Well . . . my American Ranges performance level keeps deteriorating so it's about time to consider making another freestanding range purchase.
I won't buy another AR product due to lack of engineering excellence and customer service issues. From the first day I purchased it I had all sorts of problems.
Anyway I've posted this on another thread.
I am thinking of buying a 36" Capitol Culinarian with grill from Trevor at Eruostoves. I am in Riverside SoCal about 15-25 miles from the Capitol Factory and will pick it up with my dually.
It's gonna be expensive for me 7600 $U.S. plus. There are some things I don't really know about this range's performance. Any insights might help.
An avocation is baking artisan bread. I'm pretty serious about it . . . that is to say my mixer is a Globe SP10.
Anyone who bakes artisan bread knows that steam is essential. I have a 13" heavy cast iron skillet filled with lava rock to generate steam. This means I am opening and closing (not slamming mind you)the door quickly with some strength. My AR is so wimpy in the hinges it's hard to open and close now.
I'm not so sure Capitol does a better job with it's engineering so maybe, in lieu of a commercial range, I'll have to live with a door that drops to the ground like my AR does now. I also require a inner oven deck that is stiff enough to accept the weight of the skillet. I think the sheet metal used on the AR is really cheap as it distorted the first year.
I also have to slide the bread onto a baking stone. This means flour is always spilling off the stone onto the deck. My AR has lots of openings that allow foreign material to enter the burner chamber. This exposure to flour (imagine an oven designed to accept serious artisan baking . . . what a novel idea) may have screwed up my AR's burner is now popping slightly when it tries to keep the temp within the thermostat's setting. This is consistent with AR's lack of excellence . . i.e., the broiler never worked from day one and I gave up replacing the ignitor last year. I cannot get at the burn chamber on the AR. I can't rely upon their service guys either as all they will do is recommend someone. The last time they recommended a tech he turned out to be a turkey. Cost me 300 bucks to have an ignitor put in that crapped out the next day.
Anyone have any experience baking artisan bread in their Culinarian? I am sure The Capitol Culinarian is a far superior product to the AR; always was even when it was just the precision line.