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Outdoor Kitchens 2013: DCS..The Grill Review

Written by Appliance Dude | May 1st, 2013

Update: DCS has launched a new grill series for 2015.
Check out the reviews here:

After we were finished taping we had almost 25 minutes of footage on hand.
25 mins? Holy shizzle, the Appliance Dude can rap when it comes to grills.
We edited down to 10 minutes and I’ll have a part 2 which brings up a few other points about the DCS grills.
All in all – DCS is the patriarch of outdoor pro grills. Your money is well spent here.
Hit it!

PS – YouTube’s kicks the Sh&% out of the video quality during the upload. To watch in HD just toggle the little switch on the bottom of the video window.

Shop for DCS Grills at Curtos.com

Outdoor Kitchen Season is Here

Written by Appliance Dude | March 2nd, 2013

Outdoor kitchen inquiries are starting to build. Oh, I’m not talking just a simple Weber grill stuck in a corner of your outdoor space. I’m talking full-on kitchens: grills, outdoor fridges, warming drawers, kegerators, ice makers, etc etc etc.

What am I selling this year? For the full suite of outdoor kitchens we’ll probably move a decent amount of Lynx and DCS equipment as they have the most comprehensive outdoor lineup. I’m sure there will be a fair amount of Wolf grills (which I currently own) as well. This will be the first full season with Viking outdoor, so we’ll have to see if there is movement on that line. It’s hard to tell with the new owners rocking the Viking ship so hard in their initial stages of ownership, so I don’t know what availability will look like.

So if you have an existing grill it’s never too early to get it cleaned and primed for Spring searing action.
And if you are in the market for one, look no further than Curto’s for your outdoor kitchen!

Lynx Grill Head Set in Stone

Thoughts on DCS Ovens and Ranges…

Written by Appliance Dude | September 5th, 2012

…I feel like I should be selling more of this brand.

….company has a longstanding reputation for all-pro cooking performance

…they are featured on America’s Test Kitchen! That means all 5 people who watch it week are potentially exposed to the DCS brand (just kidding…I like the show alot, so that makes 6 people watching!)

…I have a feeling that consumers aren’t doing backflips over the recent re-design of the DCS cooking appliances.

To that last point, some of the feedback that I have received is that folks think the handles are too squared-off and thick, and they aren’t feeling the gargantuan kickplate on the bottom of the ranges.

whisper….I have heard, unofficially, that DCS may be offering an option for a different handle and kickplate. More to come if this is proven as FACT.

May 2012:The Outdoor Grill/Kitchen Report…What’s Selling!

Written by Appliance Dude | May 11th, 2012

Lynx Outdoor Kitchen

Welcome to the Lynx Temple! All Bow Before Pharoah!

Appliance Dude riffin’……

We are now ramping into the sweet spot of the outdoor kitchen/grill sales season and I have a few notes to share. People are definitely spending the loot on the high-end grills and sales are skewed heavily towards Lynx outdoor kitchens and grills. Here are some notes to digest, broken down by brand.

Lynx – 36″ and 42″ grills with ProSear have been the movers. Had a few bites on the new, step-down L500 series but there has been a recall on the carts (easy fix) so don’t know if that’s causing some consternation with consumers. Most of the lynx grills we’ve sold are just heads as they are being used in a built-in outdoor kitchen setup. Of course Lynx is touting their new brass burners as the finest thing since inexpensive medical insurance. Will these new burners markedly change your life? As one customer said to me “You can’t tell me that these burners are going to make my food taste any better”. Agree on that point, however I can tell that you that the brass burners will in fact last longer as they won’t corrode as easily as stainless under high heat and they hold and radiate heat better.
Translation – built to last, food cooked more evenly (if that’s what you want).

Wolf – Haven’t had much play on the Wolf grills yet. Can’t figure out why. Price point? Can’t be, because the Lynx is just as expensive when you factor everything in. I own one, I like it…see my tuna dish below. Wolf’s making a big push in this space, all other competitors beware…the Wolf will roar(howl)!
I made this lovely treat on a 36″ Wolf OG36 grill – how’s that for a sear?! (more…)

Moving Pictures: DCS 36″ RGU366 Gas Range Review

Written by Appliance Dude | December 21st, 2011

The DCS ranges are not for the weary. The designs are out of this world…literally. Why can I see this being used by the Jetsons.
Very contemporary, actually I wouldn’t hesitate in calling it futuristic looking. And yes, it boasts the same killer DCS performance.

Capital 36″ Range vs. DCS 36″ Range: The Tale of the Tape

Written by Appliance Dude | December 20th, 2011

As our new Capital display went into our showroom the other week, I took note of the fact that it was sitting right next to the DCS vignette.

How ironic.

As some of you may know, when one studies the family tree of professional ranges, you will clearly see that DCS begat Capital over a decade ago.
And it’s a relationship that at least one of the parties still likes to talk about. Our friends at Capital (at least one source that I frequently converse with)
likes to think that they have taken the best of what DCS was known for and advanced it. My guy at DCS doesn’t really talk about Capital as his party line is that DCS is too focused
on their products than what competition is spouting. Cool.
It is interesting how DCS’ new ranges have completely altered their look. They went from a pro/restaurant/man-sized slab of stainless look to what I call the
Jetson/ArtDeco/PostModern vibe. I mean, there is NOTHING out there that looks like this. Insanely brilliant? Or just insane? We’ll have to see, but no longer will I hear how
Capital ranges look just like DCS product. Not a chance.
I’ll dedicate an individual post to the DCS range (it definitely deserves it) but for now, let’s call up the Tale of the Tape and compare the DCS and Capital 36″ gas ranges
on feature-set only. You know that this is only part of the game for me…I have a laser-focus on overall company-health and service network for the products. I can tell you that in the metro NYC market the service is spot-on for both brands. If you live in the Badlands, you may have a problem getting a faulty burner fixed.

Ed. Note – I’m not comparing the Capital Culinarian to this DCS…at least not yet. Let’s get the comparable technology (sealed burners) on the table first.

DCS RGU366 – 36″ Gas Range – $4890

  • Gas Cooktop: Sealed Range Top
  • Sealed, Dual Flow Burners™: 6
  • Gas Oven: Convection Oven, Full Extenstion Telescopic Racking System, Infared Broiler
  • Capacity: 5.3 cuft
  • Oven Performance: Bake 30,000 BTU, Infrared Broil 19,000 BTU
  • Oven Racks/Shelf Positions: 3/5
  • Island Trim: Ships Standard
  • Recommended Ventilation: Minimum 600 – 1200 CFM, VS36 – 36″ Pro Wall Mount Vent Hood IVS40 – 40″ Pro Island Vent Hood, ES36 -36″ E Pro Vent Hood

    The DCS RGU366 36" Gas Range

    Capital GCR366 – 36″ Gas Range – $4926

  • 18,000 BTU infrared broiler behind glass
  • 800 – 30,000 BTU Power-Wok burner*
  • 18,000 BTU Thermo-Griddle – 3/8″ thick thermostatically controlled griddle plate*
  • Convection oven
  • 140 deg. simmer – 19,000 BTU Power-Flo burners (sealed)*
  • Auto-ignition/re-ignition on all sealed burners
  • Smooth-top continuous cast iron grates with easy to clean matte porcelain finish
  • 4.6 Cu Ft oven cavity
  • Bake, broil, convection bake, convection broil, open-door broil
  • 4 rack positions w/ 3 racks provided (1 rack with broil pan position)
  • 30,000 BTU oven for uniform baking

    Capital GCR366 36" Gas Range

  • Can I Use a Microwave Over a 30″ Pro Range?

    Written by Appliance Dude | September 1st, 2011

    I’m going to find out the answer to this question shortly.
    In the past, the answer was a flat “no”. Now, I’ve heard of plenty of folks in NYC
    who were limited in space to a 30″ pro range and couldn’t use a wall hood due to an inability to vent out,
    so…in went the micro over the pro range. And with that probably came an increase in smoke, odor and grease all over the kitchen.

    GE Monogram and DCS are changing the game as they are both touting microwaves that can be placed over their 30″ pro range offerings. GE Monogram’s flavor comes in the Advantium line, so this is souped up with the multi-function flexibility Advantium is know for – speed cooking, convection, proofing and a microwave oven all in one.
    Flavors available: 120 or 220 volts. Both use a 300 cfm blower inside the micro.

    DCS’ microwave doesn’t have the fancy trappings that the Advantium boasts, though it does feature convection cooking and IMHO is a better looking piece – more contemporary. I’ve ordered this one for my home kitchen so I’ll let you guys know how it is after beating on it a bit.

    DCS Microwave

    DCS' CMOH30SS Micro

    GE Monogram Advantium Micro

    Yes! Photographic evidence direct from GE that states that you can use this micro over a pro range!

    36″ Gas Pro Range Showdown: DCS vs. Wolf vs. Thermador

    Written by Appliance Dude | August 31st, 2011

    While I always tell shoppers that when shopping for pro ranges you can’t base your decision on the BTU power that manufacturers report, alas, many people are still hung up on these numbers.
    That said, with the idea that I won’t to put as many accurate information at consumers’ fingertips so they can make the right purchase decision, here is a breakdown on three popular 36″ pro ranges.
    We’ll focus on Burner BTU’s and then Oven BTU’s and capacity.

    Burner BTU’s

    DCS RGU366 – max 17,500 btus, min 3000 btus
    Wolf R366 – max 16,000, min 500 btus
    Thermador PRG366EPG – max 15,000 btus, min 375 btus (on the 2 ExtraLow burners)

    Oven Capacity

    DCS RGU366 – 5.3 cu ft
    Wolf R366 – 5.5 cu ft
    Thermador PRG366EPG – 5.7 cu ft

    Oven Bake BTUS

    DCS RGU366 – 30,000 btus
    Wolf R366 – 30,000 btus
    Thermador PRG366EPG – 30,000 btus

    Oven Broil BTUS

    DCS RGU366 – 19,000 btus
    Wolf R366 – 18,000 btus
    Thermador PRG366EPG – 17,000 btus

    I love Wolf gas ranges. While they are now outsold by the Wolf dual fuel ranges (and by quite a large margin as I have been told) I still believe that the
    value lies in the gas range. When you are talking a 36″ or a 48″ model, the difference between the gas and the dual fuel product runs into the thousands.
    I’m also a fan of the traditional Wolf red knob found on the gas range, as opposed to the thicker one found on the dual fuel range (being that I am a sucker for aesthetics).
    There’s not much to say here…Wolf is a Wolf. The leader of the pack.

    Thermador ranges are simply beautiful products and they seem to resonate big-time with women. When I’m working with a couple at Curto’s, countless times the wife will comment on the Thermador’s design…while hubby focuses on BTU’s. As I tell everyone who stops in and asks about Thermador ranges, I feel that Thermador’s lead products are their wall ovens, HOWEVER they have invested crazy R & D into their ranges and I’m anticipating a bump in their sales. You also have to love their new 48″ combo steam range which will be hitting the Curto’s showroom imminently. It’s priced over $13K but this thing sings!.

    The DCS range is the underdog here. They don’t have the consumer mind share that Wolf or Thermador have. They also don’t have the presence on showroom floors that Wolf and Thermador have. But what they do have is total kick-ass product that has been improved upon and is also less expensive than the other two brands we’re discussing here.
    For some folks they might feel like they are taking a risk with a DCS product bc it’s not featured in every other kitchen on the Food TV Network (it’s actually the sole appliance featured on America’s Test Kitchen) nor is it prominently featured in Kitchen magazine spreads. What they do have is a heritage that goes back about 15-20 years for making killer cooking appliances. They also have a pretty solid service network across the country in case you do encounter hiccups with your range (hey it happens to the best manufacturers).

    The bottom line is that any of these brands deserve to be in your kitchen. You’ll just have to decide how important price is as well as the brand-name factor. Performance-wise they all rock, though I’d put the DCS and the Wolf ahead of the Thermador in that category, but Thermador is aiming to cut the lead down. Should be interesting.

    Fall 2011 Kitchen Appliance Preview: What I’m Geeked About

    Written by Appliance Dude | August 17th, 2011

    I’ll add to this list as I draw closer to my Fall buying show and I receive a complete list of what’s new….

    Liebherr CS-2060 36″ single door fridge: This shares a similar design to the smash hit CS-2062 french door model. 20 cu ft, LED lighting, 2 compressors…winner!
    The CS-2060 is definitely headed for my showroom floor.

    GE Monogram 30″ Integrated Refriegrator What’s not to love about this fridge?
    The seamless integrated look that melts into your cabinetry, the options (84″ or 80″ height, Euro or Pro handles), and pricing that won’t surpass the GDP of a Central American country.

    – The new GE Cafe line of appliances – no pics to link to, but I’ve seen the dishwasher, new refrigerator, double oven, double oven range and cooktop. Nice stuff, won’t break the bank. Pics to follow.

    DCS pro dual fuel ranges – DCS rebooted the entire line of indoor appliances back in the Spring but the dual fuel ranges lagged the rest of the line in obtaining UL approval. Well I’ve been told they’ve received that stamp and product is rolling out now. You can’t mess with DCS’ reputation for making killer pro cooking ranges. I think the new ones look sweeter than before and they’ve made a few tweaks which will let them hold their position as one of the premier pro range manufacturers.

    Liebherr CS-2060 Refrigerator

    Liebherr's New CS-2060 Single Door Refrigerator.