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GE General Electric Stove/Oven - Like New Condition - $100 (Mercer)
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Post# 753844   4/30/2014 at 12:43 (2,127 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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OK, SO IT'S GREEN...but isn't it a nice one?

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Post# 753870 , Reply# 1   4/30/2014 at 14:24 (2,127 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
i would say....

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it's a pretty nice one, even if it is avocado green!
it is a "self-cleaning" G.E.
maybe not "top of the line" but not too far down from "top of the line" (i think??).

Post# 753871 , Reply# 2   4/30/2014 at 14:26 (2,127 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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It's beautiful - very well kept. I wouldn't kick it out of my kitchen.


Post# 753894 , Reply# 3   4/30/2014 at 15:53 (2,127 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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That's what we call an "upper-MOL" range, for "upper middle of the line." It's not the nicest range they made, but it's a very nice one.

It has P*7 self-cleaning, an automatic oven, an oven door window, two convenience outlets (one timed), a lighted cooktop and the Bakelite knuckle guard for the oven door handle.

It does not have Sensi-Temp.

This combination of features would put it in perhaps third position in the line, behind the TOL J 757 and ranges like my upper-MOL J 370, which does have Sensi-Temp.

The range is pre-1971; it's not in that catalog, and the pushbutton switches were on their way out across the entire line in '72, though not completely gone yet.

Post# 753905 , Reply# 4   4/30/2014 at 16:53 (2,127 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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i definitely noticed the "P*7" (self-cleaning) feature on this stove. in fact, because of you, that is one thing that i always notice about the GE stoves & ovens now!
hm hm hm......

and i even pick up on the chrome size around the oven-door window (when there is an window in the oven door). and of course, the most important feature to me, either the push button or rotary knob burner controls.

the other details, i haven't quite picked up on just yet. but again, i am just learning about different appliances. even if i'm not planning on getting all of the appliances i'm learning about. it is fun to find out about vintage appliances and see pictures of them!!!

so thanks to you sandy, i have learned some of the details about vintage G.E. stoves & ovens!!!
hm hm hm.....


Post# 753910 , Reply# 5   4/30/2014 at 17:08 (2,127 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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You are learning fast. Not too long ago, you were having a hard time telling one Maytag washer from another, and now you can "read" the control panel to guess which model it is.

It won't be long before you're doing that with ranges, too.

Post# 753913 , Reply# 6   4/30/2014 at 17:28 (2,127 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
ha ha ha.....

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and because of you & others here in the group, now if i upgrade from my GA208 it would have to be an A806!!!

at first, i was really wanting more to get;
first; an A608 (because it had the exact same buttons as the A208)
secondly; either an A606 or an A806

but now, because i know what all the button selections on an A806 are, i think, if i was to upgrade from my maytag GA208, it would HAVE to be an A806.

and i know this because, i've had 2 chances to get 2 different A608 maytags, and i think before, i would of really been "gung-ho" about getting them. but since i know more about the A806, it's like, i can either take the A608 or leave it. and obviously, i've left 2 of them, cuz i haven't replaced my GA208 as of yet.

and plus, i am really happy with my GA208. i haven't tried washing a blanket it in there. but i have a feeling that my GA208 would be able to handle washing a blanket without any problems!!??!!
hm hm hm.....


Post# 753928 , Reply# 7   4/30/2014 at 18:19 (2,127 days old) by washdaddy (Baltimore)        
Out of curiousity--

When it comes to burner controls...what is preferred...buttons, or knobs.

I know that pushbutton use to be very popular but was eventually phased out.

I've only had knobs on the electric burners that I've had and was just wondering what other people prefer if they had their choice.

Post# 753931 , Reply# 8   4/30/2014 at 18:34 (2,127 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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There were two main drawbacks to pushbutton burner controls:

1) They were an absolute bastard to keep clean. They were notorious for picking up kitchen grease, and if you spent time carefully cleaning every little button, you got to do it all over again the next time you fried something. GE seemed to have a special genius for putting the buttons exactly where they would get the dirtiest. Only in the later '60s did they seem to have some regard for the problem.

2) They could not meet safety requirements imposed in the '70s that required two separate motions to turn a burner on. That requirement is the reason that burner control knobs have to be pushed in and then turned today.

Post# 753979 , Reply# 9   4/30/2014 at 21:50 (2,127 days old) by washdaddy (Baltimore)        

Thanks for that point of view. I totally agree with what you are saying. I was just wondering..that's all.


Post# 753985 , Reply# 10   4/30/2014 at 22:10 (2,127 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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I agree, too. I love butons, but after owning these multi-button Oster blenders, I can vouch for the cleaning hassle. I like those larger button models, if I had to choose - like the TOL you posted some time ago, Sandy.


Post# 753986 , Reply# 11   4/30/2014 at 22:13 (2,127 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

I prefer pushbuttons...Sandy is exactly right about keeping them clean....but I rarely fry anything...and NEVER without using a splatter reason for liking them is this, you know exactly what heat you are going to get everytime, it is true infinite controls are more flexible, but as they age they tend to "drift"..that is you may set your switch for simmer, and get anything from a fast boil to nothing...with the pushbutton system, it never varies, I learned this watching my Aunts who had GE and Hotpoint PB ranges, they were used to them, so they knew exactly what heat to use for different things...pressure canning for example...hi until exhausting was completed, and pressure was up to about 8 pounds...switch to third and 10 pounds would be held almost exactly everytime....As for the government regulations...well...yall know how I feel about that...and freon,asbestos, how much water a washer can use, outlets on range backs etc..they should stay out of my affairs!!LOL

Post# 753988 , Reply# 12   4/30/2014 at 22:14 (2,127 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
The large button...

Hotpoint and GE models are MUCH easier to clean because they are so close together, they very rarely get dirty.

Post# 753991 , Reply# 13   4/30/2014 at 22:18 (2,127 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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I would like to just use a pushbutton control stove, since infinite controls is what we've always used since I was a kid. I can adapt to anything - and the pushbutton engineering sounds reliable enough to never worry about drifting, which can occur; all new information to me. Thanks for the feedback, Hans.

Post# 754062 , Reply# 14   5/1/2014 at 05:29 (2,127 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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If you'll look at the TOL 40-inch model pictured above, you see that GE finally responded to years of complaints about the cleaning hassles with buttons.

As you've noted, the buttons were made far larger, something that GE had already tried back in '57 with the "piano-key" pushbuttons on TOL ranges. This made them easier to clean.

But they were also moved to the opposite end of the range from the burners. This helped enormously. It did not entirely eliminate the problem, but a reasonable housekeeper could keep the range clean without having to be totally OCD about it.

Post# 754106 , Reply# 15   5/1/2014 at 08:56 (2,126 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Hans is absolutely right about the fixed heat switches. I checked with someone who canned on a GE so I knew when to switch the heat, just like he says and that was before I had the 5-10-15 three piece regulator and had to watch the gauge on the 16 qt. Presto. Hotpoint called them Recipe Heats because they corresponded to what recipes said to use. The heats eliminated the guessing and fiddling with dials that you get with infinite units and, as John noted after I put a pot roast in the pressure cooker on the 8 inch element of the 1954 Frigidaire range and then drove to Dulles Airport to pick up my mother, there was no chance of a fixed heat control sticking in the cycling and running wide open under a pan. I left it on LOW instead of MED. LOW since it could cook along at 10 pounds for the length of the trip which was longer than the usual pressuring time. We got back to a house that was filled with the aroma of pot roast. The roast was done and all I had to do was cook the potatoes and carrots in that rich broth for 10 minutes and we ate.

The Presto pressure cooker worked on our GE ranges on 3. Rice, veggies, potatoes were brought to a boil on high and finished on low. Oatmeal and grits were finished on Warm. It was all simple. Meats were browned on 3 and finished on low. We noticed instantly when boiling pasta that, unlike with the gas stove, the boiling only stopped for a few seconds when the pasta was added and then, instead of leaving the heat at High, we could use 2 for the duration. Since the heat was going more into the bottom of the pan instead of rising along the sides, the boiling action rose up from more toward the middle instead of the sides which helped avoid splashing over the sides.

The one change I had to make between my experience with the GE ranges and the Frigidaire ranges with 5 heats was that nominal quantities of foods cooked in water were finished on Simmer instead of Low and Simmer was helpfully placed right next to High on the dial to make switching easy.

Post# 754223 , Reply# 16   5/1/2014 at 17:31 (2,126 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Re Stuck contacts!

I would NEVER leave a range with infinite heat switches un attended, My Aunt Georgie had a Hotpoint with infinite heat and one of the switches stuck while on low, She just happened to be in the kitchen and catch it, or it would have been a smoked up house and a burned up pot!

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