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Old 09-26-2015, 05:04 PM   #1
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Magic Chef Oven - How to lite it?

Ok, I'm struggling here.

We're taking our Airstream out for a "soft launch" (after 1 year renovation) to work out the kinks, and one of the things I've discovered is that I can't figure out how to lite the oven!

It's a Magic Chef unit with 4 burner cooktop and 21'' oven below that. Here's what I see inside the oven that looks like something I should be able to lite with a lighter:

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Any tips?
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Old 09-26-2015, 05:55 PM   #2
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Just turn on the gas for the oven (centre knob, if I remember correctly) and light the pilot light That small tube beneath burner. Once your pilot light is lit, you can then turn the knob to whichever setting you want.
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Old 09-26-2015, 06:00 PM   #3
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I've attached an old manual that might be of use to you.
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Old 09-27-2015, 08:15 AM   #4
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Success! Thank you both!

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Old 09-27-2015, 08:24 AM   #5
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Oops, never mind. About 60 seconds after I took that picture whatever that flame was went out
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Old 09-27-2015, 08:29 AM   #6
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There might be air in the propane line. You might need to try it several times.
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Old 09-27-2015, 12:39 PM   #7
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Turn the oven knob to 140 bake. Use a long stick match to light the pilot light. Just move the match around the pilot light burner 'til it lights. It probably won't light immediately. You'll hafta play around with it a little bit.

If the pilot won't light, the oven burner itself will eventually light (from the match). When it does, it'll also light the pilot light.

When the oven burner lights at 140 bake, leave it on for a while - get all the air out of the propane lines.

BTW - Make sure the pilot light on the stove top is also lit.

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Old 09-27-2015, 03:47 PM   #8
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How to lite Magic Chef RV oven

First use a butane type stick lighter or long fire-place matches. Next bleed air from propane line to range by opening valve to a top burner while holding flame next to top burner, after air is purged and burner is lite let it operate a couple of minutes, then close the valve. Next open oven door and locate the oven pilot assembly front center of oven burner for reference, The oven control knob is on far left side of control panel The knob is marked OFF-oven pilot on and 170* thru 450* degrees F and B for broil. The knob will only turn counter-clock-wise when pushed in and vise-versa clock-wise rotation. Push & turn knob to just pass oven pilot on with flame (match) next to pilot assembly on oven burner, pilot should lite in couple of minutes after air is purged, continue holding flame on pilot as the unit has a mercury safety valve which must be heated to a temp the mercury boils. The pilot will not stay lite until this is accomplished! A pilot that will not stay lite indicates not long enough pre heat (mercury) air, or a defective oven control valve merc switch failure or plugged oven pilot orifice. Pre-heating can also be accomplished buy turning control to 170* on knob, it will heat faster due to oven burner will come on & help speed heating of merc switch. Please be care full when working with propane gas, as it is heaver than air & tends to fall down rather than up like some other gases we are familiar with! Remember to push knob in to rotate!
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Old 09-27-2015, 10:14 PM   #9
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I wrote a primer on how to light the oven in my 66 Tradewind . To find it tap on my name, then tap on statistics, then tap on threads started by Touringdan then find the primer. I hope this helps.

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So cleaned up my Magic Chef Oven, the only one who used it was mice. After a little fooling around I was able to get it to light!! Now just to convince my wife it's safe to use, and to mouse prof it.
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Old 11-06-2016, 02:43 PM   #11
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I have a 1969 Ambassador AS. I got the oven cleaned up and working!

My question is, does anyone know if the door is stainless steel or chromed? A magnet sticks to it, but it could be a poorer quality of SS.

If it's SS then I could polish it up good??
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