How a Stove Gets Restored

After 70+ years, your stove needs some TLC. Valve grease hardens and poses a real risk to the safety of your stove and your home. Moving parts get worn and break. Metal begins to sag and sensitive parts fall out of calibration. That’s normal after years of use (and sometimes years of neglect).

Here’s how the process works:

  • Select a Stove

    Whether you have a stove already or want one from my inventory, the first step is to choose a vintage stove for your home.

  • Set the Scope

    Using the two lists below, we agree what work will be done to your stove. Everything gets a mechanical restoration, but the cosmetics and other options are up to you.

  • Down Payment

    Your stove and options set the price. Your down payment gets the ball rolling.

  • Completion & Proof

    When the stove is done, you get pictures and a video showing its condition and full functionality. Once you get that, it’s time to pay the balance, arrange for pick-up and bring your stove home!

A Full Mechanical Restoration Includes:

  • Thorough inspection of all parts for functionality and structural integrity
  • Complete disassembly
  • Rebuilding of gas valves for continued use
  • Cleaning and lubrication of all moving parts
  • Spring replacement wherever necessary
  • Rust mitigation
  • Seasoning of cast iron parts
  • Chassis painted with high heat paint
  • Screw and bolt replacement as needed
  • Scratch and chip mitigation
  • Door alignment
  • Oven damper plate adjustment
  • Replacement of mica windows
  • Electrical work (model BZ, C90, etc)
  • Deep cleaning of the entire stove
  • Polishing
  • Thermostat and burner calibration
  • Leak check
  • Testing of all functions and flames

Additional Options You Can Choose

  • Reporcelain chipped panels
  • Change the color of panels
  • Rechrome any parts, including the top, handles, etc in polished or brushed chrome
  • Re-enamel any parts of your choice – for example: burners, grates, drip rings, oven baffle, broiler box, oven box, etc
  • Rebuild your thermostat (included if you purchase a stove from me, optional for a stove you’re sending to me)
  • Install a standing oven pilot
  • Replace or rebuild the timer
  • Add casters (instead of legs)
  • Add on a skirt (for Chambers models B and C)
  • Add on original optional tapered steel legs (for Chambers models B and C)
  • Have a regulator installed to help with irregular natural gas service

There are additional ways to customize your stove - just ask and I'll walk you through them.

Here are a few before and after pictures to give you an idea of the work.