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Chambers Model B
CHAMBERS MODEL "B"
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR

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"Fireless" Gas Ranges and Stoves
UPDATED 10/30/08
 


    Ok, now you've done it. You've gone and bought (or rescued) one of the finest home appliances ever built.
 
    But you have one major problem - the previous owner(s) had no idea how wonderful a CHAMBERS really is, so they let it get gunked up really bad.
 
    I mean - it's AWFUL!
 
    What do you do? Is your baby going to need a total restoration, or will a lot of good, old-fashioned cleaning bring it back to a usable condition?
 
     Before you can decide this, you have to know the overall condition of your "new" appliance. And, in order to do that, you're going to have to get it clean so you can figure out just what it needs.
 
     Below are texts from our Discussion Board that have been compiled to help you get 50+ years of YUCK off of your CHAMBERS.



Tips For General Cleanup:
   
    One Board contributor wrote:
  
       "I'm a giant fan of ammonia for cleaning the grease off the stove and for general cleaning. For the real dirt busting first cleaning, use very very hot water, one gallon, with a good two cups of ammonia in it. Get a good amount of that hot ammonia water on the stove and let it set for 20 minutes or so before getting into the degreasing process. you will be amazed at the amount of crud that will come off easily.
  
        "For real serious dirt and grease (FOLLOW ALL SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS TO A "T"), use lye. Red Devil Lye is my preferred brand. Use one bottle to five gallons of water, and GENTLY place your grates, drip pans and burners into the bucket and allow to soak 24 hours then hose off. DO NOT USE LYE ON ALUMINUM. Lye is extremely caustic and will cause nasty burns if not used carefully but if will take dirt off of anything, BUT BE CAREFUL!
  
    "If your timer and temperature knobs are anything but white, they're made out of a material called cloisenee. To clean them, wash gently with the ammonia/water but treat them with respect,they're delicate. if your CHAMBERS tag (logo) on the backsplash is cloisienee or chrome, treat the same with ammonia/water."

Tips For More Specific Cleaning Problems:
  
    For the burners, grates, drip pans, oven racks, the oven bottom, and the small grease pan that goes under the broiler pan, this should be done OUTSIDE:
  
     METHOD #1 -
  
    A. Go to Dollar General, or some other similar store, and purchase a wonderful degreaser called LA's TOTALLY AWESOME CLEANER. This is GREAT stuff! It's safe, easy to use, effective, and it is CHEAP! It comes in a squirt bottle for $1.00, and you can get a quart for $3.00. Get Several large jugs of it and one of the spray bottles. You'll also need a bunch of green scrubber pads, and lots of paper towels. I don't like rags because I don't like washing them in my washing machine.
    B. You'll need to get a large tub that you are willing to sacrifice (big stainless steel bowls are good, too) to place the stuff in (if it's not big, you can do the pieces one at a time).
    C. Take a green scrubber pads or a bristle brush (NOT a metal or wire brush!) and clean off the surface crud as best you can.
    D. Place the piece(s) in the container and pour the liquid over it(them) until it(they) are covered.
    E. Let sit for a LONG time, then put on the gloves and, using a good scrubber pads or a hard bristle brush (NO METAL), scrub the piece(s) until it comes clean.
    F. If it comes clean, proceed to Step G. If not, repeat Step E.
    G. Once you feel happy with the amount of gunk you have removed, remove the piece(s) from the container and take the garden hose SET TO LOW-LOW-LOW PRESSURE and GENTLY rinse the piece(s) off, until ALL of the gunk and liquid are rinsed off.
    H. Repeat Step G. This is important, because you don't want to have the gunk resolidify on the parts(s).
    I. Place the cleaned part(s) in another container of clear, fresh water. Allow to soak for at least an hour.
    J. Repeat Step G.
    K. Take the parts to another location where you will not be standing in or near water. Take a blow dryer and set it on high. Dry all of the parts with it as best you can. Place all of the pieces you have cleaned on the rack in the oven and bake dry for an hour at 300 degrees.
    L. Place items back in their original location. They should be clean enough to use. If necessary, take a toothbrush or ice pick and clean the holes on the burners, making sure that they are clear and that any of the debris you knocked loose is removed from the inside of the burner.
    M. Dispose of the liquid cleaner, gloves, and container in a manner consistent with the product label.

  
     METHOD #2 -
  
    If Method #1 fails to remove all of the gunk, try the following (Note: Do NOT use this method on ANYTHING that is aluminum!!!!):
  
     A. Go to a janitorial supply store and get some gallon jugs of the thick liquid grill/oven cleaner. It's VERY caustic (USE CHEMICAL-RESISTANT GLOVES!), but it WORKS!
    B. You'll need to get a large tub that you are willing to sacrifice (big stainless steel bowls are good, too) to place the stuff in (if it's not big, you can do the pieces one at a time).
    C. Take a bristle brush (NOT a metal or wire brush!) and clean off the surface crud as best you can.
    D. Place the piece(s) in the container and pour the liquid over it(them) until it(they) are covered.
    E. Let sit for a LONG time, then put on the gloves and, using a hard bristle brush (NO METAL), scrub the piece(s) until it comes clean.
    F. If it comes clean, proceed to Step G. If not, repeat Step E.
    G. Once you feel happy with the amount of gunk you have removed, remove the piece(s) from the container and take the garden hose SET TO LOW-LOW-LOW PRESSURE and GENTLY rinse the piece(s) off, until ALL of the gunk and liquid are rinsed off.
    H. Repeat Step G. This is important, because the cleaner doesn't like to come off.
    I. Place the cleaned part(s) in another container of clear, fresh water. Allow to soak for at least an hour.
    J. Repeat Step G.
    K. Take the parts to another location where you will not be standing in or near water. Take a blow dryer and set it on high. Dry all of the parts with it as best you can. Place all of the pieces you have cleaned on the rack in the oven and bake dry for an hour at 300 degrees.
    L. Place items back in their original location. They should be clean enough to use. If necessary, take a toothbrush or ice pick and clean the holes on the burners, making sure that they are clear and that any of the debris you knocked loose is removed from the inside of the burner.
    M. Dispose of the liquid cleaner, gloves, and container in a manner consistent with the product label.

 
    NOTE: Do not be alarmed if you have missing porcelain on the burners or grates - it will not affect the performance. If you want to have the re-porcelained, then go to a reputable firm and have it done (GiGi's does great work). Also - if you mess up the flame adjustment on the burners, you will need to re-calibrate them (or have your service man do it. Do you need a Service Manual? Order one from This Page).

 

    2. For the porcelain panels, oven and service cabinet doors, backsplash, the DuraCrome top, the Service Cabinet walls and shelf, etc. -
 
        If they are coated with grease, I use the following method (for regular filthiness, use a NON-ABRASIVE cleaner like Totally Awesome, Simple Green, or ammonia, but DO NOT use scouring pads of ANY kind ANYWHERE on your CHAMBERS!!!!) -
 
        A. Put on protective gloves.
        B. Place a small amount of the liquid oven cleaner on a rag and rub the area needing to be cleaned.
        C. Have a clean rag in a bowl of clear water handy and wipe down the are you just cleaned. The water neutralizes the cleaner and stops it from eating away at your surface (it will if you don't!). Change the water as necessary.
        D. Use a soft cloth or paper towel (recommended) to dry the surface thoroughly.
        E. Repeat this process until your CHAMBERS is clean.
 
        NOTE: Under NO circumstances should you use ANY abrasive cleaners or pads of ANY kind! Even if the label says "safe for..." or "gentle", etc., DO NOT USE IT!!!!!!!! Porcelain is glass, and WILL scratch - do NOT use abrasives to clean ANYTHING on your stove!!
 
I have seen many a chrome top on a CHAMBERS that was scratched up by well meaning person who tried to scrub it clean with an abrasive or steel wool (HORRORS!) - don't YOU be the NEXT one!
 
    3. To clean the oven, you may use regular oven cleaner. The same is true for the porcelain box surrounding the broiler pan and the ThermoWell chamber. DO NOT USE ABRASIVES! You may also want to pull out the oven bottom (heavy!), clean it and repaint with HIGH-temp flat black rust-inhibiting enamel. This will make it last longer.
 
    4. To clean all ALUMINIUM parts, which includes the griddle, broiler pan, and ThermoWell pots -
 
        I use either TOTALLY AWESOME or CAMEO CLEANER FOR ALUMINUM and a green scouring pad (it won't hurt aluminum). It will take several cleanings to get all of the gunk off of the aluminum if it is really bad...
 
    5. To clean the ThermoWell Lid - NEVER SUBMERSE THE THERMOWELL LID IN WATER!!!!! YOU WILL RUIN IT IF YOU DO!!!!!!! Use the Cameo cleaner to clean the lid top, taking care not to get water inside of the lid. For the porcelained bottom of the lid, use oven cleaner and a rag, as mentioned above, and wipe it down per the previous instructions.
While by no means is this set of instructions complete, it should get you started.

 
    6. To clean the DuraCrome Top -
 
        If there is any greasy residue remove it. Don't use a brillo pad or any thing that will scratch it. Turtle wax chrome polish, and elbow grease will remove the rust stains. Wright's Silver Creme will really put a finishing shine on the top and
provide some type of wax coating to help protect it.Wright's really does a super job on the chrome knobs. Some people use it on the metal script logo after a through cleaning.
  



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