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We christened our new Wolf 36″ outdoor grill (Wolf OG-36) this evening in a simple and direct fashion – burger time!
Opening Day for My Wolf Outdoor Grill
Fair Warning: This is the last time you will see the grates look this good. If you pine for this clean, stainless look then my recommendation is to NEVER cook on your appliances!
Simple Yet Sublime. Sirloin/Chuck Burger with Rosemary, Worcestershire, Sea Salt and Feta Cheese.
As Nik prepped her Worcestershire & rosemary burgers along with balsamic-infused grilled Portobello mushrooms, I went to work setting up the grill. Here are a few notes:
1 – Are high-end grills worth the money? YES says the boss (my wife) who exclaimed that the first batch of burners I peeled off the Wolf grill were much better tasting that anything we had produced last summer on the Weber. I can see the marking line now…SPEND MORE…TASTES BETTER.
2. The grill’s sturdiness is pronounced. I especially love the dampened hinges on the hood which makes opening and closing seamless. It’s akin to a luxury car…you can feel how well-built it is just by opening a door. It just feels right…
3 – Manually lighting the OG-36 was challenging. There is an orifice (actually 2 of them) in the front of the grill which you need to direct the match into while pressing the gas knob in. One burner took about 5 mins to light (as I went through about 15 matches). I’m going to chalk this up to pilot error and hope for the best tomorrow night. If I have problems again, then implementing the push-button ignition is a lock (which will entail dropping an outdoor plug near the grill). In any case I will be calling Wolf tomorrow to see if there is any advice they can impart on quickly igniting this beast.
3 – After igniting the grill I rubbed the grates down with an olive-soaked paper towel. Why?
So the meat doesn’t stick. What does this have to do with the grill. Nothing. I just wanted to write it 🙂
4 – The grill is a friggin’ volcano. I didn’t realize how hot it was getting as the burners are hidden by the grates (much different than my Weber Summit whose flame was easily discernible by the naked eye). The first set of burgers came off the after about 10 mins and cooked perfectly as per Nik. Second set were left on too long and dried out. Need to get a feel for handling this powerful beast. Oh, and I torched the bottom of the Portobello mushrooms but they were salvaged and quite delicious.
Note: The burner output on the Wolf OG-36 doubles the Weber model I owned so this is like handling a Porsche compared to a Volvo. Major difference in performance.
BTW, here’s the spec sheet on my OG36, straight from central casting.
We recently delivered these Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances to a home in Ossining in Westchester County. Note the gorgeous custom cabinetry (hand crafted in their home), especially on the line
with the three SubZero units. Quite a trophy kitchen here folks.
To all our readers who question what island trim looks like on the back of a Wolf dual fuel range. Voila!
Magnificent, commanding, regal…what else can I say about this pic. The Wolf 48″ range is quite the sight.
Best by Broan Insert
Don’t sell many of these combinations (for now) as warming drawers have fallen off a bit. Wolf convection micro, Wolf L-Series single oven SO30FS and unamed warming drawer.
Paneled and under an island.
From Left – Right – SubZero Freezer, SubZero Wine Unit with Drawers,SubZero Built-in Fridge
Pull out drawers on SubZero wine fridge
Different angle, check out the custom canopy above the Wolf range. Bon Appetit indeed!
Hand-crafted in customer’s kitchen. Wow.
Wolf Dual Fuel Range vs. Wolf Gas Range – A Study in Pictures
Continuing my theme of comparing the Wolf dual fuel ranges against the Wolf gas ranges, I’ve included a few photos below which depict the main
tangible differences between the products.
Editor’s Note – I’ve been receiving many emails inquiring as to which range I prefer as it seems like there are a lot of people on the fence about choosing between
the two. Folks, I can’t make the decision for you! I will do my best to provide as much accurate information for you but please remember that YOU are the one who will be investing in this expensive product and who will have to stare at this thing every day in your home. Please think about the design of the kitchen, the way you cook and whether features such as self-cleaning are important to you. Once you start tackling each question and learn more about the products, you should get that “A-ha” moment. And if you don’t get to that point and are still confused I would recommend relying on a highly unscientific yet dependable decision-making process – flip a coin. JG
Without further adieu, to the pics….
The biggest difference are that the dual fuel knobs actually have electronic controls built into a few of them (temp gauge) and are rounder and bulkier looking from a design perspective. The knobs on the gas range are pretty close to what you can find on the traditional Wolf commercial ranges.
Knobs on Wolf Gas Range
Knobs on Wolf Dual Fuel Range
I prefer the grates on the gas ranges. They are individual so they are easier to clean (lighter) but the drawback is that you can’t slide pots around from burner to burner like you can on the continuous grates of the Wolf dual fuel range . NOTE: I have had more than 1 customer complain post sale about the weight on the dual fuel grates with one woman going as far as to saying she could replace her kettlebells with them.
Grates on Wolf Gas Range
Grates on Wolf Dual Fuel Range
The Wolf gas ranges have a max output of 16K on each burner. The Wolf dual fuel ranges max out at 15k.
Another big talking point is the sealed (dual fuel) vs. open burner (gas) debate. This is going to be a moot point in 2011 as Wolf is going to put sealed burners on
all the gas ranges. I’ve been told you may see this as soon as the Spring. We’ll see. Look closely at the picture of the gas range’s “open burner”. It almost
looks sealed to me…not much room in there for cooking byproducts to creep through. Plus the gas range has a pullout tray which captures cooking grease and spills and is very easy to clean.
Wolf Gas Range Burner
Wolf Dual Fuel Range Burner
The differences between the Wolf ranges are most pronounced in the ovens. First the gas range oven is slightly larger. Make that barely.
The duel fuel range offers self-cleaning (this is the BIG difference that creates the HUGE price spread between the products). The duel fuel has an electric oven, so it’s more
precise temperature-wise and provides a drier heat (great for baking). The duel fuel range offers a ball-bearing rack as well as the funky cobalt blue interior. The duel fuel range also has
two convection fans. Basically the oven is the same as Wolf’s vaunted L-series wall ovens which are insanely great.
Editors Note: I will supply better photos of the oven interiors this week, highlighting the racks. JG
Wolf Gas Range Oven - Note the Single Convection Fan
Wolf Dual Fuel Range Oven - Note the Dual Convection Fans
Are you shopping for a Wolf range and are trying to decide between the gas range or the dual fuel range? Then check this out…This is a VERY short clip I shot the other day which shows some of the main tangible differences between a Wolf gas and dual fuel range. I’m going to have more detailed pictures and will post more of an article asap. BTW I have been told by my sources inside Wolf that the gas range will also offer sealed burners in 2011, so if that’s important to you, please note it!
A couple of points:
1 – Sorry for the herky jerky video, if you have vertigo, don’t watch!
2 – There are a hell of a lot more differences between these two ranges than point out in this video, so this isn’t meant to be comprehensive. Look at it more as an “executive summary” with many more details to follow.
3- Thanks to Arcadia for the tune!
You invested in a Wolf appliance, be it a Wolf range, Wolf rangetop, Wolf cooktop or Wolf oven, so now you need to make sure you protect your
investment by taking meticulous care of it. I am constantly asked about how to care for these products so please use the following multi-part article as your
guide. I will break it down by Wolf product, starting with the vaunted Wolf range.
Exterior stainless steel – use a soft, non-abrasive stainless steel cleaner such as Signature Polish.
KEY TIP – Always apply in the same direction as the grain
Burner grates – use a mild detergent, paste of baking soda and water, or a MILD abrasive cleaner.
KEY TIPS – Remove grates from burners and clean on flat surface near sink, DO NOT immerse in water – towel dry, use a multipurpose NO SCRATCH Scotchbrite pad.
Griddle – While surface is warm, poor water on so that it bubbles like a deglazing pan. Use a metal spatula and scrape grease into the drain hole. When surface has cooled, wipe it with a paper towel to remove excess grease or oil.
I just had a customer from NYC who was shopping for appliances pepper me with a bunch of questions about Wolf appliances. First and foremost she needs to figure out whether to buy a Wolf dual fuel range or a Wolf gas range. Since I’m hit with this question on a regular basis I figured it’d find a nice home here on the blog.
I’m going to break this down to bullet points so it’s easy to digest:
Wolf Dual Fuel Range
– Comes in 30″, 36″, 48″ and 60″ with a multitude of top configurations
– Self cleaning oven
– Dual convection fan system (creates a more even temp in oven, cooks faster)
– Electronic control knobs
– Sealed burners
– Burner grates are continuous
Wolf Gas Ranges Analysis
– Comes in 30″, 36″, 48″ and 60″ with a multitude of top configurations
– Oven is NOT self cleaning
– No electronic controls
– Now offers dampened hinges on doors so they don’t crash down when opened
– Burners are not sealed
– Grates are not continuous
My .02 – The Wolf dual fuel ranges are amazing works of engineering. However I have a place in my hear for the venerable Wolf gas range. I like the heritage behind the product (it’s existed in one form or another for decades) and I like its no frills approach to features. I also like the knobs on the gas range more (they are more contoured than the dual fuel knobset) and let’s face it – the lower price point on the gas ranges (sometimes approaching a $3000 price difference) is an important point to consider.
Ok, I’ve been bum rushed by queries regarding the new SubZero Wolf Appliance savings program.
If you are shopping for a SubZero refrigerator or Wolf appliances, it’s time to get off the fence folks.
Not only hasn’t there been a price increase from 2009, but if you piece together the right SubZero Wolf kitchen appliance package, you will save an additional $2500 in this appliance promotion. Plus, SubZero and Wolf rarely ever extend promotions
of this dollar magnitude, so now is the time to act.
1. Any full size SubZero (excluding 600 series) + Wolf range = $1000 instant savings
2. Any full size SubZero (excluding 600 series) + Wolf oven, rangetop or 30″/36″ cooktop = $1000 instant savings
PLUS save $250 each on up to six additional items (excluding microwaves).
SubZero Wolf Appliance Promotion at Curto's
Wolf Dual Fuel Range at Curto's
Many of my Wolf appliance customers in Westchester County and beyond ask what are the best methods to clean Wolf kitchen appliances such as the cooktops, wall ovens and ranges. Curto’s Appliances has compiled a tip list to help you clean and protect these significant kitchen investments. Let it roll….
General Rule: When cleaning stainless steel, always wipe or clean in the direction of the grain.
– Soap & Water, Towel dry, make sure to blow out the holes.
– Do not use abrasives as they may remove paint
Porcelain coated grates, pressed steel tops, gas oven interiors and oven racks:
– Use soap & water and towel dry to avoid streaking
– Fume Free Easy Off – use for difficult cooked on food products which is great for ovens and can be used on any of the above in “worst case scenarios”.
– Also use mild abrasive cleaners like Soft Scrub Orange, Bon Ami, or Bar Keepers
– While surface is warm, poor water on so that it bubbles, akin to a deglazing pan. Use a spatula to scrape off burnt-on food that now bubbles up.
– For stubborn stains you can use a Green Scotchbride pad with a cleanser like Barkeepers Friend or Bon Ami. AVOID PRODUCTS WITH BLEACH.
– Once the Wolf appliance product is clean spray or wipe on oil to protect surface from oxidation. If you get an orange color, this is rust and should be wiped/scrubbed off with a fine grade steel wool.
– Vinegar can be helpful for the removal of stains and discoloring of the griddle surface.
TOMORROW…Part 2 – How to Clean Wolf Appliance Stainless Surfaces and Wall Oven Interiors
…or at least one of the main differences is that Wolf (and SubZero) will test EVERY SINGLE product that rolls out of their factory. That’s right…every one. Tested by a human…for hours. Sometimes as long as 24-48 hours.
So when people complain about prices or about turnaround time, you have to take into consideration that Wolf Appliances and SubZero have separated themselves from the pack (no pun intended) due to their quality control.
I mean, when was the last time you heard about doors or handles falling off of SubZero’s?
The bottom line is that it takes a bit longer to churn out quality, and you won’t find better quality than what they’re producing at the Wolf/SubZero factory in Wisconsin.
Editors Note: Not that Wolf doesn’t have it’s manufacturing glitches. But when it does, they call a mea culpa immediately and get the recall info out asap. That’s service.
As you may have noticed if you have perused curtos.com or other authorized Wolf dealer web sites, you won’t find prices on Wolf cooking appliances (or SubZero refrigerators).
And why are all of these Wolf dealer showrooms and appliance stores quoting the same price (or nearly the same price?).
To the first point – authorized dealer’s of Wolf Appliances are prohibited to post online prices as per their dealer agreement with the Wolf Appliance company. Why would Wolf push this policy when the Internet can provide consumers with an easy vehicle to price-shop in their bathrobes and not have to deal with visiting showrooms for prices? The net effect that Wolf is seeking to achieve is to turn the act of shopping for Wolf and SubZero appliances from a game of “who has the lower price”, into a process where the decision on which dealer to use is based on service, product knowledge and the dealer’s ability to sell THEIR brand to the consumer. It’s actually a smart move by Wolf (and by extension, SubZero) because if you are in the market for these products you are making a substantial INVESTMENT in your home. This is not akin to buying a Haier portable washer for $350. Not only do Wolf appliances command a premium price, but they are very intricate products that need demystifying by an educated sales associate. Trust me, you can do all the research you want on your own, but more times than not, traversing the various Web sites, Web forums and blogs usually leaves consumers in a more confused mode. Wolf understands that buying their product is different than picking up any other appliance, so they want to promote the notion of consumers taking the time to visit an authorized showroom, get educated on the product, and make an intelligent, informed decision on what to invest in.
So if you’re looking to base your decision on who to buy SubZero and Wolf from based on price, you probably won’t make much progress. I would base it on your rapport with the salesperson, the dealer’s track record and amount of years in business, and the dealership’s ability to fluently articulate the benefits of SubZero and Wolf appliances to your particular needs.
To the second point of why every dealer quotes nearly the same price, Wolf and SubZero have a minimum price floor in place.
However, as of March 1, they are offering one of the richest appliance promotions in the high end appliance space, as you can now receive up to $2500 back instantly if you purchase an eligible Wolf and SubZero appliance package. Details on the Wolf and SubZero appliance promotion can be found here.