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just clean the hob and blackened the solid rings lol

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jura2 Thu 06-Jun-19 10:06:00

as you know, the new kitchen is not going to happen for a while. The stove is electric, with solid rings, from the 70s I imagine (so quite modern ahaha for a 1587 house)... and as I was cleaning the top and then using 'blackener' for the rings- wondered if I was the last GN to still have to do that? Am I?

Alima Thu 06-Jun-19 12:02:33

Don’t know Jura, I have never heard of blackener for stove rings though I have never had an electric one. Could it be used on a gas oven? (Really refreshing seeing you post on threads unconnected with politics btw!)

Greyduster Thu 06-Jun-19 12:16:48

I have seen it but never used it. Stoves with solid rings were standard in just about every Army quarter we ever lived in. They took an age to heat up as I remember. If anyone threatened to take away my super fast, wipe-clean-in-seconds induction hob I would commit murder!

cornergran Thu 06-Jun-19 13:55:25

BLimey, not something I’ve every done, probably as well as I can imagine the mess I would have got in. grin.

jura2 Thu 06-Jun-19 14:03:56

ah yes, in the UK used to have the non solid coil rings. The back kitchen (ex parish room) has two non induction ceramic hobs ...

jura2 Thu 06-Jun-19 14:05:40

Warm the rings a little, use the blackening stick and polish with soft cloth ... takes you straight back to the 60s/70s - ahaha

Callistemon Thu 06-Jun-19 14:29:07

It's refreshing to read that someone has a kitchen older than mine grin

I do hope you don't have those red tiles on the floor, though, I can remember my mother polishing them with Cardinal Red polish!
We also had a black range which needed 'black-leading' - but I never had to do it.

Gonegirl Thu 06-Jun-19 14:30:22

I can remember my granny blackening the grate (complete with oven) back in the forties. Never heard of it done for an electric stove though. I wouldn't bother.

Callistemon Thu 06-Jun-19 14:32:58

I wouldn't bother.
Actually, neither would I

perhaps I'm just slovenly grin

janeainsworth Thu 06-Jun-19 14:35:27

Gonegirl I think the idea of the blackening actually has a sound basis in science wink
A black hob will conduct heat more efficiently.
We replaced our cooker recently & I was surprised to read in the instructions that they advised using dark cake tins and pie tins for this reason.

Gonegirl Thu 06-Jun-19 14:36:38

I've got those red tiles as a kitchen windowsill. Can't buy Cardinal now to polish them, but it's been replaced by something else. Cant remember the name because I rarely get the tin out of the cupboard.

jura2 Thu 06-Jun-19 14:38:39

Ah got visitors arriving from San Fran as B&B- so making a bit of extra effort.

'I do hope you don't have those red tiles on the floor, though,'

I do lol. Use a floor cleaner which has linseed oil in it, never polished them on hands and knees - can't kneel anyhow smile

Callistemon Thu 06-Jun-19 14:42:29


Oh dear! I just remember my mother on her hands and knees polishing the floor with Cardinal Red then telling us off if we walked across it with dirty shoes
They got covered up with "nice" Marley tiles eventually

jura2 Thu 06-Jun-19 15:34:29

when people visit, they say 'oh tommettes, I love those' so ..

jura2 Thu 06-Jun-19 15:35:12

the back 'Parish' kitchen is all Red Formica- young friends just go crazy for it...

callgirl1 Thu 06-Jun-19 17:48:11

My grandma had those red tiles on her kitchen floor many, many years ago, she didn`t polish them, just washed them using a rag mop, and they always looked nice. Both my grandmas had fireplaces that had to be black leaded, one grandma nearly broke her heart when my auntie, visiting from Oz, bought her a new tiled fireplace and the old one was ripped out.

Callistemon Thu 06-Jun-19 17:58:28

We looked at a bungalow not long ago which had an immaculate 1960s kitchen in a midnight blue shiny formica and blue and white tiles on walls and floor.
It was stunning but I wonder if the people who bought the place ripped it out?

jura2 Sun 09-Jun-19 13:47:01

Your comments made me smile. Since then, I have objectively looked at the kitchen and wondered? Would a new kitchen really change my life? No. Would it make me amazingly more happy and contented? No. Would my friends be really impressed and would it change their attitude? No. Would it be very expensive? Yes. Would it be a load of hassle? Yes.

Conclusion- I'll live with it, and blacken the hop once in a blue moon ahahahaha.

Callistemon Sun 09-Jun-19 17:24:43

It's the hassle I can't face.
And how many holidays can I have for the price of a new kitchen?

I may get someone in to clean the oven though!