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 Posted: Thu Sep 30th, 2010 02:27 am
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Hey all

I just moved into a new place and there is a Welbilt range circa 1955 (no electric ignitions at all just a pilot light in the top center of the range under the white top.)

The stove works wonderful and the pilot is simple enough to light when I have problems with it, but I am unsure about the ovens functionality. When I turn it on I smell gas almost right away (I know it is normal to smell a little bit of gas when you use a gas range since not all the gas is burned off) and the oven doesn't seem to heat (I have left it on for a few minutes and couldn't feel the slightest temperature change, even the metal in the oven did not start to warm).

There is a small hole in the front near the oven door but there is no flame in there. I have been in the apt for a month now and only smell gas when the stove is in use, and my CO and natural gas detector is always reading 0, so I assume everything is lit properly. But I am afraid to use the oven as I do not want to flood my apt with gas and don't want to blow myself up playing around with attempting to see if the landlord forgot to light something. Calling the landlord is something I have considered but since he is several towns over the answer might come faster on here.

Please keep in mind I am only 24 years old and this stove has a good 30 years on me. If it's something as simple as light it with a match please explain it in detail as I have only worked with electric stoves in the past and have never had to light something more then a lantern with matches so if there is a trick to it let me know.     

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 Posted: Thu Sep 30th, 2010 02:41 am
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As well not sure on the model number I looked for a tag or certificate pretty much every where and couldn't find one.

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 Posted: Mon Oct 11th, 2010 02:55 am
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Well figured this one out on my own so guess I should post it in case no one responded because no one knew for sure; the small hole in the front near the door is a spot you place a flame near after the gas has been on for about 5 seconds. I use a BBQ lighter on it's lowest setting. The oven has a "gas on" safety margin but I usually have to put it to the lowest temp setting to get it to light as I don't hear gas on the "gas on" section so I assume it's there as a fail safe. The oven literally "fooushes" and you see all the burners under the coverings light up then return to a controlled burn. You feel the oven jump from about room temp to 90 degrees F in a matter of seconds.

I'm so excited to be able to bake things again!

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