Archive for June, 2013

Big Chill Featured in Magazine Ad

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We’re so excited to be featured in a double-page magazine ad for Target superstores!

The ad features a whimsical, wooded kitchen and our 30” stove in white. Rustic and retro elements effortlessly come together in this space, and attest to the versatility of Big Chill’s design—the perfect compliment to any kitchen style.

The 30” stove’s powder-coated white exterior brings a touch of retro to the space, but with a sleek contemporary finish you need in today’s kitchen. Complete with full-motion grates that allow you to easily move pots and pans from one precision controlled gas burner to another, the stove brings 30 inches of oven capacity ideal for cooking large meals.

Check out the ad below—we love it! And we hope you do, too.

Can’t Have A Gas Range? Big Chill Has A Solution!

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Big Chill gas ranges offer more precise cooking control than any electric range.

If you love the look of the Big Chill stove but can’t have gas appliances in your home, a little creativity can make your Big Chill dreams happen!

Combining our 30” electric wall oven with a drop-in electric cook-top is a great solution. You get the same oven capacity of our 30” gas stove and the space saving range/oven combination without requiring any gas hookups.

This solution is ideal for condos that don’t allow gas appliances, for small kitchens, and anyone who prefers an electric cook-top. Installation of the drop-in cook-top is simple, and once in place will give you a fully functional—and fully electric—Big Chill stove!

We’re always innovating at Big Chill, and until a fully electric Big Chill stove can be engineered, combining our electric wall oven with a drop-in electric range is a simple way to get the Big Chill oven and cook-top of your dreams!


The History of the Fridge

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The road to refrigeration that brought us to where we are today required major ingenuity and innovation. Check out this timeline of the refrigerator for a look into the early days of the fridge, and to see what inspired our Modern Made Classics of today!

The Ice House

One of the earliest forms of refrigeration was the Ice House. People would gather snow or ice from the surrounding mountains and rivers and store it in structures like the one shown below. An ideal Ice House would be near a river or stream, and deep in the ground to maximize refrigeration.

 

 

The Ice Box

It wasn’t until the 1800’s that there was a way to store ice inside a home when The Icebox was introduced, and gained popularity quickly. Most Ice Boxes were made of wood with an interior lined with tin, cork or zinc. Many people used sawdust or seaweed to help keep their blocks of ice cooler, longer. Because the ice would eventually melt, a drip tray was placed underneath the icebox to catch melt. The tray had to be frequently emptied.

 

 

 

The Electric Refrigerator
While the use of the Ice Box lasted into the 20’s & ‘30’s, an alternate form of refrigeration was introduced during this time. It was an electric refrigerator with a cooling unit on top. Because they could not be mass-produced electric fridges were quite expensive and were mainly owned by the wealthy.

 

The Refrigerator We Know Today

The 1940’s brought the refrigerator we recognize today. The bottom-cooling refrigerator was mass-produced, making it more affordable than refrigerators of the past. It was the first time in history that the majority of Americans owned a refrigerator.  The refrigerator of the 1940s brought safe food storage to the American home, and set a standard of food safety.

 

 

The Fridge We Know and LOVE

Since the 1950’s improvements in style and performance have continued to bring consumers design-conscious, energy-efficient refrigerators to choose from. Love the look of the 1950s but want all the modern amenities of today?  Big Chill is the fridge for you. Our Modern Made Classics give a nod to past and give you the sleek style, and top performance you need for today’s kitchen!