it can't just be easy can it?

For St Patrick’s Day I made Irish Stew and GFCF Soda Bread.  It was yummy and I got to thinking about how I needed to start baking more, GFCF baked goods are quite pricey and not always tasty.  A quick shopping trip at Amazon and a GF baking book was winging it’s way to our home.  The next night the oven died in a arc of electric badness.  Oven . . . dead . . . shit!

A few of months ago, when we were replacing the dishwasher, we gave the replacement of the drop-in range a bit of thought and the plan, at that time, was to pull out the oven, trim the counter, cut out the filler piece under the front of the oven and slide in a freestanding range.  This morning we pulled out the drop-in and ran into a couple of problems.

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(range pulled out and in the middle
of the kitchen, back taken off)

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(Oh, look at the burned insulation!)

1) The drop in is hard-wired, a freestanding range needs an outlet. 

2) The cabinets were custom built and the bottom (shelf) of the cabinets on either side of the range runs all the way under the oven, not just the filler piece on the front of the cabinets. 

3) The cutout for the 30+ year old range is 2+ inches deeper than needed for the new drop-in ranges.

Our options:

1) A new drop in:  Replace the counter-top and install a new drop-in range.  Counter would not match the counter on the other side of the kitchen.

2) Free-standing range:  Trim laminate counter, remove cabinet trim piece from front of cabinet, hopefully be able to cut out the shelf that ran under the old range, wire an outlet for the range and slide in a freestanding range.  A lot of manual labor but least expensive, but if it didn’t work would lead to . . .

3) Free-standing range: Pull out all the bottom cabinets (and counters) on that side of the kitchen and replace them (probably with cabinets from Ikea), wire an outlet for the range and slide in a freestanding range.

4) A gas can and a match . . .

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One thought on “it can't just be easy can it?

  1. DH and I just did option 2 LOL. It wasn’t as difficult or traumatic as we expected! A good steady hand with a reciprocating saw (less than $100 if bought or can usually be rented) and we were back in business! In our case our stove was wired in as well but the wires from the stove went through a hole and into our basement! So we ended up having to enlarge the hole to get the cord end from the new stove through so we could go down there to plug the darn thing in. We also had to cut the counter top (a very narrow section that was behind the original) to slide the new stove in far enough. That wasn’t quite as easy but a carpenter friend told us to put 2 layers of masking tape right where we wanted the cut, draw the line then cut. Not even a tiny chip in the old counter! GOOD LUCK!

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