Monday, November 24, 2008

Anyone want a Crown stove?

Crown gas stove

I wrote about our Crown gas range a while ago. The stove appears to have been made in the 1960s.

It is not in good operating condition, although the PO claims that it was the last time she tried to use it. When we tried to use it, we were only able to get one burner to light and one half of the oven to light. According to the repair person that came out today, the complete burner units need to be replaced, and they are hard to come by. Additionally, some part in the oven (I'm unsure which one, though I suspect A. may be able to tell me) also needs to be replaced.

We're going to look at a great looking stove we found on Craigslist tomorrow evening. If you know of a source for the parts that we need and can let us know before that time, I'd appreciate it. Alternately, if you want the stove, or want some parts off of it, I'd be more happy to accomodate. I can hold onto it for a while, but not too long...

The stove we hope to get looks like it should be fun. It's another double oven stove, and has a griddle in the center, too! As is often the case, the clock doesn't work, but I don't see that as a real issue.
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Jason said...

If it'll fit in your opening (or even if you can make the opening fit *it*), then that's a killer find!

I toss around the idea of re-configuring an old freestanding gas stove for our kitchen. My wife and I have an enduring battle over finding things that strike the balance between looking original and modern convenience. Replacing all the light switches with pearl-inlaid push-buttons is out, and I'm afraid an old stove would get vetoed for the same reason. I'm willing to compromise by pairing it with a slick stainless fridge and dishwasher, so perhaps this battle is not yet at an end.

Christopher Busta-Peck said...


It's two inches wider than the existing opening. I'm trying to find a way to make it fit. The real issue at this point is twofold: 1. the stove won't be available for another two weeks, as the current owner needs to have a 220v line installed in her kitchen for the stove that will replace this one; 2. the top of the stove is rather high, and would make for a certain challenge with regard to the installation of the new countertop I expect to install behind the stove.

As for finding great vintage stoves, there are a surprising number of them available at very reasonable prices, if you look locally on Craigslist. I've even seen some really incredible ones within driving distance (sort of - 130 miles). Check out this one, for instance. You know you want to. I'd try to convince my better half that this was the one for us, if only we had a kitchen that it would look right in.

wdiht said...

Hi Christoper,

It's been awhile since your post. I just bought a Crown stove and am picking it up this weekend. Do you still have your old Crown stove? You are right, parts are hard to find, so I'm just wondering if yours are still around...: - ).

Christopher Busta-Peck said...

Sorry, the stove is long gone.

wdiht said...

Thanks for letting me know! Best wishes on your projects!

Michelle Maher said...

I have a similar Crown stove. It works. Anyone know the value?

Michelle Maher said...

I have a similar Crown stove. It works. Anyone know a value?