(Sorry there was no March issue this year - the
month totally got away from me!)
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In this issue:
1) Who Made Your Sears Appliance?
2) Vintage Refrigerators - They Really Look Cool, But...
"When the government fears the people,
there is Liberty."
- Thomas Jefferson
1) When looking at a Kenmore appliance model number, the first
3 digits before the
decimal point indicate the actual manufacturer of the product (Sears
anything to my knowledge, but retails products from hundreds of
Here's a handy little chart posted over on my friend Dan O's
website that'll tell you
who made your particular Sears appliance by
checking those first 3 digits of its model
Kenmore Model Numbers
2) I get a lot of questions on using an old 'retro' refrigerator,
appliances, when remodeling a kitchen. Before
in', you'll want to be be aware of
some issues with these
vintage boxes that have become so popular of late:
* They're typically very small compared to what we're used
to. A 10 cubic foot model
was considered *huge* back in the day. And
don't let their outside dimensions fool you.
Their walls are
usually twice as thick as modern ones, because modern urethane
so much more efficient than earlier types like fiberglass (some
ones even used cardboard!) Refrig walls are made much thinner
today, providing much
more interior space in the same footprint.
* During the summer months, they need to be defrosted every
weeks, unless you
buy an early ('60 or so) frost-free one, which
I don't recommend doing (too many issues,
especially with their
We set up housekeeping in 1972 with my
Grandma's 'conventional' single-door (the
price was right for a pair of green kids <grin>), and every two
weeks during the summer
we went through the normal hot water
* They don't have 'zero freezers', so aren't practical for
storing ice cream. A small issue
for some, but it was a pretty big one
for us. We
like to eat our ice cream with a spoon -
not a straw. <g> Their freezer temps typically run around
degrees F, which is OK
for making ice and short term storage of most frozen foods, but
not for frozen dairy products
like ice cream.
'Thought we'd 'arrived' when we got our frost-free in 1980 or
so - and
which we're still
using today as a backup in the garage (The 'Harvest Gold' color *really*
got hard to look
at, but it still works
great!). Which brings me to
another issue, one we've covered before:
when buying a new
budget for another one in 5 years. It may 'live' 7 or 8
replacing it within that time so not you're caught by surprise.
- Update early 2022: We STILL use that 40+ yo old Gibson
Harvest Gold frost-free
refrigerator in the garage every summer, and it runs great! That
won't happen with a newer
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