|"Dairy", Robert Glisson|
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
|A stove-sized hole. We will now begin the 5-week no-stove diet.|
O'Keefe & Merritt had a factory in Los Angeles, and these old stoves are very common in this area. These things are very solidly built, and can survive indefinitely. There are quite a few companies which specialize in repairing, refinishing and reselling them, and it is possible to buy one of these in nearly-new condition. They are also popular props for the film industry, and pop up frequently in commercials and TV shows.
|This is the "before" picture|
This is what it looked like last week: There are four gas burners, separate oven and broiler, and a griddle in the center of the top. The upper shelf folds down to cover the entire cooktop, but that never really happens, as we need the shelf space, and there always seems to be a pot or pan in use on one of the burners.
Other than light wear, scratching and spots of corrosion on the chrome, it is very good shape. We will have them do a thorough dis-assembly and cleaning, re-porcelain the burners, re-chrome the stove-top, and fix the thermostat, oven hinge springs and timer. Hopefully, replacing the insulation around the oven will also help improve the somewhat erratic and inaccurate oven temperatures that we have always had to work around.
|Rustic stand-by power is available in the back yard.|
|They don't make 'em like they used to: my toaster is older than me.|
We may receive progress pix from the restorers, and I will post those as well as "after" photos as things progress.