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Feb 23, 2009 02:10 PM

4.2 Cubic Foot Oven in Pro-style Range

I am buying a new 30” range and all of the pro-style ranges have much smaller ovens than those of the less expensive (GE Cafe/Electrolux) free-standing ranges. I am looking at one that is 4.2 cubic feet. While I don’t bake very often, I do braise a good bit (I have a 9.5 qt LC dutch oven), and we always are in charge of the Thanksgiving turkey. Is 4.2 cubic feet REALLY small? Will an 18-20 lb turkey fit in there? I didn’t think to look closely enough when we were at the store, and would like some input before I go back down there.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. That's one of the reasons why I bought the Cafe. I really wanted as big an oven as I could get in a 30" gas range (along with all the other features I wanted, including cast iron continuous grates and a second oven) for under $3000.

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    1. re: flourgirl

      Are you happy with the GE Cafe? I much prefer to have high BTU burners than a big oven... I think I need to decide where I am willing to compromise.

      1. re: lamlex

        Yes, I'm very happy with it. I know this isn't the range for everybody but I bought it for the following reasons: as I said I really wanted the big oven, the second oven, cast iron continuous grates, stainless steel (my previous range was enamel and I HATED it. This is much easier for me to keep clean) and reasonably high output BTU burners. All for under $3000, and I was shooting for closer to $2500. I've had the range for four months now and I've been very happy with it. Everybody's needs are different, and for the kinds of things I cook (and bake) on a regular basis, this range gives me all the power I need. Of course, it would be nice if all 5 burners went all the way from simmer to high output, but I also just didn't have thousands of dollars to spend on such a range - and frankly, I can't see myself ever needing that from 5 burners all at one time anyway. If I have any complaints about this range it's the following - the fan does get very loud when the oven is set at higher temps., and the 5th burner really has too low a btu output to be good for very much. The lower oven is almost on the floor so it's not the most convenient thing in the world to use and it takes a long time to get to temp., but when I need it it's nice to have.

        1. re: flourgirl

          There is one more pretty important reason why I chose this range. I needed a free standing (as opposed to a slide in) but I hate the back thingy on most freestanding ranges that usually contains the controls. There is usually a lot of over-hang with these things and I found that it really interferes with using the back burners. The GE cafe has the look of a slide in, but is free standing. No overhang in the back. (They sell an optional accessory - a low stainless piece that you can attach to the back to prevent stuff from falling behind the range but it's very low profile and doesn't interfere at all with burner usage.) So you can see I had a pretty defined list of things I really didn't want to compromise on - without a really big budget. I had actually started looking for a new range before the GE Cafe line came out and I was getting resigned to the idea that I was either going to have to compromise about a lot of things on my wish list - or I was going to have to find a way to come up with a LOT more money than I had been hoping to spend on this. When the GE Cafe line did finally make it to the stores, I was very glad I had waited because this really fit the bill without busting my budget.