Thread Number: 44400  /  Tag: Recipes, Cooking Accessories
No warning drawers on new ranges?
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Post# 462134   4/8/2023 at 14:08 (463 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Why do warming drawers on ranges (where the storage drawer below can be used to keep food or plates hot) seem rarer now? I remember it used to be in the mid 2000s a lot of ranges had them, even some more basic Kenmores often had a “warm and ready drawer.”

Frigidaire even had a Gallery edition range where the warming drawer that had a glass window and could even be used as a secondary oven. The temperature could be set from a dial separate from the main oven controls.

I’ve looked and I see few to no ranges with either feature anymore. The closest thing I guess you can get these days are the ones with a separate smaller oven with hinged door, located on top of the regular larger oven, which is located at the bottom with no storage drawer. Those ranges seem to be mainly by GE these days, but the first ones I remember were called Maytag Gemini.

And for that matter 40” ranges no longer seem to exist either.

Post# 462338 , Reply# 1   4/15/2023 at 21:01 (455 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Wauponsee, IL)        

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I think I have only ever used that drawer to store baking sheets...

Post# 462340 , Reply# 2   4/15/2023 at 22:36 (455 days old) by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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Post# 462341 , Reply# 3   4/15/2023 at 23:26 (455 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Do your ranges have an actual warning drawer though, in that it has a heating element and it’s own temp control for warming stuff?

If not, then that’s all it is, a storage drawer.

Post# 462342 , Reply# 4   4/16/2023 at 00:22 (455 days old) by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
No, mine is a storage

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Only. But, the "Bengal"that was here yesterday ago, did have the warmer. My late mom never used it.

Post# 462347 , Reply# 5   4/16/2023 at 02:46 (455 days old) by huskyvacs (Gnaw Bone, Indiana)        

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I think the warming drawer feature has been gone for several decades. My last stove I bought in 1998 had no warming drawer, and my current one from 2016 does not either. Maybe it was too much of a fire hazard liability because people don't pull their oven out to clean under it. I have had too many mice invasions and I personally would never want that feature, the mice would think it's a 5 star hotel! With a free buffet!

Post# 462349 , Reply# 6   4/16/2023 at 12:22 (455 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Nah, plenty of ranges in the mid to late 2000s had a warming drawer, not “several decades” ago. Did you read my first post?

Post# 462647 , Reply# 7   4/26/2023 at 13:46 (445 days old) by electro (Indiana)        

My range has setting for both ovens to set for "keep warm. The Master oven has a separate setting marked "keep warm" and the smaller Companion oven has a dial setting . What I really use a lot is the temp adjustable "keep warm" surface unit. It held mashed potatoes for 2 hours just yesterday. No burning, scorching of overcooked potatoes. I have seen some warming units BUT they just have a OFF or ON setting. This one is adjustable from LOW to HIGH. This is a separate unit and NOT intended for cooking-just keeping food at serving temp to high. I use the smaller Companion oven many times to Keep warm" setting to hold finished foods or to warm dishes before serving . My Frigidaire range is about 8 years old.

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Post# 463947 , Reply# 8   6/18/2023 at 15:07 (391 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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That is a very nice range! I wish they still made 40” ranges, I’ve seen a few of those in real estate listings, particularly older houses. I wouldn’t mind having one myself, with a hood stainless steel vent hood vented outdoors above it.

Some slightly earlier years of that glass top range had a fluorescent light over the knobs. It also came as a duel fuel 5 burner gas model but electric ovens.

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