Function/Reliability/Service of La Cornue CornuFe110 or AlberTine

EdibleTODecember 21, 2013

I'm considering purchasing either the CornuFe 110 (43") or CornuFe 90/AlberTine (36") dual-fuel range.

Can anyone who owns one of these advise on:

1. How efficient the burners and oven(s) work;

2. How easy the burners, cooktop, and oven are to clean (there's no self-clean feature);

3. How reliable the range is: whether you've had any problems and/ or needed repairs;

4. Whether service and/or availability of replacement parts + customer service have been good. (Any Canadian experiences would be most welcomed.);

5. Have you purchased the optional cast iron French "plaque"/simmer plate; are you happy with it? Does it really require weekly seasoning?

6. Does anyone have any experience using these ranges with liquid propane rather than natural gas?

Thanks in advance!

This post was edited by EdibleTO on Sat, Dec 21, 13 at 21:37

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Gooster

I've only been an owner of an Albertine for six months or so. Here's a few answers to your questions:

1. The control is very good on the burners. The high is more than adequate to sear and do wok cooking, and heat up a large pot of water. The evenness of heating is very good -- no hot spots. The simmer on the regular burners can be a bit hot on smaller saucepans. I've not tested out all the modes on the oven yet -- I mainly use convection and regular bake, plus broil. Evenness seems good, but I've not tested the temperature during extended bakes for any variation or if it is running warm (it may be). The convection and bake mode does crisp up the outsides of a large tray of potatoes or root vegetables quiet evenly.

2. Burners and top are very easy to wipe down. The oven is porcelain and the racks come out, so cleaning is easy. But, I'm not a heavy oven user.

3/4. No repairs needed. I did buy this brand because the US distributor is based in my area and because Williams-Sonoma (and others) distribute the product nationally.

5. I am interested in the plaque as well.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 2:37PM
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EdibleTO

Thanks for your response, gooster. I'm definitely leaning towards the Albertine. Now it's a matter of choosing colour and trim. Which combination did you go with?

    Bookmark   December 26, 2013 at 11:26PM
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Gooster

I simply got the all stainless version. The only other color I might of considered would have been white and stainless. Here it is:

    Bookmark   December 27, 2013 at 12:15PM
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EdibleTO

It looks great, gooster. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   December 27, 2013 at 5:19PM
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glenna

Just saw a demo model this week in a store. Chic! But grates already chipped. :(

    Bookmark   December 28, 2013 at 4:28AM
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EdibleTO

gooster, I've been reading that the CornuFe ovens have a loud fan noise while they're running. How loud/annoying is this?

    Bookmark   December 29, 2013 at 9:27PM
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Gooster

EdibleTO: I have heard no loud fan noises during conventional mode. There is a small fan noise during convection mode, but that is expected. Those comments may have referred to earlier models, which also noted a warm door. I've not had the same issues.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 12:58PM
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EdibleTO

Excellent. Thanks again, gooster!

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 9:45PM
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twobelles

Thank you so much, Gooster, for sharing this information! It's so helpful for those of us in the decision phase.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 10:02PM
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EdibleTO

I'm very excited! I ordered a La Cornue Albertine range (in dark navy blue with copper and stainless steel accents) yesterday for my farmhouse kitchen reno. Also ordered the cast iron French plaque and the wok ring.

I'm very lucky that there are two dedicated AGA/LaCornue/Heartland showrooms in Toronto, so I was able to see the actual colour and trim in person. I'd been debating between the navy blue and the Provence blue, and being able to actually see both, together with antique tiles I've collected for my backsplash, made the decision easier.

Ordered through Tasco Appliances. Delivery time 4 to 6 weeks. Too bad my reno will take about 3 months and has not yet started. Maybe I'll take delivery just so I can stare at the range and drool.

Thanks again for your help, gooster.

This post was edited by EdibleTO on Thu, Jan 9, 14 at 10:47

    Bookmark   January 9, 2014 at 10:45AM
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Gooster

Congratulations! I hpoe it all works well with you. Unsolicited hood recommendation: try your local ModernAire dealer. Powder coated custom colors are not a surcharge and you can get a body color and copper trim to match your new range.

If you do not mind me asking, how much is the French plaque accessory?. I've been meaning to order one.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2014 at 11:26AM
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CocoDash

I purchased the Albertine six months ago and love it. However, I am still trying to ascertain best cleaning methods for the interior of the porcelain oven...Can anyone suggest anything? I've tried every kind of "gentle cleanser" or abrasive (as The La Cornue/ CornuFe Care and Use Guide recommends) I have gently scrubbed with a Scotchbrite pad, with Vim, Weiman Glass Cooktop Cleanser, Bon Ami Power Foam for Glass, GreenWorks all purpose cleansers and NOTHING has worked! The interior splatters and drips that any roast, rack of lamb or turkey create must be wiped up instantly or the resulting juices become baked on -- impossible to remove. Although it's wonderfully easy to remove the interior racks and fittings, I must admit, it's disappointing not being able to achieve a shining clean finish. I've even used the old-fashioned technique of placing a bowl of warm water in a hot oven to loosen splatters with humidity/steam... Any ideas?

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 3:32PM
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rococogurl

Astonish, a British cleaner might help.

Here is a link that might be useful: Astonish Oven & Cookware Clearn

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 3:51PM
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Gooster

I normally only use warm water with dishwashing soap for normal cleaning. It gets all but the stubburn baked on stains. For tougher splatters, I've used BarKeeper's Friend with success. Have you tried Dawn Power Dissolver as well?

eta: I also soak a sponge in dawn and warm water and let it sit on a spot.

This post was edited by gooster on Tue, Mar 25, 14 at 17:30

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 5:29PM
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