Thursday, July 31, 2008

More Vintage Stove Literature

I've been plugging away at restoring my vintage stove. As I've been working on it and have had a chance to compare my stove to other Tappan Deluxe, it has become apparant that my stove is one of the earlier versions of the Deluxe (more on this in an upcoming post). I'm now guessing 1948 or 1949.

The Tappan Deluxe Owner's Manual I purchased off of ebay was published in 1953. It has been very helpful and almost all of the information applies to my stove, but it dawned on me that I also might benefit from an older Tappan Owner's Manual.

So, one night I was trolling ebay and ran across a lot of old appliance manuals for cheap. Most of them were from the 1960's & 70s, but I was pretty excited to see a late 1940's Tappan stove Owner's Guide in the lot. I was the only one to bid on the manuals.

My ebay purchase arrived last week. This older Guide includes all of the info. that appears on the 1953 version....and a much more detailed section on how to calibrate the thermostat and adjust the pilot, as well as the stove and oven burners. Presumably someone used this info to blow up their house and/or family and it was later deleted from the 1953 edition. There is also a charming typewritten additional section for 1948 Tappan Deluxe owners.

I am pretty certain that I now have the Owner's Manual situation pretty well covered. I still have been searching (in vain) for a Tappan Deluxe Service Manual. A dream come true would be a service booklet with illustrations of parts and assembly. I know Chambers has one for their stoves, but I can find no sign of such an animal existing for the vintage Tappans.

Of course, now I'm not sure what to do with the rest of the manuals that I bought in the lot. I don't want them, but would feel way too guilty tossing them.....

17 comments:

ben said...

n't happen to have a Kelvinator manual in there, do you? we have a working model er-487 but no books either.

Greg said...

Re-sale. There may be someone out there die to get their hands on the Electrolux one.

StuccoHouse said...

Ben - No such luck. I would have loved it if that had worked out.

Greg - I've never sold on ebay - may have to give it a try. I delayed even figuring out how to buy on ebay for fear it would take over my life :-)

For the record - Here are the other manuals that came with the lot:

Amana "Complete Guide to Food Frezing" No date on this one, but I'm guessing 40's or 50's (some of the freezer in the drawings have round corners....and one drawings of a stove has a burner "well.")

Electrolux Users Manaul 1957. It is for an Automatic Electrolux Cleaner and Air Purifier - Model F.

The final two are a Parts Manual and Laundry Guide for a Kenmore dryer. I'm guessing these are 1972 (the dryer color options are "white, copper, avacaso and tawny gold).

Maybe someone searching Google for these manuals will stumble here :-)

Gina said...

OK - stranger and stranger - I have an Electrolux Vacuum - actually, 3 of them (2 for parts..)
So, Guess this is when we exchange emails, I can send photos and it would be fun to link - but If you could manage to not put my email address on your blog? Not sure if that is possible... Gina in Chicago.

StuccoHouse said...

Gina - Too funny! My email address is: owner-at-stuccohouse-dot-net. My scanner broke the other day (new one on back order), so I can't scan in the manual pages right now. But, it would be fun to cross post photos, etc.

And it's totally possible to leave off your email :-)

StuccoHouse said...

Gina - P.S. I'd also love to see photos of your Tappan!

Kathy from NJ said...

The problem with selling on ebay is that if you want to accept paypal (and I won't buy from anyone who won't accept it) you have to give PayPal your banking info. For the past three years I've been planning to open another ckg acct so that I can sell some of my very lovely cr#p, but haven't yet gotten to it.

Jenni said...

Hi, I don't know if you will see this comment as you posted this a few days ago...
I love reading about what you're doing on your old stove! I am still looking for one...but I have a question you may or may not have the answer to. Do you know how hard it would be to convert a warming oven into a companion oven? I am having trouble finding out any helpful information on the web, but will keep trying.

Hope you have a wonderful night! :)

StuccoHouse said...

Kathy - I follow the same Paypal rule as you when buying :-) I didn't know about the banking info. when you sell....that's all I need....one more checking account to balance :-)

Jenni - Glad the stove stuff is interesting to at least a few of you :-) I'm really not the person to ask about the techie stuff.....but, I suspect it would be pretty difficult to reconfigure a stove that way. First, the oven of the stove (at least on mine) has a little self-contained compartment built around the actual oven to contain the insulation that surrounds the outside of the entire oven. I'm not sure how you would add that to an existing situation. Next the gas runs through a pipe that runs to the safety (if you have one), the pilot assembly and the oven burner...and is regulated by the thermostat. I think all of that would need to be modified (and maybe duplicated) to add an oven in any way. The oven itself has a removable bottom in order to access the burner unit which you would have to replicate somehow. But again, I'm no expert...so who knows.

Jenni said...

Hi again,
I just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to write back in answer to my question about stoves, and for sharing what you know.

Our stove will have to be electric, but I'm sure it would amount to the same difficulty in converting a warming drawer to an oven...I so much hope I can find the stove I am looking for (I have a specific one in mind) that has both a warming oven plus an oven. Sometimes there are just three storage drawers instead.

Thanks again and have a great night! :)

angel said...

I just came across your blog and I am so jealous I could spit...ptooey!! I am currently looking for a nice older 6 burner double gas oven for our home as my current 1971 brown broken-handled mess is actually nearing the end of it's life. If you know of any that you come across in your wanderings, could you please post up here? I also am in the TC area and am not afraid of a 'drive'. good luck with the revamp!!

flame said...

I have a great old Tappan Deluxe that I just hauled across the country from my SO's childhood home in Florida to our home in Arizona. Spent the last week taking it all apart and cleaning 60 years of accumulation from it. If there's any way you'd be willing to copy your vintage manuals, I'd love a copy!

Great blog and fabulous stove.

StuccoHouse said...

Give me a few weeks and I'll try to scan in some of the techie pages regarding adjusting the thermostat & burners. Drop me an email at stuccohouse at aol dot com.

cheryl said...

I have the same exact stove and I too am in need of a manual.My stove was left in our house when we bought it (lucky us). I would love to know more about it. Our light socket just recently came apart and will need to be replaced.

I called Tappan several years ago, I think that the guy thought I was crazy when I gave him the serial #. He asked me where I had it stored, I said "it's not ,I actually use it". He sounded somewhat shocked and he told me that they do not have any literature on their old products and he couldn't help me-how sad.

I have to say that it's the best stove I've ever cooked with and I'd never sell it . Best of luck & many years of enjoyment to you !!

Joe M. said...

Hey, Joe M here again Stucco House.....My 1947 model (?) is a red ring version which lights up when turned on....do you have an idea when this was built? Also, still having great difficulty finding any manuals & would love to connect & purchase a copy.....

StuccoHouse said...

Joe M - I haven't been able to find much information regarding which models were built in which years. If you take a look at the serial number on top of the metal plate where your thermostat knob is, this may give you more of an idea of the year. From what I gather the red knob plates indicate the level of the model (i.e. the basic or more tricked out version) more than the year....but that's more observation than fact. Give a few weeks on the manual....I'll see what I can work out.

jennakl said...

We went back and forth a few times over the summer when I purchased my old Tappan stove! I am feeling brave finally and am ready to tackle the great stove restoration project but really could use some additional Tappan information. I bought the basic Tappan Deluxe guide off of the old stoves website, but I just found this post about the 1940's owner manual. I'm not sure if you've already copied/scanned the document but I would be happy to pay you any fair price for a copy of the manual. I've been looking for one on ebay with no luck and it really seems so incredibly helpful. Let me know if there's any way we could work something out - thanks!

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