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Old 10-17-2012, 10:33 PM   #15
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Webspinner, I was looking at ways of cleaning up our pitted stainless steel top- I tried Barkeeper's Friend and actually made it look slightly better, but not great. I had asked about bead blasting the top, if it was possible to take it back to a stainless finish. The porcelain interior of the oven is in great shape, as is the exterior of the door. The chrome is pitted and the top is gross. Powder coating with the heat to me seems iffy, but I've just had lame experiences with powdercoating. A new range with just three burners wouldn't bother me, since I almost never use more than three at one time, but I want a big enough oven. I've had old appliances repaired in the past, and it seems like if the valves can be re-bushed then it might solve the leaking. The pilots work fine, with both the oven and burners, and actually the Airstream range works tons better than the POS $3k Dacor we have at home. I just don't want the leaking gas and potential for worse leaks. I'm investigating appliance repair places around Santa Rosa and SF.... we'll see.
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Old 10-18-2012, 01:08 AM   #16
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There's a South San Francisco powder coating operation that gets great reviews. From what I've read, I understand the powder coating discolors a bit when exposed to high heat or open flame. I'm okay with a bit of that.

We'll have to check the oven pilot at the very least. We can't leave it to plain "off." We have to leave it at "pilot off" or vague propane smells begin to accumulate.

TechShop has sandblasting and powder coating equipment. I'll have to weigh the alternatives to see if that would be worth the time and learning curve.
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:46 PM   #17
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The thing for me about the powdercoating and heat is the offgassing of the PC as it discolors. I'd be more up for a steel, unfinished, that can color but I don't believe off gasses in the same way. I'm totally looking forward to seeing what you do between now and Casini, weaving, wood or metal. And, hopefully spending some time together discussing over Patron, or my home made Limoncella.
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:19 AM   #18
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Hmmm. Off to research powder coating offgassing. That's not something I'm eager to have in the trailer.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:00 PM   #19
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There are companies that can reporcelain your stove. This would take it back to original. Here are a few...

Stove Porcelain Service By Antique Gas Stoves

MATTERA STOVE WORKS.COM. Mostly does Chambers but will do others.

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I haven't used these yet, I'm nowhere near ready to put my stove back in but maybe this will help someone.

As to removing rust from chrome. I found this thread interesting.
Oxalic Acid. Removing rust from Chrome the very best way! - VintageBMX.com

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Old 10-23-2012, 10:49 PM   #20
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Thanks, that's a cool link. Hey Barb, remember talking about a clearinghouse sort of thread for cool links off the forum???
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I was told by Airstream that Amana no longer makes rv ranges and no parts are avaliable . Les Grace wbcci #14183
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Old 10-24-2012, 03:01 PM   #22
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Interesting. There are ranges badged "Amana" cataloged, but maybe it's like all appliances, Amana doesn't make them, they're made by some other Korean manufacturer.

I did happen (how does one forget something like this?) to find a twin to our range, in my in-law's garage this morning, in better shape than the one in our trailer, except for a bunch of insulation had been formed into a nest in the oven by some kind of creature. I'm going to see if it can be repaired, the chrome and stainless are in great condition, and the knobs move freely.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:12 AM   #23
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Thanks, that's a cool link. Hey Barb, remember talking about a clearinghouse sort of thread for cool links off the forum???
Globie64, check the link below my sig line. There is a page on the blog for some of the resources we've used. I need to update it with other stuff we've done, but it's a start.

Congratulations on the "new" stove. That sounds like just the ticket!
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I called around a bit and found someone who specializes in older RV ranges, in Rhonert Park. I'm going to take both ranges to him and maybe he can make one good one out of the two. After reading about the functioning of the new RV ranges, I thought I'd try again with the one we have, the oven is great and the burners have good control.

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And Webspinner, thanks for the blog and links!
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Other solution? Maybe?

Just a thought while I was reading this thread... What about taking the pieces you need to a metal fabricator and just have it made from a gauge of stainless that could handle the heat without deforming? How about metal shop who can take your old piece and make you an exact replica in brushed stainless? I am sure of the cost but perhaps it will look nice in your trailer... and easy to clean.

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Thanks Silversled- that's an interesting idea. I'm working on a project using a lot of custom stainless at the moment- no for the faint of heart or wallet, but I have found inexpensive stainless fabrication through restaurant suppliers, and it might be worth it to explore. I had also thought about bead blasting the rusty parts back down to the clear metal.
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Now the range I have doesn't work reliably, the oven is nuts, one burner does't always turn off... I'm going to look at an old Wedgwood RV range, looks clean and unmolested, is set up to demonstrate that it works. Was looking for Wedgewood information on line, about the old RV ranges, and can't find much. Cooking is an important part of our camping experience, I want the thing to work properly, not to mention safely.
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