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Inspired LED - anyone use this under-cab lighting?

posted by: kitchennovice44 on 03.25.2011 at 04:49 am in Kitchens Forum

Has anyone used Inspired LED brand of LED plug-in lighting for under cabs? If so, could you share your opinion re: brightness and quality? I apologize if someone else already covered this, but couldn't find any mention of this brand on Kitchen or Lighting forums. The prices seem affordable and the strips themselves very small/light/easy to use. They've had a few good reviews on Amazon. Budget is really tight after cabs/granite spend...can't afford to hire an electrician to hard-wire...hoping this offers an affordable, fairly easy alternative for non-DIY folks like me. Thanks for any insights you can offer. (And a big thank-you in general to everyone who shares their advice on this forum...such a major help on so many kitchen decisions!)

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RE: Are we supposed to 'season' the Blue Star grates (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: alexr on 03.15.2011 at 09:15 pm in Appliances Forum

No, they are porcelain glazed just like French porcelain coated cast iron. Because the porcelain is slightly rough, it will take a season, (like the black porcelain inside a Staub pot), but I personally would not bother.

Seasoning is just a very thin carbonized coating of fat (or oil) and it wears off and even burns off at hotter temps.

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clipped on: 03.24.2011 at 06:29 pm    last updated on: 03.24.2011 at 06:29 pm

RE: anyone have homemade wooden tray and cookie sheet dividers (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: lhues on 03.21.2011 at 08:10 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our contractor made us this divider. I showed him pictures I saved from the forum. I love it!

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clipped on: 03.24.2011 at 09:08 am    last updated on: 03.24.2011 at 09:09 am

RE: bluestar rcs vs rnb (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: mojavean on 03.22.2011 at 05:44 pm in Appliances Forum

While you are investigating the gas man, be sure the one you hire knows where to route the gas pipe and valve so that it doesn't interfere with the range sliding against the wall. Same goes for the 120V Power Outlet required by the range. It needs to be mounted low enough so that the plug can protrude into the open space under the range. Also, be aware that Bluestar recommends a dedicated line for the range, non-GFCI. If you run into electrical problems with ignitors or anything, they will be asking if you have the range plugged into a properly configured outlet. The time to be aware of all of this is now, not when they are delivering the range.

Lastly, ask your contractor if your new vent will require makeup air provisions in the design according to code in your area.

This thread talks about problems a couple of people have run into getting the range installed when the gas line wasn't routed right.

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RE: bluestar rcs vs rnb (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: djg1 on 03.21.2011 at 09:02 pm in Appliances Forum

Just to follow-up on mojavean's post regarding flex:

the installation manual is here:

http://www.bluestarcooking.com/manuals/installation_instructions.pdf

and on page 11 it says, among other things, this:

13. If the appliance is to be installed with flexible couplings and/or a "quick disconnect" the installer must use a commercially approved AGA Design certified flexible connector at least 1/2" NPT that complies with ANSI Z21.41. In Canada, the connector must comply with CAN 16.10-88 and the "quick disconnect" device must comply with CAN 16.19M-79 and installed with a strain relief device.

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RE: bluestar rcs vs rnb (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: mojavean on 03.21.2011 at 03:44 pm in Appliances Forum

Summerbabies, where are you getting the info that you can't use flex to connect the RNB? I looked in the installation manual and can't find anything about that. We have a large number of RNB owners on here and I have never before heard that requirement. If I were you, I would consult both the install documents, the local codes of your home town, and perhaps a reputable gas technician in your area before coughing up that much for a simple gas hook up.

You will certainly need rigid pipe to route gas through the walls and floor, but once you get up through the floor, you should probably be fine with a shutoff valve and a compression fitting using a properly sized flex hose for the actual hookup. In fact, having that will be very useful later should you need to move the range for repairs, etc.

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clipped on: 03.22.2011 at 06:26 pm    last updated on: 03.22.2011 at 06:26 pm

bluestar rcs vs rnb

posted by: nellym on 03.20.2011 at 10:38 am in Appliances Forum

Since kissing my Capital dreams goodbye, I am now looking at BlueStar. I went to a local retailer (they are far and few in Vancouver, Canada) and only had the RCS on display. They kindly provided me with a list of the differences between the RCS and RNB. I do not understand all of the differences between the 2 models so I am asking the knowledgeable folks here to figure out if these features are worth it.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Below are features exclusive to the RNB:

1) 2 x 22,000 BTU direct heat burners
- RNB ranges and range tops are equipped with 22K high heat custom burner heads, backed with 10 year factory warranty

2) 33K BTU Brass Gas Controllers with Large Knobs and Bezels
- controllers are commercial grade, brass built controllers, added large bezels and knobs finished out of metal (additionally available in 190 colors with up charge)

3) V1 series glide out drip tray with stainless grease pan inserts

4) Upgraded Island Trim
- high quality finished edges with superior design

5) Upgraded Bullnose Design
- unique design bull nose finished in high grade stainless

6) Twice baked stippled interior oven finish
- custom high quality interior finish for ease of cleaning and long life

7) One glide out heavy duty oven rack plus 2 heavy racks

8) Upgrade to BS badge on oven door

9) Direct igniter system
- individual direct ignition system, allows for better service and use of the burners

10) Custom paint option with no charge

11) White glove service
- customer calls BlueStar after install, tech is dispatched and completes a check list and tune up and then customer gets extra 1 year warranty at no charge

There appears to be a marked difference in the fit and finish between the RCS and RNB but I am not sure if it makes that much of a difference. The trip tray, island trim, bullnose design, tray racks and badge do not bother me. I could live with the stainless steel finish as well. So this leaves me with:

a) burners - mojavean's hotrod post indicates that changing the burners to 22K is possible but would BlueStar sell the kit or the components? The retailer sells the upgrade kit to 18K but is not 100% sure of who actually performs the upgrade after delivery. I am not inclined to tinker around with the range myself but could an experienced person (say a technician) be able to do it? Personally, I would love to be able to do real wok cooking...is 18K sufficient for this?

b) gas controllers - aren't the RCS controllers commercial grade and made of brass? I can't imagine what else it could be made out of and why this is important? The knobs on the RCS seem sturdy enough.

c) interior oven finish - the RCS finish is plain black. I don't know what it is but it bothers me - as if something is missing. The twice baked stippled interior finish sounds like it is better in the long term and considering this is a manual clean. True?

d) direct igniter system - according to the retailer, the RCS' burners all share 1 igniter so every time I turn on one burner it will make the others click. True? or does this really make a difference? or why is this bad? I am thinking that if the igniter goes down then all the burners would be non-operational.

e) warranty (via white glove service) - the idea of getting another year's warranty sounds great but is it worth it? I am not sure what the service calls are required for this range...the Bluestar troubleshooting videos seem so uncomplicated.

RCS - $2900 CAD; RNB - $5500 CAD --> Price difference $2600 + 12% tax. Unlike in the US, prices in Canada are higher and not that flexible. There just isn't enough competition around here. I also cannot get the range from Costco.

PS: I confirmed that the RCS has convection and broiler as RNB.

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