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Oct 2, 2010 08:51 AM

One day I will have a Chambers stove. Do you have one? If so, tell me about it. The good the bad and the ugly...

I want a Chambers stove/oven/broiler and one day I will own one.
A couple of years ago a man had one on Ebay that I didn't buy because I'm a nitwit.
It was copper, the pix were beautiful, in his kitchen which he was redoing, and working perfectly and $800.
Someone beat me to it, duh, and I just wonder if anyone has one.
If you do would you please comment on liking it or not.
If you don't have one but you have another favorite old type stove, please tell me about that too.
O'Keefe&Merrit, Gaffers and Sattler, Wedgewood, etc.

We used to be in a rental house years ago and it had a Wedgewood that I now wish I'd have asked to buy. It was gorgeous, worked perfectly, had the drop down lid which covered everything, salt and pepper shaker, clock worked, griddle in middle for my tortilla making or flat bread making or lefse making, and we bought a house out of the area and I never gave it a thought until I started realizing these masterpieces are part of Americana.

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  1. We have a Chambers Stove, and would NOT have anything ELSE!!! They weigh around 465 lbs, and used to be advertised that they sold for a dollar a pound--and that was in the 20's - 40's!!!

    We have a 1948 Model B that I tore down to the frame & COMPLETELY restored, to include a safety pilot on the oven. We paid $92 for it in Lawrence, KS...

    How you can cook on/in them is UNBELIEVABLE!!! Put your meat in the oven, follow the instructions, then turn the gas OFF---and the oven continues to cook--due to the rockwool insulation--same with the thermowell...

    SHOULD you be blessed to come across another, do NOT let it slip past!!!


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    1. re: tjsbls

      I'm thrilled for you but must say, just a bit envious :)))

    2. Do we love our Chambers......... We have the counter top with 4 burners and the griddle that
      levitates to become a broiler...... It is the exact stove that is in Julia's TV studio in Boston.
      It must be a late model as it has electronic ignition.
      We had had experience with Chambers which were very popular in Texas about fifty years
      ago. When we ran into ours in a recycling center here in Boulder Co. we snapped it up for
      $250. I was delighted when I found that the gas supply to the burners was adjustable so
      it was easy to convert to LP. Didn't have to buy a thing. Never had the slightest problem
      with it other than having to clean the spider webs out of the venturi once in a while. A pipe
      cleaner is the real deal for this chore.
      The burners work well and one can really turn them down for a perfect simmer.
      we are now keeping our eyes out for a matching wall oven which I suppose they made
      to go with this countertop.
      Good Luck in your quest
      Pablito el gordito

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      1. re: paul balbin

        I did find a drop in stove top online.
        But I want the funny looking very nostalgic whole enchilada :)))

        1. re: iL Divo

          Can you give me a connection to the stove top. I would like to compare it to ours.
          Buy the way, the built in broiler makes the best enchiladas in the world. NM style with
          Chimayo sauce and blackened cheese on top...... Oui la la
          Good Luck

          1. re: paul balbin

            Pablito - we just acquired a 1952 Chambers stove, and I'm so excited to get started. We also live in NM. Would you share your NM style enchilada recipe with me, particularly how it's prepared in your Chambers broiler? Thanks.


      2. wow, I had a Wedgewood like that in SF in the early 90's, loved that thing, also had the built in griddle panel in the middle and the warming oven off to the side. IIRC I could replace a burner with a drop in soup kettle, but that may be another place (I moved a lot between 1983 and 1999)

        that thing was a frickin' workhorse and totally reliable (bit grubby by that point, but for a rental with careless, apathetic roommates what are you you gonna do?) catered a multi-hour brunch for the gallery downstairs on it once.

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          1. My parents were given one as a wedding present back in 1958. It wasn't new, it was given to them by a patient of the doctors that my mom worked for. It looks exactly like the one on Rachel Ray's "30 Minute Meals". It has the oven that cooks on retained heat, and it has a well on the right side. That is stil the stove/oven that my mom cooks every single meal on today.

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            1. re: Barbara76137

              I love your story Barb, oh the memories :) of all the great meals that thing has turned out