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1950s (I think) Kenmore Stove Questions

We are buying a fixer upper Dutch Colonial house that includes a 1950s Kenmore stove that we'd love to keep and use since it has a lot of character. It also appears to be a pretty powerful cooking machine. It has two burners on each side and a griddle in the middle. Underneath it has a broiler on the left and an oven on the right. Since I can't seem to upload any pictures, I will share the three links to basically the same model that I've been able to find ******:

It has the vent-like openings all the way across the back of the stove like the one on this page:

My questions:

1. Does anyone have a stove like this or from this era and want to share their experience or any advice?

2. How do we light this thing? I'm pretty sure that at least the oven lights with matches since their is a match dispenser mounted on the wall near the stove. Is there a pilot light for the stove?

3. How do we add ventilation? Currently there is no hood. On the wall behind the left side of the stove there is a place where a vent pipe used to go through the wall – it's about 6 feet up on the wall. But now a entryway stoop has been added beyond that wall and the hole has been filled in and covered with one of those things that looks like a paper plate. On the wall behind the right side of the stove is a window. Do you think the vent-looking openings along the back of the stove have anything to do with a vent system? Like maybe there is supposed to be an exhaust fan hooked up to pull air out through those vents, like a downdraft system? Or is that more likely where the hot air from the oven comes pouring out into my kitchen :/

Thanks for any help you can provide!

(sorry if this is posted twice - I thought I had posted it but now can't find it)

Re: 1950s (I think) Kenmore Stove Questions

All burners are lite with a match. No there is no fan for the vents on the stove. When we had one in my mothers house there was no vent hood. You might want to check and see if the opening is actually to a chimney.


Re: 1950s (I think) Kenmore Stove Questions

Years ago I knew someone who wanted to restore an old oven and use it in her kitchen. She asked me a ton of questions, and since I didn't know the answers to most of them, I told her to seek answers at a local used appliances sales and repair shops.

Having a vent to the outside is not only important to have, it could also be code in your city. Inquire at the used appliance shop, because it's possible that they do a job like this too.

Re: 1950s (I think) Kenmore Stove Questions

I don't blame you for wanting to keep the stove. It looks like a nice one.
I've never known a stove to require a vent, but maybe it was for the broiler since they get extra hot. Edit: On the third link the broiler is advertised as smokeless, so I'm guessing the vent is for that.
You can always add a hood with an exhaust to the outside. I'm pretty sure they didn't have downdraft exhaust systems back then.
Ps. On the last link, I liked the garbage burner in the basement hooked up to the furnace chimney.

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