April 7, 2022
New stove

Our oven died at the beginning of the year and after looking into repair possibilities we determined that sadly it was not repairable. While it was the main control board that went up in smoke (relay failed), the heat melted a small but vital ribbon cable connecting the front panel controls to the mainboard.  The control module could be sourced for about 1/5 the cost of a new oven but the front panel was not available nor was it practical to replace the integrated ribbon cable. We then spent months researching options and debating their merits. We knew we wanted a convection oven with self cleaning and a flat top stove. We liked the sound of induction stoves and ideally wanted it in white. It turned out that self cleaning has become a complex issue with modern ovens. In an effort to cut costs manufacturers have removed heavier parts and insulation and replaced the incineration process with a new "pour a bit of water in the bottom of the oven and heat it up to make steam" self cleaning option.  The problem is this doesn't really do much other than make basic grim easier to wipe off. The real baked on stuff just laughs at this feeble attempt to dislodge it. As such we quickly eliminated a good chunk of the options. Induction further reduced the options and the combination meant there were no options in white. This was a problem. We got stuck at this point and went back and forth on various options not really wanting to compromise. In the end we decided that the colour was what we would compromise on and we ended up with an induction range with real self cleaning and fancy new "European" convection. We must say we are very impressed with the induction stove top.  As the heat is actually generated by the pots/pans the controls are instantly responsive and the transfer of energy is much more efficient than a normal flat top where the heat has to radiate up through the surface. Boiling a pot of water is so fast it still makes up giggle weeks later.  The other amusing thing is that as the heat is generated by the pan you can place paper towel between the cooktop and the pan when cooking messy items such as bacon and then just toss the paper towel into the green bin when you are done. After a few months we've cleaned the stove top maybe twice compared to every few days with the old stove. We still wipe it down but the serious cleaning with the magic cleaning stuff is basically no longer needed. So far we are pleased with our decision despite the colour.

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