Since 1980 I’ve had an electric stove; though not the same stove, nor the same house, nor the same town, nor the same state . . but who cares that since 1980 I’ve lived in 14 houses in 6 cities in 4 states! What really matters is that since 1980 I’ve wanted a gas stove. I want this stove.
The gas company has been here and we can get gas to the house. The plumber has been here and we can get gas to the kitchen. We cannot get gas to the heater or water heater. We would have to re-do one section of the kitchen cabinets to make it fit. It would be relatively easy to re-do one section of my kitchen and put in this stove.
We could move the section of cabinets to the right of the stove down so the new stove fits. I have a desk at the end of that section of cabinets and I could remove the desk. I want to take the microwave/vent out and put in a real vent. We can put the pipe through the wall and then up through the ceiling/attic in the garage. The garage is on the back side of this wall. I hate having the microwave above the stove. Vince is always wanting to heat up something while I’m trying to cook and it gives me little clearance when canning. So, I’d want to build a little shelf with the microwave. Maybe move those little short cabinets down to the end and build a shelf under them for a plain (non-vented) microwave. I wouldn’t even have to change the countertop! I would need to replace the fridge, wall oven and dishwasher and go with stainless. Wouldn’t bother me because the fridge downstairs is stainless . . we could just switch those two out. I do not love my dishwasher and wouldn’t mind changing it out for sure. I might just wait on the wall oven for now . . leave the one there til I have a problem with it or get tired of looking at it.
What’s keeping me from doing all this? The gas company has a “customer charge” .. about $10 per month. Doesn’t matter how much or how little gas we use . . there’s always that monthly customer charge. The electric company has a customer charge and a “city license fee” each month. I will not pay the gas company $10 to be their customer! Don’t have a whole lot of choice about paying it to the electric company. That just doesn’t seem right to me. Charge what you want for my electricity or gas, including your expenses or whatever but don’t charge me to be your customer! Do you think that’s right?
Dang, I’d like to have a gas stove! 🙂