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Old 04-01-2021, 06:55 PM   #1
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Big Decision: Gas range/oven replacement

So my 1985 Magic Chef finall crapped out. I canít find a replacement valve for the oven.
I want to replace the whole set up oven, countertop, sink and all.

What to do?
Countertop propane stovetop, convection microwave in the oven hole, new sink and coriander countertop?

Does anyone have suggestions?
Convection microwave model that fits in the oven location?

Thanks for all your help
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Old 04-01-2021, 07:04 PM   #2
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Well, there are tons of options available, and it really depends on what you’d like and how you camp.

For instance, when I remodeled the galley in my little Caravel, I opted for a flush mount stove top and completely eliminated the oven since I had never once used it in over 10 years. Instead, I reclaim the space the oven took up with more storage, a valuable commodity in an 18 footer. I mounted the microwave oven that I use above the refrigerator, at eye level, where it is much more ergonomic and useful.

Others, however, use their oven quite often and couldn’t think about camping without it.

Here are a few pics; style-wise I was looking for something space-age to fit with 1969 style, apologies for the sideways orientation, this site does that.


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Old 04-01-2021, 07:07 PM   #3
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Djenkins,
Tell us how you use your kitchen... Reheating leftovers, Thanksgiving dinners, something in between? Do you boondock?
We tend towards outdoor meals on a grill or induction cooktop, and our ovens rarely see use. If I had to choose, my 19th century mind would favor the propane oven, with a pizza stone to keep it from burning the bottom of any baked goods. Hot drinks are made to order, and we seldom fix more food than we will eat at one sitting.
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Old 04-02-2021, 04:08 AM   #4
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First off. I apologize for the typos and misspelling in my original post.

We will never be baking cakes or pies. However a frozen pizza would be nice. We would heat up leftovers every once in a while too.
I grill or griddle most of our dinners.


We camp mostly at full hookup campsites. Very little boondocking.
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Old 04-02-2021, 09:12 AM   #5
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I couldn't find replacement valves either but upon careful study found they were easily taken apart, cleaned, and work like new. Mine had a drift pin that when pulled allowed it to come apart. Reused the pin on reassembly.
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Old 04-02-2021, 09:18 AM   #6
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Hi

If your plans include a lot of off grid camping then propane is your friend. There really is no practical way to get around that. Microwave on solar / batteries is a very limited sort of thing.

If you pretty much always camp with a shore power hookup then indeed the gas oven / gas cook top may not be needed. I'd go with an induction cook top and one of the high end Breville "toaster" ovens:

https://www.breville.com/us/en/produ...ns/bov900.html

Not much space taken up and we use ours (both at home and when camping) a lot more than the microwave or the gas oven. Indeed, the microwave comes in last in that race.

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I replaced my oven with a Breville Smart Oven Air and the stove top with an Induction/gas two burner unit made by “true induction”. Love both of them.
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Old 04-02-2021, 01:16 PM   #8
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Griddle your pizza

Although we don't carry it in the AS, we love our Breville oven. Bob's exact model sits on our countertop at home and is used far more that either the microwave or the expensive Viking. There are just two of us most days.

If you are already caring a griddle, cook the pizza on it. Our 22-inch Blackstone + a full sheet pan (26x18) laid on top makes a very nice stone-less pizza oven. The sheet pan has other uses, too. Our pizza crusts are homemade at home and frozen for later use.
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Here are a few pics; style-wise I was looking for something space-age to fit with 1969 style, apologies for the sideways orientation, this site does that.
Wow! Nice looking cabinetry! Did you craft that yourself?
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We would heat up leftovers every once in a while too.
Depending on the leftovers, the Breville and the griddle work well. You have to think ahead a little.
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Wow, wonderful to see so many great answers! It does depend on how you camp and how you eat and how you cook! We ditched the propane oven (a beast that required "on the knees bowing" to light and always burnt stuff on the bottom while it was still cold on the top) for a microwave-convection because when we are on the road, we do reheat leftovers and cook popcorn and do a little light baking (you know: refrigerated cookie dough, canned biscuits, an occasional frozen pie). We kept the propane stove top for everthing else. When we boondock we use the stove, usually just for a couple of days and we plan meals accordingly.
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Old 04-02-2021, 03:36 PM   #12
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Got rid of our Magic Chef about ten years ago during a full remodel of the galley. Replaced it with a two burner De'longhi cooktop and a Fisher & Paykel dish drawer dishwasher. I built in a microwave convection oven over the fridge. We get a lot more use out of this setup than we ever did with the factory appliances.
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Got rid of our Magic Chef about ten years ago during a full remodel of the galley. Replaced it with a two burner De'longhi cooktop and a Fisher & Paykel dish drawer dishwasher. I built in a microwave convection oven over the fridge. We get a lot more use out of this setup than we ever did with the factory appliances.
Love the cool dishwasher! That is "camping" in real style, lol. I agree putting the micro or toaster oven above the fridge if you have the space is a great idea, so much more accessible, surprised AS doesn't do this. Putting the micro below waist level does seem awkward, IMHO.
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Wow! Nice looking cabinetry! Did you craft that yourself?

Thanks + info in a PM to you.
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Old 04-03-2021, 06:16 AM   #15
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Love the cool dishwasher! That is "camping" in real style, lol. I agree putting the micro or toaster oven above the fridge if you have the space is a great idea, so much more accessible, surprised AS doesn't do this. Putting the micro below waist level does seem awkward, IMHO.
Thanks, to be fair to AS the original microwave was in a small cabinet above the fridge. It was not built in so you had to open two cabinet doors in order to open the microwave door (not exactly an inspired design). Those two cabinet doors were repurposed below the dishwasher to give access to the propane heater and it allowed that space to be used for pot and pan storage and a fire extinguisher.
The cabinet above the fridge was not big enough for the new oven so that had to be completely rebuilt including a new face frame. The result encroached a little into the vent chimney for the refrigerator which resulted in poor fridge performance in warm weather so ultimately I ended up cutting (gulp!) a side vent for the fridge.
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