National 18 Qt. Pressure Cooker Questions

marytalkswithhorsesDecember 11, 2010

Can anyone tell me where I might find an instruction manual for the National 18 quart pressure cooker?

What was the ring attached to the side of this cooker for?

What did the racks for this cooker look like?

Thanks!

Mary

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

National is now Presto and has been for many years so the Presto website will likely be your best bet. National models are the old ones and the site doesn't list them in parts or manuals any longer but many of the parts and the manuals are interchangable.

gopresto.com

Dave

    Bookmark   December 11, 2010 at 7:40PM
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John__ShowMe__USA(5/6)

Mary,

Try the link below.

john

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.manualsonline.com/

    Bookmark   December 12, 2010 at 7:56AM
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marytalkswithhorses

Haven't found what I'm looking for... yet. Thanks, guys!

    Bookmark   December 12, 2010 at 12:31PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Mary - you won't find one for the National unless someone has an old one they can copy for you. Search using the word 'canner' not 'cooker' pulls them up. But here is the manual for the equivalent Presto model (link below).

But we should also ask what you think you need the manual for? The recipes and canning instructions are mostly outdated in them anyway so if it is canning instructions you are looking for there are other better sources like NCHFP.

If it is parts you need then the parts listed on this page with the manual should all fit.

Hope this helps.

Dave

Here is a link that might be useful: Presto 18 qt canner parts and manual

    Bookmark   December 12, 2010 at 1:12PM
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marytalkswithhorses

Could I bother you about something else? I was looking for a manual so I would know the proper terminology. I haven't used this cooker in years, it was my grandmother's, and there wasn't a manual with it. Anyway, the racks are totally different than anything I've seen in any of the manuals I've looked at. Do you have any idea if I should replace them or if I can use them? Wanted to thank you, too, for the great posts on converting the National - awesome!

    Bookmark   December 12, 2010 at 4:30PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Hey, it's no bother. ;)

As to the racks, I wouldn't worry about them as long as it is a metal plate of some kind with holes in it that will keep the jars from sitting directly on the bottom of the canner. That is about all any of the racks do in a PC - space the jars up off the bottom of the pot.

Your bigger concern with a canner that old will be the accuracy of the gauge. They are supposed to be tested annually and one that old will either have to be tested or replaced or the canner converted to a weighted one with the 5-10-15 lb weight set.

You may also need to invest in the new gasket set for it.

As for terminology, you can find most any thing you'd need in the How To Use a Pressure Canner publication from NCHFP.

Hope this helps.

Dave

    Bookmark   December 12, 2010 at 6:00PM
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marytalkswithhorses

It helped a lot! I'm going to be on the safe side and make the suggested conversions - I don't want to take any chances. Thanks again, Dave!

Mary

    Bookmark   December 12, 2010 at 6:38PM
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