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Steve Irey - Redding, CA

Owner of a BlueStar 48” Freestanding Gas Range with a Griddle (RNB486GSS)

Expert Review - Prizer-Painter BlueStar RNB36

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Published: March 28, 2006



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For years many cooking aficionados opted for the now-discontinued Garland commercial-style range. The good news is that the Blue Star range is manufactured to almost identical specifications by the exact same manufacturer, Prizer-Painter. One of the finest ranges in this collection from Blue Star is the RNB36. Featuring six high performance, five-star gas burners, this range offers some the highest Btu outputs available for home use. With an almost unheard of 22,000 Btu on two burners, this range can satisfy even the fussiest home chef with a roaring flame for an incredible stir fry and one the fastest boils to be found.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, this range can hold a low, 130 degree, stable temperature with nary a bubble, thanks to the phenomenal even performance of its simmer burner. Unlike many popular commercial-style ranges, this model has open burners and a manual clean oven. Although more time consuming to clean, this type of unit is preferred by many chef-idealists. One convenience that is not lacking is electronic ignition. These burners are always ready to go and re-ignite automatically should a flame go out. Just like a fine restaurant, this range has a true-convection, commercial-size oven and an honest-to-goodness infrared broiler. The center of the cooking surface can be ordered witha six-burner, fur-burner/grill or four-burner/griddle configuration.

Other options include propane or natural gas settings, a wok ring, brass trim, island trim, backguard, shelf, and casters. This model is available in stainless steel and black (plus a variety of custom colors); knobs may be ordered in chrome or black. Touted to be the best by a number of reviewers and cookbook authors, this range could just be the creme-de-la-creme of home commercial units. To locate a distributor in your area, contact Prizer-Painter at the address below.

Pros: A true commercial range for the home
Cons: Burners not sealed

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