Appliance

Ranges

This is a free-standing, combination appliance consisting of a cooktop with an attached oven beneath it. Ranges for the home were initially designed as compact, space-saving combination appliances that could be had at a great cost point. Industrial, heavy duty type ranges were strictly used as the commercial workhorses of the restaurant business. During the 90’s, some restauranteurs and professional chefs (deciding they had to bring their work home with them) started to install commercial ranges in their home kitchens. Unfortunately, early commercial ranges were not designed for home use and so required expensive modifications be made to the kitchen structure to allow them to work. As gourmet cooking at home was becoming increasingly popular (think Martha Steward, Alice Watters, Emeril etc.), more and more demands were being made on manufacturers to create a commercial style range for the home environment. It worked. Now nearly every manufacturer has an enormous commercial looking range that is safe to use in your home kitchen. At a recent dream home exhibit in Portland OR, all six of the model homes had HUGE commercial looking gas ranges as centerpieces of the kitchen.

To-Do

  • Find your specific appliance’s owner’s manual and place it in a secure location for instructions on use. If you have lost the manual or want a second copy, you can usually find them on line.
  • Be sure the surfaces, grates, burners are kept clean. Use great care when cleaning gas cooktop burners as it is easy to break or misalign the ceramic igniters. A piece of small wire can be used to clear a clogged gas jet. For iron grates, apply a thin coat of cooking oil to prevent rust just as you would a cast iron frying pan.
  • Never use steel wool for cleaning your appliances, especially stainless steel.
  • Stainless steel should only be cleaned with warm sudsy water or a special cleaner made specifically for stainless steel. Always wipe the surface of stainless steel in the direction of the “grain” only with a soft completely clean cloth.

Maintenance

  • 1x per use: After every use, remove the grates and the burners and thoroughly wipe them clean.
  • 1x per month: Clean around the control knobs. Most can be removed for cleaning. Check the manufacturers owner manual for instructions.
  • 4x per year: Remove and clean the grates and burners. Gas cooktops tend to get spills onto the burners that can affect the flame adjustment levels and make it difficult to ignite.
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