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Capital 48″ Range in Westchester County Home – Curto’s

Written by Appliance Dude | March 23rd, 2015

It’s one thing to see a beautiful Capital 48″ Gas range in a showroom, but how about the view inside a recently delivered customer’s home?
This is a somewhat rare sight – a sealed burner in 48″. The vast majority of our Capital sales are for the open burner Culinarian series, especially in the 48″ size. Nevertheless, she’s a beaut!

The sealed burner 48" gas range from Capital sitting pretty in a home in Westchester County.

The sealed burner 48″ gas range from Capital sitting pretty in a home in Westchester County.

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Capital Duel Fuel Range Has Landed – Review

Written by Appliance Dude | March 22nd, 2015

A Capital Dual Fuel Range Lands at Curto’s Showroom, and it looks NICE

The eagle has landed…I’m happy to add this 36″ Capital Connosseurian dual fuel range to our extensive display of Capital cooking products.
Last May I brought one of these home. I had heard about its vaunted open burners, the slamming infrared glass broiler, the rotisserie, the moist-assist function in the oven…so I had to kick the tires and see if this was worth the hype. I also wanted to make sure I was cool with it from a performance standpoint so I would be comfortable recommending it to customers. So after using the range this entire winter where many soul-stirring, tummy-warming, love-laden meals were made by the Appliance Dudess, I’m happy to report that it has met the high expectations that were set for it. We sell what we believe in, and in this case, what I use at home!
Here’s our new Connosseurian on display at the showroom. They got the color wrong but I lucked out b/c I think this looks better than the one I ordered!

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Capital Connoisseurian 36 Range - Curto's

Capital Connoisseurian 36 Range – Curto’s

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Capital Range Culinarian vs BlueStar Range Platinum: User Review!

Written by Appliance Dude | March 6th, 2015

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One of my customers took the time to write up a review as to why he switched from a Capital Culinarian to a BlueStar Platinum. This is gold folks. It’s informed, articulate…and not BS! The guy has owned both ranges and has no axe to grind. I own a Capital open burner myself and some of his points as to why he made the switch from Capital to BlueStar are well taken (though I am very happy with my Capital dual fuel range, exploding glass aside). My customer made sure to note that he thinks the Culinarian is a nice range, it just wasn’t going to fit his needs.

I have sent the review over to the brass at Capital and I will post their comments, if any.

Thanks again RM for taking the time to write this – you are helping lots of folks with their appliance buying decisions…and Lord knows they need it with all the noise on the web.

REVIEW
Dear Appliance Dude,
Iʼve owned my 36” 6 burner Capital Culinarian for over 3.5 years. As much as I have appreciated the major advantages this range has over the vast field of “pro style” ranges, I found myself very intrigued with the Bluestar Platinum after researching it. After a prolonged deliberation, I made the decision to move over to Bluestar. It was not an easy, decision. Years back, I replaced my Viking 36” sealed burner range for the Capital Culinarian, and it truly has lived up to the reasons I bought it for.

"Wow. I never thought I would feel it for an orangey appliance. Bravo to Capital for this wunderkind

“Wow. I never thought I would feel it for an orangey appliance. Bravo to Capital for this wunderkind


Iʼll never go back to a sealed burner, for several reasons. Rather it was based on discrepancies that were resolved upon my direct comparison to the BlueStar Platinum range. This information is not a diss on Capital, only my personal reasons that might not mean a “hill of beans” to anyone else. Still I found them legitimate enough and couldn’t find a better place to share this than the Appliance Dude’s blog.

The BlueStar Platinum 48" Gas Range at Curto's

The BlueStar Platinum 48″ Gas Range at Curto’s

OVEN:
1. For a 36” range the Capital Culinarian’s oven is very low to the floor, not that wide (25” usable) and very narrow in hight (12 1/4” from ovenʼs base to the broiler). The lowest usable rack leaves me with only 9 3/4” inches to the surface of the broiler. I could go to the lowest rack which is 1 1/4” inches further down, but that rack skims the bottom
surface of the oven which, bear in mind, is a 30,000 btu burner just below; rendering it pretty much useless. This was too hot most of the time when I wanted gentle oven heat even on the rack just above the lowest. The lowest rack was like having my pots and sheet pans on the range top burner. In some cases, it could be argued, that
this is a good feature; which it certainly can be at times. For instance, caramelizing roasted root vegetables on a sheet pan. However, most of the time it is a concern, not a feature.
* (The BlueStar Platinum range allows me to utilize all racks in its already generously wide and tall oven. No hot burner too close directly underneath, as the heat is in the rear; which Iʼve tested, and is optimum to say the least. I baked 3 sheet pans of cookies at once. One on the very top, one on the very bottom, and one in the middle. I baked them at 325 with convection on for 10 min. No rotation. They all came out at the same time and were within the target range of perfection. All were browned with crispy edges and chewy centers. Only the cookies on the middle rack were a tad less brown. Normally, I would not bake cookies on those far off rack positions, but I wanted to test the ovens evenness of heat. One thing Iʼd like to mention – before Bluestar recently decided to install a baffle/flame guard around the ovens heating element encasing the flame, I witnessed the baking of cookies in direct exposure to the blue flame. This was the ovens original design. They were only a 1/2” inch away from the flame for the entire
baking time and did not burn. The convection system compensated for the flames intense heat. The center fan pulls the heat to the rear, away from the cookies and blows it top, bottom, and around the sides of the oven to the front; where in the center the fan pulls it through again for reheating. I believe this is what is called True convention or
Tru-convection by trademark).

2. The rack positions are too few. I found I needed more optional positions to accommodate pans in such a narrow oven. Youʼre pretty much stuck using 2 rack positions all the time. The top rack is practically useless, leaving only a mere 1.5” to the surface of the broiler. Donʼt scrape your cookies! Which is all it can fit anyway.
(Bluestar has more rack options. All of them usable without the concern of the element just inches underneath).

3. The broiler protrudes down practically 1” inch, behind a piece of loose fitting glass; taking up even more of what little height there is to be used. (Bluestarʼs broiler is flush to the surface with an open chophouse flame).

4. The oven racks are lighter weight for their size. One of the thin rods broke from its light weld when I was simply moving it to another position. (Most pro-range racks are heavier gauge with thick rods that wrap over the front support. Not thin rods, cut to length with a light weld). Bluestarʼs racks are heavy duty and made well.

5. The racks rattle and buzz when the convection fan is on. At first I thought it was the convection fan, but it wasnʼt. The fan produces vibration which carries around the sides of the oven where the rack supports are and thus vibrates the racks. Even when heavy pots are on them. Go figure.

6. The oven metal is thin and insulated only average. What you want in a pro range are hefty solid sides all around, which everyone hates waiting to heat up, but makes for much better average temperatures and faster temperature recovery when the oven door is opened and closed. Itʼs a trade off, I know, especially when you just want to heat up some frozen treats for the game that just started. (I just pop em in after a
10-15 min preheat anyway).

(Bluestarʼs oven interior is like a tank).

Range Top:
1. Some grates wobble but not bad.
(Bluestar has leveling screws).

2. The island trim is high. This means no larger size pots on the back burners or 12” skillets either. They all crowd over the front burners.
(Bluestar has a island trim that is grate height. Now all my pots and skillets can slide to the back when needed).

3. All 6 of the burners are high output with the same simmer level.
(Bluestar has a designated simmer burner along with other burner options that offer more versatility.

4. The grates have larger gaps in them causing my saucepans to tip if I am not mindful. Only my small sauciers though.
(I prefer Bluestarʼs grate system).
I hope these are points that will help anyone in the market place make a more informed
decision.

My Capital Range Door Detonates, And Capital is ON IT!

Written by Appliance Dude | February 16th, 2015

It’s Valentine’s Day and the Appliance Dudess has decided to make one of my favorite dishes – Chicken Scarpiello.
The chicken is cooking in the oven of our Capital Dual Fuel Conneusseurian range at 475 when I hear a shriek from the kitchen.
I run upstairs and the entire glass door (inside panel) is shattered. My wife is flipping, and I’m like…”Holy shit”.
I had heard of glass shattering on oven doors when ranges are in self clean mode, but never when cooking. So….here’ s how we turn a negative into a positive…

Yikes! My Capital Dual Fuel's Glass Bites the Dust at 475.

Yikes! My Capital Dual Fuel’s Glass Bites the Dust at 475.



Within 48 hrs Capital had a new oven door on its way out to me (would have been 24 hrs but it was a Sunday)
The diagnosis was that there may have been a hairline crack in the glass or (more likely) the screws were in too tight on the door thus there was no room for expansion from the heat. In hindsight I don’t think we’ve taken the Capital up to 475 before so I’m pretty confident that’s what happened.


So why am I writing about this negative event caused by one of my favorite brands and a valued business partner? Because it’s a lesson for everyone shopping for appliances that NOTHING is bulletproof and that shit can happen no matter how much money you spend. I have spent the last few years waxing poetic about Capital’s construct as being probably the best in the business…particularly the doors. And even after this incident I stand behind that statement.


What’s even more important is their REACTION to the event.
They moved at lightning speed to correct the issue. Do you think that would have happened if you had purchased a range from one of the behemoths? You’d still be bantering back and forth with customer service. You deal with a company like Capital and there aren’t many lines to cut through. There are many appliance manufacturers and a few distributors that could learn something from this. Kudos to Capital. I am happy and confident in selling your products
and you the consumer should be confident in placing them in your home.
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Capital Range BBQ Grates Review – Curto’s Westchester County

Written by Appliance Dude | November 26th, 2014

Update 11/28/14 – We now have an image of what the stainless grates look like – see below


The first step in transforming yourself into an expert or authority is to admit that you don’t know everything. And when you come across new knowledge embrace it, savor it and SHARE it. So when I just found out that the Capital ranges ship with different grates on their models with BBQ’s I knew it was time to post here.

The Culinarian (open burner ranges) and their new dual fuel series will ship with the heavy-ass cast iron grates that you see pictured below. There is definitely an advantage in using cast iron with their 18K BTU infrared BBQ b/c that cast iron will get HOT. Certainly hotter than stainless and you need that HEAT in order to sear like the primal grilling animal you want to be.

If you purchase the Precision series ranges (sealed burner) and opt for a model with a BBQ you will receive channeled stainless grates. The fact that they are channeled is a good thing so as to handle the grease that comes off the food you are grilling. But let’s call it like it is – the cast iron is better than stainless!

This vantage point shows the channeled grooves on Capital's cast iron grates. Big help for grease management - the hole in the front will capture grease and send to drip pan.

This vantage point shows the channeled grooves on Capital’s cast iron grates. Big help for grease management – the hole in the front will capture grease and send to drip pan.

Cast Iron Grates on Capital Culinarian Range

Cast Iron Grates on Capital Culinarian Range

Slanted Stainless Grates on the Capital Precision Range

Slanted Stainless Grates on the Capital Precision Range

Capital Outdoor Grills – The Best Outdoor Grill?

Written by Appliance Dude | June 14th, 2014

It looks like Capital outdoor grills will be available again soon here in the Northeast. Not that they were really GONE, but they certainly weren’t being pushed by their former distributor thus they didn’t have any share of dealer floors.

That’s about to change, at least for Curto’s. With our focus on outdoor appliances we need to show best of breed and I can emphatically tell you that Capital makes one of the best grills in the industry AND I’m happy (and quite excited) to say that after previewing their new Maestro series it looks like they may have created the best grill in the business.

I’ll have more pics and product info on the Maestro series soon, but rest assured that if you are looking for a high performance grill, Capital is right there in the rarefied outdoor specialist air that Alfresco and Lynx are breathing as well. Details on the Capital outdoor grills to come…

 

Just Brought Home a 30″ Capital Duel Fuel Range – Connoisseurian

Written by Appliance Dude | May 26th, 2014

I’m always asked what appliances I have in my home. I think people assume that I have some commercial trophy kitchen with all best of breed appliances.

Actually nothing could be further from the truth. Well, until now.

When Nik and I moved to Westchester 5 years ago the house had an old 30″ KitchenAid range – a KGS907SSSS if I remember correctly.

While all of the other appliances were eventually swapped out, we hung onto the range out of sheer laziness until last week when I was given the opportunity to bring home a new Capital 30″ duel fuel Connoisseurian range (this is the dual fuel version of their open burner Culinarian series).

My first impression – wow. Beautiful range. Fit and finish is perfect, and the range knobs and doors just feel soooo solid.

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Capital Range 30″ Range…Revisited! MCR304 MCOR304

Written by Appliance Dude | February 20th, 2014

It’s time to dust off the camera and start talking Capital 30″ ranges again.
The boys and girls from Capital have introduced a few new models to the 30″ madness.
I’ll say it till I’m blue in the face – you’d be hard-pressed to find a better constructed range.
Sherman tank!


For more information or to buy the Capital Range MCOR304 please visit our showroom page by clicking the product name.

A Kick-Ass NYC Kitchen Appliance Package…

Written by Appliance Dude | June 4th, 2013

The person who purchased this package loves to cook. Nothing here for show n tell with the neighbors, she’s going to kick out the jams on this merchandise almost every evening.

Range – Capital Culinarian CGMR304N 30″ open burners
Fridge – Liebherr CS1310 24″ fridge / freezer
Dishwasher – Bosch SHE7ER55UC
Hood – Best WP29M364SB 36″ hood with recirculating kit

This was a really fun kitchen to sell. A la carte packages always are because the one-brand deals (which have become so popular in the last few years) are for the lazy salesman! This package takes near best of breed in each category and when added together the customer is presented with an incredible quality + value argument without destroying their wallet.

What can I say about Capital? Well, probably alot more than I’ve done thus far. It seems to be the choice for serious-ass cooks and the beautiful lines and design of the Culinarian series certainly doesn’t hurt.