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Old Frigidaire Range
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Post# 752150   4/23/2014 at 16:27 (2,134 days old) by tsteves5 ()        

Very clean. Habitat for humanity re-store in Littleton CO. $100

Post# 752203 , Reply# 1   4/23/2014 at 19:30 (2,134 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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That appears to be a '49 RM-45, a single-oven upper-MOL range. It was based on the previous year's TOL double-oven RK-70, the Frigidaire range I grew up with.

Only thing that makes me question the year is the present of those thin interwound elements in place of the Radiantubes that were a '49 intro.

Damn thing weighs nearly three hundred pounds. That one in the photo looks like it's really pretty minty.

Post# 752310 , Reply# 2   4/24/2014 at 06:43 (2,134 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Sandy, the thinner coil radiantubes makes me think that this is a 1948 RK-60.  I don't have photographic evidence, however.

Post# 752322 , Reply# 3   4/24/2014 at 07:57 (2,134 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Those elements had SERIOUS heating pattern issues. Medium, which is the heat usually used for baking griddlecakes, only heats a small loop in the middle which is not going to spread heat evenly across a griddle or skillet. Maybe with the lower wattage, medium high was needed for the task. They were a far sight faster than Frigidaire's original surface units from the 30s where they recommended having an electric tea kettle to use for boiling a small amount of water. The original elements were so heavy that recipes for the range suggested that if an element was used to boil water for coffee, once it was switched off there was enough heat left to fry bacon and then eggs.

Post# 752445 , Reply# 4   4/24/2014 at 20:20 (2,133 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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Actually, that sounds about right. The range in the pic above has the thin elements our RK-70 had, and that range was definitely a '48. I have seen this range style with the fat Radiantubes (see pic below), and I know it was carried over for a little while as an MOL choice after Frigidaire came up with new TOL styling.

I'd be willing to bet that Ben swestoyz has all these variations pictured in his collections of literature.

Post# 754953 , Reply# 5   5/4/2014 at 18:50 (2,123 days old) by usmadefender10 ()        

I have an RK-60; looking for those heating elements. Have one that is a no-go and want to get some in the event of future failure. The range is just super-talk of the house when people come over.Anybody out there know of a source please let me know.

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