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do I find my model number? (UL Standards?)
ordering replacement parts do so by the model number stamped into
the cooker body. If the numbers are too worn hard to read try making
a pencil scratching on paper.
You will generally find most models stamped right into the middle
on the bottom of the pressure pot. You may also see a date (slightly
to the left) on the bottom of the pot. The date will appear as a
fraction (see figure a).
Presto: some models
(the newer, the more likely to) have their number stamped onto the
side of the cooker or canner (see figure b). It could also be etched
into the bottom or just underneath the handle. Old models will have
a label that will be attached to the top of the cover. Older units
have model numbers such as 603, 204, 50, 40, etc.
Most Presto cookers and canners will
have a 409a stamped into the bottom of the pot (in the center).
This is not the model number. 409a notes that this Presto pressure
canner or cooker was built and meets the listed Underwriters
Laboratory (UL) standards for safe household pressure cooking and
canning (These requirements cover household-type cooking utensils
known as pressure cookers or pressure sauce pans which operate at
a nominal pressure of 15 psi (103 kPa) or less. They are intended
for use over gas- or electric-top burners of residential type cooking
All American Canners and
Cookers: The model number is printed on the top of the
pot. The last two numbers on the bottom of the pot generally indicate
the model too. (fig. d)
All American Sterilizers:
The model number on electric units appears above the heat
control knob (fig e).
|How do I replace the rubber gasket? & how often?
A Rubber Gasket fits into the cover
of a pressure canner or cooker to create a secure pressurized
seal during cooking. Over time heat exposure can contribute to
the sealing ring deformation and shrinkage (and on presto cookers,
the automatic air vent may become hard and deformed). When this
happens, replace both the sealing ring and automatic air vent.
(Mirro and All American do not feature an automatic air vent).
Anytime you order any of the presto sealing rings, you will receive
the automatic air vent in the box.
Turn Cover upside down and remove the old ring. Scrub the
sealing ring groove in the lid thoroughly with a bush to
eliminate all foreign matter. Lay the new ring loosely on
the inside of the cover and insert a small section into
the sealing ring groove.
As you pick up the next section
of ring, push it toward the portion just inserted, while
at the same time pressing it firmly into the groove. The
sealing ring must be squeezed together section by section
as you insert the made slightly oversized ring. Work your
fingers all the way around the inside edge of the sealing
ring to be sure it is fully in place.
When putting the cover on
the body, press one hand down on the area opposite the handle
to help compress the ring. If necessary, to help make the
cover easier to open and close, a very light coating of
cooking oil may be applied to the underside of the body
the toggle switch (control value) on old All American Canner replaceable?
Yes you can exchange the toggle switch with
the new vent tube and regulator and it will work just like the new
ones. I do recommend however that you purchase the instruction booklet
because they do work a little differently. Below you will find a
like to help you find the parts that you are going to need to make
the exchange. Order an instruction booklet.
All American no longer manufactures Canners and Cookers with peck
|I have a vintage
maid of honor pressure cooker. The lid is missing. Can I get a replacement
most major pressure cooker and canner brands have changed styles many
times. They did not keep producing the lids or the kettle bottoms
as the models were updated.
saftey fuse / over pressure plug do I need?
pressure cooker/canner model number to find correct over pressure
plug. However, you can determine if you need the metal saftey fuse
(below left). Simply inspect the lid's underside and if there's a
hexagon or stop-sign-like plug that screws into the lid, you need
the 9888 metal saftry fuse. Saftey fuse color may differ from origional.
The other option, rubber-only over pressure plugs, pop into the lid
(below right). The rubber from your old pressure plug may have become
hard should be removed and replaced.
Over pressure plugs from under lid.
6-sided metal screw-in (left) and pop-in rubber (right).
measuring a gasket helpful in finding the replacement?
gaskets differ not only in diameter but also in thickness and rubber
shape. Due to the volume of gaskets with the same diameter, varying
by millimeters we're sorry we cannot properly fit gaskets from measurements.
To order your replacement gasket, we'll need
your model number. or the actual gasket that needs to be replaced.
If you cannot see the model
number, you can mail us your old gasket
(or part) to our office in
Pressure Cooker Outlet
1035 Sylvatus Highway
Hillsville, VA 24343
the difference between gaskets 3440 and 9882?
is one example of how difficult proper gasket selection can be without
searching by your pressure cooker or canner model number. The diameter
of 3440 and 9882 are equal. The 3440 is about a milimeter thicker
on the outside and has a differently shaped inside. Although both
gaskets may fit into your lid, a gasket too small will leak around
the sides while a gasket too big won't allow a lid to close.
Thickness comparison of sealing rubber
gasket 9882 (shown on the bottom) and rubber sealing ring gasket
Mirro regulator weight (and ventpipe below it) listed for my model
are not on my kettle. Will they work safely?
your cooker-specific model number page lists different parts than
your model, those parts have likely been updated. Many older Mirro
pressure canners and cookers were manufactured using vent tube B.
Check out this mirro model number M-035 with the disconunied vent
pipe and regulator. For some Mirro models (like the M-0536 pictured
below) when replacing the old regulator ( the vent tube must also
be replaced and viceversa.
Mirro Model M-0536-11 with discontinued
regulator and vent pipe (left and center). The model number and
liquid capacity are stamped onto the bottom (right)
|I live in
BC, Canada. Is there a parts distributor in Canada?
do ship to British Columbia, Canada
the pressure regulator
- There should be a slight leakage under
the pressure regulator when cooking is started, do not be alarmed.
This is usually due to condensation formed because the temperature
of the pressure regulator is lower than the rest of the cooker.
This condensation will disappear as the cooking progresses.
- Another possibility is the vent tube is
loose, in which case it can be tightened with a crescent wrench.
Care should be taken not to not to nick the upper surface of the
- After considerable time, the vent pipe
may become worn and should be replaced.
between the cover and the body
- When first beginning to cook it is normal
for moisture to form on the cover and between the handles.
- Leakage between the cover and the body
is typically due to shrinkage of the sealing ring after a prolonged
period of use. If this condition develops, both the sealing ring
and automatic air vent (on presto) should be replaced. Be sure
the groove the sealing ring fits into is clean and free of all
- If the leakage persists after a new sealing
ring is in place, it may mean the rim body or cover flange has
been damaged. In this case, the complete cooker should be serviced.
around automatic air vent
slight amount of leakage around the automatic air vent is a normal
operating condition . The automatic air vent acts as a value and
will completely seal the cooker. continued leakage may mean that
foreign matter has collected among the edges of the automatic air
vent. This may be corrected by removing and washing the automatic
air vent with hot soapy water.
CAUTION: Whenever you see excessive
leakage from the cooker, remove it from heat immediately. Reduce
pressure completely. Remove pressure regulator from vent pipe.