What oil for an old toaster?

  • What oil for an old toaster?

    Posted by BLTN on October 15, 2023 at 11:34 pm

    I was at a garage sale the other day and bought a toaster, the metal kind, not the plastic kind, OLD! Got home, saw it had the original card attached to the cord by a string, and read it. Seems it’s a 1935 model, and needs to be oiled from time to time. Does anyone have any idea what kind of oil I should use? They don’t say on the card. The only oil I have, other than cooking oil & motor oil, is a small bottle for the trimmer that I used on the dog…will that work? It’s a Toastmaster, if that makes any difference. Thanks!!!

    JoanK replied 8 months, 2 weeks ago 4 Members · 11 Replies
  • 11 Replies
  • MartHale7

    Member
    October 16, 2023 at 8:22 am

    I use coconut oil on the bearings of my bread machine. Coconut oil can deal with high heat better from what I have seen.

    • BLTN

      Member
      October 16, 2023 at 11:17 am

      I would have to liquify a small amount, then find a way to put one drop into each of two tiny holes, 1/8″ or less in diameter.

      • MartHale7

        Member
        October 16, 2023 at 12:36 pm

        Yes put it in a plastic bag, bag into hot water…. Then I used gravity to finish the job for me….

        You got the idea.

      • BLTN

        Member
        October 18, 2023 at 1:17 am

        Excellent, thank you!

  • JoanK

    Member
    October 25, 2023 at 4:12 pm

    I’d have to go with butter or lard since they were the most popular and readily available in 1935.

    • BLTN

      Member
      October 27, 2023 at 10:50 pm

      I didn’t even think of either – I have butter & lard & tallow & olive oil & avocado oil & coconut oil & a tiny bottle of oil that came with the dog trimmer – so many choices!

      • JoanK

        Member
        October 30, 2023 at 2:53 pm

        happy to help!

  • BLTN

    Member
    October 16, 2023 at 11:16 am

    Don’t you worry about it becoming rancid? I’ll be putting one drop into each of two tiny holes on the underside of the toaster to lubricate the pop-up mechanism…”automatic” toasters were so new then, the card actually explains how they work! My concern is that there will be no way for me to wipe off excess oil, or ever get in there to clean the area.

  • BLTN

    Member
    October 18, 2023 at 1:19 am

    I don’t think I want to go back to things like they were in ’35 – both of my parents were old enough to remember it well – neither were impressed. I wouldn’t mind going back 35 years though – my parents would still be alive, and I’d have more energy and fewer aches & pains!

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