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Apr 30, 2011 09:30 PM

Time to replace ancient 26-inch wall oven :(

Hi everyone,
Surely I cannot be the only one dealing with this. Our house, built in the 1960s, features in its kitchen a 26-iinch wall oven, which is way smaller than most these days, but not as small as the next level down in terms of size, which is 24 inches.

Please, tell me I can replace my oven which has died (and which has 50 years of filth in it--they didn't
self-clean in those days!).

Although I should say, we are hoping to remodel our kitchen entirely in a few years since it is the total original 60s kitchen, so I don't want to go nuts customizing something to fit it if it won't fit the new kitchen well a few years down the line.

help??? help!


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  1. A good carpenter can, using shims, make the hole smaller to fit a 24" oven. If you want to go larger...perhaps a carpenter can build a quasi-temporary cabinet. For that, a lot depends upon the current cabinet configuration.

    1. I had precisely the same problem last year when my oven died. A company that still manufactures a single wall oven that fits those openings is "Summit Appliances." They do not sell to consumers but they will hook you up with someone in your area that does. The oven was around $500 and another $100 for installation.

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      1. re: Ambimom

        I'm afraid I got very little help from Summit (in fact, some of the people there were downright RUDE---one of them told me my oven COULDN'T be the size I said it was "because that oven doesn't exist!"). They told me they carry no ovens less than 34" long, but they redeemed themselves in my eyes when another person with their sales department gave me the name of ANOTHER company that DOES carry the smaller ovens.

        That company is A.J. Madison ( ) and in looking there tonight I did find a 24" wide oven that I'm going to call them about tomorrow. (My opening space is 24" W X 26" high or long).

      2. Yes you are not the only one having to replace an old built in small wall oven.
        I am considering the 30" American Range wall oven-gas- which will replace a 1980s Magic Chef gas wall oven so I am facing a similar dilemma as Indy Girl. I will have to enlarge existing cabinet. If I replace with 24" wide gas oven, cabinet work will be minimal but I will have to live with very small amount of oven interior cooking space.
        Choices are: American Range, Blue Star or Viking 30" gas wall ovens
        The American Range so far is the my #1 choice. Does anyone own the American Range 30" gas wall oven?

        1. There are quite a few 27" ovens out there. I hope they'll fit. Otherwise, like E_M said, someone should be able to fill the hole.

          If I'm sure I'll remodel the kitchen in a few years, I may even try to ride it out with a countertop oven.

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          1. re: cutipie721

            American Range 30" gas wall oven? Pros:-the interior oven space is huge plus small amt of energy usage. Cons: doors can get really hot plus this product is new & untested.
            I have heard that AR customer support may be a problem.
            I only have gas no 220 line-can't run one to kitchen-long story. Not much choice in gas wall ovens either than the AR, Viking, Blue Star or
            Maytag. Maytag is small but gets great reviews. SS Maytag is pricey-$1000 for a basic product.
            Anyone buy the American Range gas oven?
            Thank U!!

          2. It's dead and you're planning on doing a reno in a couple of years anyway.

            I'm going to continue cutiepie's heretical direction and say go buy a countertop oven and not buy a replacement. The replacement and whatever you need to do to get it to fit is only going to take away from your eventual reno so why not save the $$$ and get the oven you want in the cabinetry you want when it comes time to do it. If you buy an oven now, you'll be spending extra to re-integrate it into the reno which will just eat $$$.

            The advantage is that you'll have a backup oven if you do that US Thanksgiving thing once the reno's done. In the interim, go to someone else's house for turkey or deep fry outside.

            And for the eventual oven: Miele's MasterChef double oven. You won't be sorry.