By admin, June 22, 2007
No cookies, but overhauled oven proves tasty treat at motor shop.
I located and purchased a used Grieve electric bake oven at a discount price, overhauled it, and added new computerized controls to benefit an electric motor repair shop.
The original electrical cabinet was a nightmare.
The old front panel had all the latest controls and programmable features…
The restored oven added some nice programmable control features and provided a second, smaller bake oven that saved electricity when baking smaller motors. I added phase control of the heating elements, reducing thermal stress to help them last.
The budget for the project was minimal, so electrical components were what I could get cheaply, and were crammed into a cabinet that could have been 20% bigger. But it has worked for over 7 years!
I installed new heating elements and upgraded the exhaust blower and door latches as well.
The oven continues to service the customer without alterations. Total expenditure was well under $4000.