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ClippyZ Jan 5, 2009 03:34 PM

I'm distraught!! The very old gas range (Glenwood, from the 1960s) in our house just breathed its last, and I'm looking for a replacement. What I loved about it was that it was a regular range, and then above the stove, it had a half oven, which many people actually thought was a very old microwave. Does anyone know if this configuration still exists? I loved having this half oven, and at only 30 inches wide.

Thanks!

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    dscheidt RE: ClippyZ Jan 5, 2009 04:09 PM

    Have you looked into getting your existing stove fixed? There's very little to go wrong in gas stoves that aren't loaded with electronics (which, I'm guessing, you lack...), and it's quite possible to fix whatever is wrong.

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      ClippyZ RE: dscheidt Jan 5, 2009 04:16 PM

      Yes, and unfortunately no-one seems to have the replacement part. Actually, already paid the $70 for the "diagnostic" visit, even though we already knew what was wrong - it's just theromostat (after all, not much else can really go wrong on an old gas oven, right?). Sadly, none of the replacement part companies I have called so far even have the model number of the oven listed because it is so old. But if you have any other thoughts, I'd be exited to hear them! Thanks, dscheidt.

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        dscheidt RE: ClippyZ Jan 5, 2009 05:45 PM

        Well, there are a few things that can go wrong with a gas oven. (The pilot can have problems, the gas valve can go bad, and a couple other things, but a half-decent repair guy should figure that out.) There are people who specialize in fixing antique stoves. If you can find one locally, that would be my first choice. If not, I'd call some up. Also, it's possible to have the thermostat rebuilt. It's a mechanical device -- it consists of a fluid filled bulb (I believe it's ether, but I'm not sure.) which is connected by a capillary tube to the thermostat dial. The pressure of gas in the tube changes with temperature, which pushes on the thermostat, which has a push rod that goes to the gas control. The usual failure mode is that the fluid leaks out, either out of a solder joint that's died of old age, or from a crack, and so it doesn't tell the thermostat to work. Clever people can refill the bulb, fix the leaks, recondition the mechanical bits, and make the thing good as new. It's not cheap, but it's cheaper than a new stove. If you like the stove, it might wel be worth the effort. (particularly if you can't find a stove like this, or it's a strange size and you'd have to remodel to fit a new one)

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      DGresh RE: ClippyZ Jan 6, 2009 02:14 AM

      Not quite what you're looking for but my mother-in-law had just what you have now, and was a big fan of having two ovens in a range, and when it died she put in something called a "Gemini" (looks like Maytag) that has two ovens on the bottom; one is normal size (or almost) and then the other one is a more-or-less half oven It holds more than you'd think.

      1. flourgirl RE: ClippyZ Jan 6, 2009 03:50 AM

        I just bought a 30" GE Gas Cafe Range a few months ago. One of the reasons I chose this model is because it has two ovens. The big one is gas - the second one is on the bottom, is electric, and heats to 450F. It's very handy and so far I love the range.

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