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Vintage stove restoration rebuild
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Post# 932183   4/13/2017 at 11:48 (192 days old) by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

This is a stove I refurbished for a customer. My buddy made a timelapse video, Enjoy!

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Post# 932184 , Reply# 1   4/13/2017 at 12:06 (192 days old) by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

Wow!  Very impressive.  Did you have to use some "newer" parts of was the unit in good enough shape the it was functional?

Post# 932186 , Reply# 2   4/13/2017 at 12:10 (192 days old) by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

I had to add insulation, but everything else is original and simply cleaned/ rebuilt. A little bit of rechroming too.

Post# 932188 , Reply# 3   4/13/2017 at 12:21 (192 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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It is a beautifully restored piece. Unfortunately, those old light by hand models are now outlawed in this state. They would have to be converted to either full pilot or electronic ignition before a certified gas tech could legally hook them up.

Post# 932195 , Reply# 4   4/13/2017 at 12:50 (192 days old) by wiskybill (Canton, Ohio)        
Good job, Eugene!

This is the stove that needed a new oven floor as I recall.

How did you address that?

Looks like I need to make the drive up there to see your shop. Have
family in the area.


Post# 932196 , Reply# 5   4/13/2017 at 12:51 (192 days old) by Travis ()        

Beautiful work!




Hook it up yourself.  It's not hard to hook up a gas appliance.  The gas company technicians in my area were fascinated with my antique appliances.


I've had to fight with a plumber before about not installing a single knob shower faucet to appease code and fight with an electrician about installing a GFCI breaker vs GCFI receptacles in my kitchen.  I didn't want to look at LED indicators on them.


All of this is government overreach.

Post# 932198 , Reply# 6   4/13/2017 at 13:01 (192 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Those Surface Burners look as the same design as a Garland Range from years back.

Post# 932202 , Reply# 7   4/13/2017 at 13:43 (192 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Beautiful work!  I hope a lot more customers like that one keep you busy!

Post# 932209 , Reply# 8   4/13/2017 at 14:28 (192 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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That is really cool - the video is a great way to show off your work.  But now that it's so beautiful, is the customer going to actually use it for cooking?



Post# 932211 , Reply# 9   4/13/2017 at 14:29 (192 days old) by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        
Oven floor

I ended up having to fabricate something using a donor stove. It needed to be a porcelain coated piece. I also had to buy an entire vintage stove to get a few other tidbits to complete this unit.

I certainly would love to do this full time. The pay is good/great, and I really enjoy doing it.

Insulating it was a chore, I had to fabricate another panel for the oven to vent properly.

Post# 932214 , Reply# 10   4/13/2017 at 14:36 (192 days old) by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

"That is really cool - the video is a great way to show off your work. But now that it's so beautiful, is the customer going to actually use it for cooking?"

Ive always wondered. For the amount I charge to do the work, I would be disapointed if someone only used it for a year or 2. I had various vintage stoves in my house for many years, once my wife got pregnant, she demanded that we have a "safe" new (boring) stove.

This particular stove doesnt have a thermostat in the traditional sense. It is called a "heat regulator". It does require semi constant supervision in order to keep an accurate temp. Better than nothing, but not something I think I could ever get used to.

I had one customer that used it everyday, until her 4th kid and she bought a new one. Another customer that I kept in touch with has only used it a handful of times and has it more for decoration.

Post# 932233 , Reply# 11   4/13/2017 at 17:26 (192 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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You're very Handsome... : )

Post# 933263 , Reply# 12   4/18/2017 at 23:35 (186 days old) by Stan (Napa CA)        
Beautiful job Eugene

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My old girl has no regulator/thermostate and it's not terrible to regulate heat.
I use a oven themometer, and once temp is reached, it holds just fine..(as long as I read the themometer correctly) I've been using it daily for years.

I'm curious as to what you used to insalate the oven for your restoration, and what they might have been used for insalation when new?

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Post# 934136 , Reply# 13   4/23/2017 at 20:22 (181 days old) by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

There was no insulation originally. Early insulation would have been asbestos, later fiberglass.

I use an extreme high temp ceramic based insulation. The stuff is good to 2000 degrees. I was able to drop the exterior temperature of the oven by almost 100 degrees.

Post# 935185 , Reply# 14   4/28/2017 at 18:22 by Stan (Napa CA)        
Thank for the info..

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Where Could I get the stuff?
I may do a little resto work on mine, and if I go far enough it would be nice to add.
Keep looking at mine and wondering where to start to take apart! Screw heads are visible but the bolts on the others side are not all accessible… as far I can't tell.
Too bad there's no online cutaway drawing

Post# 935201 , Reply# 15   4/28/2017 at 21:00 by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        

Eugene, I have a 30's Detroit Jewel gas stove. The oven is calibrated on the dial and I believe it has a carbon rod in the back of the oven to regulate the temp. Where these good stoves etc. I have no information as to them what so ever. Thanks, happy baking. Gary

Post# 935245 , Reply# 16   4/29/2017 at 06:11 by Xraytech (S.W. Pennsylvania, near Pittsb)        

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Very nice work.
Do you restore electric stoves as well?

Post# 938349 , Reply# 17   5/13/2017 at 18:50 by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        
Sorry for the delay

Yes, i can restore an electric stove. I can do anything from a freshen up, to a full rewire, restoration.

The carbon rod thermostat is a very crude device. Not very accurate. It will generally get you to your set point, but will require adjustments throughout baking. It's definitely better than nothing, but not accurate like a traditional tstat.

The insulation can be had on eBay. You can buy a 25 foot roll for about $80. Just use the keywords ceramic, insulation, etc. the seller is zoro tools.

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