So I’m buying a house built in 1927 from only the second owners of the house: the current owners have lived there for 40 years, and bought it in 1968 from the very first owners. The kitchen is badly in need of renovating, style-wise. The counters and cabinets are, well, about 40 years old, and painted rather garishly.
One thing that caught my eye was the range/stove that is in place there. It was clearly quite old, and my first instinct was to replace it with a modern one, but my wife was taken with its antique look and wanted to keep it.
I then realized this wasn’t just “an old range”; it had some things on it that I have never seen on any range or stove anywhere else. For example, instead of four burners and a griddle, it has three burners and a round something which is a lid for an inset pot of some kind for stewing. And the broiler, instead of being at the bottom of the oven, is under the griddle. And the oven is divided into two chambers instead of one.
I sensed this stove had something unique about it and did a Google search, then a Wikipedia search, on the manufacturer: “Chambers”. What I have, or will soon have, is a fully functional Chambers Model B stove manufactured sometime in the 1940s (without the light fixtures at the top and sides as seen in that picture, but otherwise seemingly identical). Apparently these ranges have a cult following, which has grown recently due to Rachael Ray using one on a cooking show on the Food Network (which I have never seen).
I am rather caught up in the idea now and am willing to keep it, and try using it, for at least the first year we live there (we are renovating much of the rest of the kitchen). Are there any Dopers with experience, first or second hand, with these stoves, or have any wonder or horror stories to share about them?