I love this stove.
When we moved in, we had some things repaired — the oven door springs were broken and there was a small leak in the range. Luckily, we have a local stove repair shop that specializes in antique stoves. I really wanted to figure it out myself, but the door springs were too tricky. Also, the gas supply line was really old. I was going to replace that myself, but chickened-out when there was a slight discrepancy in bolt size connecting to the stove. Better to call in the professionals. (They also had spare knobs on hand!)
We spent as much on repairs as we would have buying something so-so. About $400.
With the repairman here, he was able to show me how to take apart the range for cleaning (all exposed range parts are removable), and he told me more about the stove than I could possibly find on the vast internet.
This stove has:
- Gas burners that light light up with force and power, much like I imagine an industrial range to have. We’re also able to get a nice low flame without it flickering-out.
- Removable drip pans under the burners for cleaning.
- A griddle between the pairs of burners which I’m in love with. Never has pancake-making been so effortless.
- An oven, though small, which heats up quickly and steadily. It’s sometimes a delicate operation working in a small oven; we have to rotate our goods if we bake more than one thing at a time. And someday we’ll have the thermostat recalibrated, as the temperature is a little high.
- A clock with timer, and a light. We haven’t plugged in the stove, so I don’t know if they work. I bet they do, but not interested in moving the stove out again to find the electrical outlet. (The cord is in good shape, at least.)
- A cupboard, which is pretty handy for storing all the cast iron. I wasn’t too taken by it at first — would rather have a larger oven — but it’s a good use of space after all.
If you’re on the fence about buying or restoring an antique stove, it’s more than worth it.
You know what? I broke the Wedgewood emblem when cleaning it (the knobby tabs that hold the emblem to the stove). I’m going to MacGyver it though, don’t worry.