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Post# 745451   3/27/2014 at 02:21 (1,274 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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After many fits and starts, my Caloric Ultramatic has finally arrived to it's new home in Brooklyn.

36 inches of good 'ole American iron. Just a quick wipe down before I tear into it.

 

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I don't know about you, but that panel reminds me of the Jupiter 2 control panel on Lost In Space.

The florescent light works, but flickers badly. Needs to be replaced.

 

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Post# 745452 , Reply# 1   3/27/2014 at 02:24 (1,274 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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With the stainless drip bowls

 

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With the white, porcelain drip bowls.

 

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Post# 745453 , Reply# 2   3/27/2014 at 02:27 (1,274 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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With griddle.

 

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With fifth burner.

 

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Post# 745454 , Reply# 3   3/27/2014 at 02:31 (1,274 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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The oven, the light works. Can't help wondering if there is something missing on the sides of the oven bottom. Those gaps look odd.

 

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The Ultra-ray broiler and rotisserie. Missing the spit rod. The valve for the Ultra-ray is bent, but I have spares. 

 

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The second broiler.

 

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Post# 745455 , Reply# 4   3/27/2014 at 02:42 (1,274 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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The timer works fine, the light comes on near the end of the cycle. Meat probe is missing. Frown

 

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The clock is dead, but the buzzer works. The meat selector turns, but stiffly. I guess it needs lube.

 

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And those nifty buttons. Red controls the oven light. Turquoise controls the control panel light. Next is a oven temperature ready light and finally an outlet.

 

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Post# 745457 , Reply# 5   3/27/2014 at 02:48 (1,274 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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I plan to do a complete cleaning then testing before it goes into service. The clock will be repaired and some chips on the porcelain addressed. Oddly, the word "Ultramatic" is no where to be seen. I suppose it was removed by some over zealous cleaning by the prior user. Bummer. We'll see how all the burners work, hopefully they're all good.  Now if only I could get my hands on an owners manual and a shop manual. Haven't seen the model tag yet. Would love to know what year this was manufactured. Stay tuned.


Post# 745458 , Reply# 6   3/27/2014 at 03:47 (1,274 days old) by ozzie908 (Lincoln UK)        
Superb looking stove.

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can I ask how old it is?

It has surely had a very proud owner as its in wonderful condition and looks like its hardly been used!!

Austin


Post# 745459 , Reply# 7   3/27/2014 at 03:58 (1,274 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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That's a really nice-looking range Louie!


Post# 745460 , Reply# 8   3/27/2014 at 04:09 (1,274 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

The control panel does remind me of the Jupiter 2! It also reminds me of the 61' Frigidaire washing machines/dryer with the clam shell control panel. The design is also slightly German too.

Not that I am a stove expert, but by the way this range is fashioned, I would say 1962-65 or so. That range looks to be very clean. Hopefully, it won't take too much to get it 100% functional again.


Post# 745467 , Reply# 9   3/27/2014 at 05:53 (1,274 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
BEAUTIFUL!!

This will be a keeper I bet!

Post# 745476 , Reply# 10   3/27/2014 at 07:13 (1,274 days old) by moparguy (Virginia)        

Wow, congratulations, that is one AWESOME stove!!! I have never seen such a fully equipped, futuristic design on a Caloric, and it looks to be in great shape. And I totally agree that the cool dash looks like it came right out of the Jupiter!


Post# 745481 , Reply# 11   3/27/2014 at 07:50 (1,274 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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That is one fully-featured range!  Have you been cleaning and detailing or is this how it was found? It's in spectacular condition by the photos, someone took good care of it.


What is the knob on the far left side of the range over the broiler?

 

Congrats on a great new addition - G


Post# 745490 , Reply# 12   3/27/2014 at 08:56 (1,274 days old) by moparguy (Virginia)        
Year

By the way, the year appears to be about 1962... check out the advertisements on ebay, there are a couple of 1962 Caloric ads that look like your range, though of course they could have made the range in that design for a few years. That dash is just amazing, and your stove is in such great shape!




Post# 745497 , Reply# 13   3/27/2014 at 09:22 (1,274 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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@ Austin. Thanks! This particular design was introduced in 1962. However I think mine is a bit newer. Perhaps 1964 or so.  Cosmetically, it's in fairly good condition. I just gave it a quick wipe down when I got it home. A full detailing is coming up.

 

@Phil. Thanks Phil!

 

@Allen. Thanks! Well the fun is just beginning. These are complex stoves. You wouldn't believe the amount of wiring in the control panel alone. As I mentioned, the clock is dead, so we'll see what will it take to revive it. And I still have to hook it up to the gas line. Keeping my fingers crossed. 

 

@Hans. Thanks Hans! I've always liked this design. This will replace my current stove, the Slattery.

 

@Jeff. Thanks Jeff!

 

@Gan. Thanks Gan. The knob on the far left is the control for the Ultra-ray broiler. The valve needs to be replaced.


Post# 745498 , Reply# 14   3/27/2014 at 09:26 (1,274 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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Does anyone know where I can find the model number on the stove?


Post# 745501 , Reply# 15   3/27/2014 at 09:45 (1,274 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
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WOW Louie it looks like it is starting to clean-up well, the model tag is usually under the cook-top somewhere, I would look at the rear of the center burner, griddle area for an embossed aluminum tag.

Glad you are fixing this range up, I know that I probably would have never gotten to it although I always liked it. I have only three gas ranges that will be installed at the museum at this time, ALL are Colorics and one is the gas-convection-microwave range that Mark71 in Minneapolis saved for us and Smitty and I picked up last August during a heat wave.


Post# 745515 , Reply# 16   3/27/2014 at 11:27 (1,274 days old) by Davey7 (Chicago)        
Oven Controls

Very nice, it does look very German.

What kind of oven control does it have? Like Robert Shaw modulating flame?


Post# 745519 , Reply# 17   3/27/2014 at 11:40 (1,274 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Louie, as you well know, stiff things generally perform better with lube . . .

 

Ditto what others have said about the styling and condition of this beauty.  I'll take a guess that the porcelain drip bowls were an upgrade, but I think the stainless ones do an excellent job of carrying the bling theme from the backsplash down through to the control knobs.

 

That fifth burner is a real surprise!

 

You won't be able to help but enjoy using this fabulous range!


Post# 745531 , Reply# 18   3/27/2014 at 13:00 (1,274 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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Beautiful stove in new looking condition. I especially like the center simmer burners that you really can control the heat. I would love to find a similar 30 inch model that would fit in my kitchen. Friends of mine used to have a Caloric with the upper Ultra Ray broiler that did a fantastic job. Unfortunately it was destroyed when their house burned.

Post# 745534 , Reply# 19   3/27/2014 at 13:29 (1,274 days old) by AtomicT (Middletown, NY)        
Such a beauty!

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That is one heck of a nice stove.  Love the griddle and the fifth burner.  I've got the rotisserie in my 30" and I love it. Hope you find the spit rod..


Post# 745540 , Reply# 20   3/27/2014 at 13:53 (1,274 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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@ Davey. Thanks! I have no idea what kind of oven control the Ultramatic uses.

 

@ Ralph. LOL! I was wondering who was gonna' catch that line. Wink I think I'm going to use the stainless drip bowls. It will go well with the stainless hood vent.

 

@Tim. Thanks Tim. I have to admit I am a complete novice when it comes to this stove. That's why I'd really love to find an owners manual.

 

@Tony. Hey thanks Tony. I was wondering where online I can find a replacement spit rod. So the search has begun!

 

 


Post# 745542 , Reply# 21   3/27/2014 at 14:08 (1,274 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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Louie, it obviously has a few pilot lights, not electronic ignition. The center simmer burners work by turning a top burner control a full 180 degrees until the whole burner lights and by turning back halfway to off, just the center remains on. You rarely can scorch anything with those burners as you can adjust even the centers to an even lower flame. To be on the safe side, I would have a gas technician make sure everything is ok before using it.

Post# 745555 , Reply# 22   3/27/2014 at 14:49 (1,274 days old) by mattl (Flushing, MI)        

Very nice range! I wonder if the meat probe is fairly generic. My '59 frigidaire's probe has a large phono type plug as does my new Electrolux oven. It may just require getting a probe with similar resistance, I'd guess back then there were only a few manufactures so it may be interchangeable.

Regardless, enjoy you find!


Post# 745579 , Reply# 23   3/27/2014 at 16:29 (1,274 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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Hey thanks for the info Tim. I think it has 7 pilot lights. My dad sold and serviced major appliances for decades. He's going to look into it after I finish cleaning it up. Trust me, gas appliances I do not trifle with.


Post# 745584 , Reply# 24   3/27/2014 at 16:42 (1,274 days old) by washdaddy (Baltimore)        

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Louie-

Could it be that the bottom of the regular oven is designed that way to allow the heat from the burner assembly to heat the oven properly? If the sides in the bottom of the oven were covered up there would be no direct way for the oven to heat up.

Rick


Post# 745587 , Reply# 25   3/27/2014 at 16:47 (1,274 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        
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Glad you got someone you can trust, good old Dad. I think you will love the Ultra Ray broiler. Its basically the home version of a restaurant infared broiler and works great. Wow, 7 pilots is alot. My father shut off the 1 pilot in the Kenmore I grew up with saying the pilot wasted too much gas. But I envy you with that nice stove and Happy Cooking! Now, if I could find a replacement burner somewhere for my 1965 Caloric gas grill, thats specially made cast iron, I'd be very happy.

Post# 745624 , Reply# 26   3/27/2014 at 19:18 (1,274 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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Yeah I thought of that Rick, but wouldn't the bottom have some holes punched into it? I mean my Slattery has a full bottom, save for some holes punched into it.


Post# 745626 , Reply# 27   3/27/2014 at 19:25 (1,274 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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I noticed the Ultra-ray oven doesn't have a light. Too bad. I wonder if I can add one. I'm not sure there are 7 pilot lights, just a guess. You should start a thread on that Caloric grill Tim, you might get lucky finding that part.


Post# 745629 , Reply# 28   3/27/2014 at 19:38 (1,274 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
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This Stove came with the white burner bowls, The chrome bowls came from a slightly later Coppertone range I stripped for parts for this range [ the bowls are not SS and they will rust easily if not keep very clean. ]

This range has 5 pilot lights which will easily burn about $15 a month worth of gas.

The oven does not have a modulating oven thromostat, almost all gas range manufactures abandoned these around 1960. The main reason that they disappeared was that it was hard to have an oven temperature below 250F with one and electric range makers were already tearing into the sales of gas ranges and one of the many superior features of ALL electric ranges was that you could set an oven temperature as low as 140F. You will notice that almost gas range manufactures advertised Low Temperature Oven for keeping food warm after around 1960.

The coolest thing about this range [ other than the cool styling ] was the two burner-with-a-brain surface unit controls, and the ultra-ray broiler and rotisserie.


Post# 745634 , Reply# 29   3/27/2014 at 19:51 (1,274 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        
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I will try to find my owners guide and scan a picture of it in a new post for my grill so everyone can see what it looks like. Unfortunately, their are no parts numbers and nobody has been able to help with all the parts places I have contacted.

Post# 745643 , Reply# 30   3/27/2014 at 20:04 (1,274 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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@John. Thanks for all the info!

 

@Tim. Hey you never know, a picture is worth a thousand words.


Post# 745644 , Reply# 31   3/27/2014 at 20:06 (1,274 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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Let there be light!

 

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Post# 745647 , Reply# 32   3/27/2014 at 20:14 (1,274 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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That thing looks like a brand new stove. I would love it if I could fit anything more than 30 inches in this kitchen

Post# 745658 , Reply# 33   3/27/2014 at 20:50 (1,274 days old) by mom11 (Dundee, MI)        
All I can say is...

Wow, Wow, WOW!!! Such a beautiful old gal. I have been on the hunt for a good trustworthy vintage stove for our new (old) house. I'm just so afraid of the gas factor on a vintage range. How did you find this beauty.

Congratulations on a great kitchen lady.


Post# 745683 , Reply# 34   3/28/2014 at 00:07 (1,274 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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One of the nicest control panels I have seen! 


Post# 745688 , Reply# 35   3/28/2014 at 00:15 (1,274 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
I LOVE it!

Old enough to have pilot lights, which I consider a BIG plus! I despise that old click click stuff!!

Post# 745733 , Reply# 36   3/28/2014 at 08:46 (1,273 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Click Click Click Click Click

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Hans my electric ranges don't click at all

Post# 745770 , Reply# 37   3/28/2014 at 10:23 (1,273 days old) by washerboy (Arkansas)        
5th burner

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Congrads!!!!! if I had a new toy like that I'd be in the kitchen every day!!! It's very impressive but what I love the most is the 5th burner...I always host holiday meals and 4 burners are never enough..I always think "all I need is one more". Every holiday meal and sometimes once or twice a year when I host a dinner party...I have to drag out the electric skillet and because my oven is small I have to  use a small convection oven I have on the back porch. I hate the convection oven......I tell myself I don't know how to use it properly..but really I think it's just cheap junk. Thanks for sharing..the pics are awesome!!!


Post# 745818 , Reply# 38   3/28/2014 at 12:30 (1,273 days old) by Davey7 (Chicago)        
7 Pilots?

I'm surprised there are that many. My OK&M has five (two for main burners - shared, one for griddle and one each for broiler and oven) and they look comparable for number of "features" (I mean gas operated burners and ovens).

Post# 745843 , Reply# 39   3/28/2014 at 14:48 (1,273 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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@ Tim. I know prior Ultramatics came in 30". Not sure if this model came in that width though.

 

@ Lisa. Hey thanks Lisa. Gas stoves are quite safe. Our gas Slattery is still going strong with hardly a repair for over 48 years.

 

@Hans. I couldn't agree with you more Hans! I despise that clicking sound!

 

@Mark. Yeah that 5th burner is going to come in handy. Although the griddle will be used far more often.

 

@Davy. Actually I was just guessing about the pilots. John (Combo52) wrote it actually has 5 pilot lights.


Post# 745862 , Reply# 40   3/28/2014 at 16:05 (1,273 days old) by hydralique (Los Angeles)        
Congrats on this!

It's a really pretty range with an unusual design; if the Jetsons had had a range it would surely have looked like this!


Post# 745877 , Reply# 41   3/28/2014 at 18:11 (1,273 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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Thanks Hydralique!


Post# 745884 , Reply# 42   3/28/2014 at 18:31 (1,273 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Re Electric dont click!!

LOL...Aint it the truth!LOL

Post# 745913 , Reply# 43   3/28/2014 at 19:52 (1,273 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I have two of the portable Caloric Ultra Ray broilers that run off propane for picnics. The are porcelain throughout except for the stainless steel burner and handle.

John and I removed a late 50s, maybe 1960, pink Caloric from the curb one night. I have the light from the back. It was a more rounded version of this style.


Post# 745935 , Reply# 44   3/28/2014 at 21:09 (1,273 days old) by epixstar128 (toledo,Oh)        

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This is on my wish list of stoves nice find man

Post# 746053 , Reply# 45   3/29/2014 at 13:03 (1,272 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
1962 Caloric Ultramatic Heritage Series

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I've been looking for one for about 5 years... there was one in W. Mass a while ago, now I wish I'd gotten off my rear end and gone to get it - best looking gas range EVER imo, even better than Chambers Model "D"... congrats Louie, great find!

Post# 746976 , Reply# 46   4/2/2014 at 00:10 (1,269 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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Thanks Eric!

 

Thanks! Believe or not Roger, I found about this particular stove from a "dead" thread. I inquired about it and it was still available. It took awhile but I guess it was destined to come to Brooklyn. I'm going to put the Slattery up for sale, after I give it a thorough cleaning. It won't wind up at the scrapers, not if I can help it.

 

I haven't worked on anything since last Saturday, recovering from a nasty head cold. Everything is gone except for a nagging cough. Hope to restart operation Ultramatic this weekend. Smile


Post# 746984 , Reply# 47   4/2/2014 at 01:59 (1,268 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Nice "Ultra" and hope you can get the lettering on the fluorescent light panel to say "ULTRAMATIC" again!

As well as whatever metal is missing on the floor of the oven,too...


-- Dave


Post# 747101 , Reply# 48   4/2/2014 at 14:27 (1,268 days old) by fisherpaykel (BC Canada)        
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VERY NICE range, I had noticed the burner-with-a-brain in the photos prior to reading Combo52's post, that phrase coming instantly to thought, thanks for putting that in print, Combo 52, that got me wondering what other marketing phrases are "burned into the brains" of appliance fans, Super Surgilator, Roto-Swirl and..........?

Post# 747439 , Reply# 49   4/3/2014 at 22:30 (1,267 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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Thanks Dave, I need to figure out what year this particular model is from, and where the "Ultramatic" script was. Then comes the fun part, finding the part with the script intact.


Post# 747441 , Reply# 50   4/3/2014 at 22:31 (1,267 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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Thank you Walter!


Post# 747524 , Reply# 51   4/4/2014 at 07:55 (1,266 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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that light panel is way too cool.....it will make your kitchen sparkle big time....

might have to trade that Maytag in for an 806 model to light the way!...


Post# 747591 , Reply# 52   4/4/2014 at 14:07 (1,266 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        
Trust me Yogi

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I thought about that. Now to find a mint 806. Wink


Post# 747592 , Reply# 53   4/4/2014 at 14:10 (1,266 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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what?...no more fresh out of the box 806's?

Post# 747595 , Reply# 54   4/4/2014 at 14:16 (1,266 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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You get them all. Wink


Post# 747822 , Reply# 55   4/5/2014 at 14:02 (1,265 days old) by fjg1973 (Linden, New Jersey)        
1962 Caloric Ultramatic

I have the same stove but a different model that came with my house when I bought the house in 1989. I actually built my new kitchen around that stove because it's built so well. My model has the Caloric and Ultramatic on the glass and the panel below the glass is coppertone and black paint. My model does not have the middle grill or the meat probe. I guess it's the model just below yours. The Ultra Ray high broiler and is the best. The top Burners boil water really fast. What's amazing is the whole stove is porcelain including the back and feet. I do need parts so if you know of a place where I can get any, please let me know.

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Post# 747843 , Reply# 58   4/5/2014 at 15:10 (1,265 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        
Beautiful stove Fred...

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I believe mine is a slightly newer model. And you're right about the quality construction. Pity manufactures don't believe in that anymore.




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Post# 747845 , Reply# 59   4/5/2014 at 15:24 (1,265 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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I  forgot to post pictures of the drip trays. As you can see, they have the recommended temperature settings for different foods when using the Thermo-Set burners.

 

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Post# 747854 , Reply# 60   4/5/2014 at 15:54 (1,265 days old) by fjg1973 (Linden, New Jersey)        
1962 Caloric Ultramatic

You will love cooking on this stove. The oven really retains the heat very well, pie crusts, bread, everything comes out even. The Ultra Ray High Broiler Rotisserie is the best and very easy to use. You just slide in the rod and it automatically starts turning. Only commercial stoves today have this type of broiler. Your stove is absolutely beautiful, and your right is a new model than mine. They made that particular stove up until 1967 all looking slightly different but the same. I would say that your model year is about 1964 or 1965 and the top of the line then.

Post# 747855 , Reply# 61   4/5/2014 at 15:54 (1,265 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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Since this is directly related to the Ultramatic, here's the link for "An Unusual Find...Vintage Kenmore Range Hood" :

 

http://www.automaticwasher.org/cgi-bin/TD/TD-VIEWTHREAD.cgi?46218

 

...Vintage Kenmore d


Post# 747905 , Reply# 62   4/5/2014 at 19:04 (1,265 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Thermo-set Burner Drip Trays

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Only came with models with the Burner-With-a-Brain top burner, and the instructions only pertain to that the automatic burner.

Beautiful Range Fred, it is hard to tell which one is newer, but the copper colored trim usually is a little earlier. Coloric like a few other stove builders allowed you to custom order ranges so it is rare to see two exactly the same, especially on the nicer models.

John L.


Post# 748077 , Reply# 63   4/6/2014 at 11:46 (1,264 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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Hey thanks for all the info Fred. I was wondering how the rotisserie worked. While the stove is circa 1965. The knobs may be earlier, I saw a '59 Caloric with the same knobs.


Post# 748223 , Reply# 64   4/6/2014 at 20:44 (1,264 days old) by fjg1973 (Linden, New Jersey)        
1962 Caloric Ultramatic

There is an issue with the knobs, the metal used to separate from the knob. That's the problem I have. However, some people would purchase new knobs at that time when they were available. Maybe your knobs were replaced at one point. Just be carful cleaning the stove, DO NOT put the knobs, the porcelain drip pans, the porcelain drip trays that you showed above that slide below the burners or the top burner grates, the porcelain broiler pans into the dishwasher. It will take off the finish and make the porcelain porous. You can put the chrome ones into the dishwasher. When cleaning the oven, do not heat the oven and then spray oven cleaner, that will take off the finish and make the porcelain porous. Also, the oven door slides off for easy cleaning and the Ultra Ray High Broiler has a Pilot Light which most people used to turn off. I had to turn mine on. The pilot light controls are on the right side in the front of the stove under the right front burner. I think your stove has 5 pilots because of the grill. Mine has 4, two on the top and one in the Ultra Ray Broiler and the oven. If you have any questions, just let me know.

Post# 748238 , Reply# 65   4/6/2014 at 21:15 (1,264 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
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Hi Fred , generally good advice, but a DW will not ruin porcelain finishes unless you wash the item about a 1000 times or more. However one of the best ways to clean porcelain parts is to run them through a Self-Cleaning ovens clean cycle, I did this with this Coloric range that Louie bought from me, the drip trays, white burner bowls, the porcelain top burner assemblies and the black burner grates were all cleaned this way before we let it go to remove the heavy burned on grime.

Post# 748252 , Reply# 66   4/6/2014 at 22:09 (1,264 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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The knobs are definitely Caloric, not after market. I do have the same knobs you have, but am missing 2. Would love to find them and switch all the knobs. These are so much nicer.  Thank you very much for all the info Fred, really appreciate it! Laughing

 

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Post# 748268 , Reply# 67   4/7/2014 at 00:31 (1,264 days old) by fjg1973 (Linden, New Jersey)        
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Hi John, that was the mistake I made when I put those items in the dishwasher. The dishwasher took the finish off the black portion of the knobs and turned it slightly gray and rough. It also took the finish off the grates and anything porcelain, everything became porous and lost the shine the first time I did it. I never had this problem when I sprayed easyoff in the sink over the grates and then run water over them, the porcelain always remained shiny. I didn't use anything strong just regular dishwasher detergent. The prople who lived in my house before me did not have a dishwasher, I installed it after I renovated the kitchen. The porcelain was in perfect condition until I placed those items in the dishwasher. If you look at my pictures closely at one of the grates, you can see how much of the finish came off. I use window cleaner and wipe the exterior down with paper towel and the stove shines.

Post# 748321 , Reply# 68   4/7/2014 at 03:56 (1,263 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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Fred, would you mind posting more pictures of your Caloric? Such as of the oven and Ultra-ray broiler? And if you have the spit rod, a shot of that? Also, I'm curious, where do you turn on the control panel light? Thanks!


Post# 748337 , Reply# 69   4/7/2014 at 07:00 (1,263 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
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Hi Fred, I would certainly not put Bakelite parts along with items that have paint on them in the DW, but have never seen a DW etch glass or porcelain enamel in one washing [ almost all DW tubs used to be coated with porcelain enamel ] and it would start to deteriorate after thousands of washings.

When I got the stove for Louie I stripped another slightly newer Coloric 40" double oven range, so he has a box full of extra parts, I will also post when I find anther Coloric range with similar parts that either of you guys might need.


Post# 748341 , Reply# 70   4/7/2014 at 07:27 (1,263 days old) by fjg1973 (Linden, New Jersey)        
1962 Caloric Ultramatic

Hi Louie,

I took out the green turn knob to turn on the panel light because its not working. Also the red oven switch is starting to go. I'm trying to find these switches. So I have a switch that is plugged into the wall on the top of the panel light. Look above and you will see it on the left side of the stove on top of the panel light. I'm at work now, when I get home, I'll take pictures of the Ultra Ray Spit Rod its a special kind that slips into the indentation on the bottom front of that rack to hold it in place and it also has a black handle that screws into the front of the rod. I'll upload them tonight.


Post# 748406 , Reply# 71   4/7/2014 at 11:08 (1,263 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta Georgia )        
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wow, those are sharp looking. I like both ...there's one available on Craigslist but it's no where as nice as both of yours, imho.





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Post# 748421 , Reply# 72   4/7/2014 at 12:12 (1,263 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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Hey Fred, Looking forward to the pictures. I wonder if an after market switch could be used for your stove. The switch for the oven light on mine is a bit iffy. You have to fiddle with it so it can work.


Post# 748422 , Reply# 73   4/7/2014 at 12:13 (1,263 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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Nice Caloric Phil. Early fifties I think. Looks like it has a room heater as well.


Post# 748425 , Reply# 74   4/7/2014 at 12:28 (1,263 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        
WAY TO GO LOUIE

I LOVE it!!!

Post# 748428 , Reply# 75   4/7/2014 at 12:32 (1,263 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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Thanks Andy!


Post# 748501 , Reply# 76   4/7/2014 at 15:57 (1,263 days old) by fjg1973 (Linden, New Jersey)        
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Hi Louie, here are the pictures of the rotisserie rod spit assembly.

Post# 748502 , Reply# 77   4/7/2014 at 16:00 (1,263 days old) by fjg1973 (Linden, New Jersey)        
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Another one where you slide the assembly into the Ultra Ray High Broiler you have to use the last grove so that the spit will meet the electric motor so that it can turn.

Post# 748503 , Reply# 78   4/7/2014 at 16:01 (1,263 days old) by fjg1973 (Linden, New Jersey)        
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here is a closer view of the rod spit.

Post# 748506 , Reply# 79   4/7/2014 at 16:02 (1,263 days old) by fjg1973 (Linden, New Jersey)        
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Post# 748508 , Reply# 80   4/7/2014 at 16:04 (1,263 days old) by fjg1973 (Linden, New Jersey)        
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Post# 748510 , Reply# 81   4/7/2014 at 16:06 (1,263 days old) by fjg1973 (Linden, New Jersey)        
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Here is the switch I use to turn on the electric with the panel light on. Look all the way to the right where the red oven switch is there is a hole where the actual green panel switch should be but I took it out.

Post# 748511 , Reply# 82   4/7/2014 at 16:07 (1,263 days old) by fjg1973 (Linden, New Jersey)        



Post# 748516 , Reply# 83   4/7/2014 at 16:35 (1,263 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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Wow Fred, THANKS! Now I know how the spit rod looks like. Is that the pilot light flame of the Ultra-ray I see in reply #77?


Post# 748524 , Reply# 84   4/7/2014 at 17:25 (1,263 days old) by fjg1973 (Linden, New Jersey)        
1962 Caloric Ultramatic

Yes that's the pilot light. The pilots don't take up much gas and our rates for Elizabethtown Gas and Brooklyn Union Gas are really cheep where we are. It's really cool how it works. You have to push in the broiler knob and turn it on, however, it does not turn the gas on immediately. Another larger flame heats up this rod that begins to glow and then then gas will go on. The oven works the same way, be careful not to damage that piece of metal otherwise the broiler and oven will not work and it's expensive to have it fixed, I know I already broken it on another stove. I don't know all the technicalities as to how it works. The ultra ray burner is amazing when the gas is on it glows and is so powerful. I actually use that broiler more than the oven and the bottom broiler. I want to see if I can get parts like the light switches and have the grates reporcelained. I knobs are all loose, chrome metal separated from the black knob.

Post# 748543 , Reply# 85   4/7/2014 at 18:54 (1,263 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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My 19 year old Whirlpool has the same bigger pilot system when turned on BUT with the annoying click until the spark lights it and then about 30 seconds later the burner lights once the thermocouple heats to temp. Those Ultra Rays are essentially the same, only smaller, than an institutional infared broiler and are the absolute best I have ever seen for home use. I have seen many of those like the one from Boston Craigs list with the end heater, both kerosene and gas. They were very common here in New England. Good friends had an eye level Ultra Ray with lower oven and regular broiler below the cooktop and boy, did that baby cook things great. Unfortunately, they had a major fire in their house and the one thing they wished they could have saved was the Caloric.

Post# 748578 , Reply# 86   4/7/2014 at 20:43 (1,263 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
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The little rod that heats red hot when the pilot size increases has mercury in it and when heated it expands a little bellows in the oven safety valve to open a valve and allow the full gas to flow to the burner. There is NO Thermocouple on any of the ranges being discussed here, generally TCs were only used till around 1960 on domestic gas ranges, gas water heaters and several other gas appliances still use TCs however.

Constant burning pilots on gas ranges should always be adjusted as SMALL as possible and they should never have much if any yellow-white color at the tip. Constant burning pilots not only consume a LOT of gas but they also do SERIOUS damage to any metal range parts above and near the pilots flame, these small pilots also produce a signifant amount of carbon monoxide. We get many calls a year when people purchase a really good carbon monoxide detector and have an older gas range that still has CBPs, if they are not adjusted properly and sometimes even when they are set to the proper specs it will register a CM reading and even set off the alarm in a tightly constructed home.

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Post# 748589 , Reply# 87   4/7/2014 at 21:29 (1,263 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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I had no idea those things we always called a thermocouple that were the same in stoves and water heaters that a pilot actually worked on mercury. It heated up and turned the burner on. Oh boy, I will have a hazardous waste fee if I ever get rid of this old Whirlpool stove. But a constant burning pilot is out of the question here with propane being way over $4/ gal., and I will never see natural gas here, just 8 miles from me is the pipeline and those that spent big bucks on converting are not happy now that it over doubled now in price over the winter that refuses to go away.

Post# 748605 , Reply# 88   4/7/2014 at 22:41 (1,263 days old) by epixstar128 (toledo,Oh)        

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Post# 748613 , Reply# 89   4/7/2014 at 23:35 (1,263 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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A couple of pictures of the Ultra-ray broiler.

 

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One thing I had forgotten to mention, when I got the stove home, the Ultra-ray had become dislodged sometime during transit. It was hanging from the aluminum support in the rear, where the pilot light is. How can I tell if there was any damage?


Post# 748790 , Reply# 90   4/9/2014 at 00:05 (1,262 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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A better shot of the Ultra-ray:

 

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Six of the eight handle supports are chipped.

 

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Thankfully I had purchased spares, so I'll be replacing them all.

 

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Does anyone know what went here? Perhaps this had something to do when the Caloric came equipped with the room heater option? Sorry about the Easy Off.

 

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Post# 749247 , Reply# 91   4/11/2014 at 01:54 (1,259 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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So I removed the handles and cleaned the doors, handle supports and handles.

 

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I used some Nu Finish scratch remover for the handle supports after washing them. Shined them right up.

 

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There was some light rust spots in the back of two of the handles, but they buffed right out.

 

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Reinstalled.

 

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Post# 782018 , Reply# 92   9/6/2014 at 21:33 (1,111 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        
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After a long hiatus, I finally went back to the Ultramatic. Here the top was lifted. Extremely heavy.

 

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Post# 782020 , Reply# 93   9/6/2014 at 21:40 (1,111 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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My dad replaced the bent burner valve with a spare.

 

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Post# 782023 , Reply# 94   9/6/2014 at 21:47 (1,111 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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Oven thermostat. look at all those wires!

 

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Post# 782026 , Reply# 95   9/6/2014 at 21:50 (1,111 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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Post# 782027 , Reply# 96   9/6/2014 at 21:53 (1,111 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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Burner support for center burner/griddle And more wires.

 

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Post# 782028 , Reply# 97   9/6/2014 at 22:01 (1,111 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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I guess it was stored outdoors at one time.

 

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Post# 782029 , Reply# 98   9/6/2014 at 22:05 (1,111 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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Center burner/griddle with "Burner with a brain".

 

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Post# 782034 , Reply# 99   9/6/2014 at 22:21 (1,111 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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The rear of the control panel. Looks like it has been tampered with at one time. Notice the empty male connectors and the electricians tape on the wires.

 

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Post# 782036 , Reply# 100   9/6/2014 at 22:27 (1,111 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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Clock and timer. It hums when plugged in, but will not run. Hopefully it just needs cleaning and some lubrication.

 

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Post# 782038 , Reply# 101   9/6/2014 at 22:29 (1,111 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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Post# 782039 , Reply# 102   9/6/2014 at 22:31 (1,111 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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I think I'm gonna' have a good cry now.

 

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Post# 782063 , Reply# 103   9/7/2014 at 04:47 (1,110 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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Formally "My Caloric Ultramatic"

 

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