Chambers Double Wall Oven from 1980s

seatravelerMay 30, 2011

Hello! Going to sell my house and in the kitchen is the oven I like a lot. It is a 1980s Chambers "Custom Imperial" double oven. It is such a good oven and has served me well for 24 years. My husband is of the opinion that it looks outdated and needs to be replaced for resale of our home(upscale California neighborhood). I have replaced my cooktop, hood, dishwasher, and refrigerator over the past few years. It does not look as updated as the other appliances. I am interested in knowing if YOU would or would not want to buy a house with an old(er) Chambers oven. BTW the oven has black glass on the doors and no digital panels. I am wondering how many people would value this oven and how many would want a bright shiny new double oven or oven/microwave combo. If you favor a new appliance, please let me know if you like double ovens or would prefer an oven/ microwave. Thank you for your opinion!

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Any chance you like it enough to take it with you?

Something like an oven wouldn't be a deal maker or breaker to me, but I think many people would not recognize this oven for what it is, just that it is old. I would hate to see it in a landfill just because it isn't new.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2011 at 8:07PM
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I would LOVE to have an old Chambers oven, but then I know what it is. It's actually a fancy new Chambers oven if it has glass in the doors. :) Most current ovens are awful! You really might want to think about taking it with you...

Definitely prefer double ovens to the microwave combo unless the microwave is a speed oven (which is something expensive you don't need to buy for the new owners).

You won't lose a sale on the house because you have obviously older ovens, but it would be a shame to have a Chambers fall into the hands of someone who doesn't appreciate it. Unfortunately, outside of certain, "special" communities, having an option isn't really a good idea, as in leave it there and offer to replace it if they don't value the Chambers. That just confuses the buyers.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2011 at 11:03PM
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99.9% of the population is going to want new. Most people haven't heard of Chambers since it's been defunct for several decades. "New" or "updated" appliances are the buzzwords that realtors love to use to sell homes.

There is a small market for Chambers. I know because I searched for weeks to find my 1950's model 90C range. Check out and and

These usually have places where you can place an ad or check for any wanted listings. You never know, there might be someone out there looking for your EXACT oven. It's worth a shot.

Or, as those have already posted - take it with you!

    Bookmark   May 30, 2011 at 11:58PM
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If you do decide to take it with you (or sell to a Chambers afficianado) make sure it's noted to "not convey". I would combine that with an upfront offer to credit buyers with the purchase price and installation cost of a double oven of the buyers' choice up to a certain figure (that figure would be whatever it would cost to purchase an oven similar to the other updated appliances.) That way the buyer can be sure of having a say in what they get and if they are planning a reno right away they can deal with the whole thing.

I did something similar with a non-functioning range in a house I sold a few years ago. Actually the buyers were very pleased to have the credit - as they then bought a more expensive model than I would have installed just for resale. Everybody was happy: I didn't have to deal with hassle of purchasing and installation and they could upgrade on "free money".


    Bookmark   May 31, 2011 at 1:18AM
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Your oven sounds like my old one. The hinges on the door broke and I tried for 1 1/2 yrs to get it fixed. I let a repair store take the oven to repair it. They assured me they could. Unfortunately. they could not and they disposed of my working oven. I have been looking in vain for a replacement for 9 months. Everyone tells me I am crazy. But I just liked my oven. If you decide to sell it, would you please let me know? Most people have told me they would rather get a new oven with bells and whistles. I have been without an oven for 9 months just hoping someone would have the more modern Chambers Oven. Even the Chambers afficianados don't believe me that Chambers had a modern built in that worked great.

Do what you feel most comfortable with. It will be the right decision for you.
I think I am just unusual in that I have faith that eventually I will be able to replace my beloved oven.


    Bookmark   June 8, 2011 at 6:54PM
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We're replacing our Chambers double wall oven with a stove next month. I'm happy to turn over the oven to someone who will appreciate it. It says Chambers Self Cleaning Retained Heat in gold letters at the top. The doors are black glass. I'm in the San Diego area.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 5:16PM
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Can you post pix?
If you can sell it to someone who will love it, you can then use the money to put in a new one (or better yet, one from CL). As long as it is from the same era as your current appliances, then you don't need to buy brand new. Some people renovate and get rid of perfectly good stuff that is now the wrong size or wrong color for them.
I'd be tickled pink to get a Chambers anything (we have a 1940s era Chambers stove), but I know I am in the minority.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 5:22PM
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Circus Peanut

Twinmom, where are you located? There's a place in New York that sells vintage Chambers ranges and ovens, link below.
If you can share your approximate location, there are a lot of us on this forum who regularly scour Craigslist, etc, for deals on vintage appliances, and I bet someone might be able to help you find your oven. I had a similar experience once with a beloved vintage piece and it's an awful loss.

Seatraveler, take it with you! In my experience nobody appreciates a vintage appliance like the person who is familiar with its every wrinkle. You really can't get that quality new any more, but I'd wager that 95% of the home buyers out there get the heebie jeebies from someone else's "old" oven. We're definitely taking our 1949 range with us when we go ... :-)

Here is a link that might be useful: Belgrave Appliance in Yonkers NY

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 5:47PM
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Twinmom, don't know if you're still looking, but I've got a Chambers Double Wall Oven from the 1980s (or possibly 1970s?) with accompanying manual that I need to sell (upcoming total kitchen remodel commencing in about 3 weeks!). Fully functional except for self-cleaning/latch. More photos available (inside, control panel).

    Bookmark   September 29, 2012 at 3:34PM
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Circus Peanut

It's odd, isn't it? We left a vintage Chambers range in excellent working condition in our house when we sold it this month, and it got raves from a number of people who made bids. But as it turns out, the actual buyer wants us to take it with us instead of keeping it. So it's a gamble; a lot depends on how old your house is and whether it draws a vintage-soapstone-crowd or a shiny-new-granite crowd.

We are now trying to sell our Chambers (white Model C) and hoping there will be a Chambers lover in the Portland ME area who can take it in the next week or so --

    Bookmark   September 29, 2012 at 4:37PM
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ChambersFan, that is a gorgeous oven! Seatraveler, I guess I'm one of the foolish ones. I had never heard of Chambers. But the old ovens are the best ovens. I haven't had a good one since 1989 when I lost my antique Kenmore in a divorce. Talk about a broken heart . . .

    Bookmark   September 29, 2012 at 5:45PM
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Love my Chambers and as you can see just on this thread you have several more that do and one wanting to buy it from you!
In the case of a Chambers, 'dated' is a good thing.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2012 at 10:18PM
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