Thursday, April 29, 2010

Our Wonderful Thermidor Ovens Bit The Dust After 24 Years.... Go Figure

Our double Thermidor ovens were state-of-the-art back when we first bought this house (almost 25 years ago) and we had many years of joyfully baking, roasting, and broiling in them. Sadly, that time has at long last come to an end.

Our favorite repairman, Charlie, has been mending and patching them back together for the last ten years or so (I'm pretty sure he has a villa in Italy by now). Eventually, the self-cleaning feature died. The clock and timer went next. Last week the bottom heating element in both ovens went out, which is when I made Mr. Snoots face the ugly truth. We had to buy new double ovens... pronto! Heating meals with the broiler would be insane as well as being wasteful of energy. We both did internet searches and discovered that unless we wanted to completely remodel the kitchen, we only had one choice. We will still be forced to have a carpenter alter the space by adding a panel at the top or bottom to accommodate the empty space. Ovens (like most everything else) are smaller than they once were.


Did I happen to mention that once you've had two ovens (for many years), you can never do without them again unless you're stranded on a desert island? This is a fact. One oven would drive me to the edge of madness in no time.


I also have two built-in Toastmaster Warming Ovens below the gas stove but they only heat up to 350 degrees. They were never intended for baking anything so they are completely useless in our time of need. However, they do each have individual heating elements and can be set at dry heat or moist heat. I've always loved that. They are indispensable for parties, which we actually used to have.


So, within 7 to 10 work days (yes, they had to be ordered), I'll be having new double ovens installed. The new ovens won't be Thermidors but they will be the only ovens that come even remotely close to fitting in the former space occupied by the wonderful Thermidor ovens. The end of an era for sure. Sniff! Sniff! I'm sure I'll live, but I loved those ovens.




This is what our new ovens will look like (Obviously, they aren't using the government mandated crappy light bulbs, so their pictures are bright. Mine are not.):





Now I have to go find a handyman to alter the space and make the new ovens fit...

11 comments:

Daryl said...

OMG... my BFF Donna had the same Thermador and her's died about 2 yrs ago ... it led to the kitchen remodel and the new double oven with high tech controls exactly like the one you pictured .. all I will say is practice using it before you invite a houseful of dinner guests over .. poor Donna didnt and nothing cooked properly ..

Mental P Mama said...

We had to repair our stinking ovens again right before we sold the house. Now I just call my concierge if I need anything fixed;) Not that I'm rubbing it in or anything....

Tammy said...

I hope you are as happy with the new ovens as you were with your Thermador... When we remodeled we got a Viking oven, but a Thermador cooktop, I LOVE it!

The Incredible Woody said...

I only have one oven and barely use it. Maybe I really should cook more...

Snooty Primadona said...

I've never been big on change so this has been a tumultuous decision. We chose the ovens that got the highest reviews, so we're hoping those reviewers weren't liars.

And frankly, I've been cooking with wacked out ovens for so long, I may not know how to cook with new ovens (and we know they aren't as good these days as they once were). I'd be willing to wager a bet that these new ones won't last as long as the old ones did, right?

Suburban Princess said...

When our kitchen is finally reno'd I am soooo getting double oven! It is so annoying being able to cook just a couple of things at one time!

Green-Eyed Momster said...

I wouldn't know what to do with a double oven. But, then again, maybe I'd learn how to cook and bake! LOL!!

Good luck getting them to fit!

Hugs!!

Diane said...

I thought I would die when my oven went out two years ago. I bought a double oven stove... I love having two ovens now, especially during the holidays!
Enjoy yours! And those warming ovens are the bomb!

Heather said...

When we redid the kitchen we went with double ovens and never looked back.

It's so funny how quickly things change. We bought our Escalade in 2001 when my son was born. It was the only one with OnStar. I used to drive by myself all the time with the kids (from DC to Ohio), so this was big selling point for us.

Now our OnStar is obsolete because it's all digital. I still have the car, but it's "features" are greatly diminished.

Sjn said...

yikes... I didn't know the Regime was mandating our lightbulbs, wow! Is there anything they can't touch?
So, what are you gonna' bake first to christen them?

imbeingheldhostage said...

Did I catch you in time? Get an AGA! They're only about $9,000-12,000 in the states... and they're hot... and you live in Tx. Never mind.

 

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