Yessssss…My Precioussss…

It started before we ever moved into this house.

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The only “modern” part I was cool with. It has an electric light!

The longing.

I wanted the versatility, the instant response, I was ready to “go pro.”

The original salt and pepper shakers. The timer doesn't work very well, but I had fun playing with it.

The original salt and pepper shakers. The timer doesn’t work very well, but I had fun playing with it.

I wanted….

The knobs, and removable drip trays

The knobs, and removable drip trays

A gas stove.

But I didn’t want a new one. Oh no. Not me. I had to get an old one. A real old one.

Dee, my pink-haired wunderkind re-attaching the hardware.

Dee, my pink-haired wunderkind re-attaching the hardware.

I didn’t want anything that would be considered electronic within it. No digital display, no computer controlled dealios. Just an old, OLD gas stove that I could use.

The "scientific cooking chart" on the oven door

The “scientific cooking chart” on the oven door

One that could handle my big old canning pots and also serve as a backup/secondary oven for bigger meals.

Yes, you heard that right – I wasn’t getting rid of the electric smoothtop range – I wanted a SECOND stove.

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When J & S, our lovely neighbors who sold us the house, renovated everything, they decided to create a new kitchen out of what was originally a servant’s living/dining area. It had a door into a closet, and also a door into the main level bathroom (yes, the main level bathroom originally had TWO doors leading into it) that were both walled over.

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Technically speaking, the room was probably two rooms at one time, a butler’s pantry occupied about 1/3 of it, but that was long after we or our neighbors had been introduced to it.

Storage on the left

Storage on the left

In any case, the old kitchen became our utility room. With the help of J, we created a bump out and ran pipes and electrical to one wall, creating a space for our washer and dryer.

A "scientific broiling chart"

A “scientific broiling chart”

Only the old farmhouse sink remained in the kitchen. It was here in the old kitchen that I decided I would put the second stove.

Second storage drawer

Second storage drawer

I began to haunt Craig’s List. And on Friday morning, I saw a stove that jumped out at me. It was priced at $145. We went to look at it, and I talked the guy down to $100 because we had absolutely NO idea whether it was functional or not.

How cool is this? The top folds down and covers the cooktop when not in use.

How cool is this? The top folds down and covers the cooktop when not in use.

Yeah, I paid $100 for a stove that may or may not work.

I’ve just spent the past two hours cleaning it and cooing over it.

I added a cookbook and this cool old juicer from the same era as the stove.

I added a cookbook and this cool old juicer from the same era as the stove.

There’s been a lot of cooing.

I’m figuring it is late 40’s early 50’s era. A Roper model.

Because everyone needs a little roast woodcock in their lives

Because everyone needs a little roast woodcock in their lives

Dave will be employed soon. After he is, I’ll be making some calls to find out what needs to happen to run a gas line and do a pressure test on it.

I’ll be crossing my fingers that I haven’t bought a dysfunctional stove!

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I really love it. And if push comes to shove and it isn’t functional, well, I’ll try to re-sell it for what I paid for it. I think it is absolutely lovely.

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Sir Maxwell inspects the cleaning job on the stove. He actually said I missed a spot!

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