My Tappan Deluxe Stove

Jeanne McDonald the vintage farm wife Tappan Deluxe

I just love my Tappan Deluxe.

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.

Tappan Deluxe

Now I’m a Tappan Glad Girl!

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!

Jeanne McDonald The Vintage Farm Wife

Plenty of storage for all your goodies! Keeps them nice and crisp.

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.

Tappan Deluxe.

Cove top with Telechron clock, Visiminder timer and Visiguide plus a set of vintage Tappan salt and pepper shakers.

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.

Jeanne McDonald

Me and my Easy Bake Oven. A future Farm Wife in training.

Jeanne McDonald

Here I am forcing my brother to sample my latest creation. He looks like he’s about to be water boarded.

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.

Thanks for stopping by.

Jeanne

Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the first fruits of all your increase;                                                                         So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.

Proverbs 3:9

 

 

 

16 Replies to “My Tappan Deluxe Stove”

  1. Great story Sis…. haven’t thought about your easy bake escapades for 50+ years and those pics are definitely time capsule worthy. Keep cooking and stay happy. Looking forward to reading more of those yummy recipes…. the cinnamon raisin bread you and Rich gave us for Christmas was extraordinary . ❤️😎

  2. Thanks big brother! We got quite a chuckle out of those photos too. Glad you liked the raisin bread; will see what else I can come up with to tempt your taste buds. Love, Jeanne

  3. I have a 1948 Tappan Deluxe stove that looks like new. Burners do not work. Do you know of anyone that might want to purchase it. I live in the Buffalo New York area.

    1. I bought mine off of craigslist so you might want to list it there. There is a stove restoration specialist in New York called “The Stove Lady”, she might be interested in purchasing it. Or you could see about posting it on the blog “Tappan Talk”. It shouldn’t take much work to get the burners to light.

  4. Where did you find the burner rings and wire harnesses? I’m wanting to do the same thing to my stove like this. We snagged a Tappan Deluxe recently off of the Facebook Marketplace and got it for $75 total (with delivery!)

    Also- do you know how the burner lights work? I’ve never seen the wiring but i’m guessing the wires go to the burner knob and when you turn the knob off and it breaks the circuit so the light goes off… I ask because if we can’t find the wiring that was meant for it we may just rig up our own! Probably throw some bright LED lights back there behind them…

    Lastly- did you have to grease your valves on your stove? I’ve heard of people doing this and our knobs are kinda hard to turn so i’m guessing they need it. I just didn’t know if we need to remove the valves to grease them or how you do it…

    I’m asking a lot and thank you in advance!!

    P.S. Thanks for sharing your story and pictures! I love these stoves!!! Mine’s going to be amazing in our 50’s kitchen we are going to do!

    1. I found the burner rings and the wiring harness on Ebay. The lights have a switch that is activated by turning the valves on and off. It sounds like your valves definitely need to be cleaned and greased. When they get stiff is when the knobs get broken trying to turn the valves. You will need to remove the valves, disassemble them, clean and inspect them. Grease them with the proper stove valve grease and reassemble. They will now work much smoother. These stoves are a joy to cook on. Good luck and enjoy your Tappan Stove!

      1. Thanks for letting me know! I will enjoy it! I’ve got the top panel and a lot of it in parts restoring it… I finished the burners recently. They had some surface rust so I cleaned it off carefully and shined them up. They look really nice!

        If you don’t mind me bothering you more- can you paint things like the stove grates, oven burner, the plate that goes with the oven burner (baffle?), and the non silver parts of the stove top burners? I see paint coming off the stove top burners so they may have been painted at one point… The oven burner and plate have the most rust of all… The oven’s in pretty good shape but i’m trying to keep the few rusty parts from rusting further. I’ve even pulled apart the top panel to rewire it and have removed the surface rust from things like the turning cogs that turn the visiguide. It’s crazy how that rust was trying to eat everything…

        1. Some of the parts can be painted but most are chromed or porcelain coated. The oven burner and baffle I would just clean the rust from and use as is, you definitely don’t want to paint the baffle as even stove paint would burn off and the fumes would ruin dinner! The silver part of the top burners where the flames come out are chromed but the rest of it could be painted. It’s amazing how much of that old rust will scrub off. I have a second Tappen Deluxe and the chromed oven looked quite rusty when we got it but it cleaned up with some 4 o steel wool and water to where it now looks almost like new. All the best in your stove restoration.

          1. I just hope the baffle and burner don’t continue to rust. It’d be kinda sad… But I think you’re right- best I can do is remove the rust on them.

            You know since my dishwasher has a steam cleaning mode I put stove top burners in there on the bottom rack and some bowls on the top rack stupidly (corelle). The rust came off REALLY good and the old grease and such but then it sprinkled my corelle with rust and it’s having to slowly wear off of the bowls. =( Lesson learned- wash rusty items by themselves! Haha

            I used a dremel brush on high to help knock some of the remaining rust off but after having an arm and forehead covered in little metal brush pieces I was wondering what’s going on… After some digging I found out to only use wire brushes on low speeds on the dremel as they aren’t rated for higher ones. I even found wire brush pieces in the top of my head that we had to get out with tweezers! Sheesh. Lesson learned!! But on low it takes a little longer but still helps out! Just use goggles or eye protection.

            I guess for the shape that the burner grates are in I may sand them smooth and go at them with the highest temp paint I can grab. I’ve read that people had some good luck with that. I’ll use my oven at my current house with the windows open and cure it in the oven after too like people said to do…

            Well I got some ideas… Can’t wait to piece it back together and get it going! The funnest part is trying to figure out what to do for the clock as my old one’s face was melted off. I think i’m either throwing the Coca Cola magnet in it’s place that I have (fits the hole perfectly) or I can get an undersized clock insert and make some trim to go around it… I dunno. I refuse to pay the prices people are asking on ebay for the clocks or top panels. Sheesh.

            I’m going to play around with ideas for the Visiguide too… Try and find a fabric/ paper material like the one they used and type up the scroll and reprint it somehow… If I did a fabric material I could do iron on transfers onto it and make a scroll maybe. It’d have to be thin fabric so I dunno. Otherwise I have no idea how i’d print a long scroll. If I did it from my computer it’d have to be taped together which wouldn’t work out that well and would be ghetto… I dunno. I haven’t found anyone else online who’s tried to make a replacement for it sadly. My Visiguide is old and spotted. Any parts like that i’ll keep in a box and not get rid of as they’re original but I still want to replace the scroll with something new..

  5. I thought i’d tell you on the vintage fridge.. Smeg makes some amazing ones but they look to be extremely narrow… Big Chill and Nortstar are your other options. I talked to my cousin who’s an electrician and he said those old 50s fridges aren’t like owning a vintage oven.. The oven is fine but the electric fridge is a horrible electric hog and very inefficient. Not to mention if they break they are impossible to find parts for.

    SO Big Chill makes some great looking ones if you don’t mind dropping a few thousand on one. Otherwise an option for you is to track down people who custom print Vinyl wraps for them. I’m having a guy print me one for like $40 that looks like an old Coca Cola machine and i’m putting it in my 50’s kitchen as an alternative to a 50’s fridge.

    Hope this helps, let me know if you have any questions on the wraps. It seems they can do a full wrap or a door wrap and you stick it to the surface and possibly have to trim it to fit. But they either pull up the specs themselves or have you measure it… I haven’t ordered mine yet as we have a whole remodel we’re about to undertake first. I’m thinking I may just paint the sides of the fridge red to match the wrap and spay paint a white Coca Cola logo onto mine and then do the vinyl wrap on the front…. Just an idea. =)

    *I’ve linked a website that does the wraps but if you dig a little thru pinterest and such you can find a dealer that prints them at a fraction of this price that this company charges.

  6. I need to get my stove out of a basement..a very narrow stairway basement. How can I dismantle my stove to make this labor of love easier?

    1. There isn’t a whole lot that you can do easily to make the stove narrower. I would start by carefully removing the door handles and the burner knobs. You might also want to remove the burner valves as the stems will still be sticking out the front. Get a good measurement of your stairs and the stove. I guess if it fit down there it should fit back up. Be careful as they are very heavy! Best of luck.

  7. I wonder if my wife and I have your mother’s basement canning Tappan Deluxe. We bought it from an appliance repair men who said it’s almost new condition was due to its being used by a woman only for canning in the basement. It’s in our basement now in Ohio near Cleveland. The appliance repair man probably bought it from the basement of an Ohio home.

    1. That would be something if it was my mom’s stove! We sold my mom and dad’s house in 1997 and the stove was in the basement then. I’m not sure if the next owners kept it or not but they sold the house in 2010 at auction. When did you purchase the stove? I would love to see a picture of it. You could email me using the contact form. These stoves are great for canning and everything else too!

  8. We recently acquired one of these stoves and attempting to get it back to working condition. (It sat locked up in a house for roughly 30 years after the owner died. Having a very difficult time finding replacement parts for it. One thing needed is the top burners drip pans, they are in bad shape. Checked on eBay with no luck, and other other sites as well.
    Any suggestions on where I may be able to find them, among other parts?
    Thanks

    1. I have had the best luck on Ebay so just keep checking. Sometimes wording the search several different ways will return different postings. I’ve done that and found things that didn’t show up in my first search. There are various old stove parts websites you can search out. You might have to send them an email or call, they will be more costly though. If your pans aren’t rusted through you might check on having them re-chromed. You can also check Craigslist in your area and try to find a donor stove. I have noticed that these old stoves and their parts are getting more expensive. I guess people are realizing what great stoves they are and they are well worth the effort to restore them and use them. I wouldn’t trade mine for any new stove! Best of luck!

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