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Old 07-30-2008, 05:08 PM   #1
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Magic Chef Wall Oven - Runs HOT

Hello All,

I have a Magic Chief oven in our 1970 Sovereign, that is either on, or off, but will not control the temperature to a specific setting.

Am I going to have to change just the thermostat, or is it time for a new temperature valve?

If I have to put much money into this oven, I may just replace it with a microwave. The cabinet above the oven seems like it gets awful hot from the exhaust of the oven, at the front face, top of the unit.

I would like to hear comments from others that own this type of oven or similar Airstream. Do you think the heat radiating from the oven exhaust will cause long term issues with the cabinet above? I don't want the wood to dry out, crack, or worse yet catch on fire...

I measured the surface temperature of the lower corner of the cabinet door, just above the oven, with a IR gun, and it registered 168 F, when the oven internal temperature was 375 F. that seems hot to me. Any thoughts???

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Old 07-30-2008, 05:12 PM   #2
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The area above where our oven was is discolored from the heat. It was removed and a microwave/convection oven was put in its place. If you pull and toss the oven, I would pay the extra few bucks to get the convection microwave.
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Old 07-30-2008, 06:33 PM   #3
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If you pull the control knob off and look back in the shaft - does it have a screw in it. If so we can try to adjust it - the procedure is in the 72 service manual. I adjusted mine - it was off by over 50 degrees if I recall correctly and is now +/- 2 degrees.
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I had the same problem with my oven. You can try adjusting the thermostat as Gary says, but as often as not the diastat is stuck. The valve stops modulating and the temp just keeps climbing.

I had a couple of antique/vintage gas stove vendors offer to exchange the Robertshaw Type BJ thermostat for $130 to $140.

I bought a new one for $125 from stoveparts.net. It took a little tweaking to install (had to rotate the rear housing and cut away a small part of the range housing for access to the pilot control), but it works great.
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I thought I read in the Magic Chef owner's manual that the angle of the pilot would affect the oven temp. I don't have it n front of me, but I thought a hot oven was addressed in the back where problems and solutions were listed.
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I had the same problem with my oven. You can try adjusting the thermostat as Gary says, but as often as not the diastat is stuck. The valve stops modulating and the temp just keeps climbing.

I had a couple of antique/vintage gas stove vendors offer to exchange the Robertshaw Type BJ thermostat for $130 to $140.

I bought a new one for $125 from stoveparts.net. It took a little tweaking to install (had to rotate the rear housing and cut away a small part of the range housing for access to the pilot control), but it works great.

Sound like this thermostat might work for my 1972 Magic Chef Wall oven, anyone else use this or another thermostat to get wall oven working again.
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I had the same problem with my oven. You can try adjusting the thermostat as Gary says, but as often as not the diastat is stuck. The valve stops modulating and the temp just keeps climbing.

I had a couple of antique/vintage gas stove vendors offer to exchange the Robertshaw Type BJ thermostat for $130 to $140.

I bought a new one for $125 from stoveparts.net. It took a little tweaking to install (had to rotate the rear housing and cut away a small part of the range housing for access to the pilot control), but it works great.

Will this thermostat work in a 1972 international Magic Chef Wall oven,
Do you have the part number you bought from stoveparts.net
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