Walter shoots and scoooores! The stove in the background is one we got from Sears years ago. It had a loose wire and got returned so I managed to get it for half price. The stove part in the foreground on the butcher block is a Jenn-Air double burner glass stove top – just what I’ve been looking for. We love the older glass topped stove with its easy to clean glass top but it is physically too big and uses too much of an energy hog for our new house. I needed something small and the two burner unit fits the bill.
For most of our cooking we’ll use our wood stove and the masonry wood oven that I’m building to match it. That will have the secondary advantage of also heating the tiny cottage, the domestic hot water and being a smoker for meat. During the heat of the summer we tend to not cook all that much or we cook outdoors in the ‘summer kitchen’ of sorts by the upper pond.
Still, it is nice to be able to cook indoors occasionally so I’ve been looking for a very small stove to fit our tiny lodgings. My search has been rather unsuccessful, in part because I’m picky. I didn’t want gas. I don’t like coil electric burners. I wanted a glass top like we’ve had for years which is so easy to keep clean and heats evenly.
About a week ago we dropped into the local Sears, mostly to say hi to Susanne who owns it with her husband. I was poking around and in a back corner saw the Jenn-Air double burner, glass stove top! WOW! Just what I’ve been looking for. A customer had ordered it and then not needed it so it’s been kicking around in her inventory. She let me have it for under $100, about 1/4 of what they normally sell for! She was delighted to get it out of her inventory and I was delighted to finally find the part I needed, and at a bargain price no less. Now I just need to build the counter space and electronic controls for it – a minor task. This means I can make a stove top for the summer cooking that fits right in with our house and it will be useful in the heating seasons if the wood cook stove burners are full.
Why electric? Yes, yes, I know, from long experience, that gas is great for the high heat but it gives me headaches, literally, even in a very well ventilated house. So I gave up on gas years ago and switched to an electric stove. Another reason we switched was the gas company was never able to get the fitting right so it always smelled like leaking gas around here when we used to have gas appliances. Lastly, I didn’t like the idea of going kaboom in the night.
By the way, they say you’re not supposed to use cast iron on glass top stoves. We’ve been doing so for over ten years without any problem. Almost all our pans are cast iron. The glass seems to do fine.
Outdoors: 72°F/42°F 3″ Rain
Farm House: 67°F/62°F
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/60°F