Home cooking ranges aren’t anything new. Indoor kitchen stoves first began appearing in France all the way back in 1735 – and the Chinese stated using them during the Qin Dynasty, some 2200 years ago. Interestingly – but perhaps not surprisingly – it was women inventors who came up with the first “modern” cook stoves in the mid-19th Century. By1900, wood-fired cook stoves were something no household could do without. Since then there have been a number of designs and manufacturers leading the way in producing kitchen stoves and appliances. Viking Home appliances have truly set the standard for quality and design and Home & Hearth Outfitters is proud to be Colorado’s premier source for Viking products, including stoves, ranges and cutlery.
Gas stoves offer many benefits, as evidenced in their preference by restaurant professionals. The gas stove first became practical in the 1880s (electric ranges came along about a decade later). Even today, there is a difference between a gas range for the average home and those that are able to meet the demand of professional chefs and restaurateurs’. Viking rises to that challenge and offers the very top line of gas stoves for home use.
The history and origins of the line of Viking gas stoves goes back to the early 1970’s. It was then that Fred Carl, Jr. began exploring the possibilities of producing a commercial-grade, gas-fired cookstove for homeowners who took their food preparation and entertaining seriously. The reason was Mrs. Carl, who wanted a professional style range for her own kitchen. Unfortunately, at that time, commercial ranges were unsuitable for home use for several reasons – including safety considerations and energy consumption.
For many years, Fred studied various commercial designs, trying to figure out how to bring professional capability into the kitchen of the average private home. The long-term result of his work is the Viking line of kitchen and outdoor cooking appliances, which today are among the finest on the market. Since 1989, these commercial-grade cooking ranges have been in increasing demand among amateur gourmands who settle for nothing less than the best. In addition, the Viking Company has expanded its product offerings to include cookware, cutlery, stand mixers, blenders, toasters, food processors, and blenders – all of which would be suitable for the kitchens of high-end restaurants (and are frequently used by professionals).
Home & Hearth Outfitters is pleased and proud to part of Viking’s retail network, as an Authorized Viking Dealer serving Denver and the Vail Valley. We are the top source for Viking kitchen products in Colorado. Explore our selection of Viking ranges and cookware on our website or drop in at one of our showrooms in Denver or Vail to see these remarkable products firsthand.