Roper weirdness

Calling all Roper stove owners! I’ve been corresponding with a stove restorer about his work on what looks to be an early 1940s model that has some details he’s trying to replicate. The stove in question has a double oven. And it has some chrome-looking metal strips that work like spring bronze weatherstrip to seal the doors and prevent heat from leaking out. There are also iron straps screwed onto the door frames, and one of the chrome strips is attached to that in some manner. Anyone seen anything similar? Here are the pics:





Here’s the host stove:


Repair guy says the doors get hot really fast when the ovens are turned on. I think those non-original metal handles might be part of the problem.

My stove is a 1941-ish single oven on the right with broiler on the left. Here’s what the door frames look like:



No heat seal of any kind around the doors. And I find it an odd idea that Roper would’ve covered up the speckled porcelain with a strap of iron to attach a heat seal. So my amateur opinion is that those straps and weatherstrippey heat seals are add-ons. Anyone have other ideas?

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4 Responses to Roper weirdness

  1. Marie says:

    It looks like the work of an engineer or an engineer-wanna-be.

  2. n54th says:

    Yep! Well, stove guy consulted with Jack Santoro of the Old Appliance Club, and I’m pleased to say that we’re on the same page about this stove: TOAC says the strap iron and “weatherstrip” seals are not anything they’ve seen on Ropers or anything else. Their opinion on the heat felt on the doors: It is normal for the doors to be hot. And that the door metal should fit flush against the body metal of the oven—they often need to put a lot of work in on stoves they restore in order to achieve a proper mating of one to the other.

    I bet if those DIY strips were removed, the doors would seal fine. Pop on a set of stock plastic handles (like you can see in various forms on most of the Ropers on this site) and that stove will be cooking for another 68 years.

  3. Cybilkay says:

    My 1947 roper stove is unrestored and I have the metal stripping exactly as yours is. There was a few years when ” code ” deemed the strips necessary to please those enforcing standards. The holes behind the strips are original and supposedly that is the standard for the model and year concerned.

  4. Curtis says:

    That’s very similar to the one I have… Mine has the chrome strips, but does not have the copper strips on the front face… just the blue speckled interior.

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