Big Chill Stove

barbara1963December 29, 2012

I just had a Big Chill Jadite Green stove installed yesterday. Today when I turned the oven on, it got super smoky and I had to shut it off. It was super scary!
I did not receive a manual...contacted the company....looked online to try to find some answers, .....can anyone advise as to what the problem is? There is nothing inside the would have caused the problem, such as packing or plastic ties on the oven racks from shipping.....

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Sophie Wheeler

Most new ranges will have some manufacturing oils that will need a "burn off". And you've got to double check that no packing materials remain. Some makers tape things to the top of the stove or broiler area to cushion it during transport. Get a flashlight and get on your hands and knees and inspect everything. Even a piece of left over tape from the packing will make a nasty smell.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 3:22PM
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Been there, done that with the Wolf - I had to quickly open the windows! Then I read the manual - oops!

    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 4:00PM
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Our Big Chill stove is the same color as yours - Jadite Green. Looks terrific.

Like yours, our oven gave off smoke at first. The instructions warn about this - it completely disappeared after a week of use.

After five months, we're delighted. It replaced a slide-in range (an ugly 1970's era black Magic Chef - we called the Old Black Magic). Although the Big Chill stove is not a slide-in design, it fit the 30 inch space perfectly - no problem. Only sad part: the sides are mostly hidden inside the cabinetry.

The burners are great - little setscrews behind each knob let you adjust the lowest flame height to be just barely on. They self-light without a pilot. Even if you blow them out, they relight by themselves.

That cast-iron stovetop lets us slide around cast-iron frying pans when the kitchen gets busy. Each section is heavy when you lift 'em to clean. (We were accustomed to lightweight pan-supports, having never used a high-end stove before)

The stovetop holds onto spills - overflows don't seep into the stove's inner workings. A few exposed screws hold down the stainless steel cooktop; these get food caught in and around them. Also, the cooktop's overflow catchment has squared corners, which would be easier to clean were it more gently rounded/chamfered. Solution? We line it with aluminum foil: problem solved.

The oven is a pleasure: the pull-out slide shelf lets you lift out cakes and casseroles without dodging around other shelves. The internal fan ("Convection") may be useful to others; we hardly use it. The light and fan are controlled by old-fashioned toggle switches - as reliable as gravity. But the oven door does get hot! While baking cookies at 350 F, I found several places on the door around 185 degrees.

Nothing plastic in this stove. The frontplate is steel, the door's metal, the window is heatproof glass. Even the knobs are metal. It looks and feels *solid*. Big feet - this stove wants to stay put. (Oh - you can adjust all four feet - unlike our old stove, it can be both level and wobble-free) We really like the rounded edges of the stovetop, oven door, and handle - they don't hurt during the occasional bump. when we occasionally bump.

Then, too, there's nothing electronic. Yippee - no digital clock blinking the wrong time! No electronic timer with impossible-to-remember instructions. No computerized oven controller that burns out every two years, requiring $500 replacements (ask my neighbor!). Simple to set the oven: just turn one knob.

The 1950's styling looks like it came with our house. I took the backsplash to our local paint store, and they matched the jadite green; we've since enameled several cabinets to match. My wife found a matching 1950's wall clock, so the kitchen looks properly retro. Now, if only we could afford that Big Chill Refrigerator...

Sorry for the length of this note - I wanted to talk about how the initial smell dissipates after the oven's been used. But after 5 months, my wife and I (and our two teenagers) take daily delight in our new, old stove. It works great, looks terrific, and brings smiles to our morning coffee and evening dinners.

-Cliff & Pat, in Oakland, California

This post was edited by CliffStoll on Tue, Jan 15, 13 at 20:57

    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 5:23PM
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Very nice built by Bluestar.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 6:26PM
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Great pic Cliffstoll! Love it.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2013 at 12:24AM
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Cliff, that's a beautiful range! It's great to hear such a thorough review of the Big Chill range. Hopefully Barbara's smoking oven problem will resolve itself as easily as yours did.

Jolb57, I don't think Big Chill appliances are made by Bluestar. I believe it's an independent company in Boulder, CO.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2013 at 1:55AM
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It seems they are made in Reading, Pa.

Here is a link that might be useful: Big Chill

    Bookmark   January 21, 2013 at 6:30AM
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If you look at the burners they certainly bear an uncanny resemblance to BS and Reading is BS country.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2013 at 7:55AM
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Certainly they Big chill could build them with parts from BS I really love these stoves.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2013 at 8:35AM
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quote from the link above.
"Big Chill (Boulder, CO): awesome retro-styled kitchen appliances made from name-brand components (Whirlpool, Amana and others), with stamped steel exterior panels powder coated in your choice of low-VOC paint colors. Vintage-look refrigerators and dishwashers are assembled in Boulder, CO and stoves, hoods, microwaves and wall ovens assembled in Reading, PA by the company that makes Blue Star appliances."

Elsewhere on line, it looks like some of the panels used on the other aplliances may be made by Prizer-Painter as well.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2013 at 9:15AM
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