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A different Kenmore range
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Post# 727968   1/16/2014 at 01:00 (2,437 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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How does the upper oven door work on this range? Is it an oven or a storage compartment? The wood paneled bottom door is kinda different too. I think it's attractive.

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Post# 727972 , Reply# 1   1/16/2014 at 01:13 (2,437 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Looks like someone went the cheapest route for additional storage, but that is the freakiest upper oven set up that I have seen!

Given the extra set of knobs, that is probably what it is and quite a expensive layout, too... Does it work like a folding door? I can't see this a very practical feature that anyone would have more than briefly stuck with it...!

-- Dave

Post# 728020 , Reply# 2   1/16/2014 at 06:59 (2,437 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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Others here can confirm, but I think the center panel (upper oven) conceals a view window. The right-most handle actually opens the oven door.

Definitely a premium Kenmore model.


Post# 728037 , Reply# 3   1/16/2014 at 08:47 (2,437 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Post# 728038 , Reply# 4   1/16/2014 at 08:50 (2,437 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Post# 728039 , Reply# 5   1/16/2014 at 09:07 (2,437 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Wow! I've never seen a stainless steel oven door or panel like that on an upper oven before! It wasn't to 'hold in' stray microwaves in one of the early models with the microwave on top?? LOL

Post# 728098 , Reply# 6   1/16/2014 at 14:58 (2,436 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Does that say "Roast-A-Matic" ?  Love that.


This range is so hideous it nearly comes full-circle back to beautiful!

Post# 728135 , Reply# 7   1/16/2014 at 18:07 (2,436 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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I wonder - is that a lighted panel that goes the full width of the stove, above the burners? If so, would be nice if they took a shot of it lit up.

Post# 728141 , Reply# 8   1/16/2014 at 18:35 (2,436 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
I Wonder....

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....If that funky upper-oven door was Kenmore's answer to the complaints they surely had to contend with - Kenmores of the later '60s and the '70s were well-known for branding you if brushed up against one that had its oven on.

Post# 728146 , Reply# 9   1/16/2014 at 18:58 (2,436 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        

It never fails there is always something "new" here. I think it is from sometime in the 1970's because of the angle at the front of the cooktop?

Post# 728162 , Reply# 10   1/16/2014 at 20:22 (2,436 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut) hideous it nearly comes full-circle back to beautiful!

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Reminds me of those silly Whirlpool TOL's with the man-cave wood veneer panels, designed to go with your moose head and picture of the dogs playing Texas Hold 'Em.


Who made these stoves for Sears? Whirlpool or the people that would become WCI? Looks like a wonderful stove to cook on and with all those bells and whistles I think it's fair to expect that there's a rotisserie in there somewhere.

Post# 728184 , Reply# 11   1/16/2014 at 21:58 (2,436 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Bells and Whistles...

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and your little dog too!

Post# 728261 , Reply# 12   1/17/2014 at 07:09 (2,436 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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Reply #4: The "Roast-A-Matic" has to be a meat thermometer.

Reply #7: I would be willing to bet that glass panel is backlit.

Reply #10: Sandy - careful about disin' those woodgrain WP's, one of our members (I'm thinking it's RevinKevin) has a matched pair; they're pretty rare.


Post# 728263 , Reply# 13   1/17/2014 at 07:15 (2,436 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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Twasn't me dissing woodgrain WPs - that was Ken.

Sheesh - I get blamed just because I always refer to the stuff as Ye Olde Fayke Woode Graine.... ;)

Post# 728268 , Reply# 14   1/17/2014 at 08:39 (2,436 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Roper made Sears ranges. Music hath charm and Roper made Charm high oven ranges under their own label.

Post# 728284 , Reply# 15   1/17/2014 at 09:27 (2,436 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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Sandy - please accept my apology for that faux pas! (not to be confused with faux woodgrain).

Ken - please note my comment about the WP above.

I need to learn to know when to stay quiet!


Post# 728291 , Reply# 16   1/17/2014 at 10:14 (2,436 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
No me desculpo

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Don't get me wrong, I'd LOVE to have a pair of those with their 2-way-to-open station wagon dryer doors. I'd probably replace the phony woodgrain panels with Kodalith panels depicting a Filter-Flo pair or maybe some pictures of the George Washington Bridge and Chris Christie (if it would fit).

Post# 728389 , Reply# 17   1/17/2014 at 20:22 (2,435 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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The ad calls that color "sage." It doesn't look like the typical avacado green, more like it was painted with Andersen's Split Pea Soup. Maybe it's just the lighting.

brush, roller or sprayer?

Post# 729815 , Reply# 18   1/23/2014 at 02:58 (2,430 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        

Twintubdexter, my monitor agree's with your monitor?

Post# 729871 , Reply# 19   1/23/2014 at 11:32 (2,429 days old) by retropia ()        

It makes me wonder if the lower oven fronts are actually real wood, perhaps to match the cabinets of the kitchen it was in originally? Sort of like matching cabinet front panels on high-end dishwashers and refrigerators?

And if that is the case, how did they keep the wood from drying out or warping from the heat of the oven? Or, catching on fire during oven self-cleaning? The only thing I can think of is perhaps there there was an air space behind the wood panel, between it and the actual oven door, plus some kind of insulation behind the wood panel.

Even fake wood, such as an injection-molded plastic panel or laminate, wouldn't be able to withstand the heat without some engineering magic.

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