We are going to replace our kitchen countertops with granite and replace the cook top. The original 4 burner cooktop we have is 18x36. We would like a 4 burner smooth suface cook top but the only ones we have found measure around 22x34. Is there a company who makes smoth surface cooktops that are the right size for Eichler's?
When you say "original" cooktop, do you mean original to the house or simply the one that is currently there? If original to the house, you've piqued my interest. Mine, made by Thermador, is 18" by 45". The narrowness was made possible by the fact the2 large and 2 small burners are staggered rather than placed directly in front of each other. I'm curious how you could do that in the shorter 36" unless they were all small burners (or I've seen a diagram of one that had only 3 burners--2 small and 1 large).
When I moved into my house, they had a 22 by 34 gas cooktop and I don't recall it was visually or functionally deficient. I just couldn't stand cooking on gas (yes, I'm one of those).
Well we are second owners so I believe it is the original it looks like you describe the 4 burners are staggered, I do not see a brand name anywhere on the cooktop.
Sorry for the delayed post!
I believe Thermador models from that era had the "running Robin Hood" guy impressed in the center of the burner support (which the coils rest on). For all I know, they might still do that. Do you see anything resembling that on yours?
As for finding a replacement, what have you tried so far? There's an appliance store in Palo Alto called Unversity Appliance that seems to have pretty informed sales people and a fair range of manufacturers. It's a bit of a trek for you, though. Maybe someone on this board can recommend a similar establishment in your area. The advantage of an applicance dealer like the one I describe is that they will have many manufacturers' lines to choose from. I'm guessing the European makers (not cheap, as a rule) might have the sizing you want as they have tended in the past to produce smaller appliances.
Then, again, as I mentioned in my earlier post. There was one of the slightly larger (standard) gas cooktops in my kitchen when I bought the house and I thought the size worked OK. I'm sure others have replaced cooktops and counters--perhaps someone will pipe up with their recommendations/experience.
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Thank you for the recommendation. Someone did email me to give me the name of an applicance center in our area but I will keep your rec. in case!
I looked at the center of the burners and voila! It says Thermadore. So, now we know!
Thank you for your help and advice!
imhgb: Is the cooktop in good shape ? I am interested in a 36'' thermador cooktop, so do not throw yours out right away when you are done replacing it.
Will do, I have noted your email address will contact you when the time comes that we replace it. We are still researching!