The fixer-upper that we're buying has a cool old stove that we'd like to keep and use– it has four gas burners and a griddle on the top, an oven and a broiler. The emblem of the brand was removed, but we figured out that it's a Kenmore, circa 1950 – the same one is shown on these pages:
Here are my questions:
1. Does anyone have this stove or a very similar one and want to comment on their experience with it?
2. Does anyone know of any special instructions for lighting it? Is there a pilot light for the burners?
3. Ventilation– currently the kitchen has no hood. There is evidence that there use to be a stove pipe behind the left side of the stove, but now there is a back stoop added to the house there and the pipe is filled in and covered by one of those things that looks like a paper plate. Behind the right side of the stove is a window, so that's not the easiest place to add a hood either. Are the ridges on the back piece of the stove part of what should be a ventilation system? To be honest I didn't look close enough, but now I'm looking at the pictures I took and I don't know why else there would be little vent-looking things behind the stovetop.
I tried uploading pictures but it didn't let me. If you can help me figure it out I'll have some better pictures.