Stove: From Dream Stoves
I have been blogging about midcentury home design since 2006, but my very first piece of published writing about home design in 1995 — an article about vintage stoves for the now-defunct Ann Arbor News. Vintage stoves were first becoming popular around then. I have been a fan ever since and today, have a circa-1959 GE Pushbutton electric in my kitchen. When we did a story a while ago about where to get your vintage appliances fixed, a number of readers had suggestions and experiences to share about vintage stove restoration experts. Over on the Forum, Karl T. also suggested suppliers. I did some additional research and came up with an expanded list — and readers continue to more in their comments, below, be sure to read them — and we now have
12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 places to get your vintage stove restored… to buy a restored vintage stove… and to find parts and service for vintage stoves:
Note, before you buy, understand what you are paying for. Depending on condition, stoves may require *just* cleaning … an expert can tell you whether it needs new wiring, insulation, pilots, burners … and then, there are the so-called “remanufactured” stoves — in which the stove is completely disassembled, rechromed, re-porcelained, re-everythinged (pretty much), then put back together as “new”, for all intents and purposes.
Restored vintage stoves — West and Southwest
- Buckeye Appliance — Stockton, Calif.
- AntiqueGasStoves.com — Alta Loma, Calif.
- Dream Stoves — Valley Springs, Calif.
- Antique Stove Heaven — Los Angeles
- Aiken’s Furniture — Inglewood, Calif.
- Antique Stove Shop — Ventura, Calif.
- Savon Appliances — Burbank and Hollywood, Calif.
- Lloyd’s Appliances — Irwindale, Calif.
- Antique Stoves — Culver City, Calif.
- Reliance Antiques — Berkeley, Calif
- Apple Stoves — Oakland, Calif.
- Classical Gas Antique Stoves — Arizona
- Antique Vintage Appliance — — Tucson, Ariz.
- Homestead Vintage Stoves — Centralia, Wash.
- Oklahoma City Appliance Repair aka Tyson’s — Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- Tulsa Stove Hospital (no website) — Tulsa, Okla.
Restored vintage stoves — Midwest
Vintage stove restoration — Southeast
- Antique Appliances — Clayton, Georgia
- Aircon Vintage Appliances — Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill, NC
Vintage stove restoration — East Coast
- Belgrove Appliance — Westchester County, New York
- Central Range Service (no website) — Bayside, New York – NYC area
- Mattera Stove Works — Wakefield, RI
- Andrews Range Service (no website) — Pittsburg, Pa.
- Good Time Stove Co. — Goshen, Mass. — pre-war and earlier
- Antique Stove Hospital — Little Compton, Rhode Island… for folks preparing for peak oil!
Note: Thanks so many readers for the contributions to build this list — keep ’em coming. Also, thanks to Todd at chambers.net for a number of these leads. This seems to be the go-to place for Chambers’ info!
Please know: I do not have personal experience with these resources, so I am not endorsing them…. Please make sure that you do your own research to verify that you are working with safe, experienced, properly licensed professionals with a proven reputation. And, as Lara Jane commented in the original story:
To follow up on Pam’s post, I know a lot of people on other home improvement sites were scammed by a guy restoring vintage stoves (some they’d sent to him, some were advertised on his site). Be careful who you give your money to, and if possible, use a credit card with buyer protection!
Yes, as with any purchase of this magnitude — please do due diligence regarding the companies you are engaging with.
For Do It Yourselfers: Check out The Old Appliance Club. Please take care, though — consult with a professional about proper safety and environmental issues you need to know!
Other stories of interest:
- Parts, service and advice to fix old stoves and other vintage appliances — 9 online resources
- How to find folks locally to fix your vintage appliances