Doc & Shirley
My 15 year old Amana gas range finally died, and this put me in the market for a new range. I'm not remodeling the kitchen so I'm sticking with a 30" unit, but I wanted a more powerful unit. I checked with a local appliance retailer in Laconia and they had a large number of units to choose from, but none of them were live. Same thing at "Big Orange" and "Big Blue". I was really interested in running the unit to make sure I was spending a large amount of money on the right range for me. I heard through the grapevine of an appliance retailer in Lebanon who had his demo units live. I called "The Cabinet Encounter", spoke with Bob, and I set up an appointment to come out and try out a Thermador, which I'd heard great things about. When I arrived, I found out that he not only had a Thermador range live, he also had American range, Bertazoni, and something called Bluestar, which I'd never heard of. I tried them all, and I was amazed at the Bluestar.
The Bluestar is made in Pennsylvania by a company that's been making stoves for over 100 years. It's an open burner, meaning that there is no "pan" under the burner and no cap to distribute the flame; the flame comes directly from a cast iron burner. It looks like it came out of a restaurant kitchen. The top of the range is built like a Russian tank. The grates remove for easy cleaning. There are removable drip trays that can be run through the dish washer. A quart of water that took over ten minutes to boil on my old Amana came to a rolling boil in less than 6 minutes. Long story short, I ordered a Bluestar.
When it arrived Bob's guys delivered it to me and set it in place. My gas-guy hooked it up, and I was up and running. A few days later Bob came out to the house (60 miles from his shop) and fine-tuned a couple of things, notably the igniters and the air regulator on the left hand 21,000 BTU burner. There was nothing WRONG; I didn't call him to come and take a look at it, he told me that he makes a house call to fine-tune EVERY Bluestar he sells. For me, I couldn't be happier with Bluestar or The Cabinet Encounter. You may not have heard of Bluestar yet, but you will.
Doc & Shirley,