And it's done, range, backsplash, and hood ordered
I never imagined how agonizing this process was going to be... From my other thread (range on 4k budget), I have been looking for the best way to lose our current micro-hood setup which sits above a 30" kitchenaid range.
Full disclosure - I don't have a BlueStar, Capital, AR, or NXR dealer within 2 hours so I scoured these forums, Chowhound, etc... to find the best fit for me and our home. I've been an inch away from ordering the NXR, CC (manual clean), Performer, and the RNB at various points in this journey. And the winner is?
American Range Performer, 30" - more specifically a floor-model on ebay shipped free to my house for $2999 (linked to me by a fellow GW member). I just can't beat the value of that. I know what you're thinking, but that's $1k more than an NXR? Yes, but I DO appreciate American-made, I do appreciate good parts availability, and 10k more btu is nothing to sneeze at. I was able to find the center grate available at appliancescentral.com so that is on the way as well; I didn't like the giant gap between the grates on the Performer but this fixes it relatively cheap.
I ordered the Broan elite 600 cfm internal hood. I have to recirculate it temporarily, at least until the weather warms up. Having cooked with a recirc for 8 years, I will survive. We will be ducting it out through the roof just as soon as the weather turns this spring. I also ordered the Broan 30" high stainless backsplash with shelves. I'm going to have a little trouble installing it since my tile backsplash only goes up to the bottom of the microwave (about 14" tall or so?) so I'll have part of the backsplash over tile and part over bare drywall. I'm thinking I will put a 3/16" board of some sort above the tiled section, then affix the backsplash to both surfaces. I'll figure something out. I also need to revamp my gas line, it sticks out about 8" from the floor and about 2" from the back wall. I'll likely replace it with a shorter pipe and 90* it right at the floor level. That seems to be a popular option on here but I'll work that out with whomever I get to install the range.
I'm putting a microwave on the counter until we have a budget for renovating our kitchen bar/island when I will look into incorporating an electric wall oven and microwave drawer, or a speedoven of some sort.
I do need to order the wok ring for the Performer as well as a good, high-quality wok. I saw e-woks.com, is that a pretty good place to get one from?
Anyway, in conclusion, this forum gave me SO MUCH to think about, things I'd have never considered when I was enamored with Wolf and Viking. Thank you so very much for all of the information you all have poured out on this board.
Thank you again,