We have shared some of our wildlife sightings in our desert environment. Well, now we have invited a Wolf into the house!
Last week, our current range was diagnosed with a serious issue. It is a Dacor 48 inch professional range. One of the ovens decided it had a mind of its own. The technician was here and he set it to 350 degrees preheat. He turned it off when it was approaching 600 degrees. There are no parts available, and the motherboard would have to be sent back East for a custom repair. And it would take weeks. It was an easy decision to replace the range. I have mentioned before that we already replaced the Dacor dishwasher. This brand has been purchased by Samsung, but the models we have are probably 15 years old, so we are moving on. We did not exactly budget for these replacements, but they aren’t a big surprise.
The old range:
We spoke to the appliance repair technician about Viking or Wolf. We had an older Wolf range at the Northport house, and Viking at Sugarloaf. The technician’s recommendation leaned strongly towards Wolf, given his repair experience. We did some research and visited a Wolf showroom in Scottsdale – they also handle SubZero refrigerators. We liked what we saw, and stopped at a recommended supplier next to the showroom. We found the range we wanted in stock, and were pleasantly surprised to get a delivery date for this week – today, in fact.
Two friendly guys showed up today and took away our old range, then installed the new one. Here is Lou, explaining the features on the new range to Stitch and Natasha. Stitch listens intently, but Natasha said, “call me when you’ve got the bacon ready.” The new range has 6 burners – they all have different heating ratings. The burners are gas, and the ovens are electric. There is also a griddle which has some cool features. We opted not to get a grill on the stove top, since we can grill outside most days of the year.
We had a choice to get the standard red knobs, a distinctive Wolf feature, or we could have picked bronze, black, blue, etc. I thought the red would stand out in our rather monochromatic kitchen.
Here are more photos of our new range:
This covers the excitement for the week. Other than buying houses, and an SUV or two, this is the first real splurge we have done in years. Even I am looking forward to testing my culinary skills on the new range. But don’t worry! I won’t go near it until it has been truly tested and vetted by our resident chef.