45 year old 3 burner w/oven...worth a gamble?

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45 year old 3 burner w/oven...worth a gamble?

Postby Treeview » Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:27 pm

Is it worth gambling?

http://austin.craigslist.org/rvs/2751213715.html

Simple matter to hook up a gas bottle. but, what if it needs parts/repair later?

This too:

http://austin.craigslist.org/rvs/2751244017.html

I'm not interested in a water heater. Heating a pot on the stove is simpler.

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Postby Shadow Catcher » Sun Dec 18, 2011 7:03 am

saw one of those, the stove, in a recent restoration that had been powder coated, very nice.
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Postby 48Rob » Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:10 am

I have an electric water heater, about the same size, from an early 50's trailer in my shop.
It has been providing hot water for me, for 19 years now.
I 've replaced the $12.00 element once.

For a good many years, I has a 1930's electric range in my shop.
The kids while growing up practiced cooking on it.

Parts are available for most old appliances.
Sometimes other parts can be adapted to work.
I pulled the range from storage in an old barn, cleaned it up, inspected it to be sure it was safe, added a ground wire and I replaced the elements with off the shelf parts.

Some people like "old" things, such as vintage trailers, and are willing to deal with the occasional repair that goes with owning something old.

For those that want more assurance that things will be worry free, buying new takes a bit of the edge off.

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Postby bobhenry » Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:28 am

My little stove oven was on a scrap truck headed to the recycler when I spotted it.

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It was a friend of mine and he just gave it to me. It was out of a mid 70's large truck camper. So that make it about 35 years old. It needed a new thermocouple for the oven. (It seems that if a stove sets for a long period of time unused the thermocoupley draw moisture and fail). I have a 1937 Magic Chef gas stove in the garage and I would love to be using it but without a standing oven pilot and a very forgetful wife I can just see the explosion.
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Postby 48Rob » Mon Dec 19, 2011 8:09 am

Bob,

Can you show us pictures of your stove?

Is it a full size range, or smaller?

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Postby bobhenry » Mon Dec 19, 2011 2:30 pm

The magic chef is buried so deep in my cluttered garage it would be a 2 day archaeological dig. It is a real pretty celery or maybe pea green with a black/green halo and stripes. I will look on the net maybe I can find a cousin. My sister had it cleaned and waxed to the nines and used it as a display in the lobby of her little cafe.
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Postby bobhenry » Mon Dec 19, 2011 2:45 pm

48Rob wrote:Bob,

Can you show us pictures of your stove?

Is it a full size range, or smaller?



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I'd call it full size. Here is an identical stove just a different color.

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Postby 48Rob » Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:55 pm

OOOH!
That's nice! :thumbsup:

Great Art Deco look!

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Postby len19070 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:15 pm

Many, many LP/Natural Gas appliances have survived because of there simplicity.

Most flaws have been from a clog....everything starts with a piece of dirt.

Clear and clean all open gas areas. Most problems are not before the orficec.

If there are no gas leaks....And if you don't know how to check for this, or have to ask.....Let someone do it for you.

The only items I have ever had to replace are the knobs.

And a lot fit.

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