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Remember when pro-style ranges were a novelty? Now practically everyone owns a Viking. To stand out, design aficionados are turning to the next big thing: buying and restoring vintage stoves. Start with a copy of "How to Locate and Purchase the Right Antique Stove" ($18.95; antiquestoves.com ), which comes with a year's worth of free consultation. Look for ones built after World War II, which come with modern safety features and full insulation (expect to pay a few hundred dollars, plus repairs). Make sure it has all its parts and check its temperature readings with a thermometer (it shouldn't be off by more than 50 degrees). Sites like antiquestoves.com and antiqueappliances.com provide service and parts nationwide. Now get cooking.