Saturday, March 7, 2009

Look, there's an oven!

And there's another oven! And there's a third oven! 'Cause our house has three ovens!

Yes, three ovens, but not for long! The reason there are three ovens is because one of the two ovens in our old stove was DOA. It leaked gas and didn't run. We've been looking for a replacement stove to fit in our kitchen ever since. Finding a 40" wide stove that is still operational and hasn't been sitting in someone's basement for a decade or two is a bit of a challenge. Even more of a challenge is the desire to not have a stove with a massive dashboard.

I found the above Grand stove on my local Craigslist, after an extensive search over a 6 state area. It's not quite the stove of my dreams (I would have really really liked one with either six burners or a griddle in the center), but it's pretty darn good. The seller and I have agreed on a price, so it's now just a matter of negotiating a date and time for pickup.

This leads me to another matter:


Crown gas stove

We will be getting rid of our late 1960s stove made by the Crown Stove Works of Cicero, Illinois. Free to anyone who wants it. Even more free to anyone who will volunteer, quickly, to help me schlep it out of the kitchen!

If you have even a small degree of interest in this stove, say something NOW. If you don't want the whole stove, but just need some parts, let me know and I'll see if I can pull them. I can't promise that removal won't involve a reciprocating saw, but I do promise that I'll make my cuts nice and broad and include more material than needed, not less.

Here are the problems with the stove: three of the four burners will not light; one oven will not light; the springs on the oven doors are completely shot. On the good side, I have a set of NOS burner caps for this stove that I'll toss in free.

One More Stove Item

If you're looking for a wonderful 1950s stove, I strongly encourage you to check out this $400 Kenmore in Parma Heights, Ohio.

I went to look at this stove with A. and would have purchased it on the spot had it not been two inches too wide (42"). Actually, I wanted to purchase it anyway, but the voice of reason intervened. It has four burners with a griddle in the center. Underneath, one half is an oven and the other, a broiler. The top burners have a pilot light and the oven and broiler must be lit manually.

I've never seen another unrestored stove of this vintage in this condition. The oven and broiler looked as though they'd never been used. To clarify: they still had that newish sheen! It was hooked up and in use when we saw it. The only thing that did not work was the clock.

Again, if you're looking for a 1940s or 1950s stove, this may well be the one. I firmly believe that it would be worth driving a couple hundred miles to pick up.


Shane and Casey said...

How many full grown men does it take to move one of those things? They look heavy

Christopher Busta-Peck said...

I'm hoping that two will cover it. I'll update this space after tomorrow, when I pick up the stove.

Jayne said...

This is totally off the subject, but I noticed one of the items on your House Wants list was a glass push plate. Rejuvenation has one, but I don't know if it's what you're looking for. Here's the link:
I am drooling over the Eastlake push plate for my own dining room.

Christopher Busta-Peck said...

Jayne, those are nice, but oh, so expensive! I'll probably end up buying some salvaged ones eventually.