Post # 1
My husband and I are looking into moving into a new apartment in May- we found one that was nearly perfect last month. It had everything we wanted- outdoor space, storage space, central a/c, our own w/d, dishwasher, hardwood floors, good square footage and an excellent price. The only problem was the kitchen had this little 20 inch stove that just wouldn’t do. My husband and I really enjoy cooking and we just couldn’t see ourselves downsizing that much.
The stove was situated between a countertop and a wall, and there seemed to be a sizable gap of space between the stove and the wall, so we asked the landlord if he’d consider upgrading the stove to something bigger.
He looked into it and told us he’d be willing to replace the stove with a 30 inch model. Woohoo! Perfect. We put in our application and got accepted, then he apologized and said that a 30 inch wouldn’t fit, and asked if we’d be interested in a 26 inch stove.
THEN we find out that 26 inch stoves don’t exist… so the new stove would be 24 inches.
I’m so upset. This apartment is perfect in every other way but this damn stove. I keep trying to convince myself that I can live with it- but I’m really not sure. And I was SO excited when he told me about the 30 inch stove and now I feel so let down. Sigh.
So, has anyone had a 24 inch stove before? Do you cook much? Do you absolutely hate it? Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
My husband and I are big cooks as well. We have a standard sized general range. Overall, we rarely have more than 2 burners going at once. So to me that part isn’t too bad. To me, it would be the oven space. I use that more than anything. Not sure if I could compromise that. On the other side, you will be renting so this doesn’t seem too permanent. Maybe you can toerate it until you move?
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I think it would be fine. If anything, sometimes maybe you’d have to change the way you put your pans on it, but since it should have 4 burners still I think you’re probably going to get used to it.
Post # 5
@MASPA: It’s funny because the oven isn’t a concern of mine at all.
Right now we have this old style oven/stove combo where the cooktop is extra wide, but the oven takes up only about 2/3 of the length. the rest is used for some weird side drawer.
80% of our cooking is done on the stovetop, so the oven situation i can continue to deal with.
and you’re right, i usually use only 1-2 burners. i just can’t help but think about how my marathon cooking sessions might be affected.
but since we have a patio we’ll be getting a grill so that will take some of the pressure off, at least during the warmer months.
Post # 6
i’ve had one and hated it. normal baking pans didn’t fit inside it and i had to get all new ones that were really small. the burners were weird because there was only one big one and it was hard to have 2 things going at once. i think if every single thing about the apartment was perfect except for that, i could live with it though. the 2 apartments i had that had the small stove were horrible places to live.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Add an additional electric burner that you can use on the countertop when you need additional space or an additional burner. I wouldn’t let that be a dealbreaker if everything else is great and you are okay with the oven being tiny. Plus, you’re renting, not owning so it’s not like you are making more than a year or two’s commitment to the place.
You’re looking at $20+ for an individual burner
Post # 8
I’m a professional cook and I lived with a 24″ range for a couple of years. It can be annoying, but it’s manageable. The solution will depend on whether you use the stovetop more, or the oven. If it’s the stovetop, you can get a portable induction unit and use it on a countertop when you need more stovetop space. If it’s the oven, I recommend the Waring countertop electric oven. It’s especially great in the summer as you can use it without heating up the whole kitchen.
Post # 9
If you cook, and by cook I mean you do stuff other than boil in bag and microwave, it will drive you CRAZY. The biggest problem you’ll have is if you’ve got a pot on to boil water for potatoes or pasta, you can’t get a skillet of any size on at the same time. And if you need more than 2 burners, forget it. My fiance and I cook dinner almost every night, and while it’s not a big fancy production, we’re both serious about our cooking. The FIRST thing he looked at when we were apartment hunting was the kitchen. Our previous place was a studio with a miniature stove (20″), and we never cooked other than ramen. We spent so much money on takeout, it was ridiculous.
Post # 10
@beachbride1216: and @geekspice: umm hellooo this could work. this could really work. thank you!
and @geekspice: we don’t use the oven terribly often, but as it stands i have a little toaster oven that i like to use more than the actual oven. that way the whole kitchen doesn’t get so hot!
like i said before, we are serious cookers. and i worry about what @calibee79: and @MariContrary: bring up in terms of being able to fit large pots on the stove.
if i had an extra side burner i could use it for boiling or steaming things that don’t require a lot of attention, and i could fit my big saute pan on the actual stovetop.
has anyone used one of these side burners before? do you find them safe? it just seems a little odd to me that id sit this down on the countertop and boil water on top of it
and when i get home im going to measure the width of my actual oven. i think mine is 24″ as is, anyway, with a 36″ cooktop. but with tiny burners- so not a lot of useable space. it looks like this, but less charming: http://quand-je-reve.blogspot.com/2010/08/old-oven.html
Post # 11
i lived with no stove at all for a while and the cuisinart multicooker saved my life! look into that
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
You can purchase stand alone induction burners that go right on your countertop when you need to use them. That would give you extra burners on demand.
Post # 13
@September29: Yes, I own an induction unit, and they’re common in restaurant & catering kitchens as well. They are heavy duty and very safe. Mine is an All-Clad but there are many good brands.
I’m not the biggest fan of the electric units, because they tend to be cheap and not well constructed. I would only use one in a pinch – not on a regular basis
Post # 14
OOPS! I voted wrong :/ I think that honestly, it will be fine. The place sounds so great otherwise, and it is rare to find that many things in a place you were looking for. At least, IME.
Post # 15
It can be a pain in the butt, but it’s manageable. We’re in an apartment right now with the tiniest kitchen. Honestly, I could deal with the small stove if there were more counter space, but in our place it’s just EVERYTHING in the kitchen that’s small. I think if you have enough counter space that you can use other appliances like people have suggested, it shouldn’t be much of a problem. It’s hard to find a place that has everything you want and also has a good price – I think the small stove isn’t such a big compromise.
Post # 16
I currently have one in my apartment. The stovetop isn’t too bad, but the only thing is that you will only be able to use a max of 2 burners at a time, unless everything you have is the exact same size as the burners. I cook a lot, and have to put my huge pot for pasta on the small burner and wait forever for it to boil while I use the bigger burner for the skillet.
The oven, however, is a nightmare. It is so tiny that my 9×13 casserole dish fits snug (the inside of my oven is around 13″wide, about 15″ deep). I have to be careful about what size cookie sheets I buy. The heating coil on the bottom of the oven is in a U shape with the top of the U in the back of the oven. Everything cooks unevenly, unless you go in and flip the pan around. In mine, I can’t really move the rack up or down, so the bottom of certain things (like cakes or biscuits) get burned really easily, while the top is still not done.
I used to enjoy cooking, but hate my stove….but then again, the whole kitchen at my apartment is a nightmare (no counter space, no dishwasher), so that probably adds to it. I cannot wait to buy our first home this year! If you think you can deal and won’t use the oven much, you’ll be fine.