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SMEG C30GGRU

What's SMEG?

Gas cooktop sizzles

What's the temp?

More knobs, more problems

The convection fan

The biscuits don't lie

More biscuits, even bigger problems

Simmer temperatures

The SMEG C30GGRU is a $3,200 freestanding gas range.

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SMEG is an Italian appliance manufacturer best known for its 1950s-style refrigerators.

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The 30-inch wide freestanding range has five burners on its cooktop. The center burner can emit as much as 17,000 BTUs of power.

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Not all common American baking temperatures are marked on the SMEG's oven dial.

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The burner knobs are also tricky to use because you have to turn the knob to the center to light some burners.

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A separate knob operates the SMEG's convection fan, oven light and defrost feature.

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When I baked two sheets of biscuits while using the convection fan, the top rack of biscuits was always lighter than the rack of biscuits that baked beneath it.

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These biscuits baked in the SMEG at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Some still had raw dough on the inside.

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The blue line represents the average temperatures of a can of tomato soup that I heated on the SMEG's cooktop and let simmer for 20 minutes. The temperature gradually increased over time, but not as extreme as the Dacor RNRP36GS, a similar high-end gas range.

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