Replacing a gas stove/oven... any ideas for consideration

Submitted: Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015 at 22:32
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Well, our “Dometic Leisure Caprice” gas stove/oven combo has spat the dummy and needs replacement... has been in use since 2003. We have looked at the options from Thetford, Camec, Swift and Dometic and just wonder what you see as the good, the bad and indifferent ideas about them. Does anyone have a better option that the 4 main providers?

We feel that the “Swift Masterclass Series” looks pretty good and have a few options to choose from... 4 Gas Burners, 1 Electric and 3 Gas Burners and a choice that includes a “woc burner” as an option.

Look forward to the feedback soon.

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Fugly... alias, Craig and Jan
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Reply By: Grumblebum & Dragon - Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 09:13

Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 09:13
We have just replaced our Swift 500 (after 10 years) with the current model. Within 2 weeks had the top replaced and the burners were not lighting properly. I phoned them and they had a local agent contact me, checked the stove, organised the new top and installed it three days later when it arrived from wherever. We were staying with friends at Redlands Bay and it was done in 1.5 hours on their premises - I was impressed with their service.

Cannot comment on the other models,
John
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Follow Up By: Fugly - Sunday, Nov 22, 2015 at 22:20

Sunday, Nov 22, 2015 at 22:20
Hi John,

Thanks for your response... you must have been pretty annoyed with the new Swift oven. Which model did you choose? Did you go for the one with the fan forced unit and what stove top did you choose?

Good to see that the problems were resolved in a fairly quick time and that you were impressed with their service.

Now that it has been sorted out are you still happy with the Swift and would you recommend it to others in need of a new unit?

Look forward to hearing soon.

Regards,

Craig

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Follow Up By: Grumblebum & Dragon - Monday, Nov 23, 2015 at 08:44

Monday, Nov 23, 2015 at 08:44
Just the standard 500 model with 4 burner gas top which also has a wok burner grid so the wok does not roll around. Over and grill are much better than the old model. I was very impressed with their service - they came to me.

We don't use the oven a huge amount as most roasts etc are done in the Weber

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Follow Up By: Fugly - Monday, Nov 23, 2015 at 23:40

Monday, Nov 23, 2015 at 23:40
Thanks for the update... much appreciated.

Regards.


Craig

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Reply By: Willie - Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 20:53

Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 20:53
We had our old stove/griller/oven pulled out and the factory replaced with a 3xgas,1xElectric cooktop with a seperate microwave underneath.
In ten years, we never used the griller or the oven, so we got rid of them and made better use of the space.
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Follow Up By: Fugly - Sunday, Nov 22, 2015 at 22:30

Sunday, Nov 22, 2015 at 22:30
Hello Willie,

Thanks for your comments.... can you expand a little with the brand of oven you used for the refit? ...and how long ago was this done? We'd like to know a little more info about the microwave you chose and how well it has stood the test of time and travel in this great land of ours.

Look forward to hearing soon.

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Craig

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Reply By: Spydor - Sunday, Nov 22, 2015 at 09:29

Sunday, Nov 22, 2015 at 09:29
Robyn would shoot me if I got rid of the oven.!!!! she uses it all the time for roasts, bread, scones "etc"
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Follow Up By: Fugly - Sunday, Nov 22, 2015 at 22:39

Sunday, Nov 22, 2015 at 22:39
Hi Spydor,

We tend to be going down the oven path too... it is what we have now!

What brand of oven do you have and does it have any fan-forced oven?... and what combination does the stove-top have?

Look forward to your response in due course.

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Craig

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Reply By: The Hob - Monday, Nov 23, 2015 at 07:37

Monday, Nov 23, 2015 at 07:37
In our van (2008) we have had the Swift 500 since new.

Have changed the igniters once and had to replace the top lid (hinge cracked and broke - travelling too fast LOL) but we are happy with it and all seems to work fine.

We have 4 burners and an oven - oven is slow but works well. We have thought about a hotplate instead of a burner but gas is fine so would not change it.

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Follow Up By: Fugly - Monday, Nov 23, 2015 at 23:43

Monday, Nov 23, 2015 at 23:43
Thanks for the info with your response... much appreciated.

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Craig

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Reply By: Spydor - Monday, Nov 23, 2015 at 17:50

Monday, Nov 23, 2015 at 17:50
Hi,
In answer to your question. the stove is the "swift" 500 series. our van is a 2005 model. The stove has the four burner configuration, separate griller and oven below the griller. All components still working fine. If OR when this one calls it a day, we would probably buy the same set up. As we free camp 99% of the time. I can't see the point in having one burner that requires 240 volts.
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Follow Up By: Fugly - Thursday, Nov 26, 2015 at 23:08

Thursday, Nov 26, 2015 at 23:08
Thanks Spydor... appreciate your response... We will almost certainly be going down the Swift direction but will go for the 3/1 mix with a fan forced oven.

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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Monday, Nov 23, 2015 at 20:23

Monday, Nov 23, 2015 at 20:23
We changed ours last year with the Swift 3 gas and 1 electric along with Fan Forced Oven.
No problems with it until recently when a heavy container fell corner first onto glass top and it shattered.
We have a new one on the way from Swift now.
Easy to install if you have a power point nearby where you can source 240 volt power.

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Follow Up By: Fugly - Monday, Nov 23, 2015 at 23:47

Monday, Nov 23, 2015 at 23:47
Thanks for the feedback Brian... much appreciated.

Sounds like we may go down the Swift path.

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Craig

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Reply By: Grumblebum & Dragon - Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 at 08:38

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 at 08:38
With the old Swift 500 and one burner on the new swift 500 we had a problem with the flame extinguishing as soon as you released the 'press' when lighting. Solution..... take a very small piece of paper and roll it into a tight ball.

Remove the burner Knob and jam said small ball of paper in the hole. Replace the knob on the stove. This tip from Swift Service Dept. It improves the action of the igniter. Swift does have tiny rubber pellets - but says this works just as well.

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Follow Up By: Fugly - Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 at 10:05

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 at 10:05
Thanks for that little bit of info...

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Craig

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Reply By: Willie - Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 at 15:35

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 at 15:35
Here is a picture of the old stove/grill/oven and the new cooktop and microwave


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Follow Up By: Fugly - Thursday, Nov 26, 2015 at 22:16

Thursday, Nov 26, 2015 at 22:16
Thanks Willie...your photos are appreciated. We will almost certainly go the Swift way with the fan forced oven and the 3/1 cover.

Thanks,

Craig

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