Saturday, June 07, 2008

Tappan My Toes

It was so hard to keep my mouth shut this week. After quietly searching for the past few months, I finally found and bought a vintage stove. I agreed to buy it last week off of Craig's List, but couldn't line up a mover until this morning. I was stressed all week that someone else would swoop in, make a better offer and steal the stove from right under my nose.

When I first started looking, one of my friends joked about the psychos I would meet on Craig's List and then lived to regret that when he was forced to accompany me on each stove possibility. Except for the guy who would not give out his address until I was in my car ready to drive on the phone with him (I skipped it), everyone I met was quite nice. The PO of this stove could not have been more nice or realistic about what it takes to get a stove back to decent condition. $250 stove & moving. Not a bad deal.

Meet the newest member of the StuccoHouse household. A late 1940's - early 1950's Tappan Deluxe gas stove. It is in working condition. Needs to be cleaned head to toe, the usual repairs/safety check and a little bit of glam (chrome). You can't see it clearly in the photo, but it has the cutest little timer & a suggested cooking time thingy-majig. More photos as I start to clean it.....

Any guesses on age or restoration advice welcomed.



33 comments:

Jenni said...

It is beautiful...If stoves can be beautiful?

VickeryKnits said...

Oh my gosh! Beautiful! I'll want to know how it goes because I was just gifted a 50's double-oven Wedgewood that I'm in love with but also needs much work (house from 1920, major restoration needed).

Omar said...

Sa-weet!! I'd love to get a vintage stove for our house, but my wife is into the whole stainless modern thing. I'll live vicariously through you. :)

Joe said...

I've got a late 40's Okeefe & Merritt that I'm just about to take apart and have the bits and pieces restored. I'll be using http://antiquegasstoves.com for the rebuilding and re-chroming services. I'll be posting my progress on my blog in the next month or two.

Jennifer said...

Love it! I saw one at Habitat on Thursday... if only there was room in our kitchen!

ben said...

that looks nice! is it gas, electric or both? my only advice is be sure to locate spare parts. We went weeks without an oven while I hunted down a replacement element.

StuccoHouse said...

Thanks :-) I think I lucked out with this one. I have a feeling you will be reading many posts about the stove.

Joe - I'd be interested on comparing notes with others restoring stoves. I have seen the folks at the link you sent, as well as the Old Appliance Club. Have you already used them? I'd love to hear someone's actual experience with them. O'Keefe & Merrit owned Tappan at one time...there is even a cross over stove that people dubbed the "O'Tappan."

Ben - it is a gas stove. I knew my limited skills would no way cover electric. My mom had a vintage electric stove that finally gave up the ghost....and she still misses it. Luckily there are quite a few sources out there for gas stoves :-) I do remember reading about your experiences on your blog.

Marie in St Paul said...

How weird - I just checked the Mpls craigslist today and saw a 1947 Tappan Delux gas stove on the free list.

Maybe you should get it in case you need parts.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on finding that stove! It is just wonderful that you will be able to use it with minimal cleanup. May you create many, many memorable meals with it.
-HPH

Allison said...

Very cool! Just make sure the gas connection is ok -- we had a problem with a similar stove.

Chaz said...

That looks like the baby sister to mine! It has all the goodies from the looks of it. You'll love cooking on that.

http://a294.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/62/l_63de7778ac62b82003795a6885fb9715.jpg

Here is mine, before I de-dirtied it. We think t is from 1934.

Chaz

Cristina said...

Hey, this is really funny to me because I just picked up the exact same stove on Friday. You are lucky though, mine works after I cleaned it today but I'm missing the far right burner knob and some of my electrical needs fixing, like the oven light. It works when it feels like it. I'm TOTALLY in love though. I got it given to me though. I also found this website where they sell replacement parts, even down to the knobs. http://okeefe-merritt.com/index.html

StuccoHouse said...

Chaz - Yours looks to be a very early model. Quite nice!

Cristina - Congrats! I may try to snag you into helping me if I can't quite remember how to put mine back together again :-) That Okeefe-merritt.com guy is the same one Joe mentioned antiquegasstoves.com. Looks like he has the domain name for every old stove. He has an interesting website....I'd be interested to hear of anyone has done business with him. There's also the Old Appliance Club...but, again, wish I knew someone that has used them. At any rate, we'll have to share notes.

lepink said...

Congrats! I own the same exact stove except mine was inherited by my great grandmother. I also have the original receipt and paperwork from its purchase. According to the original owner's guide you own a 1940 No. 60 series. If you have any other questions I would love to try and help you out.

lepink said...

I too own an old bungalow and have done lots of restoration. I'm looking for an original butler's pantry door. My home was built in 1916, do you have any good references for this?

StuccoHouse said...

Lepink - Very cool that you have your great grandmother's stove! Tappan made a number of versions of the Deluxe model Series 60. Based on the features mine has, I have it narrowed down to 1948-1950. Sounds like yours is a very early version. As I post more photos, you will have to let me know if your stove has the same or different features.

As far as doors. You don't mention where you are, but do you have any salvage places near you? We have a few places in Minneapolis that carry vintage doors as far as the eye can see (ReUse Center, Bauer Brothers come to mind). You just need to show up there with some time to spare and a tape measure.

sasha said...

I have found the exact stove and I am trying to decide whether to get it or a new one. What have you found out about restoring it? Was it expensive to do so? What are the dimensions of yours? I am afraid it might overwhelm my kitchen. did you use a fork lift to move it? It weighs a ton!

StuccoHouse said...

Sasha - If you click on the Tappan label at the bottom of this post, you will pull up all of my posts & photos about the stove. I have been cleaning & doing basic restoration myself and it's turned out to be pretty easy. There area few things I plan to send out to the "pros" a bit later and will post about that when I get to it. I'd be happy to share notes with any other vintage Tappan owners. If you have a chace to buy a vintage stove in good condition, I'd definitely do it. They ooze charm and are more sturdy than most new stoves on the market today. As they say, back in those days they built things to last.

Anonymous said...

Christina,

I was fortunate enough to have had one exactly like yours. It is a late 40's I believe. The later ones had bins in the left cabinet and the towel rack like yours on the right. The back plates on the gas knobs were clear plastic and were backlit with red lights. The one I had didn't have courtesy outlets on the backsplash. It had the "Visiguide for cooking times like yours. My wife's step-father works for the local gas company and I had him check it out to set the mixtures and calibrate the oven. He said we should keep it, it would outlast all of us and he didn't have to do anything but adjust the simmer burner on the right rear. You've got one of the best around. Do a google search for Tappan Deluxe parts and you'll find everything you need to fix it if it needs anything. Congratulations!

Kent

martin said...

i have one exactly the same it is electric think it is from the late 40s it is missing one cover on the front so i may sell it as is or part it out any thoughts ? martin

StuccoHouse said...

Martin - Not sure what to tell you. If you at all are interested in keeping it, I will say that parts are pretty easy to find. Either on Ebay or places like this http://www.antiquestoves.com/toac/antiquestoveparts.htm These stoves are so solid.

If you do decide to part it out, drop me an email at stuccohouse-at-aol-dot-com

StuccoHouse said...

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martin said...

thanks for the update we will proberly let it go it is just TOO BIG for our little house i will try to send you some pics if i can it is located in northeast florida so if anyone is intrested you can e mail or call me on [XXX-XXX-XXXX] for any info thanks martin

StuccoHouse said...

martin - I know Blogger asks for everyone's email, but it doesn't forward that on to the blog owners. So, I don't have your email.

I'd love to see photos of your stove.

martin said...

sorry i did not realize that you did not get my e mail address i will get you some pics as soon as i fiqure out how thanks martin

cheryl said...

I have a similar one, inherited with my Grandmother's house. I believe that it was purchased when her and Gramps bought the place back in early '37. As far as I can tell it looks the same although mine has three warming drawers on the left side. (Great for storage but gets very hot in there) The storage area on the right side holds my cookie sheets, pizza trays,etc...and also has the oven switch and temperature control knobs. Small oven, but I've learned to adjust.

Kimberly said...

Wow, I think I have that *exact* stove in the basement of my 1925 Minneapolis bungalow. It's not hooked up down there, nor is there a gas hook up in the basement at all, so I'm not totally sure why it's there. But my goal is to get it up into the kitchen and working one of these days. Looking forward to hearing how your stove restoration goes.

Katy said...

I need your help!!! I just got a 1953 Tappan Deluxe gas stove - looks just like yours. You have an owners manual. We can get the pilot for the oven to light, but it won't stay lit and cannot get the burner pilots to light but we can light the burners themselves. I have been googling for answers for about 6 hours now!! Can you tell me how? I keep coming back to your blog, so far, it has been the most help. I would really appreciate it. I love this stove.

StuccoHouse said...

Katy - I'm going to start out by saying that I am NOT an appliance repair person. My restoration is limited to the non-gas related parts of my stove. I'm having a professional appliance person do the rest.

That said - I'll say a few things. There are two types of Tappan - CP and non-CP. If your stove is CP, it should say on the control panel in the right storage or on the "backsplash." If it is a non-CP stove, the pilot light only stays on while the oven is in use. Once the oven valve is turned off, the pilot light for the stove does out. A CP stove has a standing pilot (and a safety). You will want to check what type you have. Regardless of type, the oven pilot doesn't affect the top burners - they have a separate standing pilot.

My appliance guy suggested that I replace the existing stove flexible gas supply line. Old ones can get blocked, etc.

Take a look at the color of your pilot flame. There is an "air shutter" at the base of the burner neck that can be adjusted. But this goes WAY beyond my comfort zone, so talk to a pro...if you suspect this needs to be adjusted.

These stoves are really pretty basic. Once they get past the fact that it's old, I think most appliance pros can easily figure out the stove... I'd give one a call.

Hope this helps!

StuccoHouse said...

Katy - One other thing...make sure the pilot light hole is clean...stick a pin down there or old toothbrush.

Katy said...

Thanks! I have my brother-in-law here working on it now. I have the CP type stove. We have the pilots for the burners working now. We still can't get the oven pilot to say lit (located between the oven and broiler). The dial that you have near your oven temp control which says on and off differs from mine in that mine is labeled "off", "manual", amd "automatic". We can only get the oven to turn on on the manual setting. we think that the sensor near the pilot is not close enough to the pilot OR we need to figure out how to adjust that pilot to it has a bigger flame (it is really a puny pilot flame now). Is there anything in your manual saying how to do that? We can't find anything obvious in the stove. Once again - I really appreciate anything you can tell me.
Katy

Katy said...

And one more thing, my brother-in-law wants to know if you know how the thermostat works or if it is adjustable?? sorry to bog up your blog!

StuccoHouse said...

Katy - Send me an email to stuccohouse -at- aol -you can guess the rest-. I have some info. I can email to you that might help.

Anonymous said...

I have this exact same stove in my cellar and I want to get rid of it. It's in good condition. Just needs a really good cleaning. It's actually still hooked up to the gas line in the cellar. I'm only the 3rd owner of this house, but the people before me must have used it years ago. And, I've been here 10 years.

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