(Closed) Will I be miserable with a 24 inch stove top?

posted 5 years ago in Home
  • poll: Would a small stove be a deal-breaker for you?
    Yes, I couldn't deal with a tiny stove : (13 votes)
    42 %
    No, you'll survive : (18 votes)
    58 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    5423 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    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
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    6207 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • 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 # 6
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    2515 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    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
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • 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

     

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=electric+burner

     

    Post # 8
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    1177 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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
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    2376 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    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 # 11
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    2550 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    i lived with no stove at all for a while and the cuisinart multicooker saved my life! look into that

    Post # 12
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    7312 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • 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
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    1177 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @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
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    7771 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    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
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    3378 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    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
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    3568 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    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.

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