Oven pilot retrofitting

Old 03-01-02, 12:50 PM
Sam C
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Question Chambers stove pilot/safety upgrade?

Hello. I have a circa 1950 chambers gas stove model 61C with three cook top burners, one deep well burner,a griddle/broiler top,and one oven. The oven does not have a pilot it must be lit by dropping a match down a tube then a pilot stays lit when the thermostat is in use. The cook top has a central pilot for the three top burners and I think the griddle too ,and the deep well has it's own pilot(no thermocouples). There is just a 3/4" pipe sticking outof the back of the stove, no valves or regulator. I was told by the relitive that it came from that the gas company will not turn on the gas because of the lack of an oven pilot. Is there a code that it must now meet? I've read about "kits" available to upgrade the oven to a pilot at a cost of almost $400.00 As far as I can tell the "kit" is made up of over the counter parts that should add up to about $200.00 that I have to install my self anyway. Although I don't know the exact parts needed. I would like to keep it nonelectric. Can anyone tell me what parts are needed and what code it must meet. I'm mechanically inclined so I can do all the work myself. And found a supplier that will get me the parts when I now what I need.
Old 03-01-02, 08:03 PM
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Hello Sam. Welcome friend to my Gas Appliances forum and our Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

First, I do not know what the gas companies rules are for turning on the gas are in your state, if a non automatically operated appliance, such as a stove, does not have a safety device.

Nor would I know what the local codes would be. What I do know is that stove is a classic and almost priceless....

In this state, we allow the turn on of the gas and simply attach a sticker to the stove advising the user that the oven does not have a pilot and has to be lite manually.

However, that rule only applies to stoves with manual lite ovens. It does not apply to other appliances.

Regarding the retrofitting to a pilot light assembly with a shut-off safety device, it can be done but it is not an easy task. Basically, the entire gas related parts must be replaced. Pilot assembly, gas valve, burner and most likely the thermostat but not always.

You may have to inquire at the local appliance parts dealers in your area. Check the phone book for stores that refurbish older appliances, etc.

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