July 9, 2012

I Love The Smell Of Gas In The Morning

When my sister and I were growing up in Britain we would spend the weekend every now and then at our Nan and Grandad's house. Nan would make us morning cups of tea along with breakfast on her gas stove. I remember her shooing us out of the kitchen and making us watch from the doorway when the elements were lit. The smell of a gas stove takes me right back to those childhood times. Nan would also have our clothes ready for the day laid out in front of the living room fireplace. Unfortunately this house doesn't come with a fireplace (which I am a little mopey about) but it does come with its own gas stove....

 In fact, it still has the Tappan range original to the house!!

The current owners have assured us the stove is in good working order. Actually, the first day we went to view the house there were a batch of freshly made muffins sitting on the counter, so we know the oven works at least. Of course as soon as we got home I jumped online to see what I could find out about Tappan ranges. I found quite a few reviews from lucky Tappan owners stating they are the best ovens they had ever used! I'm looking forward to figuring out how this vintage beauty works, getting her cleaned up and doing some baking myself, if and when I get a break from everything else that needs to be done around the house.

Below is a brief history of the Tappan Stove Company taken from here :

In the world of stoves, Tappan is one of the market's oldest manufacturers. Over the years, the company has taken many names; originally known as Valley Foundry Company in 1881, and in 1889 as the Eclipse Stove Company, the company later became the Tappan Stove Company, or more simply, Tappan. Today, Tappan is part of the Electrolux family of appliances and specializes in heating and cooling products rather than home cooking products.

A lot has changed since the early days of the company when founder W.J. (Bill) Tappan sold his stoves door to door in Bellaire, Ohio using horse drawn wagons to call on customers. Despite its move away from stoves and ovens, Tappan is credited with changing the shape of home cooking appliances in the following ways:
  • 1920s: Tappan produced the first all porcelain range
  • 1955: Tappan introduced the first microwave oven for home use
  • 1960s: Tappan invented the first electric ignition for gas ranges
  • 1965: The first single-unit conventional oven and microwave oven combination unit


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