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Old 01-16-2006, 11:30 AM   #1
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Oven - bench test?

Is it possible/reasonable to bench test my Magic Chef oven on my benchtop? It is out of my 66 Safari. I took it out as part of overall restoration. I am currently taking it apart to clean (forty years of grease!) and repaint. I was wanting to test it and repair while it is on the bench if possible. Has anyone tried this? Any special precautions. Can I put the propane take just outside the garage door and run a line to the oven? And also make sure the area is well ventilated?

If this is safe it would make it so much easier to do the repairs in my heated garage. Thanks for your suggestions.
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Old 01-16-2006, 11:48 AM   #2
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Looks like you're on the right track. I just used the tank and regulator off the BBQ with an extension hose and adapter to fit the stove. Ran fine.
Did the same thing you are doing. Took off all the burners, cleaned, painted, polished and even replaced some of the hardware with stainless.
When the stove went back in trailer all it took was a slight adjustment to the pilot light.
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Old 01-16-2006, 03:30 PM   #3
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I also made a 3/8" tubing adapter to run stove/oven from a BBQ tank and regulator. It runs the stove top great and made rebuilding in heated garage in –0F weather nice. Cleaned, repainted, new tubing, adjusted, new SS hardware.

However, I can’t get the oven to light with exception of 1” long flame at hood nozzle to burner tube. This indicates some gas is getting through oven safety valve, perhaps not enough pressure or valve not opening fully?

I did occasionally open the garage windows to vent escaping propane and was VERY careful with ignition sources.

Please let us know how it works
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Old 01-16-2006, 03:43 PM   #4
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Thanks for your replies. It's nice to know others have done it successfully before. I never thought about using the grill tank. I bought new alum tanks for the Safari, but don't have them filled up.

Thanks again.
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