion, but not for oven. thx. eli

                              1. re: ehauser

                                God bless all of you who have persevered with their RR's. I jumped ship and went with a Blue Star which I LOVE. Good luck to one and all!

                                1. re: nhampshirehique

                                  Any further info on this - we should start a Russell range support group? I have 1 burner out - meaning burned through the metal and am deciding whether to replace. Can it be replaced with a burner from another brand?

                      2. I have had a Russell 6 burner since 1991 and have had no problems. I have propane and the enamel started coming off the grates right away. The company said that propane burns hotter and suggested that I use the same grate without the enamel coating. They sent out 6 free and these look fine. I would strongly suggest just sandblasting off the coating and using the cast iron as is. The bars are about 3/8 " thick after the porcelain is removed. They are naturally black but they look great if you rub stove black over them once in a while.

                        I also need to take the single screw off the burner and shake them upside down once a year or so. It is amazing how much rust will come out. Look closely at the holes on the side of the burner near where the tube sits. I though I had a bad igniter, but after cleaning these holes the burner lit fine.

                        If you have not had you burner assembly off for a while don't be afraid to soak them in hot water with a good degreaser soap. Just shake out all the dirt and rust first. This will help alot.

                        I also need to take the pans and stainless tops to the laundry tubs every few months and spray them down with Easy Off (fume free) and let them sit for a few hours. This cleans off most of the baked on crud. The rest comes off with abrasive cleaners. If using these abrasives just remember to rub in the direction of the grain.

                        So my Russell is 20 years old. I have not replaced any igniters. Everything works great and looks new. These were built to last but like anything they need a little TLC.

                        1. Hey MPmill could you please send me an Email with contact info, my father would love to purchase the range from you as he has one, and would like a second as a parts supply in case he needs anything? Brandotheamazing@gmail.com just put russell range in the subject line so I don't think it's spam. thanks,
                          -Brendan

                          1. I have a small stock of OEM finished burner bowls and burner pans left over from Russell Range original parts. I am willing to sell my remaining stock of bowls and pans that are coated in the original matte black porcelain enamel. If interested please email me at bregin@verizon.net for pricing and shipping information. I can also sandlbast and refinish grates in matte black or gloss porcelain enamel coating.

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                            1. re: rangeman

                              Do you have an assembly drawing for the oven? Thx

                              1. re: ehauser

                                I do not have any drawings. Sorry

                                1. re: ehauser

                                  I may actually have the drawings. I'll have to go through my old appliance paperwork, but I think we saved it all. Give me a day or two to look.

                                  1. re: fini

                                    that would be amazing.... i would be so appreciative. thank you. look forward to hearing back. regards

                                    1. re: ehauser

                                      Similar to a previous post, I bought mine new in 1991, when I built my house. WIthin a year, the porcelain began cracking and I was sent 6 news ones no charge. I use the old ones for planted pot holders outside! Now...The cooktop has performed without incident, I remove it about 3-4 times a year to clean the tiled area below and around the sides. I have noticed that the painted coating on the sheet metal housing bottom is starting to peer and rust. I suspect this is from salting pasta water and it boils over come. Now knowing that the Mfg. is out of business, I'll simply remove the parts down to sheet metal and take it to the powder coater to strip and re-coat. I have the original owners manual with the wiring diagram if you need it...email me jon_st2@yahoo.com. I love my RR!!

                                    2. re: fini

                                      I found it! I apologize for the delay, but I hadn't gotten to the pile with the old documentation in it until today. The pictures are bad, but if you can wait a little longer, I will scan the entire document at work in a couple weeks.

                                      Cheers.

                                       
                                       
                                       
                                      1. re: fini

                                        We just got a Russel Range. Does anyone have an owners manual?
                                        Thanks

                                        1. re: fini

                                          Could you please email me a full copy of the manual? I sold my home and my range has issues. The buyer is stating that someone took out the gas tubes. I think he is mistaken and need to provide a copy of the manual. You assistance would be greatly appreciated since he is threatening to sue me. My email is vpolig@gmail.com.

                                          1. re: fini

                                            Fini, I need a copy of this manual ASAP. Please respond to vpolig@gmail.com. Thanks.

                                          2. re: fini

                                            I am doing a kitchen remodel in January. My sister gave me her old Russell Range 6 burner cooktop. Do you have your user's manual on PDF. I saw in your post that you were going to copy it. If so, could you be so kind to email me the PDF. Thank you so much!!