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Old 10-01-2007, 09:49 PM   #1
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Oven Out, Microwave In

The oven in our '66 Trade Wind has never worked for us. We questioned our need for one for camping anyway. We decided that perhaps a microwave would be more usefull. The plan was to discard the old Magic Chef (impossible to find parts anyway) and install a new stove top and a microwave in the space an oven would be. That project got put back to the back burner, pun intended, as the old stove top worked okay. 2 weeks ago a good Forums friend gave us an old but working microwave. I discovered that it would fit inside of our non-working Magic Chef so sparing no cost I gutted the oven, cut a hole in the back of it for an extention cord, screwed a piece of ply to the bottom of the micro (so I could in turn screw that to the oven bottom), then construct a face plate painted hammer tone silver and I was finished.

Now it is a small 800 watt micro so it will determine if Lynn and I really want one. If so later we will get a larger one and a new stove top then I will have materal for a new thread. Now we need to find a new 'bread box'.
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Old 10-01-2007, 10:02 PM   #2
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Now, this is what the forums are for - sharing really great ideas!

Very creative - the microwave reminds me of one we had made by Sharp called a half-pint. It was a 500 watt .5 cu ft & could run off of a 1000 watt microwave.

Currently, we use our oven for cracker & apple juice storage!
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Old 10-01-2007, 10:02 PM   #3
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Thumbs up Hi,

Great job. I was thinking to add a microvave to our rig but my problem was where to put it. You solved it and I will talk to the boss (wife) if she realy wants me to do this.
Regards Russell from hot and muggy Tucson Az.
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Old 10-01-2007, 10:20 PM   #4
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Cool,
I was going to ask if I could have the Oven. I only have a microwave.
Did you put a grommet in the extension cord hole? It will eventually chafe and short.
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Old 10-01-2007, 10:38 PM   #5
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I was going to ask if I could have the Oven. I only have a microwave.
Oh Michelle I was thinking the same thing, if I only had an oven...
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Old 10-01-2007, 10:49 PM   #6
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Nice job Neil!
So what are you gonna hook up to the big red knob in the center? I'm sure you can come up with something creative!
Does your Honda 2000 have enough horsepower to make that microwave glow?

Hey Tin sista- why not get a solar oven- they're lots of fun to mess around with and produce great slow cooked stews and mighty fine breads also, seein as the sun shines everyday in Michigan. even without the cup ehh.
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Old 10-01-2007, 11:08 PM   #7
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Hi, Neil.

That might be why they call them "Microwave Ovens".

Great job, really looks neat.

A Fresh idea for an older Airstream trailer.
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Old 10-02-2007, 01:57 AM   #8
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Thanks for the comments Good Friends. Michelle, I split a water hose and slipped it around the extention cord. The hole that I made in the bottom of the old oven was too large and irregular for a grommet. White light, It IS a 1/2 pint Sharp. I thought it was 7 - 800 watts. Only 500 watts? We tried it and as expected it takes a little bit of time to heat but it works way better than the old Magic Chef! Tim, Red knob......hmmm. Now you got me thinking again. I just completed this project this afternoon and did not try the Honda but I will. It should handle this little oven with no prob.
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Neil,

You do finished craftsmanship work....Very Nice A+.

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What a great idea!
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Old 10-24-2007, 11:34 AM   #11
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Nice job Neil. It looks like it came that way.

We also found that in the 30+ years we've been camping we have never used the oven component in our trailer. If it's not done on the stove top we use the BBQ. I took the other route and removed the stove/oven and put a three burner up top and a micro where the oven was. I couldn't find a micro to fit inside the oven or I'd of done what you did although I doubt my finished project would have looked nearly as factory as yours.

The old stove/oven is currently collecting dust in my shop. It worked fine but the top has some pitting (could be re-chromed or powder coated I would assume). I'd gladly give it to anyone who wants it, but shipping would be horrendous from Langley, BC. The other thought I had was to part it out for anyone on the Forums who needs parts (PM me with needs). If it can be sent parcel post it's yours if it's still here.

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fresh idea from freshair...

that looks very slick!

one issue is venting.

don't countertop microwaves need some venting, if placed in an enclosed area?

the front piece you've made could be louvered on the sides...

or perhaps your back/side holes are large enough for air circulation.

now where's the popcorn!

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Old 10-24-2007, 08:04 PM   #13
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if you like it

consider a microwave convection oven. That is what we have in the MoHo and it works great. You can bake muffins or biscuits if you want or anything else you could cook in an oven. Sears has scratch and dent outlet centers and you can get a very nice combo for not so much $$$$$--once a week they change the % of discount on a 4 week cycle and they will search inventory over the phone for what you want. Debbie
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Old 11-05-2007, 03:36 AM   #14
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stove top vs efficiency stove

Since my stove top in my 1974 Soveriengn is so rusted and my ex husband removed the gas regulator, I am wondering if anyone has ever replaced the stove top with and efficiency stove and also if they have replaced thier refridgerator with an efficiency apartment sized fridge. I noticed on the fridge that I do have a plug in for a regular '110'. Has anyone done this and if so, how has it worked out for you guys? My original dometic has cracks in the shelves and since it has been set up for a few years, I am not sure how sufficient my fridge is. Any info would be great. I also have probs with the bathroom and would like to change it into a bedroom and move the bathroom into the center area. I do not know how this would affect the weight distribution. I will be posting pics so please look for them and give me any information on how to remedy my situation.
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