new gas stove
My 30 year old Caloric natural gas stove bit the dust. My old stove did not get to 18K btu but at least every burner simmered.
I have been shocked and annoyed that I can't find a decent stove that will he produce decent heat AND simmer on all four burners. I am about to buy a $3K Capital Stove (Precision series w/ 500$ rebate) that promises to provide that. This is way more than I planned to pay but it seems it is what I have to pay to get 4 burners that will do everything.
I am not a serious cook but I do enjoying cooking and need a good stove.
Does anyone know if there is another, less expensive stove I am missing that will do the trick?
Thanks for the reply. I live in Burlington VT so there are not too many resources for scratch and dent. If I do have to pay 3-4K I am leaning toward the Capital. The lower priced precision series has sealed burners which I guess don't cook as well as the open burners. Sounds like your stoves have the open variety as did my old Caloric.
So I hear you saying that I do have to go to a commercial style stove to get a good range of heat from all burners.
Yes,there doesn't seem to be any middle answer about burners like there is good insulation.
closed cooks as well,with some practice;my retired VULCAN has them so it was a reverse switch for me
there are many great brands out there not always equal in the customer support and service
maybe a local service person-independent,mutibrand would be a good source of info
I know that my guy here is really honest without a bias.
Hope you aren't having too tough a time after Irene.I see on the news your area took it on the chin.I dodged the bullet here by about ten miles for which I am grateful.
"So I hear you saying that I do have to go to a commercial style stove to get a good range of heat from all burners."
It depends on your definition of "good."
I have never cooked on a Caloric so I don't have a reference point for what your standard are for good heat range.
But the Capital Precision is going to be significantly better than all the mainstream brands availbe at Sears,Best Buy,Home Depot,and Lowes.
At 3-4 K she is the $$ of a lot of things really good.I do agree with you about mainstream and the big box stores compared to Capital Precision.I am really not familiar with 30" for more than 20 years,nor the hassles of any electrical help.After 30 years the changes are major,self clean,convection,all needing electrical power that may not be in place.
I just found the manual for my old Caloric. Turns out I purchased it in 1988 so it's actually 23 years old. It does have electronic ignition on all burners and oven. It produces a high of 10K btu on the burners but all the burners can be turned down pretty low, so have never had a problem with simmering anything I'm cooking. My friends are frustrated with their new (home depot) stoves in that regard.
I might just go for the Capital Culinarian -- $$$$ ouch!! .
Do you have the time or geography to consider scratch/dent or the just past edition?
If yes you maybe able to bring the $$ down,even on a THERMADORE or WOLF,all gas or lpg.
Wish I was more current on ?30",both my THERMADORE & WOLF (48") have simmer on all burners that I just walk away from,two on the THERMADORE have an extra low.
I assume you aren't looking for duel fuel.