Vince and I had a heart to heart discussion today. He knows I want a gas stove. He sees the value in it for several reasons. First, I thought I would just pick up where I left off because it’s only been 9 years since I used a glass top stove and I had used one in various forms for about 14 years. Piece of cake, right? Not so much. I do not like it. In fact, I’ve been using my induction hot plates at the house in MO to keep from using the stove. When I’m there alone, it’s not so bad because I use the air fryer, the pressure cooker, the toaster oven all more than I use the actual stove but when Vince is there, I seem to use the stovetop every day. Second, gas is really invaluable if/when the power is out. I can still cook on the stove (light the burners with a match) to cook and boil water for baths.
Vince agreed to replace the stove but he wants to wait til after the Texas house sells. There are two problems with that. First, it may be into the spring before we have everything out of this house and list it and second, one day he says he’s not selling this place and the next day, he says he wants to keep it for a while. I wonder if he thinks we’re not going to like living near people and want to move back.
Today I told him . . I understand that you don’t want to spend the money til after this house sells but I don’t want to cook on a glass top stove! I burn things, the burner stays hot when I’m done cooking. Maybe because the stove is 17 years old but I really have to scrub it to make it clean even if I’m not using a cast iron pot on it.
I told Vince . . if doing it all now was going to cost $3,000 and doing it four months from now would cost $1,000, I wouldn’t have a problem with waiting but that’s not the case and at this point, and after what we’ve already spent and still have to spend, I just don’t see the problem with doing it now and getting rid of that electric stove. It’s costing way more (almost twice as much) to have two trees cut and three more trimmed than it’s going to cost to add a gas line and new stove. I don’t want to talk him into not cutting the trees because if the two by the deck fall and ruin the deck, that would be very expensive; if the one leaning too close to the solar panels falls, that wouldn’t be good. If the movers can’t get down the driveway (and they can’t) because of the two that need to be cut, that wouldn’t be good so I do understand that has to happen.
The kitchen now has all white appliances. I was going to change them to stainless as we replace them. The fridge is probably near the end. The former owners replaced the ice maker just before they left. Vince had to replace some part to the water line and now there’s another part he’ll replace once he gets there again.
I expect we’ll replace the fridge, and the stove but maybe not the dishwasher, wall oven or built in microwave so I started thinking . . why replace those if they aren’t broke and I don’t want a kitchen with half white appliances and half stainless for years so I decided to stick with white. I’d actually rather clean white than stainless.
This is the stove I’m thinking about getting. It’s white and I like the way it looks – kinda sleek and modern, where most white stoves I saw looked very 80’s looking.
I like that the burners don’t sit high above the top of the stove. They’re hinged so they’re easy to lift to clean but they will come off and go into the dishwasher. I love the split ovens. But . . I do have a wall oven so in reality, I’ll have three ovens.
I read the reviews on it and most are glowing but someone mentioned that the small oven is very small. Well, it does look kinda small. I’m thinking cookies and toast.
They also mentioned, and I wouldn’t have thought about it, when you open the bigger oven, the door hits the floor. I would be bending over lower to get things out of that oven. I do still have the wall oven which is pretty much full size but it doesn’t have convection.
I like that it has a third element for convection.
The only thing that concerns me is that the door hits the floor when you open it.
I also don’t like those “plastic weighted” knobs on the front. They just don’t hold up but I think that’s pretty standard these days.
There was a time when I’d make a decision like this without much thought. Now I seem to rehash every aspect of it over and over.
Anyway . . Vince did agree that it’s ok to go ahead and do it but I want him to be there when they’re installing the gas line. There could be decisions to be made that I don’t want to have to make.
But, the appliance store guy told me that during the appliance shortage, they’ve stopped making white appliances and are concentrating on stainless and maybe black. I thought he said black stainless but I might have misunderstood. He said they may be able to have one by the end of November but I don’t think they’re committing to dates on anything right now. That wouldn’t be a problem since I do have a working stove and knowing it’s coming would be fine. I just have to decide which stove to get and whether I want stainless or I want to stick with white. I think I’ll just go knit for a while. This decision doesn’t have to be made today.