Thread Number: 91391  /  Tag: Ranges, Stoves, Ovens
Who made this vintage wall oven
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Post# 1159022   9/7/2022 at 21:56 by Floyde (Los Angeles, CA)        

Can some one tell me maker or model. Opens like a fridge. Hinged on the right

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Post# 1159024 , Reply# 1   9/7/2022 at 22:09 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        
most likely

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Westinghouse.

My Aunt had that when she built her ranch house in '72


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Post# 1159026 , Reply# 2   9/7/2022 at 22:44 by Steved (Guilderland, New York)        
Pre WCI

Westinghouse

Post# 1159030 , Reply# 3   9/8/2022 at 01:36 by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield, East Midlands, UK)        
Definately

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Westinghouse

Post# 1159034 , Reply# 4   9/8/2022 at 03:17 by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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It looks like that oven could date back to the days of "Instant On" TV sets.


Post# 1159043 , Reply# 5   9/8/2022 at 06:57 by steved (Guilderland, New York)        
better view

Here's a similar oven

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Post# 1159056 , Reply# 6   9/8/2022 at 11:38 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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I don't believe any of these were self-clean

Post# 1159074 , Reply# 7   9/8/2022 at 16:12 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

You are right.

Post# 1159105 , Reply# 8   9/9/2022 at 03:26 by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield, East Midlands, UK)        
Double Oven

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April 1976 but that style was around for a good while

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Post# 1159129 , Reply# 9   9/9/2022 at 11:26 by turquoisedude (.)        

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This style was incredibly popular here in Québec in the late 80s and early 90s - most often they were WCI brands like Frigidaire or Kelvinator.  I've worked on a couple for friends over the years!


Post# 1159178 , Reply# 10   9/9/2022 at 21:51 by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

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Am almost certain that WCI sourced them from their Quebec plant until it closed about 10 years ago.

Post# 1159182 , Reply# 11   9/9/2022 at 22:17 by SudsMaster (California)        

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I'll be sticking with my GE P*7 wall oven. Door opens "normally" and it also can do an awesome self-clean. Granted I don't bake a lot, mostly use it for cooking pre-made entrees (like frozen lasagna). And for stuff like steak, chicken, and turkey I use the propane fired grill with rotisserie out on the patio.

Eventually I'd like to convert that to NG, but it gets used so sporadically it's not really worth the effort. Especially since I discovered the propane tank to grill hook up wasn't fully sealing. Fixed that a couple months ago and now a new cylinder is lasting much longer. LOL. Safer, too. I've also started shutting off the cylinder at the tank, once cooking is done. That's kind of a chore, since the tank is hidden inside a cabinet in a difficult-to-reach location, but it can and has been done regularly. The difficult location is probably why at least one tank had a slowly leaking hook-up. I was wondering why the propane was getting consumed so fast. Duh!


Post# 1159241 , Reply# 12   9/10/2022 at 19:13 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

This design eliminated the heavy metal hinges and springs in the traditional downward opening doors. If there was a cheaper way to do it, they found it, like the lower dishwasher rack that had no wheels, just glides that slid along the rails in the tub and eventually wore holes in the tub.

Post# 1159273 , Reply# 13   9/11/2022 at 03:57 by SudsMaster (California)        

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There are some advantages to the bottom hinged door over the side hinged door.

Namely, the bottom hinged door provides a convenient platform on which to rest items as one is loading or unloading the oven.

There may be other reasons but that's all I can think of at the moment.


Post# 1159278 , Reply# 14   9/11/2022 at 04:53 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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bottom hinged doors are safer than side hinged or french doors.

Post# 1159281 , Reply# 15   9/11/2022 at 05:52 by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield, East Midlands, UK)        
Westinghouse

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I have checked back through my old kitchen brochures and this style of Westinghouse oven was around from at least 1970 if not slightly before.

Whilst drop down doors have their advantages, and seem pretty universal in built ins these days, side opening doors have their advantages too, especially in smaller kitchens where you would have to stand beside the oven with the door open rather than in front of it


Post# 1159293 , Reply# 16   9/11/2022 at 08:55 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Just like the side hinged doors in the ranges with high and low ovens like the GE Americana, you have to make sure that the door is opened far enough that you don't accidentally hit its hot surface with your arm when lifting pans in and out of the oven. The French Doors on the Frigidaires, being narrower and having heavier hinges, were somewhat safer and took up less room in small kitchens.

A friend's parents redid their kitchen in 1970 and used this Westinghouse double oven with the big dials.


Post# 1159304 , Reply# 17   9/11/2022 at 10:53 by Adam-aussie-vac (Canberra ACT)        
All this Oven talk is making me think

How come there was never an oven that instead of having a door open from the side or from the top down, why did they have it mounted like over a stove or over a kitchen counter and the bottom of the oven drops down to reveal the different oven shelves are so instead of opening a door you just push the button and gently the racks are all exposed from the bottom upwards So like the base of the oven is the actual door

Post# 1159309 , Reply# 18   9/11/2022 at 11:08 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Check your medication.

Post# 1159312 , Reply# 19   9/11/2022 at 11:31 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Post# 1159332 , Reply# 20   9/11/2022 at 17:07 by SudsMaster (California)        

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I have never found it necessary to "stand aside" when removing or adding to any drop down door oven. And I'm of relatively average adult height.

Post# 1159341 , Reply# 21   9/11/2022 at 19:46 by Lotsosudz (Sacramento, CA)        
I thought it was a good idea

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My sister had a duplex, that had one of these. When loading large items, [turkey, roasts] it was very handy, as it was easier to heft the roasting pan in and out of it.
David


Post# 1159351 , Reply# 22   9/11/2022 at 21:40 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
My cousin

Built their house in 1966, this was the oven they used, Westinghouse ovens are wonderful baking ovens.

Post# 1159445 , Reply# 23   9/13/2022 at 08:40 by turquoisedude (.)        

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I've used drop-door and side-swing ovens, both in ranges and on built-in oven units but my absolute fave is the Frigidaire Flair "swing up" oven door!  It works best for me (I'm not tall) and I find with increasing joint issues that getting a pan or dish out of the oven is so much easier when I don't have to reach over an oven door... 

(Now, what shall I do when I get that 66 Frigidaire Electri-Clean range baking again... LOL) 


Post# 1159451 , Reply# 24   9/13/2022 at 09:59 by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Westinghouse side swing oven door wall ovens

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These were good baking ovens, relatively simple in design and construction but had lots of wiring problems like other Westinghouse cooking products of this time.

Most frequent problems were burned up wires and contacts on the thermostats and burned wires on the bake and broil elements which were very difficult to fix you had to take the whole oven out of the wall and take it completely apart As well as burn wiring and cheap clocks which would keep the ovens from working at all.

The side swing doors were cheaper build and handy in some locations but more dangerous to use as others mention you can bump your elbow on the hot door and might cause you to drop some thing you might also pull a pan or something out of it and tip it back on to yourself and scald yourself with hot liquid where the door would normally protect you if it was below what you doing.

This design of an also did not feature a self cleaning oven or even a variable broil control so they were pretty simple and not very versatile.

John L


Post# 1159499 , Reply# 25   9/13/2022 at 19:16 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        
#23

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"It works best for me (I'm not tall)"

FWIW- lol
I don't know if it's your picture or...that you look like someone I knew who was 6'4".
I don't think of you as not being tall.


Post# 1159542 , Reply# 26   9/14/2022 at 07:47 by ozzie908 (Lincoln UK)        
Neff Hide N Slide is the best one

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For getting out the way.... But the most problematic when needing to take apart for cleaning.!!


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