Hello. I've been an occasional visitor, but am diving in now that my wife and I are planning an extensive kitchen remodel in our new place. My primary questions right now relate to which gas range & hood to select. Would love your advice.
I'm sold on Bluestar as the most attractive commercial-style range designed for residential use, but I don't want to let go of a true commercial Garland range until I'm convinced it won't work. I know there are safety features in the residential models that add to the cost, but double the cost seems steep to me. (I've been comparison shopping 60" models. Steep, I know, but I plan to make it up by building all the cabinets myself).
I have no problem putting in tile backsplashes and other fire protection layers between the range and the cabinets & wall. I would plan on ensuring adequate ventilation and makeup air. I know the approach has to be cleared with the city and with my insurance company. And it needs adequate gas supply.
These seem like they can be overcome, but what I'm not sure about is whether I want to deal with pilot lights, especially not 10+ of them. Does anyone know how to get a Garland with spark ignition for each burner? Any other models come without pilots?
How about simmering small amounts of liquids? Any suggested solutions to the problem posed by commercial ranges in this regard?
Also, would love any of your tales, good or bad, with your commercial range.