I had been wanting an old vintage gas stove for the kitchen for some time. Not just any old stove mind you but a Tappan Deluxe Stove. You see back in 1955 my parents built a new house and they purchased a Tappan Deluxe for their new kitchen. Years later when they sold that house and moved to the country they brought that Tappan stove with them. The house we moved to already had a more modern built-in stove so my mother kept the Tappan in the basement and used it for all of her canning needs. I have fond memories of that stove and while I don’t have many regrets in life one of my biggest regrets is the fact that when we sold the house after my parents had passed on I didn’t take the stove with me. I had no place to put it at the time but I wish now I would have found someplace for it.
As time went on and my husband and I purchased our farm I just knew an old stove was what our kitchen needed. I thought it would be years down the road but one day my husband was browsing on Craig’s list and there it was. A Tappan Deluxe 60 series similar to the one my Mom had. As luck would have it, it was located in PA just across the Ohio line which was not far from where we had recently moved from. Unfortunately we now live about five hours away on the other side of the state. We purchased the stove and made a call to my brothers who still live in the area where we used to and they said they would be more than happy to go pick it up and keep it for me until we could come and get it. We didn’t wait too long before we went to pick it up as I was most anxious to get it.
The lady we purchased it from said she bought it years ago from the Salvation Army Store when as she put it, she was having to start her life over again. She said it had been a good stove and it had served her well. She was selling it because she just felt it was time to purchase a more modern stove. I however couldn’t be happier to replace my modern one with a vintage stove.
After getting it home my husband gave it a thorough going over. Upon researching the serial number we figure that our stove was made sometime between 1948 and 1950. The stove was already very clean as the previous owner kept it in nice shape. My husband took all of the burner valves apart and cleaned them and then greased them with JES Enterprises Vintage Range Valve Cream. This is very important on these old stoves as the valves are solid brass and they must be greased to prevent them from sticking and galling which can lead to gas leaks. We were hooking the stove up to propane gas so the valves all had to be adjusted, it had previously been used with natural gas. This was really quite simple as Tappan had used adjustable orfices so it was just a matter of turning them with a wrench until the flame was right. We moved the Tappan Deluxe stove into the kitchen with the aid of a dolly which made the job fairly easy. I have to mention here that these are VERY HEAVY stoves. They make the new stoves seem like a paper weight. For our first meal we celebrated with Chicken Broccoli Casserole and a bottle of wine. The casserole was done to perfection, the first of many successes in the Tappan!
These Tappan Deluxe stoves are wonderful to cook on and beautiful to look at. Acres of white porcelain and enough chrome to make a fifty’s era car jealous. They measure forty inches across and you have plenty of room for pans on all four burners at once. It’s great when canning when you have the canner on one burner and some big stock pots on some others. Speaking of the burners, the Tappan Deluxe has two standard size burners plus one burner they called the Mighty-Mite which is good for small pans and then the giant burner which is great for canning or anytime you need lots of heat in a hurry. The oven is chrome lined which helps reflect the heat back at the food. The broiler is located directly under the oven and there is storage on either side of the oven. On the right side is a drawer and a towel rack that pulls out. On the left side ours had one drawer when we got it but my husband surprised me one Christmas with a set of three chrome drawers known as a Crisp Chest. These were an available option and one of the upgrades we made to ours. The Crisp Chest is the perfect place to keep crackers, chips and things that need to stay crisp. There are also serving trays located inside of each of the storage doors on either side of the oven. These trays also serve as burner covers when the stove is not in use. The top panel of the stove features a GE Telechron clock. It wasn’t working when we got it but my husband fixed it up and repainted the clock face and now it keeps perfect time. The clock is also a three and a half hour interval timer. There is also a thirty minute timer called a Visiminder. This timer lights up with a red line and ticks until it ends with a DING! There is also what they call a Visiguide that you view by turning a knob as it scrolls thru a menu of cooking and baking times for many different types of food. The top panel also has a light that works by a pull chain and an Oven On symbol that lights up when the oven is on.
The burner knobs on our stove had been replaced by some that weren’t originals but we were able to find some original ones in perfect condition on Ebay. The burner knobs have rings around them, ours had the original standard white rings but we replaced them with original chrome rings we also found on Ebay. It turns out that Ebay has been a great source for parts for these old stoves. These burner rings also came in ruby colored glass and amber glass. One of the coolest options with the glass rings is that they were usually paired with wiring that placed a light bulb behind each ring that was activated when the burner was turned on. This made the glass rings light up beautifully. We have purchased the ruby rings along with the wiring harness to add this feature to the stove in the future. When a Tappan Deluxe is outfitted with the glass rings and you light up the burners, the oven and the top, why it looks like Christmas! They just don’t make them like this anymore and these stoves were made right here in Ohio; Mansfield Ohio to be exact. Made in America by Americans with American steel and built to last! I wish we could get back to the days when we built things of this type of quality. Appliances that weren’t disposable but could be used for generations and if they broke they could be repaired.
I thought I would include a couple pictures of me with my first stove, my Easy Bake Oven. This is what started my passion for baking. My brothers were forced to eat all of my creations whether they wanted to or not; they were good sports about it though.
We have since brought home a second Tappan Deluxe Stove but that is for another blog post along with how we got it down the basement stairs! Now I just need a vintage refrigerator to go with my stove.
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