The Kitchen Renovation.
The stove I chose!

I got the appliance gene from my mother.

Nothing makes either one of us happier than a high end stove.

She loves stoves so much it took her a couple of months, 5 different stores, 3 sleepless nights and an astrology appointment to finally pick out a new one.

Me?  I’ve known for years what new stove I’d pick.

A Blue Star.

But a  30″ Blue Star range is $4,899.

So I figured I’d get the closest thing to a Blue Star.  Maybe an actual used professional range from a restaurant supply store.  Or an NXR.  Or a bunsen burner.

Then one night, as I lay on the couch in a drunken potato chip stupor I was browsing the Costco website and my whole world changed.

They carried the Blue Star range.  For $2,399.

That’s $2,500 LESS than buying it from Blue Star.

It was such a great deal it immediately made me suspicious.  So I did some digging around the great vast Internet and came up with a couple of reasons why the Costco version of the Blue Star was so much cheaper.

The burners are 15,000 BTUs each, as opposed to the standard version, which has 22,000 BTU burners.  BTUs are “British Thermal Units” by the way.  A standardized way of measuring heat output.  The higher the BTUS the more heat from that burner, the faster you can boil a pot of water.  Or scorch a pan.

To me, 22,000 BTUS is best left in a restaurant.  I can’t imagine any situation where I’d need more than 15,000 BTUs.  Nothing legal anyway.

I have no idea what my current 16 year old stove is, but I can guarantee it isn’t 15,000 BTUs per burner so  I don’t care.  It’ll be better than what I have and more than I probably need.

The other difference in the Costco version is the slide out oven racks. The fancy version’s racks are on ball bearings.  The Costco version doesn’t have that.  For a savings of $2,500 I’m pretty sure I can muddle through without the ball bearings.

And finally, the interior of the oven.  The fancy version has a double glazed stipple commercial grade enamelled oven interior.  Sounds good!  Almost makes me want to spend another $2,500 on the oven. Wait.  No it doesn’t.

So the Costco version wins!  By a long shot I might add.

I don’t have the stove yet, but these are shots of it from the Costco website.

 

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Blue Star Range

Blue Star Knobs

 

I bet you’re wondering why I was so hopped up on the Blue Star.  It’s the burner.

Most gas burners are a single circle that runs around the outside of your pot.  The Blue Star burner is in the shape of a star.  A blue star as a matter of fact.  This ensures the middle of your pot is heated just as much as the outside of your pot.  So when you’re simmering sauces in a pan the whole pan will simmer … not just the outside.

Blue Star Flame

 

I actually spotted this stove over a year ago.  WAY before I had any inclination of redoing my kitchen. It’s entirely possible the thought of this stove being out in the world, available for purchase … may have  subconsciously prompted me to redo my kitchen.

I wonder if Costco would take issue with me billing them for my kitchen renovation.  Since technically they’re responsible for it.  Luckily for them my to-do list is quite long and by the time I get around to billing them the statute of limitations on that sort of thing may have run out.

So if you’re in need of a good highish end stove … I’ve done the research, and this Blue Star from Costco is a good buy for a really good range.

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In Canada and need a Costco membership?  I’ve struck a deal with Costco and they’ll send you $10 back when you join up.   Just use the code ILOVECOSTCO1 for a regular membership, or ILOVECOSTCO2 for the executive membership.  The Costco button on the righthand side of my sidebar will stay there for the next month or so if you want to partake in the offer.  Once the button is gone, so is the offer.

Although I can’t imagine there are still people out there who aren’t Costco members. You people clearly don’t know the joy of knowing you’ll  never run out of batteries.

I honestly don’t buy a ton from Costco, but it’s worth it just for the few things I do buy there.  Starbucks French Roast coffee, most of my meat, books and cleaning supplies.  Those are my staples.

And pillow case sized bags of potato chips.

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94 Comments

  1. Nicole says:

    It IS lovely.

  2. wisconsingal says:

    I agree with Nicole. Great choice. But I’m sad that us Yankees aren’t in on the Costco deal. Boo hoo. Anything you can do to change that?

    • Karen says:

      I tried, but they’re two separate entities. 🙁 I can ask again but I’m pretty sure it won’t get us (you) anywhere. ~ karen!

  3. Linda J Howes says:

    Nice!

  4. Grammy says:

    I love those burners. Seriously. I’m swooning over those burners. OK, Karen, I’ve fed you the straight line…

  5. Dana says:

    Crap, now I want one. And I already have a 6-burner Ultraline professional (same as Viking). But the star-shaped gas rings are way better, especially if you’re prone to burning your pots while out gardening.

    • Karen says:

      I SO badly wanted a 6 burner. 🙁 But it was a 6 burner or a cupboard to store my smaller appliances like toaster, etc. Toaster won. ~ karen!

  6. Bre says:

    Gorgeous! The Blue Star’s blue star is dazzling!!

  7. Julie C says:

    Until now – I never knew how much I wanted a Blue Star stove! Until now, I’d never heard of a Blue Star stove!

  8. Debbie says:

    Thank you for the smile I needed. I loved reading about your new stove. Now I can go to sleep a happy person.

  9. Cathy Reeves says:

    I lost my Costco virginity last March; it was the flank steak.

  10. Molly says:

    Jealous. Again. My rental’s awful stove just got worse because now I know that Blue Stars exist in this universe. Even the grate-thingy where the pot sits is spirit-crushingly superior. 4 struts only just suck, letting pots & pans tip & slosh, exactly like yours won’t. Will I even be able to follow your recipes now?

  11. SeaDee says:

    I want one too!! Never heard of it.
    Oh the power you wield Karen!
    And I love me some Costco.

  12. We owned a BlueStar when we remodeled our kitchen in 2007 – we adored it – it was every single thing we wanted in a stove. It WAS difficult to keep clean, but if you want a restaurant-style range, well, that’s what you get.

    We moved out of that house (SOB) and ended up in a home with no gas line, so we bought a GE Profile Induction range, which we also adored – actually, my husband (the cook) loved it more than the Bluestar (which he had chosen) but then we moved again and now have a 1970’s foreign model electric stove (24″) BUT, we moved to Maui so who’s complaining? Enjoy your new range – it rocks!

    • Shel says:

      Love my GE Induction range too…works great, looks WAY cool, and easy to clean. Not sure it would have kept me away from Maui, either … 🙂

  13. The Advicist says:

    Karen you do make me laugh! I could live till I’m 150 and, thanks to Costco, I will never run out of batteries. Seriously. I must have thought Armageddon was nigh the day I purchased those.

  14. Lisa says:

    I’ve been wavering between Yes and No about joining Costco – your deal tips the scales. As I read just yesterday (I’ll paraphrase) “You don’t have a crack in your butt to make it easier to sit on the fence” – so thanks for pushing me over the edge to the Yes side.

  15. FlagirlinTN says:

    That might be a handy thing to have, if I cooked. Stove’s are decorations at my house.

  16. Darin says:

    Oddly enough we are in the market for a new gas stove and really hoped you would do the research for me….and you DID!! BUT- when I go to the costco website here in states— they don’t have Bluestar! Is it only available in Canada??

    • Karen says:

      I’m not actually sure now that you mention it, Darin. The odd time if Costco is out of something it’ll be gone from their website and then return a couple of weeks later. I’ll see if I can find out who you contact to find out whether they carry them. ~ karen!

    • Linda says:

      Darin,
      If you search for “Professional Range” on the USA Costco site you’ll find 3 NXR ranges. That’s another brand I hadn’t heard of until this post, but seems to be somewhat Karen-approved.

  17. Jody says:

    I had no idea oven racks could even slide on ball bearings. I now have stove envy–blue star shaped flame envy. Cannot wait to see the final reveal.

  18. Su says:

    I have appliance envy now…. sigh

  19. Meg says:

    You’ll love a new range so much! We just upgraded and went with the GE Cafe series, not as commercial as the Bluestar, but it’s pretty darn amazing. Now I need to finish stocking on making cookie dough so I can bake away this December.

  20. Ruth Moffatt says:

    But it doesn’t have red knobs…

  21. Mary Kay says:

    I feel so out of the loop – never heard of Blue Star – and we don’t have Costco near where we live. I am striking out all over today!

    • Karen says:

      I have a Costco near me, but the stove is only available online anyway, so I’ll be ordering it off the Internet, LOL! ~ karen

  22. Kelly says:

    we have a Thermador which also has a star shaped burner. For a serious cook, I think it’s a huge improvement over the round burners because you get much more even heat distribution. We found ours as a floor model on sale at Goeman’s and like you, huge discount off regular rate which would have been unaffordable. Wishing you many happy hours of cooking pleasure with your new stove.

  23. Ruth says:

    I am hearing about a Blue Star stove for the first time, but – for some reason – I feel I should be hunting around for one.

  24. Wendy says:

    I was waiting for you to post the range of your dreams….after you bought the same fridge we have! Thanks for doing our legwork! lol! You learn something new everyday and I learned about the star burner…makes so much sense. wendy xo

  25. Jack says:

    Try to insure that the stove is easily moveable because you would be amazed at the collection of foods which accumulate on the sides of the stove. I see in the pic that the stove has those little legs which can tear up your linoleum when attempting to slide it in and out of its position. Not that I am a messy cook but the last time I cleaned the sides of my stove I had to bring out the chisel and hammer. A regular cleaning is a good idea so having the stove easily mobile can be a convenience.

  26. Christine says:

    Without sounding too bellicose…nice stove ya whatever…can you PLEASE send us a friggin crumb on the HOLY CRAP the kitchen is taking too freakin LONG to renovate already – just let me see something to keep me going! A picture please.
    OXO

  27. MelissaM says:

    I’ll tell ya why I’m not a Costco member! There isn’t one near me. Boo hoo, I know. Sam’s we got, and I’m not a member there, either, but if Costco were to move in, I would jump at it. Sadly, I don’t think our market could handle two such stores.

    The stove looks lovely. I need to google now, ’cause I’m curious about the restaurant grade interior.

  28. SuzyM says:

    I have burner envy. Sheer burner envy.

  29. peggy says:

    Great choice, Karen! Love the star-shaped burners.
    After much research and deliberation, we settled on a WOLF stove. I was pretty intimidated by it at first…lots of power in those burners! Instead of the star shaped burners, mine has a series of rings for simmer, boil and ‘YIKES!’ The only thing I’d change is the oven, which is also gas. We should have gone for gas top/electric oven. Gas is a very moist heat, not great for baking. Although I do have the convection option, which crisps things nicely. Is your oven gas or electric? Do you have a convection option? (Huh, who knew I was so interested in stoves?)

  30. Deb J. says:

    Nice stove. Nice deal. Nice reference to RoFo:) And that is pretty much why we go to Costco – coffee & meat. Oh, and toilet paper – by the big honking bale. The pillowcase of potato chips are waaaay too good to buy too many times. I know lots of people swear by gas for cooking but lately we are leaning to induction. Similar cooking characteristics but cleaner and safer. Or so we believe:)

  31. Shelly McKay says:

    Ooooh – I’ve had my eye on the 36″ BlueStar (through Costco of course!) for our kitchen build. Thanks for the research/info! 🙂

  32. Sally A. says:

    Once again you have educated me. I did not know there were burners such as those. My stove is old and electric and I hate it even more now! Thank you for the education, because now I will not settle for less! Luckily we do have gas so we can hook it up. My husband will say that I don’t cook enough to warrant it, however, I say I will want to cook more once I have it!

    • Karen says:

      The difference between gas and electric is amazing Sally. NO more waiting for an element to heat up. It’s instantly at the temperature you want, instantly adjusts and as soon as you turn it off, it’s OFF. ~ karen!

  33. Lulu Lipshitz says:

    WOW! I spent months looking for that gas powered stove I’d lusted for over the past 20+ years I’d lived in a house w/o a gas line last year as we prepared to move into our new place. I found it a horrible experience. Over the years I dreamt of the day I could once again have those hot blue flames pop up from the glistening white stove top…but knew it wouldn’t be as thrilling as in days gone by…since I’ve stopped smoking I couldn’t enjoy that heat sensation on my face as I bent over to light a cigarette living on the wild side …will I singe my eyebrows this time? But when it came time to go pick one out it was awful… just awful. I was stressed, spent countless hours online researching then made my self physically ill going from store to store w/my notebook. I finally found one (we call it the space shuttle stove..hubby says for what it costs it should be able to fly into outerspace) but… now it won’t glisten as brightly I’m afraid when I walk in there to boil an egg next time.. star shaped burners!!!! Where have I been??? That is totally the greatest invention!!! I’m going to see if I can figure out something with some aluminum foil & duct tape… Maybe I can rig up the little one to do something fantastic and not just be a circle of fire..how boring!!! Thanks for inspiring me. Star shaped flame!!!! Wow

  34. Also – for those of you with Bluestar envy – the non-costco versions come in a wide variety of colors. I like regular old stainless myself, but if you have, say, AGA envy, the colors might be a nice (cheaper) alternative.

  35. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I never heard of Blue Star before either Karen..I love those burners..Unfortunately I am stuck with electric..

  36. Jeannie B says:

    Beautiful stove Karen. My electric Kenmore oven just went on the fritz. It’s going to cost 1/2 a new stove, to get it fixed. Since the cooktop still works, I’m actually considering just doing without an oven altogether. It might be problematic, cooking a turkey though and baking cookies. Anyone else out there, who gets by without an oven?

  37. jainegayer says:

    Costco has STARBUCKS!!! For real???? Gotta go!!

    ps- Love the new stove!!

  38. Debbie says:

    I have a comment and a question. This blue star is it duel fuel? My hubby had to have a gas range. So we purchased one (not near the cool one you have). The oven is a pain in the butt! Baking with the temp going up and down is tough. If there is a secret here let me know. If yours is wonderful to bake in let us know.

    • Jennifer says:

      I bake a LOT and I have a gas oven and it’s not a problem at all. Because I bake so much I was worried when I moved to this house and had a gas oven for the first time, but I really haven’t had any problem with my baking turning out differently–my cookies look golden, my cakes rise, pizza crusts come out crisp, etc. My gas oven isn’t anything fancy (it’s a Sears Kenmore bought at the Sears outlet store 8 years ago for less than $400 because it was missing some knobs that I had to order separately). If the temperature in your gas oven is fluctuating you may want to have it looked at by a service technician

  39. TC says:

    Your baby is gorgeous!

  40. I love costco. You can return something 59 years later without a receipt and they will honour it. For reals. They really stand behind the products they sell. I just sounded like an info-mercial, didn’t I? Gospel truth tho. xx

  41. Leslie says:

    I have a commercial 6-burner stove/oven in my kitchen and it is a BEAST. I can’t even clean it because the parts are so heavy and large. I only ever use one of the burners … maybe 3 on a big day … so all the other burners have become so gunked up they don’t work. And you’d think the oven compartment would be enormous given the size of the thing, but nope … wide yes, deep yes, tall NOPE. I can’t get my home-grown 40-lb turkeys in there. Having the pilot lights lit all the time heated the whole house, especially in summer, so we switched those off and have to use a scary lighter every time we cook. The ONE thing I like about this thing is the star-pattern burners. Those are amazing, and I’ve been hunting for a human-scale stove with star burners for years.

    The next time I have $2,500 to spare, I’m getting one of these Blue Stars. Maybe I can turn the current beast into a chicken coop or something. Ugh.

    • Karen says:

      LOL. Yeah, this stove does seem like a good compromise. Although I STILL love the look of a 6 burner. My main problem with my old stove is the fact that the control knobs are on the TOP of the stove. So it takes up precious space for pots and pans sitting on burners. The Blue Star has controls on the front like a normal range, so it’ll have more room on top for cooking. Yay. ~ karen!

      • Leslie says:

        It’s amazing what a huge bonus a little thoughtful design can make. Empty flat spaces are very valuable! And who likes gunky knobs?

  42. Mindy says:

    It’s so beautiful, I almost cried. Seriously.

  43. Jasmine says:

    I actually saw your Blue Star stove in our Costco a year or so back-it’s very sexy. I was a little miffed because we had just finished purchasing a whole kitchen’s worth of Viking (for a lot more $$). I too, was excited about cooking with gas. I do love it except for two things; One, it is very difficult to get a low simmer, and two, when I am cooking up a storm (more than one burner and oven on) it’s like cooking next to a campfire and the hot flashes get kinda out of control. Otherwise, yes I love it.

    • Cussot says:

      When I had a gas stove *sigh* I found one of those perforated simmer rings quite useful to get a low simmer.
      Example of a simmer ring

  44. Erin says:

    “drunken potato chip stupor” – ha!

  45. Kelli says:

    Oooohhh…it’s preeeeety. You may have now put a bug up my butt as well. Electric stoves got nothin’ on gas stoves (GOT NUTTIN), and I wholeheartedly agree with you about the flame situation! And when you mentioned Starbucks French Roast coffee *zoinks!* it definitely made me sit up and take notice! Being kind of a coffee snob, one thing that an electric stove just cannot do (well) is create good moka pot flame with pinpoint accuracy. Moka pot base: 5″ wide; smallest stove burner on an electric stove: 8″. Same when making coffee in a Turkish ibrik or a Greek briki – the heat goes everywhere BUT under the pot. Worth it to have a good gas stove, IMO, if only for making great coffee! Can’t wait to see the stove in its home inside your fabu new kitchen!

  46. Anita says:

    Sigh. I don’t have a Costco near me. At least not near enough to justify the drive. But to save $2500, I might be willing to drive more than an hour. Congrats, Karen. It’s a beauty!

  47. nancy says:

    I used to have a huge old red Chambers gas stove, it was so beautiful. The oven exploded into a fireball one day (it was real old) and I sure miss it. My new husband works at Costco, it’s a very good company to work for.

    • Karen says:

      Funny … I always assumed Costco was a good company to work for because they don’t seem to have a very high turnover of employees. People stay there for years and years. ~ karen!

      • Leslie says:

        Yep. Just google “Costco may be the happiest company on earth.” I shop there because they are so good to their employees. There are plenty of places I won’t shop.

  48. Sera says:

    That’s my stove! Not the one from Costco because they didn’t have it a year ago (at least that’s what I’m telling myself). My husband and I looked at all the high end ranges and we both love the look of the blue star so much more than any other range. And you forgot to mention the pull out bunker plates that allow you to set a wok straight on the fire. That was the other selling point for us. Total genius. Awesome for stir fry anything. Except that stir fry is his job and so we’ve only done it a few times.
    Also, I don’t think it’s any harder to clean than any other stove I’ve ever had. And it has a pull out plate that sits under the burners to catch stray food bits that fall under the burners.
    You’re going to love it Karen!

  49. Vicki says:

    We gutted our kitchen entirely this year and started over – mainly because I wanted to convert from my electric glasstop, downdraft cooktop. I had 5-year-old double wall ovens that I decided to keep for the new kitchen but I got a 36″ Bluestar rangetop that I absolutely LOVE!!! I have 2 22,000 BTU burners, 2 15,000 BTU burners, and 1 9,000 BTU burner that will melt butter or chocolate and hold it without ever scorching it – no need for a double-boiler to melt chocolate. It is the most awesome rangetop! Of course, you also need high-powered ventilation to go along with it. I love my new kitchen and rangetop – the only thing I might change would be to get the full Bluestar range but still keep the electric wall ovens (both offer convection and I love that, too).

  50. That is a beautiful stove!!!

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