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Old 03-30-2010, 09:44 AM   #1
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How to light the oven?

I have Magic Chef stove/oven, which is original to our 1970 safari, and in good shape, really clean. The stove is operational, but I have never tried the oven. Frankly, I'm scared of it, and do not know how to light it or use it.

I have no documentation, of course, that provides step-by-step instructions.

Any advise on how to light it, see if it works, and if it is safe?
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:08 AM   #2
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Can't speak to whether it is safe or not. However lighting it is a two-step operation.

First, turn the oven knob to "pilot". This allows a very little amount of gas to the pilot assembly, located under the gray shelf. There is a small arm that comes toward you at about a 45 degree angle.

Hold your match-type lighter over the end of that piece. You should see a small pilot light after a moment or so.

Next, turn your oven knob to your desired temp - say, 350 degrees. It will take a few moments for the pilot to heat the capillary tube (which will permit oven gas to flow) and then you will see the oven flame surround the whole burner.


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Old 03-30-2010, 10:22 AM   #3
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On the older models of the stove, there was a safety valve that has to be opened. It is located under the stovetop.
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Old 03-30-2010, 11:28 AM   #4
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In the RV stoves we've had, the pilot is located at the rear of the burner, near the back of the stove. Not always the easiest thing to locate exactly where to put the match flame. But safe enough to light, since the amount of gas flowing in the pilot postion is pretty small.

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Old 03-30-2010, 12:03 PM   #5
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I have a 1968 with a Magic Chef that looks like the one in the photo. Mine does not have a "pilot" position on the thermostat. To light the pilot I have found it easiest to remove the porcelin shelf that forms the bottom of the oven. It is the shelf just above the burner. Then you can clearly see the pilot at the rear of the burner. You don't have to press any button, but you might have to turn on the pilot. On mine there is a small thumb valve located in the stovetop. There is a pipe or manifold that carries the gas to the top burners and the oven. Next to the thermostat is a valve that you can open, if it is not already open, with finger pressure or a blade screw driver. Then of course apply a flame to the pilot in the oven. It should burn high enough to stay lit, but not have a red tip.

After replacing the shelf, be sure to test the temperature of the oven with a thermometer. Mine is off 75 degrees. I checked at 250, 300, and 350 and it keeps the temperature 75 degrees higher than that. No problem though, I just subtract 75 from whatever temp the recipe calls for and the oven works fine.
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Old 03-30-2010, 01:07 PM   #6
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step 1. close the oven door
step 2. close and lock the trailer door
step 3. go to your favorite place to eat
repeat these steps whenever you feel the need to lite your oven.
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Old 03-30-2010, 02:57 PM   #7
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Do you have pilot position on the knob? Also, look at the knob closely and see if you see a small dot near the 500 degree mark. If so it's should be like the 71.

Light the pilot and let it burn a minute or two. Then turn the oven up past the dot (or 500 degree mark). The oven should light - yes it's a little loud. Then turn it down to desired cooking temp..

If the temp. is off - pull the oven knob and see if there are one or two screws. One may be inside the shaft. If it has those we can get you the adjustment procedures.
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:06 PM   #8
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Mine has the little slot in the shaft of the knob. I was able to lite the small pilot and at times I could get the main burner lit, but after a few seconds it would go out. What does the little slot control?
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Old 07-15-2010, 05:01 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Silverhobby View Post
On the older models of the stove, there was a safety valve that has to be opened. It is located under the stovetop.
That valve under the stovetop on my 1985 magic chef is to turn on the gas for the pilot for the 4 stovetop burners.
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Old 07-15-2010, 07:31 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by johnfarrow View Post
Mine has the little slot in the shaft of the knob. I was able to lite the small pilot and at times I could get the main burner lit, but after a few seconds it would go out. What does the little slot control?
If it goes out after a few minutes you probably have a bad thermocouple.

The slot controls calibration of the temperature dial and can be used to compensate for consistent errors, like the off-by-75 degrees one mentioned upthread.
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Old 07-19-2010, 01:24 PM   #11
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My 1965 Tradewind has a magic chef and the knob does not have a slot marked "pilot" But I have the manual and it reads to turn the knob to 300 degrees and you can depress it and hold it down to light the pilot. That pilot stays on and is supposed to light the second pilot (which does not seem to work in my stove) Let me know if anyone figures that out.
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Old 07-19-2010, 02:46 PM   #12
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On our stove you have to hold the match or lighter you are using ON the tip on the little arm that the pilot light at the end of for a few seconds. The thermocouple has to heat up (and open) before the pilot will actually light.

Maybe you need to be more patient? Or.. there could be other things wrong. Try reading here for some tips

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