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Post# 954531   8/25/2017 at 23:16 by peteski50 (New York)        

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can anyone comment on this range with the high back! I cant determine if the backsplash is a lighted one or not?

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Post# 954543 , Reply# 1   8/26/2017 at 04:44 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Mid 60s RCA Whirlpool Gas Range

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This model would have a Florescent Lighted back guard.


WP built these ranges themselves and they were interesting ranges that had a lot of innovative features, overall I would probably take a Caloric or Tappan gas range over a WP range during this time period for overall quality.


I love how the gas range industry in their desperation to compete with the beating they were getting from electric ranges used terms in their ads that gas ranges were cool and clean to cook on, LOL.


John L.

Post# 954554 , Reply# 2   8/26/2017 at 06:53 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
I bought a Whirlpool

Electric like this once, When I saw the oven had NO VENT, I parted it out!Cheapest built thing I ever saw.Even a Kenmore has a oven vent!

Post# 954611 , Reply# 3   8/26/2017 at 12:55 by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

Did these ranges have pilot lights? I can't open the picture big enough to read it.

Post# 954640 , Reply# 4   8/26/2017 at 15:51 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

Everything did that far back, I don't think electronic ignition was popular until the 70s, Norge had a push button electric igniter briefly in the early 50s but it never caught on, Detroit Jewel had a electric glow coil igniter in the late 30s but it never caught on either.

Post# 954670 , Reply# 5   8/26/2017 at 18:04 by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

Believe that WP was the user of the individual tiny pilot light (rather than one per pair of burners). They also had the weird blanket-of-flame burners that required electricity to run a fan.

Post# 954690 , Reply# 6   8/26/2017 at 19:20 by cuffs054 (GA)        

Jamiel, do you have any more info on the "blanket of flames"? Sounds interesting!

Post# 954701 , Reply# 7   8/26/2017 at 20:29 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

If you have access to the Searcholator feature, I believe you can put Blanket of Flame in and find earlier discussions.


Any myths about cooler gas cooking are laid to rest when you get a load of the size of the oven vent in that range or any gas range.  Compare that to the 1.75 inch diameter round oven vent in electric ranges which only need an oven vent to equalize the expansion of heated air and carry off moisture.


Brown was another producer of non-vented electric ovens.

Post# 954709 , Reply# 8   8/26/2017 at 20:46 by cuffs054 (GA)        

TomTurbo, I tried the Searcholator but no luck.

Post# 954714 , Reply# 9   8/26/2017 at 21:07 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

You be right. I did not find what I hoped for either.

Post# 954715 , Reply# 10   8/26/2017 at 21:08 by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

I remember reading about them on here.

Also I remember that Whirlpool electric range you got with no vent.

And I also remember reading about a Sunray electric range someone had which also had no vent and the moisture would come out under the door.

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