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Comment by Deidre on October 21, 2014 at 11:51am
Does anyone here make homemade pumpkin pies? I do. If you are interested in how to roast the pumpkin I'll post a recipe. :)

Hope you guys are doing well.
Comment by Daniel W on October 21, 2014 at 11:49am

Spud, I envy you a little, getting an old gas stove and plumbing it in.  Very nostalgic, and I would enjoy doing something like that.

 

This photo is from the Chambers Stove website - is very much like the stove my parents had for their entire marriage, more than 60 years.  When my grandfather died, they also took his, and hooked it up in the basement for an extra.

 


They were very proud of that stove.

When we rebuilt our kitchen, we changed from electric to gas stove. I like it better, easier to control and seems, somehow, more responsive. Now with a different place to restore, I want a gas stove but we are not on city gas. So that might mean a gas tank. I don't know how that will work.

I hope you find a regulator. Maybe somewhere on craigslist or ebay?
Comment by Idaho Spud on October 21, 2014 at 11:47am

I don't want to see my house (or myself) blown to smithereens, so I don't go away and leave this old range running.  I hang around and check things periodically.  If I ever see a flame go out or smell just a hint of gas, I've got a main-line shut-off valve on the wall where It's easy to get to.  In fact, after I finish cooking and turn the range off, I also turn the wall valve off.

Comment by Michael Penn on October 21, 2014 at 11:44am

Gas ovens either cycle off and on OR the flame at the oven burner goes high to very low in keeping temperature. this feature will be built into the type of safety valve that you have and I don't think you can change it. Either way the temperature can vary by 20 degrees.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 21, 2014 at 11:30am

My oven doesn't cycle off & on.  I just control the flame hight to control the temperature.  I've been trying to find someone that sells the temperature sensor that turns the gas off & on, but no luck so far.  If I can't find one, or it's too expensive, I can live with that, even though I can't heat it lower than 275 F that way.

Comment by Michael Penn on October 21, 2014 at 11:27am

You did the right thing, Spud, but I always checked it both ways just to make sure. Sometimes I would come into a house and the actual gas smell would be enough to knock you down. Once a man's family had left the home because of this and he was sitting calmly watching the game on TV. Some people are just lucky.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 21, 2014 at 11:22am

Thanks Michael.  I did spray all connections with dish detergent and tightened the 2 that produced bubbles, but I didn't check them with gas flowing.  Why is that necessary?

Comment by Michael Penn on October 21, 2014 at 11:11am

Spud, I used to be an appliance repairman. Check your gas fitting connections with soap bubbles while you have a burner on so the gas flow is moving. If your main gas connections shows a leak (i. e. bubbles) you can fix this by just tightening a fitting there. I used to find them often in homes years ago. This is for your own safety and sometimes a leak is so small it won't be noticed unless you check it with bubbles.

On your oven, when it pre-heats it should be at temperature. The off and on cycling of the flame could vary by as much as 20 degrees with the average temperature being the one you have dialed. This is all normal.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 21, 2014 at 10:55am

Several days ago I plumbed natural gas to the kitchen, installed a gas range that I bought at a yard sale for ~$20, and got the oven working.  Not working completely normally, but much better than the electric one I was using.  

It's also going to save me money because electricity costs 3 times what natural gas does.  It's also going to save me money in other ways.

So far, I've fried several hamburgers on it and cooked a large kettle of beans in my large pressure-cooker.  It seems faster cooking hamburgers, but slower bringing the pressure-cooker up to temperature.  

That's no big deal.  It still gets the pressure cooker as hot as I dare get it.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 21, 2014 at 7:37am

Ate blackened perch last night--but at a restaurant. I went to a promotional "event" for a house insolation product(s) with a free dinner as an enticement. I didn't fall for the sales pitch, but the meal was super good.

 

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