I almost feel like I’ve done something wrong. This story is pretty unbelievable. I’m not going to go into all the details because you’re probably all sick of hearing about it.
All I wanted was a cheap, plain Jane gas stove that I could use in the basement for canning. I didn’t even need an oven but just the stovetop would have been more difficult for Vince to install and by the time we bought a cabinet base and countertop, probably more expense. We found a stove at Lowe’s that was regular $549 – bare bones model. They had a black one that someone had ordered and not picked up and the price on it was $400. We said . . we’ll take it! Vince had a 20% off coupon and they let us use that so we got it for $320.
There was a mixup. They never explained what happened. First they said our stove hadn’t arrived yet but it was there when we bought it, then they said they found it but when it was delivered, it wasn’t the same stove, though it was equally cheap. It had a bent metal part underneath and one of the leveling legs was missing and couldn’t be screwed in because of the part being bent. The delivery guys tried to screw in a leg from the other side and it wouldn’t work and the propane conversion kit was missing.
One of the Lowe’s managers told me a new stove, same one we bought, was going to arrive at the store Tuesday (yesterday) and would be delivered today. The stove didn’t arrive and no one told me this but from what I gathered, the stove was never ordered. My guess is that the stove was at the Lowe’s warehouse in Springfield and they could have ordered it last week and had it here yesterday but someone didn’t order it. Again, I’m guessing based on the few details I was given.
So, at the end of the day yesterday, I was not happy with them at all. After a bit of back and forth, the manager told me that a stove would be delivered today. He said “It’s an upgrade model from what you bought and I think you’ll be happy with it.” I didn’t ask what model . . I did offer to pay the extra for a nicer stove but the manager said no. Vince asked me what model they were sending and I said “I think it’s the ‘Shut This Crazy Woman Up’ model”.
I looked at some of the models that were a step up and was a bit concerned because there were some that the highest BTU burner was 900 and I wanted at least a 1,200 BTU for canning with the monster canner.
The stove was delivered today and . . oh, my goodness . . I hit the jackpot.
This is the stove I was supposed to get. It was black and the picture is white because you don’t see any details on the black stove picture (probably because there are NO details!) <G>
It did not have a clock, of course, no timer. It was not self-cleaning. Seriously, it was as plain as they get and that’s all I needed for canning. The front right burner is 12,000 BTUs and that’s what I need too.
This is what got delivered today:
It has a clock. It has wifi. It has voice control. I can say “Start the oven at 350” and it will do it . . once I get all that set up.
It has a Bread Proof setting, and a Keep Warm setting.
It has 5 burners and the center is a cast iron griddle. I can see lots of grilled cheese sandwiches or quesadillas being made on that!
I am so pleased with this stove. It definitely is more than I needed downstairs but I’m sure I will use all the extra features.
We’ve (and you know that “we” was 99.9% Vince) have done the propane conversion.
Vince had bought fittings for the first stove but this one has a different size fitting. We will have to get the right one tomorrow to hook up the propane and should be good to go. Vince found the right fitting and it’s working like a champ. Instructions said to run the oven at 400 for one hour to burn off something so that’s been done. I’m cooking with gas . . downstairs!
I’m feeling a bit bad because I feel like I got a lot that I didn’t pay for but I did offer to pay. Part of me feels like I should at least call the Lowe’s manager and thank him but part of me feels like he never wants to hear from me again.
Tomorrow I should be able to can my first load downstairs.