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Now THIS is a Magic Chef!!
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Post# 747233   4/3/2014 at 01:18 (2,186 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

Not one of the modern day imitations!!!

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Post# 747234 , Reply# 1   4/3/2014 at 01:20 (2,186 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
If I had..

Some extra money and a VERY much younger back to lift with! This would just about fill up the wall where my range is!!!LOL

Post# 747321 , Reply# 2   4/3/2014 at 13:50 (2,186 days old) by washdaddy (Baltimore)        

Now that's the type of stove that you could definitely do some serious down home cooking on!

If you ever walk into a home with that stove in the kitchen I'd say you are about to certainly get some good eatins'!

Post# 747334 , Reply# 3   4/3/2014 at 15:10 (2,186 days old) by oldskool (Kansas City, MO)        
Serious Stove

Is it really from the 1920's?


A very nice piece of equipment.


As Sandy says, for the archives.  It's beautiful.  How much AC tonage would one need to offset the heat it would put out?

Post# 747351 , Reply# 4   4/3/2014 at 16:35 (2,186 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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It appears to be in nice shape and all.  I know very little about commercial ranges, but I do know that I have seen dozens of ranges with identical features in church halls and school cafeterias over the years.  Most have been South Bend or Vulcan but I have seen a Magic Chef on occasion.  I could be wrong, but that stove looks post-WWII to me.  Could even be as late as the early 1960s.


In many municipalities these days it would not be legal (read-fires or other damage caused by such range not covered by insurance) to install such a range without a commercial exhaust hood, air make-up unit and chemical fire suppression system.

Post# 747352 , Reply# 5   4/3/2014 at 16:36 (2,186 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

No, not from the 20's; I'd say 50's or 60's. With the exception of the clock, it looks just about like the commercial gas ranges sold today.

Post# 747373 , Reply# 6   4/3/2014 at 18:17 (2,186 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
I found a ad for it dated 48

But this was there big home range, not a commercial...Flourescent light and clocks were not used on commercial stuff.

Post# 747397 , Reply# 7   4/3/2014 at 20:18 (2,185 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Mansion Range

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This was a range for a super-large house with a full compliment of servants, including a cook called Cook. This was for the sort of house you see in Newport, Rhode Island - for the really rich rich.

In a household like that, you needed near-commercial capability. A typical day's work for it would include breakfast for family and guests, a lunch for Milady and her friends (where they might discuss the merits of Jungle Red nail polish and the like), a five o'clock tea with pastries and sandwiches, and then a seated dinner. In the good old days of money that had manners, a formal dinner in what Emily Post termed a "great house" was usually for 24 people.

In addition, staff and children had to be fed. Staff always ate separately from family, children did on formal occasions until they were teenagers who had proved they had the deportment expected at an adult function.

It made for a busy kitchen.

Post# 747405 , Reply# 8   4/3/2014 at 20:41 (2,185 days old) by stevet (West Melbourne, FL)        
Just wondering....

I would not be surprised if they bought this range and then found out that they could not insure their home especially if this was a true "commercial" range.
The knobs and tstat dials look much more modern than a 1920 mfg date but could have been updated.
I venture to guess they cut out their old cabinets(see the patch on the edge of the left cabinet). That range should have been set up higher than the cabinets to avoid burning the countertop and cabinets.

There are numerous reasons why a range that old could be a disaster waiting to happen. Not the least of which could be the lack of oven pilot safety valves to prevent the burner gas from flowing if there is no pilot to ignite it and the lack of insulation in these ranges would preclude them from being placed directly adjacent to cabinets and back walls.
Magic Chef did make commercial ranges but they were nowhere near as popular as Vulcan, Wolf, SouthBend or Garland. The liability issues alone have prevented those companies from producing or marketing their products for the home market.

Who knows??? maybe they did a complete renovation and the local inspector dinged them on the range for not meeting the fire codes as well as their insurance company.

Post# 747422 , Reply# 9   4/3/2014 at 21:38 (2,185 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
These ranges,

DID have oven pilots and full insulation as they were CP rated.

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