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Buying Kitchen Equipment in Normandy - cookers etc

Posted by Denise-780974 - Created: 15 years ago
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Posted by Martin Chambers - 14 years ago

Dear J Brooks(!)

I'm not sure if your recently posted message was in response to mine but thank you if it was! I've received loadsa information as the result of joining AngloINFO.

Kind regards

Martin C

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Posted by JBrooks - 14 years ago

I have been in Normandy for 5 weeks now, and we purchased from BUT propane gas cooker, chest freezer and some kitchen units.  We initially went to Vire and priced everything up and then went to Granville to purchase.  Granville was more expensive on everything but the cooker but they let us have everything at the lower prices plus I was able to negotiate a discount because of the number of items we purchased.  I was very pleased with the service and with our appliances.  They spoke rough English and we speak very little French, but nevertheless we got what we wanted. 

In Avanche the large Bricomarch opposite the El'clare and the Conforma we found were also very reasonable.

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Posted by Martin Chambers - 14 years ago

Dear Denise

Thanks for your reply. Rachel is extremely good at measurements and our friend Paul is extremely good at DIY. (I'm a goodish communicator!). So hopefully we'll be alright!

I'm envious of your walk on the beach! Where do you live by the way? Our "maison secondaire" is in Pirou near Coutances.

Kind regards

 

Martin C

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Posted by Denise-780974 - 14 years ago

Hi Martin

The kitchen units came ready made so you just have to fit them in - my husband fitted them in himself and found it easy but said it all depends on your knowledge of DIY.  They were also very good quality and could never has got them in England for that price.  Also because they are ready made make sure your measurements are correct as we nearly came unstuck.

We have now got used to the French way of life but like you when we first arrived were amazed that they would shut the store in the middle of spending a few thousand euro's - it would never happen in GB and that's probably why most of us have moved to France to get away from the fast pace of life and the commercialism - and I'm now beginning to enjoy it.

Have a good day and enjoy The Incredibles - we are going for a walk along the beach to blow away the cobwebs after a good night of trying to sample all the red wine in France.

Best Wishes,  Denise

 

 

 

 

Denise H

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Posted by Martin Chambers - 14 years ago

Dear Denise

Thanks for your e-mail. I had a look at But's website yesterday and rather liked their kitchens. Did you fit the units etc. yourselves or get someone in to do this?

If the latter, do you have their contact details?

How can you close for lunch for two hours when you're supposed to be a service industry?!

Have a good Sunday. We're taking our children (Charlotte 9 and David 6) to see "The Incredibles" this afternoon.

Kind regards

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Martin C

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Posted by Steve-781437 - 14 years ago

Max, do you have any contact details for Howdens, ( web site, etc) ?Steve

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Posted by max-781591 - 14 years ago

Hi ALL comet own darty Buy in uk get 5 year warranty they are for europe.

A comp i deal with Howdens joinery sell kitchens in france now.Massive savings.They make them for mfi.Regards.

max

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Posted by Denise-780974 - 14 years ago

Hi Martin

We got our kitchen units from BUT - we had to wait 6 weeks for the delivery but it was well worth the wait the units are superb and the kitchen is now complete.  There are however other places where you can get the units from but being new to France didn't know where and BUT was recommended to me via the Anglo Forum.  It is also the nearest store to us.   If you want to get flat packed units then BricoDepot in Cherbourg or Caen have them.  

Don't make the mistake we made and forget about the two hour closure for lunch - the shutters came down in he middle of ordering and we were told to come back and finish after lunch! 

Good Luck

 

 

 

 

 

Denise H

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Posted by Martin Chambers - 14 years ago

Dear Denise

I'm the newest member of "AngloINFO". And this is my first e-mail!

Where did you buy your kitchen units etc?

My family and I completed the purchase of our "maison secondaire" last month and its currently an empty shell!

Kind regards

 

 

 

Martin C

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Posted by Steve-781437 - 14 years ago

Jeni,

Afraid so, bottled gas (LPG or GPL in France) needs a different jet size, these are the very small usually brass coloured jets in the inlet to each ring, under the spreader/diffuser.

Mains gas has bigger jets than bottled gas. You will have to contact the cooker manufacturer/agent to ask if bottled gas jets are available for your model. If not you have a serious problem, either the existing jets could possibly be removed, modified (filled and re-drilled) or new 'custom' jets made. Never tried either but I suppose its technically possible!!!!!!.

If you use it as is the gas flow will be too much and flame temperature will be virtually uncontrollable.

Best of luck

Steve