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In 1997 I bought an old home,
circa 1906, in Denver, Colorado. Not much had been done to
improve the house over the years, and in the kitchen was a wonderful gas
range from the 1940s. It seemed in good shape, but over time the oven
temperature began to decrease until finally I was unable to
cook anything in it. The burners worked fine, but the knobs became
increasingly difficult to turn. I procrastinated for a year or two
meanwhile shopping around for a new stove. Most of my friends advised me
to pitch the old stove and buy a new one–you know, one of those marvelous
self-cleaning jobs with all the bells and whistles.
Well, I just couldn’t see condemning the
old Roper to the landfill and thought
it would be wonderful to restore it and keep it going.
After all, it was already older than I and seemed to be built like a tank!
I cruised the internet and found The Old Appliance Club web site
Jack Santoro, founder of TOAC, was a
jewel to put up with me. In the end, I had the
thermostat and safety valves rebuilt, and replaced one thermocouple for
the oven. The worst part was cleaning the 60 years of grease that had
accumulated in the stove. It took a lot of time and patience, but I got
the whole thing put back together with the help of a friend or two. It was
amazing to learn of the simplicity and precision of its workings.
I am thrilled and feel rather
proud that I restored it myself. Everyone who comes in my house admires
If you’re in doubt about
restoring your old stove, take a chance.
It’s worth the effort!
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