This post is for those of you who, like me, geek out on the details of vintage stuff. Like most things in our house, we have a pretty good story about the acquisition of our vintage stove.
Isn’t she a beauty? Long before we started on our kitchen renovation, we were looking for a vintage stove. The one we had at the time was very cheap 90’s and the oven did not work. This one showed up on Craigslist one day in the semi-nearby suburb of Oak Park, IL. The sellers were asking $400. We decided to go take a look.
The sellers were a young couple who had a vague interest in vintage. They originally wanted to put this stove in their kitchen, but ended up with something more modern in the end. Now get this – not only did the sellers have this stove, but they had a bunch of extra parts for it. It turns out that after they purchased it, it was discovered that the girl’s grandpa had the EXACT SAME STOVE sitting in his garage. Extra burners, knobs, drip pans, glass, griddle covers in both white enamel and chrome, plus burner parts, etc. I pretty much knew that I NEEDED this stove, but $400 was a bit much for us at the time. We decided to go home and “think about it.”
We got home and as we pulled into the driveway, I noticed that my car looked kind of slanted. Turns out it had a flat tire and I ended up having to spend what little extra money I had to buy new tires. Bye bye stove…
But wait! I got an email the next day from the sellers telling me that they wanted to give us the stove for FREE. What? I guess they liked the idea of giving it to a young couple like themselves who would appreciate it and take care of it. Boy Howdy! We hightailed it back out there with a truck and some extra muscle (The Boy’s ever helpful Dad – thanks again Rick!) and brought that baby home.
It is in pretty fantastic condition with just a little pitting on some of the chrome. It also needs some electrical work to make the fluorescent bulbs in the back light up. We once plugged it in and it started smoking.
I am an avid cook and use the heck out of this stove. It is so amazing how well made and well thought out this stove is. Here is a photo from the last time I gave it a good cleaning:
There is a prop rod for cleaning “under the hood.” Everything comes apart and there are little drip pans under the burners that catch crumbs and spills. So nice. O’Keefe & Merritt was a high-end manufacturer and they made this sucker to last.
I am not sure of the exact year that our stove was made, but I did find this ad from November 1960 with a pink version of our stove. It helped shed light on some of the mystery parts and gadgets that came with the stove.
I have not been able to find too much information on our particular model. I would love to find a manual some day. I am not quite sure how the Grillevator and rotisserie work, but I am pretty sure we have all the parts and I hope to try them out some day.