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I have a new range top [ Thursday, 24 Feb 11 | 18:14 ]
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After living here for six years, I finally replaced my gas range. Previously I had a cheap Balay range with 3 gas burners and an electric hotplate. It always annoyed me I had to use a lighter and that there weren’t four gas burners. Of course I have never used more than three at one time. The two smaller burners are rated at 1.75kw and the larger one at 3kw.

The old Balay gas range top

I replaced the old range with an Electrolux with four gas burners:

  • 1 x 1kw
  • 2 x 2kw
  • 1 x 4kw “triple crown”

This new range has electronic ignition and a safety switch that requires flames for 5 seconds, or the gas is automatically turned off. The old Balay range required a lighter and of course you could just turn on the gas and wait until either there was an explosion or you were asphyxiated. They do add an “odorizer” here to the gas, but it is much less apparent than in the US.

The new Electrolux range top

Other differences are that the gas lines are on the outside of the building. There is a main shut-off valve for my place plus individual ones for each gas appliance. Inspection is required every few years to search for gas leaks, correct gas pressure, and proper combustion of the gas (CO, CO2 levels). I have a gas service policy that includes an annual inspection.

The installer was an “old guy” of 62 years. We chatted the whole time he was working. He made an interesting comment about the US: that there is too much individual competition and not enough collaboration. I see this in little ways here. For example, when someone has a baby carriage and getting on/off the train, there is almost always a stranger that will offer to help. Another example is the game show equivalent for “Deal or No Deal”. Once the “player” is chosen, all the other contestants try to help the player win. In the US they are just as likely to be aloof or even antagonistic to the player’s success.

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[User Picture]From: maxauburn
Thursday, 24 Feb 11 | 19:18 (UTC)
Your *New* range looks better & safer than the old one!

Yup, people in the USA mostly don't give a shit about other people. I hate to say it - and I hate even more to see it - but, there it is.
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Friday, 25 Feb 11 | 05:52 (UTC)
Yes, the new range is definitely sturdier and safer. I like the feature that if the flame goes out for any reason, the gas gets shut off.

Chuck
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[User Picture]From: stoicbear
Thursday, 24 Feb 11 | 22:50 (UTC)
I like your new range!

I think Europe, because of it's long history, has learned from it, and is more civil. The US, on the other hand, rejected a lot of the "old world". The US has to "re-learn" things on their own. It's a bit silly, and it's a shame, too.

I think Canada has a blend of "old" and "new" thinking/ways.
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Friday, 25 Feb 11 | 05:51 (UTC)

The US rejected a lot of the "old world"

It's more like it was in the US when I was growing up 50+ years ago. I was taught to help others that you meet, to do your "good deed for the day". Now kids are taught to not get involve. Also there is a Northern/Southern Europe cultural thing, the more north you go, the colder it gets.

Chuck
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Friday, 25 Feb 11 | 06:01 (UTC)

Very good!

Balay started out as a Spanish company but is now part of Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH, (or Bosch and Siemens Household Appliances, BSH) a multinational German technology company headquarters in Munich.

The Electrolux Group is the 2nd largest home appliance manufacturer in the world after Whirlpool. We had an Electrolux vacuum cleaner for many years when I was a kid. They are famous for the slogan, "Nothing sucks like an Electrolux."

Chuck

Edited at 2011-02-25 06:10 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: albear_garni
Friday, 25 Feb 11 | 05:09 (UTC)
My oh my, European appliances are always so much nicer in design than what we can get here. I love it! Happy cooking!
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Friday, 25 Feb 11 | 06:12 (UTC)
Gas range tops are going out of style here, the induction glass/ceramic types are much more popular. But I am an old guy and like to see the flames. I had to order this from a catalog.

Chuck
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