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Lacanche Ranges Part 44

Posted by ChristyMcK (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 17, 14 at 20:57

joeboldt: re: 1/2 sheet pans in Cluny ovens, I not only have confirmation from you but also Victoria at Art Culinaire that indeed you can fit a 1/2 sheet pan in a cluny size oven....not sure where I went wrong - sorry!

Great advice on the pizza! We've also found an hour long oven preheat with a pizza stone does wonders for pizza. I am also a strong believer in using parchment paper to facilitate moving the pizza on and off the stone.

I'm still on the fence about whether to go electric or gas if I get the Volnay + combi steam oven. I'm leaning towards electric so I get the broiler and convection - opinions welcome. If I get the Cluny 1400 then of course I'll just get one of each w/o convection. I do believe French Blue will be our color of choice....at least for today.

Lacanche Ranges Part 43 (hopefully this will work): http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/appl/msg1014504328901.html?100


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ChristyMcK- thanks for the input. Yes, the BS is very different from the others! Truth be told, I want a backup in case we decide to go with a less expensive option. I'm sure a Lacanche range falls into the category of "if you must ask the price you can't afford it" but since the range is our first major decision (aside from the actual plan of the house itself) I am somewhat hesitant to take that plunge with so many more decisions to be made!

I do plan to ask for ambassador referrals in the NC/SC area. Thanks again!


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TamaraTom: I guess one thing to consider in pricing them out is that they are not the same animal in terms of configurations since the 1400s have a warming cupboard and the BS does not, so that may affect the price comparison. A 48" BS and a Saulieu may be a better head to head comparison. If you are trying to save you could also go for cluny rather than the chagny since the cluny also has a broiler in the electric oven and it's about $1k cheaper. The Blue Star did make our short list too but once I saw them both in person I knew exactly the direction I wanted to go.

While the Lacanche ranges do cost more than the Blue Star, IMHO they are still within the cost range of most people who buy Blue Star - it just has to be worth it to the buyer to carve out the extra funds and worth what they might have to give up in a remodel. When a whole kitchen remodel is in the plans I can totally see how the equation can change. I generally like our kitchen (just not the cooking appliances) and so we opted for a light refresh so we could splurge on appliances.

I definitely asked about the pricing on my first call to Art Culinaire and they were very open about it all. My impression is there plenty of buyers who don't have to ask about price (lucky them!) and some who just want a kitchen trophy, but there is also a strong contingent of people who love to cook and for whom price was a major consideration. Good luck!


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Christy, thanks again for taking the time to weigh in on this! Your points make a lot of sense. We will be seeing a BS in person this weekend and will set up visits with ambassadors. I really appreciate it!


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We have reached the maximum on thread part 43.

Joebolt, Thank you for your input on the French top and the 18k burner. It is great to have advice from someone like you who has owned and used your range for a few years now. I really appreciate that you take the time to come back and help those of us who still deciding to make a more informed decision.


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Trinkette: How's the debate on the trade offs shaping up in your mind? It seems like you have an excellent grasp on the options and trade offs you need to make - you are just in that process of figuring out for yourself and family which options tugs most and seems the best.

TamaraTomNC: How's your investigating coming along?

I am now telling my husband when we'd use what burner and the warming cabinet (e.g. "I'll put those grilled onions in the warmining cupboard while you finish grilling the tenderloin...oh wait, that's not possible yet") even though our french blue Volnay is not here!


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Hi Christy! thanks for checking in on us. We have made a decision- one that we feel good about but probably won't be popular on this forum :) We are going with the 48" BS platinum. We debated a number of factors (and yes, the Cluny and BS are such different ranges that I'm sure some are scratching their head wondering how we could even consider one vs the other) but in the end, my concern about the very long lead time and the shipping charge being double what I anticipated helped make the decision. Seeing the BS in action also helped a lot!

I love how you are pre-selling the warming drawer to your husband!


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Tamara: Congratulations on making your decision. There are many people who love their BS ranges. I know some wonder how the two can be compared, but BS was on my short list too. They give you very different things and sometimes the contrast is helpful to defining what you really want. Good luck with your kitchen!


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Joeboldt, thanks for your response regarding the French top (see last post, Lacanche Ranges Part 43). As always, the knowledge you've gained and shared is extremely helpful.

ChristyMcK, if I'd answered your question last week, I'd have said if Lacanche turns out to be the way to go, it'd be a Cluny, hands down. And I remained settled on the Cluny for several weeks. * I honestly think when you consider looks, performance, features, size and price, there is no better range in this class on the market. *

Then I began pining for my favorite Mauviel copper roasting pan and my beautiful Emile Henry roasting pan - neither fits inside a Cluny oven! Although I don't use either one terribly often, I do use them and I don't want to retire these pans. So, the Cluny is out and I'm back considering Volnay, Saulieu, and Chassagne with the larger gas oven, debating between advantages of a warming cabinet vs. the vertical electric convection cabinet as well as the pluses or minuses of a 40-inch-wide range vs. a 43.5-inch-wide range. Actually, just to really shake things up a bit, I'm even looking at the smaller Cormatin.

AND, I'm back to considering the option mentioned my original post on the other thread, which is to add a smaller electric wall oven, despite the fact that my kitchen wall and workspace is somewhat limited.

*SIGH* Around and around we go!

I'm fortunate to have the time to fiddle with all this. Part of the problem is my kitchen redesign is still wide open so I have the flexibility to do pretty much whatever I want - my only self-imposed caveat is that I don't want to overbuild for this particular house. Also, given the recent economy crash, I want to TRY to be more niggardly about non-essential expenses (yes, these beautiful, multi-thousand-dollar ranges ARE non-essential, lol) - of course, none of these lovely ranges are tight-fisted appliance choices.

TamaraTomNC, I think you made a great choice with the BS platinum. Congratulations. BS is one of my top-choice brands, and I might have very well gone with it if the Platinum came in a smaller size. I love the way it functions.


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Trinkette: I feel like I went around and around too but after awhile it felt more like I just wanted try other options on before I dove in. So here are my random thoughts because it's fun to think about.

I don't think you get much for the extra price of the Chassagne over the Volnay. You do get to customize your cooktop but that's about it and it takes up more space which sounds like it's at a premium.

The Saulieu seems like your best option for a straight two oven range. We have a very similar set up now with our old electric range with one oven ~21 wide and the other ~14". The smaller oven size is a great size for a 2nd oven. I have never wanted more 2nd oven space. 43.5" isn't that much bigger than 40" and you could have both a french plate and 18k burner! Though it does give you a lot in a smallish range, it doesn't get you low temps that a warming cupboard or 2nd oven could do. I'd definitely cost this out. I think you pay for the extra burner you chose and in the end it may be more expensive than a Volnay/Cormatin+separate oven.

Of course the nice thing about a Cormatin+separate wall oven or Volnay + separate oven is that you can get a wall oven that goes low, to 80F (great for yogurt making, bread proofing, dish warming). The main trade off I see between these two options is that the Volnay gives you more range top space and an extra burner or two and of course then you'd also have a warming cupboard. The Cormatin is definitely a nice price.

With regard to the warming cupboard, its utility might depend on where you live. I'm confident we'll use our warming cupboard. Here in Seattle, our house is cool much of the year and so are our dinner plates! We also consecutively grill dishes on our charcoal Weber and I'm sure I'll use it to keep grilled veggies warm. I also love the idea of getting rid of my slow cooker and just using the warming cupboard for this purpose. We slow cook dried beans weekly. Now will I use two ovens and the warming cupboard all simultaneously? Honestly, probably not often, but I really wanted the 40" cooktop and the 18k burner and we don't have to modify our space since our current range is the same size as the Volnay.

Anyway, keep trying these combinations on! It sounds like you're totally on top of the pros and cons of the choices your considering (I'm probably not telling you anything you don't already know!). When you finally settle on one that fits well, you'll probably find yourself coming back to it despite other choices.


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I have been reading through these threads and there is so much wonderful information! We are in the planning stages of a new build, so we have quite a bit of flexibility which is nice. If we go with a lacanche, it seems to have come down to the Cluny 1400 or the Sully (although the Citeaux is a not so distant 3rd option). Like most, I do worry a bit about the cluny ovens. I have measured much of my cookware, and while it all will fit, I worry that with such a tight fit you won't have even heating. I'm no expert in thermodynamics, but it does worry me. So I guess my question is for Cluny oven owners. With tight fitting cookware and full to capacity ovens, are you still getting evenly baked/roasted food?


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Hi Laura: I think joeboldt may chime in here. He's had a cluny for 8/9 years and is very happy with it and the oven sizes. For what it's worth, the cluny ovens do fit a 1/2 size sheet pan. I think having an inch or two around the pan is ideal because it allows the heat to circulate but others may know more.

Like I mentioned above I have a small vertical oven now that's 14" wide in my current 1956 range that we are replacing. I think in the Citeaux the second oven is a bit narrower, but I really like the 14" size for a second oven. Had we had a bigger kitchen or been renovating the entire space I would have gone with the Citeaux. What we did opt for (Volnay+separate 24" combi steam oven) is perfect for our current space. We still get two ovens and a warming cupboard but I get to keep my highly valued counter space.

Good luck with sorting it all out!


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The Volnay and separate oven is a great idea as well. What did you choose for the stove top?

It is reassuring to know people are happy with the small ovens, the cluny 1400 offers so much for the price too! I think we will probably go with it (if we choose Lacanche). We have a large kitchen, so another separate oven in the island is always an option as well.


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LauraFaye: We picked the Classique with the open 18k burner. We water bath can and wanted a very powerful burner. The other burners are two 11k burners, a 15k burner and a 5k burner. Had I gone with a Citeaux we would have added the french plate to this configuration.

For the second oven, some people go with a 30" to ensure they have what they are used to in terms of oven space. Given we like our current set up with two smaller ovens, I didn't think that would be needed for us.


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Is anyone able to share experiences with the vertical electric convection oven? I've read through the threads and can't find comments regarding vertical oven performance/convenience. Perhaps, there just aren't many out there ...?


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It is done! I have placed my order for a delft blue Cluny with french plate. In the end I decided that the disadvantages of a very low to the ground main oven outweighed the benefits of having a third mini-oven, so the Chagny was out. I am indebted to all the thoughts and advice on this forum, as well as the patient and helpful folks at Art Culinaire. Now I just have to wait!


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Very exciting achauer!! I love the delft blue, what trim did you choose?


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achauer: Congratulations! The Cluny is a great choice and the delft blue is beau-ti-ful.


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LauraFaye, I chose the brass trim. I'm also getting a pair of the brass towel bar end caps in order to make a matching utensil/pot bar on the backsplash. Did you know that you can even order the storage drawer pulls and oven knobs?


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YAY! Congratulations achauer. Love the Cluny, especially in such a yummy color. And good to know about the end caps, pulls and knobs. Don't forget to share photos after it is installed. : D


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Can anyone enlighten me on the speed of boiling a large pot of water on one of their 15K burners? Aside from perhaps doing a water bath for canning, is the 18K single burner really more useful than a french top?

ChristyMcK: the more I have thought about your setup, the more I think it may meet our needs! I really would love to have a steam/convection oven. I think we would use it almost exclusively to be honest, but with the smaller lacanche that forces me to choose between the french top and 18K burner… sigh


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Laura: I went through this decision making process too. In the end I realized that over the years I had often thought about wanting high heat burners while I cooked, but never thought about wanting the french top features. I considered the blue star because of the high heat 22k open burners but the craftsmanship and beauty of the Lacanche sold me and I felt one 18k burner would be enough high heat for me, especially after I saw the Lacanche burners in action and can be a little klutzy and forgetful in the kitchen. :)

In addition to canning, I expect the extra 3k will be handy when wok cooking, boiling water for pasta, and high heat searing. I think the extent to which the 18k does these tasks better than a 15k is elusive information. I also think which configuration is best is really personal and depends on how you cook and your own range preferences. Since ranges with the classique configuration come with a cast iron plate that covers two burners that can serve as a mock french plate I thought this would be the best of both worlds for us. DH wanted whatever I wanted on this one.

I think Victoria has stats on how fast water can boil. The 15k burner on the Cluny I tested boiled water in about the same amount of time as my largest most powerful electric coil. The Cluny had a french top so I couldn't test the 18k. Also, I didn't accurately measure the water or the temperature, so this was not a precise comparison. I did use the same 8qt Cuisinart stockpot about 2/3 full for both.

And I would say that if I am only using one thing on my '56 electric range (big coil burner only with no oven on), it gets really, really hot and can do the job more quickly than any gas or other electric oven I've ever used. But....my range can only do one thing at a time though right now....It is rather senior at 58 years old so I can't really blame it! A good reason to upgrade....:)


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Christy: It definitely sounds like a good reason to upgrade! I didn't realize there was a simmer plate accessory till earlier today, that is a game changer for me and definitely makes me lean toward the classic top. I have two littles, so the long cool down time was definitely a downside of the french plate :) We also can throughout the year, so I definitely like the idea of the 18K burner for that. Thank you for all the great info!


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Hmmm I really wish someone would put together a comprehensive blog post on the different oven sizes with lots of pictures! I think it would be extremely helpful. Some visual help in understanding what fits in what. Thankfully I will soon have a showroom right here in town, but I can imagine it would be really great for those who can't see them irl. Perhaps I should chat with Patrick from Lacanche Canada about doing this!


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Hi Laura,

What you mention does sound like a nice idea. As a short term solution you might consider using cardboard to cutout and make the oven size. Even simply making the bottom space in a cutout cardboard would allow you to get a feel for what cookware you could and couldn't put in the different size ovens. If you do this, one thing I'd ask about is if the wire rack holder protrude into the space so you know how much actual space you have to work with.

From a height perspective, I can only think that a really big turkey might matter. Chickens, roasts, angel food cakes, etc. should have no problem fitting in height wise regardless of what which oven height you choose. One reason I chose the bigger 21" oven is that I although I thought everything would fit in the cluny sized ovens, I thought the bigger size would be easier to place and remove food from. For example, I slide pizza on parchment onto a pizza stone and find my current 21" oven an ideal space for doing this.


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Christy,

yes I have thought of doing that as well, although I am in no big rush so I can wait for the showroom and bring in my cookware and try it out! I am simply a visual person, so seeing different sized pans in the ovens would be really helpful for me in the decision making process. Also, considering oven size is a recurring question for potential Lacanche owners, I think a post by Art Culinaire or French Barn (Lacanche Canada) would be in their interest to do.

I think I am similar to you. I don't really have anything that won't fit in the cluny ovens, its more the function of getting things in and out. The small vertical oven in the citeaux though is a different story. I love the look of the citeaux, but I am having a hard time imagining what will fit in that small oven! I wish more citeaux owners would come back and comment on it.


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LauraFaye, I too was hoping or feedback about the vertical oven. However, it seems that either the vertical ovens are scarce or their owners are shy!

At this point, with patient advice from Victoria Lane regarding my needs, I think that I'm going with a warming cabinet instead of the vertical convection oven. ChristyMcK, my pick for a Lacanche range is shaping-up quite similar to your choice!

On a different note, can anyone comment on pros and cons regarding Lacanche's island spacer vs. their complimentary wall-mounted back spacer? I'd love to hear thoughts from Lacanche owners. Also, please, if you recently ordered a range, which spacer did you choose? Although my range will be against a wall, I'm thinking the flat island spacer might suit my needs best - but that's just a guess based on looks and what I'm sensing is the greater simplicity of the island spacer.


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We have the island spacer, although I can't recall why we made that choice. Does push you out a bit farther, if that's an issue.


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Thanks joeboldt. It does appear like the island spacer puts the range farther out, however, I think that I remember reading on the Lacanche website that the two spacers put the range about the same distance from the wall - you wouldn't think so just looking at the photos. I'll have to double-check.


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We are going to fireproof our back wall with tile. The Lancanche would otherwise stand out much, much further than our current range and it is located on a corner where I envisioned hitting my thigh into the side of the range when walking around the bend. Fortunately this does not affect the warranty.

Trinkette: Sounds like you are making progress to settling into the right fit. Whoo hooo!


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Does anyone know the answer to this question?
If one upgrades to a color, is the price of the upgrade the same whether it's a Cormatin or a Sully, etc., or is the color upgrade more on a larger model?


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As far as I know, price for color upgrade varies depending on size. Recently I compared rough quotes for 39+" and 55+" Lacanche ranges and there was a $400 difference in the color upgrade charge.


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The Cormatin color upgrade that I think I like is $1300.


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Definitely request the full brochure - it lists every model and every upgrade and add-on cost, plus a color swatch fan deck (better than website colors, but not as good as the enamel color chips).

The color upgrade on the Cormatin is $650, whereas on the Sully it is $1300. Trim charges and freight charges are also scaled to the size of the range.

Trinkette: I went with the island spacer.


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Right, but, unfortunately, the two colors that may work were not in the packet, and are an additional upgrade above the basic color upgrade. So, I am awaiting swatches . . .


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I understand that if you'd like a color upgrade that is not one of Lacanche's offered colors, the price for the upgrade is doubled.

Thanks achauer for weighing in on the spacer!


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Per achuer "Definitely request the full brochure - it lists every model and every upgrade and add-on cost, plus a color swatch fan deck (better than website colors, but not as good as the enamel color chips)."

For anyone looking at Lacanche ranges, I also wholeheartedly agree with this recommendation. The brochure was very helpful with pricing, and the enamel color chips are super helpful in really seeing what colors truly look like.


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Hello all, your comments have been so helpful and I'm wondering if someone can help me with my Lacanche decision. I am now between the Cluny and a Chagny -I like the idea of the little broiler but that puts the electric oven lower to the ground. Is that painful on the back? I'm thinking as I age :) I do more baking than roasting but DH wants a gas oven included. Also it says the ovens are 18" deep which is the exact measurement of my favorite WS baking sheets. Will that be a problem? I really want two ovens so I'm willing to cope with the smaller ovens. And If I choose stainless it will be very close to my stainless refrigerator (maybe a narrow cabinet ) in between. Would that look odd? All cabs are white wood with butcher block top island in center of room. Any comments, suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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I was agonizing over the exact same decision, Laurel7. I even arranged to visit a Chagny model to test the ergonomics in person. The electric oven is indeed just off the floor. Although I really loved the idea of having a third, petite oven for all kinds of things, I finally decided that the difficulty of dealing with getting baked goods into and out of one of the two main ovens would, for me, outweigh the bonus options I would gain from the petite broiler. Having two ovens to work with was the top item in my new range wish list, and so compromising the usefulness of one of those ovens seemed less than ideal.

So, that was my thought process - I hope it helps!


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Honestly, if you can happily manage the smaller ovens, I think the Cluny with one electric and one gas oven is just about the best deal going these days in terms of what you get for the money (my opinion only, of course). Another option in the same size range size is a Volnay with vertical electric oven; however, if baking is your primary use for an oven, then, the smaller/narrower dimensions may not function as well for you.

Since I've never tried it I'm afraid I can't comment on your baking sheet question.


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Thank you achauer, that really did help in my decision making regarding the "lowness" of the baking oven. And trinkette I appreciate your comments too-I think the vertical oven will be just too small. Oh to have the space for everything I want! I think the Cluny for the space requirement not to mention budget will work well. Sometimes I wish I'd not seen the Lacanche because aesthetically I don't think I can be happy with any other range! And to hear most people rave about the quality, performance and service is most reassuring. Hoping to see one in person very soon...


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Okay, so this is not exactly a Lancanche post but I am thrilled (and apparently need to share) that I have finished rounding out our appliances with a Gaggenau combi-steam oven. I got a new 200 series 24" model at a great discount with a full 5-year warranty. Like the Lacanche, I loved the simplicity of the design and it's reported high quality. It does not have a broiler so I'm glad I'll have one in the Lacanche! Now back to Lacanche talk....


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Congratulations Christy-so exciting to find a great deal on a great product!

I have a question re the grill options for the Lacanche ranges and I hope someone can enlighten me! How are the flame grill or the grill plate options to use and clean? I'm wondering if I can find the room for a larger range is the flame grill option something I will wonder how I lived without it? And regard the Lacanche grill plate that sits over two burners-is it vastly superior to the electric ones such as panini makers or the cast iron grill such as the flip side of my pancake griddle? Thank you!


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We have the grill and griddle that go across the two burners. We live in San Diego and do all our grilling outdoors, so the grill is still in the box. (anyone wants it? Pay the shipping and I'll send it. It's heavy!)

We used the griddle just a few times. It also is very heavy and it took a while to get the heat right. It's cast iron, so it is also a PITA to clean. We went with a lighter version.


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Joe -thank you so much for your response. We live in SoCal also but I was thinking the indoor grill would be convenient but it doesn't sound like it! I also have other grilling options that are also a PITA to clean so why add another:)
And I would have to do a major remodel rather than the minor for the Cluny. Just hope I don't miss the warming drawer as I have one in my funky, dying, frigidaire. It comes in handy-mostly at pancake time.


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The nice thing about the size of the cluny oven is that you don't need to feel guilty about turning your oven to 250 to use as a pancake (or in our case, onion ring, french fry, etc) warming oven.

The other thing to consider with indoor grilling is the increased ventilation requirements.


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Thanks, Joe, that's good to know. Also, the increased ventilation issue is something I'd rather not deal with. I'm getting closer to ordering my range. Now I just need to see the ovens in person and settle on a color.


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Does anyone have just the basic Cormatin? I can't get these ranges of of my head, and that's the one we can realistically afford and fit in our space.


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alerievay: They are beautiful ranges aren't they?! While there are undoubtedly Cormatin owners out there I haven't seen any mention this while posting as of late. There are many of us that have ordered or who own parts of the Cormatin (the oven size, the types of burners, etc.) that make up the Cormatin so if you think of it in those terms then much of the information here will be applicable.

I think I'd ask yourself if you would you be happy with a 21" oven. I currently have this size and love it and don't feel limited it by it at all, but others feel like they need something bigger offered on most other 30" ranges. Is there a burner configuration with the BTUs to your satisfaction? Again some want the 22k burners offered by blue star while others think the 15k on the Lacanche serves all their needs very well. If you really want the 18k burner, will you be satisfied with 3 burners (you could always buy a plug-in induction burner if you went this route if you really wanted 4 burners)?

The costs of color, shipping and tax should be part of the equation and so you might want to talk with someone at Art Culinaire to get an accurate price. Thinking about these types of choices, the cost, and the overall range appeal, does this still seem right? If so, I wouldn't let the fact that noone on GW has a Cormatin stop you. There's nothing inherently different about this range, it's just that after figuring out the options we each end up with something a little different that best suits our needs. The ability to customize is a great feature of the Lacanche!


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Years ago, there was a poster here who had an orange Cormatin (terra cotta, I think, but maybe mandarin?) and his kitchen was small but highly functional. I do not recall his exact configuration, but he managed to turn out elaborate meals, and he raved about his range's capabilities. Later, he either let or sold his place, and the Cormatin along with it. In his similar, new, small kitchen, he cooked on a Bluestar. His conclusion was the Bluestar was even more fun to use than was the Cormatin, although I do not recall why. My own comparisons of small ranges lead me to believe that the oven size and burners available, plus the easier shipping, make the Bluestar the far more practical choice. However, the charm of the Cormatin is hard to beat. As discussed above, non-standard offered colors are an additional $650 on the Cormatin, and colors like Aubergine and Coral Blue an additional $1300. You have said that you are interested in the standard black, so that is a bit of a break, price wise. Add in any extras, shipping, and tax, and you have a very expensive, very small, very charming range. If you do a google search of this forum+Cormatin, you may find some of the old threads about the Cormatin.


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Thanks. I am still tempted by this range, but I do think it's probably impractical.

Coincidentally, I bought an induction burner last weekend. I do think I could live with the Classique setup, especially with the extra induction burner. I also have a rice cooker and electric pressure cooker that see a lot of regular use, so I very rarely use more than 3 burners. But I am doubting it's worth the extra $3000, theoretically, over better-performing models.

If only I could get it out of my head!


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I actually don't think it's impractical at all. I think these are designed to be very practical, functional ranges that come in a relatively compact size. (BTW, this is meant in a friendly non-confrontational tone...just thought I'd say since text has no tone.)

In terms of performance, I think both BS and Lancanche are both excellent performing ranges. The relative advantage IMHO of the Lancanche is in the gorgeous design, higher quality craftsmanship, beauty, and customization (gas top + electric oven? 3 or 4 burners?). One big advantage for me was that I wanted a 36-39" cooktop but a smaller oven rather than a 36" oven, which is way too big for us and took too long to heat up for our liking.

Anyway, if you are still stuck on it, go take a look at both in person - it's the best way to know which way to go. You many not see a Cormatin but you would see similar range size/burners, craftsmanship, etc. and figure out if the extra $ is worth it to you. Good luck!

This post was edited by ChristyMcK on Tue, May 20, 14 at 23:56


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Thanks, ChristyMcK!

I got a quote today, and I contacted the ambassadors program representative to try to see one in person. I suspect the final price might not be considerably more than buying one of the other ranges we're exploring, so we'll see.

I have loved cooking on my induction burner so far, though!


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I think Cromatin is a great range both in terms of form and function. I've seriously considered it myself, and I can easily fit a larger range into our kitchen space. There's something very appealing about simple efficiency and paring down to the essentials ... and it doesn't hurt when the quality build and eye-appeal is in there as well!


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RE: Lacanche Ranges Part 44

Trinkette, Just wondering how the search is going? Sitting on the winning ticket yet?


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RE: Lacanche Ranges Part 44

Eek! The Lacanche showroom here in Calgary is opening this weekend! Excited to bring some cookware and try out all the ovens :)


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RE: Lacanche Ranges Part 44

Well, we stopped into the Lacanche Canada (French Barn) showroom that opened yesterday. Patrick and Flo are sweet and knowledgeable and so welcoming. The showroom itself is in a lovely old brick building which suits the ranges so well!!

The showroom has a Sully 2200 (wow!!!), a cluny, and chagny, and after the summer will have a beautiful Citeaux in delft blue that is currently on display at another store here in Calgary.

After seeing the cluny ovens, we ruled them out for us. While I am sure many people wouldn't be bothered by their size, I know over the long term I would have wished to have a wider oven to put my roasters in, versus having to pull them out catch the bottom, etc.

That left the Citeaux and Sully in the running. Look wise for me, the citeaux wins hands down. Not that the Sully isn't beautiful, but the Citeaux's symmetry is simply stunning and an absolute showstopper.

The two large ovens in the Sully are definitely a huge selling point, that said for the options we are looking at it is about 1K more than the Citeaux and it doesn't have a warming cabinet. So that left me with the big question of whether the Citeaux's vertical oven is actually useable. The answer for me, yes!!! Casserole dishes fit, a couple 1/4 sheet cookie sheets, pie plates, and even small roasters (length less than 16" with handles and 12" width). Do my big roasters fit, no, but really I would normally be doing my meats in the large gas oven, and similarly if I was roasting a large number of veggies. I have 2 boys and a baby on the way, so cookies might take baking two batches if I really want to do them in the convection, that said for bake sales etc. a gas oven will still bake cookies :) and on top of it all? You get the warming cabinet, which in our household will be used a lot!!

So now we have finally picked our Lacanche, now we just have to decide if we will take the plunge (it is about 5K more than our non Lacanche option), and decide on finish and colour. Our cooktop if we do take the plunge will be the classique, with an electric plancha, and 2 additional 11K burners (although I am wavering between the 11k vs 15k, I'd love to have some input from current owners).


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The Citeaux is an absolutely gorgeous range and a great design. I haven't yet received my Volnay yet (August ETA) but I recall during my review of the threads that many people recommended the lower BTU burners, I think because the burners are really powerful and the 11k given better overall range of typical everyday use.

Good luck with your decision. If it's within budget I'd definitely do it, but of course we already did so easy for me to say!


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Christy: August is getting close! Can't wait to see your baby :) I think we will do the 11K. I went back through the threads last night and your right, people seemed to agree the lower BTUs is a good option.


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ChristyMcK, I'm still out here and my decision has been made. It WILL be a Lacanche. However, we're still undecided about some other kitchen issues, so we're waiting a bit before we order the range - just to be sure the Lacanche color we'd like will work with everything else. Shouldn't be long now ...


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Hello, I have a question about drip pans. I have a Volnay. Are the drip pans for the warming oven and the main oven supposed to be the same size? Mine are, which seems weird. They both fit the warming oven perfectly, but when in the mainoven (turned 90 degrees) it doesnt cover the entire rack front to back. Just wondering if maybe I got one pan that was the wrong size by accident or if its supposed to be this way.

Thanks!


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RE: Lacanche Ranges Part 44

trinkette: congratulations on your decision! you must be thrilled. hope the rest of your decision making process comes together nicely.

OOTM_mom: you posted a really nice message excited for us and our Volnay with an ETA in August and I could never figure out how to reply to it! Anyway, thank you! We chose French Blue (a navy like color) with the classique cooktop and electric oven. Our other oven will be a Gaggenau steam oven that doesn't have a broiler so I'm glad I decided on the electric oven which has a broiler.

Regarding the drip tray, you might contact Victoria or someone at french ranges. The accessory link on their website says you'd get a drip tray corresponding to the oven (Cluny or Sully) so I think you may have received the wrong size. See here:
http://www.frenchranges.com/product/drip-tray/


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Just curious....when it comes time to replace your Lacanche Range are you concerned about limited options due to the unique widths?


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Well, our Lacanche is replacing the exact same size range we currently have, which is from 1956 (A GE electric Stratliner) so we don't have to change anything now. Also, my hope is that we will get a LOT of years out of this range (e.g. 20 years) and by then who knows.....So, it's not really a concern for us.


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I've been an avid reader of the Lacanche threads, and I'm just about ready to take the plunge and order mine. We've settled on the Cluny in French Blue with brass trim, and I'm 95% sure we want the French plate instead of the 18k burner.

For current owners, I'm curious how you use the 18k burner and/or the FP. We don't can vegetables or use a wok, and I can't remember ever thinking that our electric cook top isn't boiling water fast enough. I put a full pot of water on this morning to see how long it took to get to a full boil and it was 13 minutes. I'm guessing that the 15k burner will be at least as fast. The 18k burner looks so big I'm not sure what we would do with it other than boil big pots of water. How do other people use it?

If you have the FP, how do you use it?

Kathleen


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I have a Volnay with french plate, it is mostly an extra work surface to stage things or place hot stuff. I really like it for that purpose. I have cooked on it a few times, but usually all the other burners suffice. I only really need it for those big family dinners. I find the 15k is plenty big enough (so are the 11k if you ask me) I rarely have either the 15 or 11 much over low, unless boiling water or frying catfish. Just a hair above low on the 11k is where I fry bacon, if that gives you a frame of reference.


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Our current 39" range (same size as the Volnay/Cluny) has an area that used to be used for a plug-in griddle that came with the range but the heat proof enamel top without the griddle on it is perfect for a landing strip. We use it as a landing strip all the time. Other than the occasional wok cooking and canning I'll do on the 18k, I'm not sure how much I'll use it. I am thinking about getting a cover that is available for the 18k so it too can be used as a landing strip. In my test run of the Lacanche I was surprised at how H-O-T those burners were. It sounds like for your needs a 15k burner + FP would serve you well.

We also ordered a French blue color with brass trim - great pick! :)


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Thanks for the feedback ChristyMcK and OOTM_Mom. If you fry bacon on the 11k burner a hair above low, then I don't need the 18k burner. I like the idea of having a landing spot between the two sets of burners, and my husband will like experimenting with the FP. For me cooking is a necessary chore but he really enjoys it. I confess that I pushed for the Lacanche because I fell in love with it from pictures. I was able to talk my husband into getting one by touting all it's great features - of course he saw right through me!


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Could someone please show me or direct me to a photo of a Lacanche taken from the side? Preferably a Cormatin or Cluny, but any would do. I am afraid some of the inner workings may show if the stove were to be used as a freestanding piece. Is that true?


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Here is a picture of the side of mine while still in the crate (Volnay) the sides are definitely finished. Sides look great.


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And one more unwrapped and being moved onto place. Cant see the whole side, but at least it is unwrapped.


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Thank you so much! I had read about a larger model with sides partially unfinished. This one is under consideration for a small summer kitchen, but the sides would not be hidden by adjacent cabinets, especially from certain vantage points.


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