I'm remodeling my kitchen and have decided to splurge on a pro-style (zero
clearance) 30" range. The main contenders seem to be DCS, Viking and Wolf.
I'm leaning toward the DCS, but would welcome any feedback from folks with
first-hand experience with any of the above. Thanks.
Why not ask on rec.food equipment? Pro-style is not the same as pro, but it
costs a whole lot more. I use a DCS pro range, and you won't match it's
performance with the DCS residential line.
Does anyone know which pro-style paint or wallboard works best? :-)
Thanks for that pointer - I'll check that newsgroup.
I know that pro and pro-style are not the same -- However, my kitchen is
small, and I don't have the room to allow additional clearance, nor to
accomodate anything larger than 30".
I bought a 48" DCS dual fuel, and I regret it.
It seems to be quite overpriced for what it is.
It does not have many features that you would expect
in standard, non-pro-style ranges.
The cooktop burners are very poor at adjusting heat level:
most of the angular range of the knob puts out high heat.
At the low end, there is about 10 degrees where the heat goes
down to medium. There is a simmer setting that is too
low to simmer anything. If you try to set it between
simmer and low, it soots up.
I think that the most recent consumer reports has an article about
I have a Wolf. Pluses are:
Burner control is great
Heavy Duty Construction
Major pain to keep the cooktop clean with all its nooks and cranny's.
VERY sharp edges on the bottom and the back of the unit. I sliced my
finger pretty good when I was putting it in place. Wear gloves when
you install it if you decide to go that route.
If you install the stainless steel backsplash/shelf unit be very
watchful of putting pots and pans to far back on the rear burners. I
have nice burn marks on my backsplash to demonstrate why.
I initially had a lot of soot buildup in the oven that required
frequent cleaning. Turned out the installed orifice was the wrong
size and the gas was not burning properly. Once I replaced the
orifice the soot buildup went away.
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