Aladdin Five Burner Upright Range

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  1. Sedgman

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    Aladdin is a well-known Australian stove, lamp and lantern manufacturer. The picnic 2 burner stove is regularly featured in the Gallery. Less well known are the 3, 5 and 6 burner ranges. The Five Burner Upright Range was made around the early 1950s. There were two main models sold; an ‘Upright’ (in this article) and an ‘Elevated’ model which had tall legs and the oven on the right side of the cooktop and a fount on the far left.

    In 1951 the upright sold for 47 pounds and the elevated model sold for 58 pounds. Four silent burners were on top in a conventional range setting and the fifth was located down beneath the oven. There is a splashback and a plate rack to boot.

    The advertisements I have found, (Apr 1950 to June 1951), often stated things like, “Here's modern cooking convenience without gas or electricity. Five adjustable self-pricking burners make the Aladdin Range simple to operate and give finger-tip heat control for boiling or simmering. There's a roomy insulated oven for easy baking. . . and, as with other Aladdin products . , .real economy all round.”

    From The Land (Sydney, NSW : 1911 - 1954), Friday 15 June 1951, page 26

    I am 75% through restoration and have painted and restored a large part of the Aladdin, including removing badly rusted machine screws and replacing them with stainless steel matching ones; slotted heads and all. Upon opening the top of the oven I found the oven is very well lagged with asbestos and promptly shut the top. External repairs only for this unit!

    Here is where I am at:

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    The legs are strong but awkward to work with.

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    The stove top has 4 regulated burners that are self pricking.

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    A warning to not over tighten them is on a placard. The oven is conventional looking inside too.

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    This is how the unit came from an old house disused for the past twenty years.

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    Iain
     
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    Great stuff, Iain.

    Cheers

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    Howdy, @Sedgman ,

    Now, that is one great looking stove, with plenty of functional goodies!! You did a great job in fettling and refurbishing it, too!! That a bruiser of a stove, for sure!! Can you tell who made the burners? Have you used the oven much? Great stove, in any case! Thanks for sharing it, and enjoy using it! Take care, and God Bless!

    Every Good Wish,
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    Good work, Iain! How is the stove oven heated?
     
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    Hi @phaedrus42
    A small pipe comes out the bottom of the fount and goes down and under to a 5th burner under the middle of the oven.
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    G'day Iain, the enamel looks in good condition and the appliance is cleaning up nicely. :clap:
     
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    That's a great looking project you've got going there. The asbestos isn't a problem unless you inhale the fibers. Just wear a protective mask when you're messing with it and you should be fine.

    Ben
     
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    Nice old rig. Kerosene or white gas?
     
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    Australian Aladdins we’re kerosene.

    Cheers

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    Is Australian Aladdin related to the American Aladdin company? I know they made gas camp stoves, and produced M-1942 and M-1950 military squad stoves on the Coleman pattern.
    The Aladdin name used to be on the big quart and 2-quart stainless steel vacuum bottles. Newer thermoses are badged 'Stanley'. Still have a 1-quart bottle I bought in '95. Still good. Found a 2-quart flask at a thrift shop under $5, just missing stopper and cup. Sporting goods store next door had these parts new on the shelf, but $5 apiece. Perfect fit.
    So for $15 I was set up right. New 2Qt bottles are $40 bucks, probably Asian-made, but have a carry handle on the side.
     
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    “The Mantle Light Company of America” was the manufacturer of the original line of Aladdin lamps. In 1919 “Aladdin Industries” was established in the United Kingdom by Jack Imber (under licence from the USA company) to take advantage of favourable tariffs in British Commonwealth countries. In 1933 Aladdin Industries in Britain began manufacturing their own Aladdin lamps.

    “Aladdin Industries Limited” (Australia) was established in 1924 by James Seldon Baker who was formerly the Manager of The Mantle Light Company of America in Montreal, Canada. Aladdin commenced manufacturing wick lamps in Australia around 1932; pressure lanterns around 1941 and stoves probably after WWII. [Source: Hodson, A “Aladdin Kerosene Lamps in Australia” ISBN 0646377558].

    The great book about Aladdin in Australia was written by my former university professor, the late Allin Hodson.


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    Tony

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