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All American with petcock toggle?

by Christina

Hi. I have inherited an old All American Model No. 921 1/2 from my mother. I would like to use it but the instruction manual is gone and I cannot seem to locate one for this model. It has a petcock as opposed to a weight jiggler and I do not know how these work. Can you direct me either how to use it or where I can purchase a instruction manual. I am very frustrated because I have green beans waiting to be canned and cannot find the info I need to proceed. I would appreciate your input tremendously!


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Petcock use!?!
by: Pat

I recently became the owner of a AA 921 1/2 with a Petcock installed and as everyone seems to know there is very little information on how to use them. I figured it out and found an manual for a different brand of canner that also used the Petcock valve.

The valve has no value of weight other then if your canner should hit 30+ pounds the valve should open, but I would't want to anywhere near it to find out if it worked at that point.
The new weighted models are as close to a set&forget type of canner as you can get without buying an all electric model.
The old Petcock style was meant to be watched the whole time. You would have to sit with the canner and adjust the heat accordingly to maintain the correct pressure. I've now done this, it was hot and tedious. I bought the conversion parts to make it a weighted cooker now.
*These are the parts I ordered*
(All American Pressure Canner 69 Vent Pipe)
(All American Pressure Canner 72 Steam Gauge)
(All American Pressure Canner 68 Pressure Regulator Weight )
If you decide to try the Petcock method you MUST ensure the pressure gauge is reading the true pressure, as that is the only way of knowing when to turn down the heat.

Hope this helps,
Happy Canning

For information on where I got my information
Do a google search for:
(search for Old National Number 7 Pressure Canner Instructions Pdf)

by: Sandy

I have an All American canner 925 with a petcock. The petcock fell apart and I needed a new one. Thats when I found out that they don't make them that anymore. I ordered the suggested parts and the guide that went along with it. I actually think it is easier to use the weight than the petcock! Still canning away here!

All American 921 1/2 with Petcock Toggle
by: Anonymous

I think have answered my own question (above). Evidently, the petcock came on the older models and is no longer available. It can be replaced by a new vent tube and weight, if preferred. I ordered mine from this link

By the way, I love your page and advice~~thanks, Layna

All American 921 1/2 with Petcock Toggle
by: Anonymous

Just purchased my All American 921 1/2 at a used goods store and mine, too, has a petcock toggle that I am not sure how to use. The link to the manual shows only All American's with a "weighted gauge", which I have from a pressure cooker, but it doesn't seem like it should fit over the petcock toggle. It has been a long time since I canned, and the canner I used to have had just a weighted gauge so I am quite confused~~please help to clarify for me....Thanks, Layna

American canner
by: Judy Riffe

This is the file for the manual it includes your model

Good luck, Judy

by: Sharon

Christina, I don't know much about those older canners. I'll do some research and see if I can find anything out.

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