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Moffat electric range & oven repair:
Moffit electric range repairs discussed here include a question about use of asbestos insulation in a 1950's Moffat electric range and oven, repairs to a broken Moffat oven door, and wiring diagrams for the Moffat electric range.
Do Moffatt stoves contain asbestos? If so, where?
Page top photo: a 1958 Moffat electric range and oven combination still in use.
Can you tell me if this insulation, in a Moffat 1958 kitchen stove model 30D25 contains asbestos?
Thanks so much - Anonymous, 2016/05/12 by private email
(May 12, 2016) Anonymous said:
Is there asbestos in the oven insulation of a 1958 Moffat stove model 30D25 (made in Weston, Ontario)?
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Asbestos was used as insulation in some stoves and other home appliances as well and asbestos is specifically cited in advertising for earlier model Moffat stoves from 1909 but I did not find asbestos specifically described for the 1958 Moffat kitchen stove.
While a lab test would be needed for an authoritative answer, and begging off as well that I can only see what's in your photos - that may not address all areas or components of the stove, what I see in your photos looks like fiberglass insulation.See the Moffat range insulation photos below.
Moffat was a Scot, born in Glasgow, whose family migrated to Owen Sound, Canada in the 1880's.
The Thomas L. Moffat stove company was a Canadian firm, with (foundry?) locations in Markdale, in Grey County, in Weston Ontario, in Winnipeg, and in Calgary for which I've found that a Moffat stove was shown at the Canadian 1905 exposition.
And I've found Moffat stove ads from 1909. Those early stoves used a fire-brick combustion chamber liner and the stove indeed included asbestos components - heat guards that are discussed in early ads - probably cement-asbestos material.
If you're in Canada it might be easier to find more about the 1950's version of these stoves.
This website has a collection of Moffat stoves - http://www.kijiji.ca/b-ontario/antique-moffat/k0l9004 but offers no help about asbestos
Can you also send me a photo of the stove exterior and of any data tags? That might help with research.
The stove is indeed a tough old girl: I've been a professional chocolatier for 25 years with this stove as my steady workhorse.
I owe her my career and surely that can include a repair now and then. I'll check out the options you have suggested. Thank you so much--I'll let you know how it goes.
p.s. What do you think about my buying some Frigidaire stove insulation and using it? Exactly what do you mean by "in place in the stove body?"
The original insulation appears to be jammed behind the firebox. I was planning on filling the side panels with a sheet of insulation on each side - and found some Frigidaire "official replacement part" insulation approx. the same size as the sides.
That sounded like an improvement over the Roxul that I used a few years ago in the side panels.
It is definitely a 30" beauty, and it was precisely BECAUSE the door didn't close tightly with that broken hinge that I used the Roxul in the first place. THIS time I'd like to repair it correctly.
If you search on 1950's Moffat Stove you 'll find several enthusiasts who've posted kudos and photos.
Pick up those emails and ask if they'd help you with the hinges with some photos of the door in open, closed, position, the removal and re-installation procedure, photos of the door hinge parts with door removed and installed;
You might also find an appliance junkyard that has the necessary hinges but you'll need to match the stove model accurately.
As your wiring diagram is for models 30 D 25 and 24 D 25 (and the first number is probably stove width) yours is probably a 30-inch Moffit Model D25 from 1958.
Check out these Moffat hinges
or if that link doesn't work for you search their website for Moffat D25 Hinge and they also claim to have manuals that may show the hinge details
Below: a Moffat Bake-Master Oven Door Cooking Chart [Click to enlarge any image]
I've searched high and low but can only locate 2 places where information is printed, each time on aging paper: the one larger sheet with the Moffat's Ltd wiring diagram
Moffatt Electric Stove phase-3 wire model 30D25 24D25 Wiring Diagram Aug 25-58 drawn by Fowler drawing no c31782
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The other one listing the patents and that was manufactured in Weston, Ontario.
Between the oven door and the oven drawer was the plate with model and serial number: Model 30D25. Serial number: 650259, Weston Ontario. What other specs are you looking for?
I hope that is helpful. Sorry about the crappy photos. I can send another one (hopefully NOT crappy) of the entire stove once we reattach side panels and front door.
And thanks for even considering the hinge mechanism. I might ask another owner/seller about that, but since you have to remove the side panel I think it unlikely that anyone will be willing to do that in order to help.
We have an original 1954 Moffart stove that have been in our family forever. My mother still uses it and it just started having problem now.
We replaced the bulbs, check for a short in the wiring, placed electrical tape on all touching wires to make sure there was no over current etc..
Asking for help to find someone on the electrical or even restoring the stove back to bring the light back on and clock working. Cannot find a electrical diagram. The burners have 3,4 and 5 wires.
Stove is in Hamilton, On. Canada. Can you provide any support or direction?
Thank you in advance! - Anonymous by private email 2018/06/27
Although the "date" field of the Moffats Limited (Weston Ontario) electric stove data tag is blank, we can see that the stove appears to have been manufactured in week 4 (or month 4) of 1959.
The Moffats Limited stove model number given here is 314453T.
We are posting the reader's Moffats Stove photos here to invite comments or suggestions for electrical repairs to this appliance.
We provide free copies of Moffats electric oven & stove WIRING DIAGRAMS and other documents in this article.
When an electric stove burner has multiple wire connections usually those permit the burner control to activate more than one coil within an electric burner, thus providing multiple heat range settings.
An electrical appliance repair person will first check that the wiring and connections are sound - or replace them, then check that the control knob is working to connect each circuit when required.
These are very basic electrical repairs. However if the control knob itself has burned or damaged contacts it might not be field repairable and a replacement, though required, could be difficult to find.
In that case I would leave disconnected and removed any wires to control settings that do not work.
Watch out: do not try working on an electrical appliance if you are not trained to do so. Making a mistake could cause a fire, injury, or worse.
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Above are listed the Moffat Electric Range patents in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, the United States, New Zealand, South Africa.
Researching these specific patent applications can provide details about the Moffat range design, materials, used, presence of asbestos and other information.
Interest in and sales of vintage Moffat stoves and ovens (built before 1980) continues as readers have reported to InspectApedia.com, and vendors, particularly in Canada continue to make a market in antique or vintage Moffat cookstoves.
Beginning in Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s, Moffat has produced cooking ovens and stoves sold also in North America and in the U.K. The current Moffat Products and Company has offices in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and also markets under the Blue Seal brand in the United Kingdom.
The current Moffat company (in 2018) specializes in convection oven cooking equipment, apparently for commercial uses as well as related commercial baking equipment and fans.
While OEM replacement parts are available for current Moffat stoves (built aftetr 1980) and products from Moffat as well as from other stove parts vendors, such parts are not readily available for older Moffat stoves popular in the 1950's and 1960's.
Illustration: Moffat's E32D5/SK32 electric convection oven. This is a current product. [Click to enlarge any image]
Below a vintage 1936 Moffat electric stove-oven combination for sale in Canada
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