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Post# 1102766   1/1/2021 at 13:53 (820 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Post# 1102768 , Reply# 1   1/1/2021 at 14:04 (820 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
1957 LKM Electric

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You can run this on either 30 or 50 amps, on 50 amps it is much faster, these have been known to wear out mechanical electric meters, LOL

 

John L.


Post# 1102787 , Reply# 2   1/1/2021 at 17:13 (820 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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Are the 50 amp electric models faster or the gas versions with the 37,000 btu burner?

Post# 1102794 , Reply# 3   1/1/2021 at 17:54 (820 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
1950s Kenmore Hi-Speed Dryers

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Hi Sean, The 37,000 BTU gas models would still be faster, the hi-speed electric models had a total of 8400 watts which translates to around 28,600 BTUs of gas heat.

 

John 


Post# 1102820 , Reply# 4   1/1/2021 at 20:35 (819 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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The match to my Ď57 Lady Kenmore washer! All the way in Oregon.

Post# 1102825 , Reply# 5   1/1/2021 at 21:29 (819 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        
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One of these days I hope I can see one of those 37,000 btu burners start up since I have a friend who has a 1957 Lady Kenmore dryer in gas. If I really wanted to I could convert my Ď63 Whirlpool Imperial dryer to gas but finding all the parts to do the conversion would be tricky.

Post# 1102859 , Reply# 6   1/2/2021 at 05:51 (819 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Road trip, Melvin?


Post# 1102870 , Reply# 7   1/2/2021 at 08:50 (819 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

The performance of both would be improved by having the Lefever felt strip modification performed on the rear bulkhead.


Post# 1102906 , Reply# 8   1/2/2021 at 16:42 (819 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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I wish!

Post# 1102962 , Reply# 9   1/2/2021 at 23:44 (818 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

If I am not mistaken, the early models of these had the cycling burner, not the modulating burner so they were not as fast as the modulating burner models because, while the modulators held a steady drying temperature, the cycling burners had temperature swings while the old heavy disc thermostats had to cool down before restarting the burner.


Post# 1102966 , Reply# 10   1/3/2021 at 00:58 (818 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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I believe the modulating burner came out in 1959 or 1960 sometime since Kenmore started marketing their soft heat dryers in the early 1960ís. Another thing is I believe these also have the type of ignition system where it ignites a small pilot, then after 30 to 40 seconds the main burner ignites and keeps the pilot on until the timer advances to off but I canít point that out for sure since Iíve never seen one of these older Whirlpool/Kenmore gas dryers start up and cycle on and off. Someone really needs to make a video of a Kenmore soft heat burner starting up and showing when it looks like when it begins to turn the burner down. It may sound odd requesting a video of one of these older Whirlpool/Kenmore built gas dryers but there are no videos on YouTube showing what those Whirlpool/Kenmore dryers look like in operation.


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