It has been five years since I
completed the restoration of the 1930 Magic Chef stove. This
month it was finally moved from its place of storage in my
daughter's basement to its rightful place in her newly
In the final
progress episode I chronicled how I had never tested the
latest rebuilt version of the oven thermostat since the stove had
been moved to my daughter's basement five years ago. My
daughter very much wanted to include the Magic Chef stove as part of
her remodel plans but she was a little concerned that we still
didn't know if the oven worked properly.
After thinking on this for a few
days I suggested to her that we plan for the use the Magic Chef
stove in the remodel but that we only use the stove-top burners of
the stove and not the oven. She admitted that she was a little
nervous using a natural gas stove because electric stoves were all
she had ever used . She said she thought she could probably be
comfortable using the gas stove-top burners but she was really
apprehensive about the gas oven.
To compensate for not using the oven
portion of the Magic Chef stove I suggested we include a built-in
electric wall oven in the remodel plans. She liked the idea.
To be truthful, I too was less than comfortable with the operation
of the oven portion of the Magic Chef stove. Not using the
oven portion of the stove meant she could use the oven to store her pots and pans.
This is an added bonus because the 1905 kitchen isn't especially
overflowing with storage space
We also made one other concession to
safety in the use of the stove. We decided to not use the
pilot light for the stove-top burners. Although it worked
perfectly she was not comfortable with having a pilot light that
stayed on all the time. Nor was there a safety feature that shut of
the gas if the pilot light went out. Luckily, the stove
contained a feature that allowes the gas to the pilot light to be
turned off. She has to light each burner manually when
she uses the stove but that seems a small concession to her for the
added peace of mind.
She's been using the stove for a
month or so now and has become comfortable with using natural gas.
She says it cooks much better than the electric stoves she has used
in the past and she wouldn't want to go back to using an electric
I WISH HER AND
HERS MANY HAPPY MEALS
2001-2006 by Johnny M. Patterson