Historic Renovation with Nostalgic Heartland Appliances


For Montana designer Jeremiah Young, not any generic appliance would do for the historic kitchen restoration of his design studio. It had to be American-crafted Heartland appliances.

Timeless Kitchen Design in America’s Heartland

On the hunt for a new studio workspace for his Kibler & Kirch design firm, Jeremiah Young set his sights on the looming Stapleton Building in Billings, Montana. Originally built in 1904 on the site of a livery stable, the Stapleton Building was once the largest and tallest commercial structure in all of Montana, the “monster building of four stories” by oral dictation.

Throughout the century, it would become a hotel, men’s club and home to many prominent Montana artists. But the day Young walked through the property, it was virtually abandoned, derelict and stripped of all its historic charm.


Seeing its potential, Young purchased the property with the intent to remodel the gutted, sagging space into the eclectic, little-bit-rustic-little-bit-posh 4,000 sq. ft. design studio it is today. It was a tedious 3-year process of removing asbestos and lead paint, and artificially aging the original wood with a multilayered restoration process of Young’s own creation.


The chic mountain-modern space is a breathtaking culmination of Young’s careful planning and concepting. Every item is deliberately placed, and the service kitchen was no exception.

“We took great pains to make it appear this was always there,” the Montana designer said of the transformation. For him, Heartland Appliances were not only the natural choice for the turn-of-the century service kitchen but an investment in quality.

“Not any generic appliance would do. I wanted to emulate the character and style of our studio,” Young explains. “The Heartland range is the star, and it allows the rest of the kitchen to be primitive.”

The fact each Heartland range is handcrafted in the Midwest was an added bonus.

“Made in America is something I’m passionate about,” he adds.

heartlandSince the kitchen renovation, Young hosted Kibler & Kirch events out of the small kitchen, which surprisingly fit as many as 12 guests! The clever layout and open shelving keeps everything within easy reach, making for a very efficient workspace. Instead of an island, Young opted for a butcher’s block table to double function with aesthetic.

“Everything is right at your fingertips. People often think you need a large kitchen space, but in reality, efficiency matters more in terms of functionality. Even though it’s small, it’s such a lovely, intimate space. People just want to be there, being together.”

Wide oak countertops are coated in food-safe stain and an adjacent butler’s pantry offers hidden storage behind muted drapery.

“We’ve had chefs cook on the Heartland range and they loved it.”


About Kibler & Kirch

Kibler & Kirch is an interior design firm that specializes in comfortable and timeless designs across a spectrum of styles–rustic, traditional, and modern. In addition to their 25-year interior design legacy, Kibler & Kirch also stocks an eclectic collection of American-made furnishings, artwork, accessories, handmade rugs, lighting, bedding, and gifts, inspiring homeowners to create a fuller, better sense of home.



Designer Showcase: Modern Rustic Kitchen with Heartland Range

With plenty of natural lighting, rich bursts of denim blue offset by earthy accents and a white 30″ Heartland Electric Range, this modern rustic carriage house kitchen has a piece of our heart.  Dusky grey porcelain tile exude the rustic look of pickled wood down to the detail of the grain striations, and a long built-in bench offers cozy banquette style seating for meals cooked on the retro-inspired Heartland range.heartland-stove

Featured Designer: GH Wood Design
Style: Modern Rustic
Location: Pasadena, California
Photo Credit: Carolyn Reyes

Browse the latest collection of Heartland ranges with nostalgic handcrafted quality and fully modern features.

DIY Network Features Heartland Kitchen Appliances on “American Rehab: Buffalo” Episode

“American Rehab: Buffalo” Selects Heartland Suite of Kitchen Appliances for DIY Network Premier

Did you see the full kitchen suite of our Heartland appliances on the premier episode of “American Rehab: Buffalo” on the DIY Network? If you missed it, make sure to tune in for the repeat airing on November 11 at 5 p.m. EST / 4 p.m. CST!  The entire season is also available to watch on demand via Amazon Prime.

In the first episode, “Modern Vintage Kitchen and Dining Room”, Jason Wilson and Bernice Radle rehab a vacant American foursquare home in Buffalo, New York, built in 1910. Piece by piece, the couple tears down the small kitchen, renovating it into a modern, open kitchen stocked with a full suite of Heartland kitchen appliances, including a 48″ Heartland Classic Gas Range stove, Heartland Classic French Door Refrigerator and Heartland Classic Dishwasher.


The DIY Network describes the show as such: “Jason Wilson and Bernice Radle love their hometown of Buffalo, New York so much, they’re making it their life’s work to revitalize the city, one home renovation at a time. With degrees in urban planning, the passionate and preservation-minded couple is buying up century-old homes at auction to save them from demolition. Then they’re getting down and dirty to do the renovations themselves, restoring not only the old homes, but preserving their beloved Buffalo neighborhoods as well.”


Here are our favorite quotes from the episode:

“It is so advanced – the cooktop is amazing – it’s all gas. There’s a matching refrigerator and everything too.”

“This is going to work perfect in our kitchen. I’m thrilled.”

“The appliances have just arrive and I can’t wait to open them up.”

“Beautiful! They’re so shiny!”

“Oh my god, this refrigerator is incredible. These are super cool.”

“The appliances alone sell properties, and these are beautiful.”

“My favorite thing about this kitchen has to be the appliances. It really does blend a lot of historic charm with a little modern twist.”

Make sure you check out the full episode to see the dramatic Before and After transformation!


How to Clean a Heartland Stove

HeartlandCleaning Porcelain and Painted Enamel

How to Clean a Heartland Stove
The porcelain and painted enamel is very serviceable and simple to clean, but because it is glass, it will not withstand rough handling or abuse. Avoid extreme variance of temperatures on porcelain. Porcelain is glass and sudden changes in temperature may cause cracking.

To clean porcelain surfaces, use warm, soapy water, glass cleaner or non abrasive cleaner and a soft cloth. Avoid abrasive cleaners.

If any acid based food or liquid, such as lemon juice or tomato juice, is spilled on the range, wipe it at once to prevent staining.

Cleaning Nickel Plated Trim

Nickel plated surfaces may be cleaned with any non abrasive nickel cleaner and a soft cloth. The following cleaning products have been tested for cleaning nickel on the Heartland Classic ranges: Flitz Nickel Cleaner, Cerama Bryte, Autosol and Pierre D’argent. If any acid based food or liquid, such as lemon juice or tomato juice, is spilled on the range,  wipe it at once to prevent staining.

Cleaning Surface Burners

Top burners require little care other than to wipe off the head of each burner. If a boil over occurs, the burner cap can be easily lifted out so burner port holes can be cleaned in hot soapy water with a soft brush. There are no bolts or screws to remove. The igniter must also be kept clean to ensure quick positive starts. Simply lift the burner cap and clean. When replacing, be sure the tab is locked securely in position on the burner base. For normal or everyday cleaning of light spills, wipe the burner caps with a damp cloth. For heavy duty cleaning—cooked spills, oil stains, etc. scrub with a tub and tile type of cleaner. Rinse thoroughly after every cleaning operation. Wipe away excess water. Avoid using abrasives on the burner base, as they may damage the finish on the burner base.

Standard vs Convection Cooking


A Guide to Standard vs Convection Cooking Methods

What is standard cooking?

This is the traditional “radiant heat” style of cooking. You may choose this method of cooking for your tried and true recipes. As with all radiant style ovens, it will be necessary to preheat the oven, especially for baked goods. When roasting meats from frozen to finish, usually preheating is not required. However allow 1/3 to 1/2 more cooking time depending on the size of the cut. To assure desired degree of doneness, use a meat thermometer for meats and poultry.

Note: Bake and Broil elements are independently controlled. Broil element will not turn on when bake element is used.

What is convection cooking?

Convection means conveying. A fan at the back of the oven circulates the hot air thus cooking foods from all sides, sealing in juices. The circulating air penetrates food faster therefore you may want to cook foods for less time at  the usual temperature or reduce the temperature by 25 °F/15 °C and cook for approximately 10% less time.

With convection cooking you can cook on more than one rack at a time thus saving time and energy. Occasionally if cooking on multi-levels you may need to remove one pan sooner than the others. You can even cook a complete meal at the same time as long as you choose items that cook at the same temperature, as there is no flavor transfer; however we do not recommend an item that may spatter to cook on the same shelf as a dessert. Be sure to stagger pans if possible on multi-levels so that one is not directly over the other and leave at least 1″ (2.5 cm) of space between the pans. Do not place large pans directly in front of fan, at the back of oven, as this may block the air circulation.

Please Note: When cooking high moisture content foods in the oven on the convection mode, some  steam or condensation may be noticed on the outside of the oven door.

What is convection roasting?

This method of cooking uses both hot air and radiant heat, and is similar to rotisserie cooking, where high heat is applied quickly and evenly around the meat, but instead of rotating, hot air circulates around the meat.

Before beginning convection roasting, insert the grease filter at the back of the oven and insert the optional raised roasting rack into broiler pan and rack. Place the cuts of meat or poultry fat side up, uncovered on the raised roasting rack. This allows the air to circulate around the roast, sealing in the juices. Do not use deep roasting pans or baking pans with high sides , as air cannot circulate around the food. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat, avoiding bones to accurately determine doneness.

What is standard broiling?

This method of cooking is used to transfer high heat over a short period of time to placed in close proximity to the broiler element. Usually used to brown the surface of food, such as meringues, steaks and roasts. Place meat on the broiler pan (add water to the bottom of the pan to reduce smoking) and place on the third or fourth rack depending on the food and your personal tastes. Please do not leave food being broiled unattended – excessive smoke or burning may occur.

Meat Roasting Guide

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Note: This chart is a reference guide only, as variables such as size, temperature and individual preferences may affect the cooking time. Recipe or package directions should always take precedence. Keep a record of your results, preferred temperatures and times.


MEAT ROASTING GUIDE: Additional Cooking Tips

  1. Place oven rack in correct position before preheating oven.
  2. After reading the thermometer insert another 1/2″ (1 cm) and read again. If it reads lower than the first then continue cooking.
  3. Meat continues to cook after removal from oven, therefore allow meat to stand about 15-20 minutes before carving.

MEAT ROASTING GUIDE: Convection Cooking

  1. For convection roasting, insert the grease filter in the back of the oven and place the raised roasting rack over the two-piece broiler pan (broiler rack is necessary to prevent spattering).
  2. Convection cooking may cook faster; times may often be reduced up to 10 minutes per lb (.5 Kg).  Large pieces of meat should be checked shortly before the suggested minimum cooking time.
  3. Recommended for “all” tender meats to give a brown outside with a juicy, tender inside. For extra browning brush lean meats with oil.
  4. Place all roasts fat side up on raised roasting rack.

Heartland Gas Range Explained

Heartland Gas Range Overview: A Picture Guide

Heartland ranges are considered more than just a retro stove with a pretty face. It’s a true cooking center stocked with a host of unique features. It’s a commercial quality cooktop, a state-of-the-art convection oven, powerful vent hood, humidity-controlled warming drawing, utensil drawer and a tray storage compartment…all in one amazing appliance.

Get the complete picture with this detailed Heartland Gas Range features guide.


A.  Center Burners (48” models only) – Two easy-clean sealed high efficiency gas burners are capable of heating up to 8,000 BTU down to a low 600 BTU simmer, perfect for medium-size cooking pans.heartland gas burner
B.  Right Burners – Front sealed burner is a powerful 9,500 BTU with a simmer of 1000 BTU (perfect for large pots) and the rear burner is 8,000 BTU to 600 BTU.

C.  Left Burners – Front sealed burner is heats up to 9,500 BTU for boiling large pots quickly and simmers down to 1,000 BTU.  Rear burner is maximum 8,000 BTU with simmer of 600 BTU to accurately maintain a steady temperature.

D.  Gas Burner Controls – Allow an infinite selection of cooking temperatures, four controls on the 30″ Heartland Gas Range (9200) and six controls on the 48″ Heartland Gas Range (7200).  All models feature “auto-reignition”, which means if for any reason the flame goes out, it automatically begins to spark to re-ignite the burner!

E.  Oven Temperature Control – Located to the right of the cooktop, the controls offer infinite bake temperature and broil control as well as ease and accuracy in cooking and baking. All units feature “auto gas shutoff”, which means that if for any reason the flame goes out, gas to the oven burner shuts off!

heartland-ovenF.  Gas Oven Features:

  • Timed baking, broiling
  • Convection baking, broiling
  • Low-maintenance high temperature self clean oven
  • 4 position racking
  • 3.6 cubic feet of energy-efficient area
  • 16,500 BTU oven burner

G. Warming Drawer –  Glides open for easy access theartland warming drawero one cubic foot of warming storage area.  And, the warming drawer on the Heartland Classic 48″ Gas Range model includes thermostatic temperature control and sliding humidity control as a bonus feature.

H.  Storage Compartment – Extra storage area keeps cookie sheets, baking pans, muffin trays and roasting pans within easy reach while you cook.

I.  Overhead Closet with Electronic Controls – The closet opens to reveal the electronic oven controls with an easy-to-use clock/timer and touchpad.  Program cooking times and the speed of the fully integrated 350 cfm exhaust fan, among other options.

L.  Utensils Drawer – Reclaim your kitchen cabinet space with this convenient storage drawer for utensils and bakeware.


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