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Media Interviews with TOAC where Everything Old Is New Again!


CNN NewsNet,  PBS- The History Channel,  The New York Times... Face of a Classic, Chicago Tribune...Lighting the stove with a match is eliminated, The Miami Herald ...older is often better, Detroit Free Press ...aged but elegant, The Billings Gazette...The Wall Street Journal...vintage appliance buffs on Refrigerators, 

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Mark Hetts, "Mr. Handyperson" ... Sunday, November 17, 2002

Mark Hetts, Universal Press Syndicated Columnist, also known to  thousands of readers across 

America and Canada as "Mr. Handyperson" enlightens us with useful, practical and good value gifts for 

the holidays, including membership to The Old Appliance Club - .  

Read  Mark Hetts column at: 


November 7, 2002


The Vikings Retreat in the Face of a Classic


The backlash against extreme appliances started with me — or so I believe. In the past year or so, several friends have renovated their kitchens with sport-utility ranges, those slick, stainless, six-burner models made by Viking, KitchenAid and Jenn-Air and formerly found only in finer restaurants. I've looked at them, even admired them, but wondered if all that cooking capacity, all those B.T.U.'s, were really necessary...

 ...But all that kept me from taking charge of a vintage 1940 Chambers Model B cookstove was an otherwise lovely couple, tenants, who didn't move out of the first floor of my house in Washington until July... 

(To read the rest of the story go to... The New York Times  - November 7, 2002)

..."The Old Appliance Club, in Ventura, Calif. (805-643-3532;, offers free consultations; publishes a magazine, The Old Road Home; and sells door handles, griddle tops, timer replacements and operating manuals"...

Read about / subscribe to the magazine... The Old Appliance Club.

Or order feature magazines of... The Old Road Home

... "The stovetop has a set of three slightly degraded cast-iron burners and something called a thermowell, a 13-inch-deep covered hold that acts as a second oven for "waist-high baking" in the original Wearever pots. (Alas, they are gone.)" ...

To see a picture of the NEW DEEPWELL POTS with Snap on Lid - click on CHAMBERS in the  PARTS section of  The Old Appliance Club Shop.

"A full-fledged Chambers convert, I began to pant over Internet sites that said things like "Order the Old Road Home fall 1997 issue featuring the fascinating history of the Chambers range plus don't miss the new upcoming Chambers feature in the Old Road Home winter 2001 edition." I became dangerous to sit next to at a dinner party.

The Chambers is a gas-burning range, of course, and requires a match to light. And because it came with the house, I don't have to bring it up to code with electronic ignition and other retrofits — as long as I don't move it. I approach my Chambers with humility, stick match in hand, fearing I will blow up the house if I don't get the hang of those shiny, heavy knobs and safety switches."

Click to read about the  CHAMBERS SAFETY SYSTEM.

..."Luckily, my neighbor Steve had rented the first floor of this house before I bought it. He has already given me one stove tutorial, and I'll probably need another before I try to bake a soufflé. "I absolutely love that stove," Steve says whenever I get him going on the subject"...


The rest of the story...

...can be read in the archives section of  The New York Times  - November 7, 2002


Partial In The News listing of other publications, TV, and radio website interviews:

Wall Street Journal-1995, Natural Gas Dailies, LA Times, Antique Trader,  BrandWise, Good Housekeeping magazine, Independent Business magazine, Business '99, Renovation Style, The New Yorker, Frontier House PBS series, The Old House Journal magazine, syndicated columnists, Ann and Nan, Mr. Handyperson - Mark Hett, This Old House, Collectors Magazine and Price Guide, Cabin Life, libraries and museums throughout the country including The Smithsonian Library.

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