Wards Favor Stove PWA-36-3-6

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  1. Troutman United States

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    This stove is akin to @Doc Mark 's that he posted back in January of 2017. Mine, however, is not in as good a shape as his. The fellow I got it from told me his Dad had started to restore it and did fire it up briefly and then never got back to it. I didn't even know what make it was until I saw Doc's posting and he explained where to find the ID badge. Evidently as part of the the former owner's restoration he spray painted the interior or the range top and that included the ID badge.

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    I always try nail polish remover first because it's dilute acetone and I don't want to disturb the original factory paint. This paint was so thick I needed 100% acetone.

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    It didn't have the 2 grills that Doc's had but it did have the sheet metal one. I only took it out to show the oven burner.

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    This is the preheater and I have the other 3 ceramics in a bag. From the looks of the 2 shiny screws there was probably a 1/2 curved piece of sheet metal over the generator here to aid in the preheat. That should be easily formed.

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    Anybody know what this valve of the back of the burner might be? Maybe a fuel drain in the event of severe flooding???

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    This far right end of the manifold is where the gas vapor goes down to the oven and is controlled by the last valve.

    Well that's it. I worked on it when I first got it a little over 4 years ago and then got busy. Not knowing the manufacturer for sure I (and some of the folks on the CCF) were guessing it was possibly AGM, going by the shape of the metal main knob.
     
  2. Doc Mark

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    @Troutman ,

    I'm very happy that you've found one like mine!! They are built very well, and have a certain class that you don't see in stoves, quite often enough, IMHO!! Take your fettle/refurbishing slow and easy, as parts for these stoves are simply NOT available!! As to knobs, I have most of one original burner knob, and as I told you in a PM/PT, I've been searching for replacements. I may have found something that will work, but I'm not sure the company has any stock, at this time. If I hear otherwise, I'll send contact info along to you. The knobs they have are around $18 each. So, to buy a set of four, plus one as a spare, would run us just shy of $100!! YIKES! That's pretty steep for a few knobs...... but, "needs must", right!!?!! Thanks, again, for sharing our own Montgomery Wards Favor stove, made, of course, by Prentiss Wabers (1936-1937). Take care, and God Bless!

    Every Good Wish,
    Doc

    PS - the knobs are sort of "T-shaped", FYI.
     
  3. optipri

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    Great stove, I have never seen such before. Three burners and an owen must have been enough for a normal family when it was made. From what decade is it?
    This is huge compared to the Primus ranges that was offered here in Sweden.
    Smart design with the container in the left part. But no risk of overheating the tank without any air circulation?
    Fortunately not many in this size coming up for sale, a very big storage building is needed to collect a number of such items as my barn is already crowded.

    Bo
     
  4. Doc Mark

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    Hi, @optipri , Bo,

    From my research, my stove, and @Troutman , date to the years 1936-1937. Made by Prentiss Wabers, their Model number was #440P. Please see the PW catalog on my link, here:

    1936-1937 Prentiss Wabers Table Top #440P, for Home, Cottage, and Camp.

    There, you will find the PW catalog as a PDF, and inside the 1937 catalog, on page 10, you will see how PW offered this same stove. I just bought a catalog that should show this stove, again, in the 1936-1937 time period.

    These were very well designed, and worked wonderfully. The seller of mine told me that he used to use his for brewing beer, at his cabin in the mountains of Colorado!!! Until Troutman found his, mine was the only one I'd ever seen. Now, with his exceeding good fortune, we now have two!! I hope my comments, and the information on my own post about model of this stove, will tell you everything about it! Take care, and God Bless!

    Every Good Wish,
    Doc
     
  5. Tony Press

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    Great stove.

    Thank you for posting the detailed photographs.

    Cheers

    Tony

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