Sunday, January 31, 2016

A New Range

I'm sure you all have heard us grip about the stove. I broke the oven thermostat so it is very difficult to set a temperature. And the burner caps have rusted away so the flame doesn't come out right. Also the thermocouple for the small burner quit so it will not stay lit. Not to mention it is a little dirty. Was a Force10, new in 1998, burners obsolete in 2001. An it wouldn't cook a cake or bread without a couple fire bricks in the oven to stabilize the temp.

1998 Force 10

I searched everywhere and finally chose this one. An Ariston apartment model. Very few stoves this size have the safety thermocouple for each top burner. We have to have it for the boat because the wind often blows out the fire. And we don't want to explode....
On the show room floor

Rear view
It does have one minor problem though, it is about 8 inches too tall! The width and depth are just fine. That fancy glass top/cover will not fit either. The electric cord coming out the back is for the spark lighter, oven light and rotisserie. BUT it is for 220volts... Well I'll figure something out. Rotisseries are just a clever way to burn grease all over the oven!

The drawer below is for storing extra pots and pans, don't need that. Tin snips should take care if the height issue.

The two stoves have been sitting on the settee for the past week. When I cut the bottom drawer off, the stove was still 3 inches too tall.
Sharing parts. Waiting on the settee.
The "hob rack" (didn't know that was what it is) for the new stove is a conventional black iron grill that slides around even on shore. I took the grill off the old stove and mounted where the fancy glass top was. Now the pot holder brackets will fit too. Moving the gimbal mount brackets was easy too, just bolts in the sheet metal sides.

 So Temmy is lowering the bottom shelf under the stove so it will fit.

Removing the stainless steel liner on the shelf below the stove.

Almost done, but not quite.

Bike Trip to Comotes Islands

We took a bike trip to Comotes Islands with Greg & Grace and George & Jean. We only stayed one night in a hotel, so the girls said we didn't stay long enough. Everyone wants to go back again and stay longer.

We drove pretty much laa around one of the islands, but only a little on the second.
A lookout point

We anchored for the day there 4 years ago with the boys from Drydock.

Lunch at an American Bistro?