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OK. You've got this porcelain behemoth with the word "CHAMBERS" on it.
How can you tell which model it is?

Here is a guide to help you.

Pictures Of Various Models Of CHAMBERS Ranges -


       The early CHAMBERS ranges looked like this:

                                                                                                                                              © Todd W. White

And this -

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - photo property of Karen Bruner
      Instead of the ThermoWell,
          the earlier CHAMBERS ranges used the ThermoDOME -


    The ThermoDome was raised and lowered by a  mechanism supplied with the range down over a pot you were cooking food in. Just like the ThermoWell, you built up the heat inside the ThermoDome, then turned the gas off and cooked on retained heat.

Here is how you identify your older CHAMBERS:

     The serial numbers on the early models are pretty useless in telling their age, features, etc., but the model numbers "tell it all".

     For example, a fellow recently e-mailed me, asking for help identifying his old stove, a CHAMBERS Model 4742WL.

      Here's how that breaks down:

      * The older CHAMBERS ranges were produced in different "series." Each series had a designation, such as the 3,000-series, 4,000-series, 5,000-series, etc.

     * Each digit in the model number means a different thing -

        > The FIRST number indicates the SERIES. In this case, this is a series 4,000 CHAMBERS range.

        > The SECOND number indicates the "style' of range. In this case, the "700" indicates a "table range with broiler above" (by "table", they meant the oven was level with the cooktop, not above or below it, and the broiler was in a second opening/door above the oven).

        > The THIRD number gives us the number of burners. In this case, 4.

        > The FOURTH number tells us the quantity of hoods/domes it came with. This one came with 2.

       > The FIRST LETTER tells us the original color (white).

       > The LAST LETTER tells us the location of the oven (left-handed or right). This one is a left-handed model.

       Simple, huh? I'm still working on getting a chart that shows all of this - be patient. Until then, e-mail me for help with identifying your older CHAMBERS.


         The most common models of CHAMBERS ranges are "C", "B", and "A", in that order. There are many more, but these are the ones you will find more of than any of the others.

          Here are two pictures of what we now call the "A" series, which were made from 1936 through 1939 -

Model A - Top Open       Model A - Top Closed

Note the all-black handles and labelled thumb latches, the drop-down top. Many, but not all, came without a backsplash.

        Now to the Model "B" -

Model 15B, circa 1941       

    This is a Model 15B. It was the top model of the "B" series. All "B" models had the same basic body, but they added amenities to the backsplash as the price went up, culminating in the 15B. These were made from 1939 through 1948, with a gap during World War II.

    Note the all-chrome handles and backsplash. Some "B"s had no drop-down top, but most did. Some "B" models had black enameled tops, but most had chrome handles and thumblatches.

© Todd W. White

Model A - Top Closed   

    This is e "BZ".  It LOOKS just like the B shown above, until you look closer - it has no grooves in the Duracrome top, and has the wagon-wheel shaped pilot light cover between the top burners like a "C" (see picture below). It was mechanically a lot like a C, in fact, but retained the "B" styling.

    Here are some pictures of the most popular and prevalent CHAMBERS, the Model "C", which started production in 1949 -

Model 60C

                                                                                                 - courtesy www.antiqueappliances.com

CHAMBERS Model 61C, circa 1950

Note the lack of drop-down top and the backsplash.

Restored Model 90C in Dallas

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CHAMBERS Model 90C, circa 1952

Same as the 60C, but with the "DeLuxe" high backsplash.

Copper Model 61AC from 1953

                                                                           - courtesy www.antiqueappliances.com

CHAMBERS Model 61AC, circa 1953

Same as the 60C, but with Antique Copper finish (copper plated steel side and front panels and copper-plated handles).
Note how this one has been abused by the use of abrasive cleaners, which compromised the original clearcoat.

    Here are some pictures of a Model "MR-9-H", commonly called a Model "D", which began production around 1960 and continued into the 1970s -

    Model MR-9-H, also called a
                                                                                                                                                                              © Todd W. White

Here is the C-series with the updated look, after Rangaire bought Chambers in 1964. They changed the model name to an MR-9-H. Here's how they looked in the 1968 Chambers sales brochure:

Model MR-9-H with vent hood

                                                                                                                              © Todd W. White

    Here is a chart showing allo of the "C"-series models -

Color C-series Brochure
                                                                                                                                          © Chambers Corporation

Here's another!

1950 Color Ad                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    © Chambers Corporation


Built-In Ad
    In the 1950's, CHAMBERS introduced their line of built-in ovens, cooktops, and lift tops. Many were available in gas or electric models. Called an "In-A-(fill in the blank), these became popular with the new kitchens being designed and built in that day.

    The ovens, whether gas or electric, operate the same way as ovens in the free-standing ranges, using retained heat to save energy and cook without having to be attended to. The units equipped with a broiler/griddle do, too - you will want to get an "Idle Hour Cookbook" in order to fully utilize the exclusive features of these CHAMBERS units.


Here are some of the built-in's CHAMBERS manufactured over the years -

    The first cooktop was a Model 42-BB, which can be identified by the "wagon wheel" pilot light covers on top, which were borrowed from the C-series range, and the handles are like the C ranges, also.


    The MT-42B Built-In Cooktop. Note the pilot light covers and handle shape.



                                                                                                                       © Belgrove Appliance
This is the Model MT-42-C-1 four-burner drop-in. 

Notice it has different handles and knobs, the pilot light covers are gone, and it has a redesigned burner. It came in copper or stainless steel.

The In-A-Top Broiler/Griddle

Note the In-A-Top Griddle/Broiler


In-A-Wall Gas
                                        Oven            In-A-Wall Gas

An early "IN-A-WALL" Gas Oven (also came in an electric version). These were designed in Shelbyville by the original CHAMBERS Corporation.


     Here is a later built-in Gas Oven (also came in an electric version). These were designed in Oxford, Mississippi by the CHAMBERS after the Rangaire purchase (note the similarity of design) -

Later Built-In Oven   Later Built-In Oven

Here's what it looks like inside. I'm told the light bulb is part of the circuit that makes it operate.


             CHAMBERS manufactured commercial models that are to die for!

        Here are some pictures of one of these, the CHAMBERS "Imperial" No. 7960 -

Chambers Imperial No. 7960                     Chambers Imperial No. 7960

Chambers Imperial No. 7960

Photos courtesy AntiqueAppliances.com

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