Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Arrival

Well, my Tappan Deluxe Owner's Manual arrived this past weekend, and it is everything I had hoped. It shows you how to remove things like the manifold cover and the actual gas burners for cleaning. I am much less afraid of the stove now that I realize how simply it works. I am also oh-so-much-more brave in taking it apart to clean.

In reading through the Manual, it's actually kind of shocking the faith those companies had in Jane Q. Public. I mean they give instructions on removing the burners & cleaning them. Today, you would never find a stove company providing that kind of instruction for fear of a class action lawsuit.

From the looks of the water, I'm the first to learn that both the manifold cover & burners actually could be removed in a long while. And I was quite proud of myself for discovering there are removable drip trays that had not seen the light of day for many years, if ever. All of these pieces looked alarmingly rusted until they hit the water. Then they cleaned right up like new.

Oddly, the water has the vague scent of beef bullion. But, we won't dwell on that.


John said...

Wow, great stove! It does almost look new after all the cleaning.

Joe said...

This is an excellent series of posts. Please keep them coming. I can't wait to see how it turns out.

Shirley said...

I don't know why but cleaning the stove looks like a fun job!

Kat_RN said...

The stove looks a bit like the one my Mom had when I was little. Hers had a double oven. Congratulations, great find.
Kat RN

Allison said...

I commend you for doing all that work. We had a similar stove and loved it -- until it started leaking gas... then it went bye bye.

StuccoHouse said...

More as it progresses :-)

Shirley - It is kind of fun. Well, so far.

Kat - I would have loved a double oven. Only saw one the entire time I was looking. My mom had a double oven stove for years.

Allison - you must have been a little scarred by your stove....you've posted that comment on every one of my stove entries ;-) Actually, as I take the stove apart I realize how simply it works. There's not a lot that can go wrong that couldn't be fixed fairly easily....but there are probably more sources online now than there were a few years ago.

Anonymous said...

i love this, go you.

Christopher Busta-Peck said...

A while ago, I said that the idea of restoring a stove scared me - and now, once we move in, I'm about to start working on this stove. Right now, only one burner and one half of the oven function properly. I do so hope that they can be cleaned out.

What you've posted here will help.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if it would be possible for you to send me a scanned copy of your instrustion manual... I have this same stove, Although I think yours is in better shape. I would love to see the manual because parts of this treasure remain a mystery. Good work... let me know,,,:D

Charles said...

I love your blog. My family discovered a Tappan Deluxe in my grandmother's basement after she passed recently and I managed to claim it. After reading your blog, I'm excited to attempt my very own restoration. Have you scanned your manual? I would love to be able to read the entire owners manual! My email is cmastrop@gmail.com.

StuccoHouse said...

Charles - What luck to have a vintage Tappan in the family! I'm working on getting a copy of the manual. It's time consuming, but I'll post to my blog when I have something ready to go.

Susan said...

It is so exciting to find your article on the Deluxe. I purchased one at a flea market in Atlanta in 1997 and love it. The thermostat was bad and one orifice (is that right?) was also bad. With no internet at the time I had to rely on a local gas guy for repair. We sent off to Robert Shaw for a new thermostat but the orifice is not the same so now it works but I can not get the front panel on because the new stem is to short. I'm so excited to find your article I could go on and on and would love to rifle you with questions. I'm going to try to find a manual but would be happy to pay you for a copy of yours in the event I can not find one. Is that a possibility? Please email me at susanhammond456@yahoo.com
Thanks, Great Job!

Anonymous said...

i have a Tappan Deluxe stove. I am unsure of the year. How do you determne the year and model number?
also. does anyone know how to insulate it? I live in Mpls, MN

StuccoHouse said...

Anonymous - The model number of a Tappan Deluxe in on the top of the main control panel in the right hand storage compartment.

A Tappan Deluxe comes with very thick insulation surrounding the stove & broiler. Are you looking to replace the original insulation for some reason?

If you click on the "Tappan" label below this post, you will see a number of posts showing the original insulation on my stove.

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