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Hi, The oven thermostat on my antique Wedgewood stove is out of calibration -- if I set it to 300,

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Old 01-18-2011, 06:30 PM
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Hi,

The oven thermostat on my antique Wedgewood stove is out of calibration -- if I set it to 300, i get 350; if i set it to 350 I get 450. Those numbers are reliable -- i actually have a conversion chart I use to set the temperature accurately. With that chart, I've put off fixing this for ten years. (Clever or stupid? I'm not sure.)

If I pull off the oven knob I find a calibration adjustment underneath, but it's already cranked all the way to "lo". if I turn it the other way, everything gets hotter. I need things cooler, not hotter.

The thermostat is a Robertshaw Model BJ. I could replace it but they're $pendy.

It occurred to me that if I were to (very carefully) crimp the copper temperature sensing bulb a little bit with some pliers, that could increase the pressure in the tube & thereby trigger the thermostat's action at a colder temperature. Is that a dumb idea?

Any advice would be much appreciated. It's an old stove, but other than this one problem it sure works great.

Thanks,
-mykle-

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