Joe Grand wrote:I just replaced my glass top stove for $600.00 & you said the top replacement is $475?! WOW.
Those tops are *really* heavy, difficult to ship without breaking, and they're different for practically every model of stove.
I thought they'd be worth it clean-up-wise when I replaced my really old oven, but having now lived with one for 15 years, I'm not convinced it would be my first choice. That said, I wanted a convection oven and I wanted the burner controls on the front of the stove like a gas stove usually has so I wouldn't have to reach over a hot burner to adjust it. My choices were *extremely* limited and who knows if I could even finds such a thing today without going to gas - which has its own pros and cons.
I'm seeing this as one more example of "planned obsolescence" - not as bad as some examples I could name, but bad enough when you consider the embodied energy involved. How does it compare to a rocket stove? I don't know how much embodied energy is in fire bricks, but for the mud parts it's low, and at least fire bricks turn into "dirt" when they die.