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AnnieB
Can't find correct size wall oven to replace my old one
AnnieB

I have a ranch house built in 1950. The Chambers oven is probably the original or close to it! A couple of years ago, the stove top, also Chambers, stopped working so I replaced it. I want to replace the wall oven - although it is still working! (Appliances used to be made to last.) However, I'm having a really hard time finding the size of oven to fit in the space. One person who looked at it said it looked like a apt. size. Someone else said it looked like the European oven. I've looked ****** and locally for ovens, but I'm having no luck. The dimensions are 22" x 41". It's a long, narrow oven. I think a carpenter can do something about the length - add a shelf? - but the width would be a problem. Is my only resort to remove some cabinets and put in a stand alone oven or a drop in/slide in oven? I'd really love to keep the wall oven. My kitchen is very small. Any thoughts where I might buy an oven with those dimensions? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A. Spruce
Re: Can't find correct size wall oven to replace my old one
A. Spruce

What you need to do is take an exact measurement of the cabinet opening, then take that with you when you go appliance shopping. Most dealers have a book or database with the space requirements of everything they carry or can get. Surely there is something that you'll be able to work with.

Width is going to be your biggest limiting factor, since you can't widen a cabinet. Sometimes faceframes can be cut out a for a little more clearance, just depends on the construction of the cabinet. As for height, this is somewhat adjustable, depending on your abilities, needs, or access to a cabinet shop/tradesman capable of making the necessary modifications.

dj1
Re: Can't find correct size wall oven to replace my old one
dj1

The thing about wall ovens is that they are slowly being phased out by the manufacturers. With limited supply, it's getting harder and harder to find your size. Still, that doesn't answer the question: Why don't they make them the same size as the old ones?

I had a similar situation a few years back, and luckily I found a new wall oven (Amana) that was smaller than the opening, and all I had to do to make it look right was to fill the gaps with good looking oak cut, to size.

Replacing the cabinet with a custom made one is always an option.

Another option is to eliminate this cabinet and to use a slide-in floor oven/range. In a small kitchen, the space you lose doing that will be offset by space gained from removing the wall unit and cook top.

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