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  • 17th October 2021 at 4:15 pm #561593

    Our ten year old range cooker went belly up this afternoon.  It appears the thermocouple and/or its controller have failed.  Since it will be a major dismantling job to fit new ones, and I haven’t yet found a source of the parts, we would like to take the opportunity to treat ourselves to a new one.  A conventional four burner induction top with an electric fan oven under.  Then I don’t have to drag gas bottles around every few months.  I have had a look online until my head is about to burst from trying to translate and compare the often sketchy descriptions on different websites.  Can anyone recommend a larger type bricks and mortar shop where we can go and look?  Guingamp, Begard, Carhaix, or Lannion, St. Brieuc at a push.    I have already had a look at Darty online but they mostly seem to be a front for other unknown sellers these days much like Amazon and I’ve already had problems with that sort of arrangement and had to fight to get a refund.

    17th October 2021 at 5:28 pm #561595

    Firstly – A warning. Do not be tempted to buy a Germania range cooker. They are cheap but we inherited a nearly new one with the house and it was hopeless, spare parts are more difficult to obtain than the truth from a climate scientist and the oven burner has a peculiar method of heating from underneath at the middle of the oven, not at the back of the oven like a UK cooker, so it fries the food first.

    We replaced it with a Falcon Classic 90  from Expert Pontivy. It’s got five gas rings. a gas oven and grill, and a smaller 2 kw  electric fan oven. Nothing has gone wrong with it, dropped off, broken or refused to work in getting on for ten years of daily use. A 13 kg propane bottle lasts us 6 to 8 months.

    Falcon is the marketing name for cookers sold in europe under the Rangemaster/Aga brand.

    But- you pays your money and you takes your pick!


    17th October 2021 at 6:46 pm #561597

    Make sure you’ve got the proper plug for the electrique cooker, we only have a “normal” one in the kitchen, and it has limitated our choice !

    Here is the plug we don’t have in the house :

    17th October 2021 at 6:52 pm #561598

    The cooker that I mentioned came fitted with a french plug which neatly fits the socket in the wall at the back of the cooker recess. Because it’s the french market variant.

    17th October 2021 at 7:07 pm #561599

    We found ourselves in this position last year when we moved in…we inherited a Falcon…I was very happy…except when we moved in only half of it worked..3/5 hot plates …1 of the two ovens…

    it was a problem…because it took up a large space in the fitted kitchen…

    thankfully our seller took responsibility and paid us a good amount…

    we bought on line on Black Friday…last December…from Darty …they delivered, fitted ..a large Smeg…5 hotplates…my only mistake was the huge oven..it’s gorgeous but big..very fast to reach temperature…a suprise after my old electric cooker….but big.

    If I,m cooking large things I use it but we bought a small table top oven for small things…great for small roasts …etc.

    the Falcon was given to French friends with a son in law who could repair it for them……sadly they didn’t secure it properly on the trailer….it met a sticky end   …upside down in a ditch.

    good luck with your purchase…happy cooking.


    17th October 2021 at 8:08 pm #561600

    Fitter     Incredible!  The cooker that has just packed up is a Germania.  Learned my lesson the hard way but thanks for the warning.  It might help someone else.

    17th October 2021 at 8:09 pm #561601

    Babeth   I installed one of those sockets, with a dedicated supply when I rewired the house years ago.  I have never used it but I am glad it is there for the new cooker.

    17th October 2021 at 10:42 pm #561608

    “Incredible!  The cooker that has just packed up is a Germania”

    It’s not our old one is it? We did polish it up and sold it on, can’t remember who bought it!

    18th October 2021 at 5:03 pm #561647


    No, I bought it new from a shop in Guingamp.  I was doing a lot of stir frying at the time and it had a huge burner in the middle.  Oh, and it was on offer.

    I’m a sucker for a bargain, although this piece of dung was a bad purchase from the start.  I hadn’t realised it was Italian.   A swine to clean, the plastic controls get really hot when the oven is on, and its full of nooks and crannies that collect grease and muck.  And the hole you get to poke your lighter to start the oven is awkward and too small.  The wire shelf has to be removed to access it.  :negative:

    18th October 2021 at 11:25 pm #561665

    The main reason we replaced it was that it did not have any flame failure lockouts on the hob burners.

    You turned the hob controls on and you got gas to the burners straightaway. As we had animals in the house I had to make up a crude locking bar across the gas valves in wood to prevent any accidents when we were out of the kitchen.



    20th October 2021 at 8:21 pm #561803

    Let us know how you get on Shapeshifter…

    21st October 2021 at 10:46 am #561823

    I’m hopefully installing the new one today after a few tweaks to the breakers in the distribution box.

    Not easy with a small torch in one hand.

    22nd October 2021 at 6:05 pm #561893

    Marmite    How I got on?

    Absolutely shattered after the all day installation.  Carrying out the 5 burner range cooker, the memsahib cleaning ten years of gunge from behind it, while I dragged it outside and into the van for its journey to the tip, then dragging the new one into the kitchen, pulling out the now redundant gas bottle locker and bottle,  battling with huge thick 6mm2 cable connections onto seemingly undersized terminals, pushed it into position.  Looks great!  Got the clock set but that’s it.  To go any further will need a tech savvy ten year old.  The damned instructions are only in French.  No Faure manuals online in English for this model.  Stuffed.  Oh, and to put the icing on the cake, we have to dump 50% of our cookware because it is either aluminium or copper bottomed.  So far discovered about a dozen that are non-magnetic so they won’t be detected by the burners.  We might get some use out of it as the oven is a simple (?) electric fan oven so shouldn’t be rocket science.  :scratch:

    22nd October 2021 at 6:26 pm #561895

    What model is it, Shapeshifter?

    22nd October 2021 at 8:47 pm #561910

    We cook on a ” table vitroceramique ”  has three plates  100% electric , no moving parts and cost €300 euros ,the last one stopped working after 20 years .

    “plug and play” , took 20 mins to exchange  3 years ago .

    Induction ?  no thanks , we love all our old pans . :-)

    22nd October 2021 at 8:54 pm #561912

    Gas bottle here for the top and electric oven, I’m too used to it. The only improvement we’ve done, is to change the big heavy gas bottle to two little ones, kinder to our backs.

    22nd October 2021 at 9:06 pm #561918

    We have an electric oven built in at eye level , can’t handle getting down to look if something is cooked.

    That was changed after 15 years when the clock stopped working and cost more to repair than the oven ! :yahoo:

    22nd October 2021 at 9:13 pm #561920

    No clock on my oven, but my mum gave me her washing machine that was 3 years old (when they moved they had things in double), and THE washing machine is playing music at the end, La Truite de Schubert ! I just couldn’t believe it, I just hope that if the philharmonic orchestra living in this machine collapse, that the clothes will still being washed :unsure:

    22nd October 2021 at 9:17 pm #561922

    BIG LIKE !!!! :yahoo: :good: :good: :good:

    22nd October 2021 at 9:18 pm #561923

    But ifyou have no clock , then how does it time ?

    The only clock we have in the house is on the oven ! :yes: :yes:

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