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Yes I know there's been several threads about kitchens, yes I have read back through them and yes I can use Google thanks. So if ...

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    Default Kitchens. Yes, again, I know. Sorry

    Yes I know there's been several threads about kitchens, yes I have read back through them and yes I can use Google thanks. So if we can get past that I have a question or two.

    I've been saving for a new kitchen since I bought my current flat, I have around six grand in savings at the moment but had hoped to have a couple of grand more by the time I came around to buying.

    Problem is, my over has just died. Now this oven is quite possibly older than I am, it's certainly not worth repairing but if I replace it I'd prefer replacing it with something decent.

    So here's my dilemma. Do I go for the whole new kitchen knowing that I'll be at least a couple of grand under the budget I was planning to spend, should I just buy a really cheap cooker and continue saving or should I try to find a good cooker and keep it for when I do get the new kitchen? But then I'll need to put in a completely new extraction system so that won't work will it?

    Oh and I should say I'm extremely time poor and hopelessly inept at any form of diy. I'm serious about this bit.
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    Default Re: Kitchens. Yes, again, I know. Sorry

    If it's the oven element you can fix it easily for 20 quid or so.
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    Default Re: Kitchens. Yes, again, I know. Sorry

    Buy the really good cooker and slap it is a cheap carcass for now.
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    Default Re: Kitchens. Yes, again, I know. Sorry

    Quote Originally Posted by DefTrap View Post
    If it's the oven element you can fix it easily for 20 quid or so.
    Is it easy to do? Did I mention how mechanically inept I am

    Quote Originally Posted by chillitt View Post
    Buy the really good cooker and slap it is a cheap carcass for now.
    Even understanding I'd need to put in a extractor system too? We don't have one at the moment and our ability to cook has suffered
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    Default Re: Kitchens. Yes, again, I know. Sorry

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    Is it easy to do?
    Normally, yes.
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    Default Re: Kitchens. Yes, again, I know. Sorry

    It's a terrible, pervasive myth of contemporary capitalism, that we all need modern fitted kitchens, with integrated appliances.

    You could just get a cooker ( Stoves are quite a good brand, or Rangemaster - there are others, if you can't go Aga ... ), and then bit by bit, you could use old fashioned kitchen units found in second hand shops, antique shops and such like, building it up piecemeal.

    Selecting the units that you like, for your own reasons. Units that "go together" in a special way that only you fully understand and appreciate

    If you included enough Edwardian stuff, it could be kind of like a "steampunk" style - I believe that's what they call it

    Although mine, in a very real sense, isn't.

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    Default Re: Kitchens. Yes, again, I know. Sorry

    Quote Originally Posted by DefTrap View Post
    Normally, yes.
    Thanks, I'll start googling
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    Normally BM I'd love that idea but I genuinely don't have the time. I average around about 80 hours a week at work and have a couple of interests outside of work that fill up the rest of my time, not including the time I try to find with my wife
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    how awful is the current kitchen? Piccies-you won't beat ours I suspect!

    The oven here snuffed it just after we moved in. Due to the kindness of a lovely TRCer I bought his nearly new AEG twin oven for not a lot. The idea was to slap it into the hole where the old one was with a paving slab underneath it, bodge the surround to make it look as if it might have been fitted if you didn't look at it closely & then either incorporate it in the planned new one**, or for the dosh it took to buy, pass it along to the next needy soul.

    That was 4 years ago & I didn't even get around to bodging it either. Ah, hold on. Are we talking electric or gas? Mine was electric. In fact you mention extraction system-with an oven? You not talking about a hob are you? Regardless our old hob had one of those simple paper filter things over the top-none of this ducting to the outside. It sure wasn't perfect & do it all again I'd have done it properly, but for a bit it'll do. Open the windows & shut the kitchen door if you're frying stuff!

    HTH

    ** I drift in & out of BM's idea here. Trouble is that those fitted cupboards don't half hold a lot. As you've waded through all the kitchen threads I won't need to mention anything about the cooking triangle, except to say that it is THE essential start point.
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    Have you looked on ebay for a cheap oven that's close to you?

    The reason I ask is that we've just had our kitchen done and I looked into selling all the old appliances and there were so many, at such low prices, that I decided I couldn't be bothered with the hassle and just dumped the lot.

    Could be handy as a temporary fix?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Editor View Post
    ... I drift in & out of BM's idea ...
    Yes. All of you do. Always.















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    Quote Originally Posted by Editor View Post
    how awful is the current kitchen? Piccies-you won't beat ours I suspect!

    The oven here snuffed it just after we moved in. Due to the kindness of a lovely TRCer I bought his nearly new AEG twin oven for not a lot. The idea was to slap it into the hole where the old one was with a paving slab underneath it, bodge the surround to make it look as if it might have been fitted if you didn't look at it closely & then either incorporate it in the planned new one**, or for the dosh it took to buy, pass it along to the next needy soul.

    That was 4 years ago & I didn't even get around to bodging it either. Ah, hold on. Are we talking electric or gas? Mine was electric. In fact you mention extraction system-with an oven? You not talking about a hob are you? Regardless our old hob had one of those simple paper filter things over the top-none of this ducting to the outside. It sure wasn't perfect & do it all again I'd have done it properly, but for a bit it'll do. Open the windows & shut the kitchen door if you're frying stuff!

    HTH

    ** I drift in & out of BM's idea here. Trouble is that those fitted cupboards don't half hold a lot. As you've waded through all the kitchen threads I won't need to mention anything about the cooking triangle, except to say that it is THE essential start point.
    I'd take that bet Ed. The kitchen is so old it's been built with sliding doors rather than cupboards.
    The over we have has a built in hob, it's one of those free standing four ring thingys with an integrated grill. Now that all sounds fairly good but I wouldn't be surprised if it had been used to cook meals in the blitz. It is electric but there is a capped pipe for gas in our kitchen and I'd like our new cooking system to be gas or duel fuel.

    Slowth that's a good call on e bay, I'll have a look
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    Default Re: Kitchens. Yes, again, I know. Sorry

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    Is it easy to do? Did I mention how mechanically inept I am


    As Deftrap said, normally very easy. 10 minute job and a screwdriver should be enough.

    If it's a fan oven, normally there's a plate at the back with a couple of screws holding it on. Remove the plate and usually there's a circular element in there around the fan. Just a couple of spade connectors to connect it.

    Loads of places who'll send out an element next day.
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    I'd take that bet Ed. The kitchen is so old it's been built with sliding doors rather than cupboards.
    The over we have has a built in hob, it's one of those free standing four ring thingys with an integrated grill. Now that all sounds fairly good but I wouldn't be surprised if it had been used to cook meals in the blitz. It is electric but there is a capped pipe for gas in our kitchen and I'd like our new cooking system to be gas or duel fuel.

    Slowth that's a good call on e bay, I'll have a look
    Sliding doors? Wow! Hire it out for a retro sitcom?!

    Crumbs-gas hob everytime if I had a choice. Might be worth having a good look at the wiring/rating ithe place hasn't had a refit for that long. OTOH if it's electric oven AND elec hob on the same circuit that would imply, erm, something! Obv go_slow et all could advise on that.

    I'm sure you'll have sussed this but take care of measurememts of the old oven compared to what you're looking at on ebay. My old one was much bigger than today's stuff, which seems to come in standard sizes.
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    Well I've ordered an element from espares, I'll have a go with that when it arrives, plan B will be a cheapo cooker from ebay with plan C being a brand new over that'll fit into the new kitchen when we get it. Thanks all for your ideas and input
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