Blue Star vs. Wolf vs. Dynasty vs. DCSHi,
Just got off the phone with Cutting Edge Kitchens in PA. We discussed the 48" versions of Natural Gas (with Grill and Griddle) ranges from Blue Star (which is formerly made by Garland), DCS, Wolf, and Dynasty.
They sell Blue Star, DCS, and Jade Dynasty, and he was very knowledgeable about all of them even the Wolf.
He says Blue Star reduced their Radiant Broiler from 20K BTU to 15K BTU. He says they have one really hot burner, and one that is only 250BTUs. He didn't elaborate on all 4, but I got the impression that the other two were not as powerful as the really hot burner. He says Blue Star was the Garland Commercial range that Garland used to turn into a Residential Range, only it is not a part of Garland anymore.
He says he doesn't sell many of the Jade Dynasty. They do have a 24K BTU grill which is hotter than most. He says most people use the radiant broiler for steaks, and you don't need 24K for grilling fish or seafood.
He felt that Wolf (that is the "residential" Wolf now owned by Subzero) is very pricey, although a good range. He also said that the real Wolf in CA (commercial Wolf) is completely different from the residential Wolf, and is a real monster!
Overwhelmingly, he favors the DCS. It's got 17,500 BTU burners, all of which have the "Perfect Heat" dual burners where the high burner is 17.5K BTU, and the lower one is 250 BTU, and can simmer at 140F. The Radiant broiler is 19K BTU, the larger oven is also convection and can hold a commerical 18x26" pan. I believe he said that the big oven is 30K BTU, and the little one is 19K BTU.
The Grill and Griddle are both 18K BTU.
None of these have selfcleaning ovens.
He told me the Fire Chief of Minneapolis has reently replaced all the commercial ovens with the DCS stove because the firemen were burning themselves on the 25K BTU commercial burners, and the insurance costs were reduced considerably by the switch to DCS.
I know you were looking at the 30" models, but I hope that the above information is helpful. I'm pretty much decided that I will go with DCS as my final choice, but I want to look at Blue Star a bit more, as I am not as familiar with it.