Frequently Asked AGA Questions
Can I have a Module with my AGA heat-storage cooker?
An AGA heat-storage cooker can do everything a conventional cooker can do, and better. Of course, at AGA we understand that you have to choose the cooker that best fulfils the demands of your family life. If you have a very busy kitchen and would like the added versatility of additional cooking space, you can choose a matching AGA Module to complement your AGA heat-storage cooker, either freestanding or possibly integrated.
Can I air my washing on my AGA heat-storage cooker?
Yes. The AGA heat-storage cooker radiates a gentle warmth that dries your clothes beautifully, reducing your reliance on a tumble dryer. To do this, use an airer or clothes horse - be careful never to drape clothes or sheets over the ventilation holes on the burner door.
Another job the AGA cooker makes light work of is ironing items such as folded pillow slips or t-shirts, simply place on the simmering plate cover over night to be 'AGA ironed'.
How environmentally friendly are AGA heat-storage cookers?
Each AGA heat-storage cooker is made in Shropshire, England from 70% reclaimed iron, including old cast-iron cookers, drain covers, old machinery, door fittings etc and, in turn each old AGA is 90% recyclable, meaning you'll never find one on a landfill site.
Most new AGA cookers are now programmable, meaning they work hard when you want them to and slumber when you don't. The AGA Intelligent Management System (AIMS) is a programmable device that powers down your AGA cooker when you are not using it, ensuring it uses energy responsibly. It comes as standard with the 13-amp electric models and is an optional extra with most gas fuelled AGA cookers
As an existing AGA owner why not find out more about retro fitting AIMS* to your AGA and reducing the amount of energy your AGA uses?
*Oil models need to be converted to electric to have AIMS fitted.
We're also dedicated to developing more efficient energy sources. This includes programs using micro-generated electricity such as wind, solar power and heat pumps.
How do I clean my AGA cooker when it’s constantly warm?
The constant warmth of an AGA cooker actually makes cleaning much easier. This is because heat is always steadily radiating, carbonising any cooking spills and splashes in the process. That means the hot ovens and hotplates practically clean themselves and only need an occasional brush out.
A daily wipe with a damp cloth should be enough to maintain the shine of your vitreous enamel surfaces. If spills are left, they bake on and are more difficult to remove. In this case, use a recommended AGA cleaning product to easily remove the stain. Cleaning products are available at the AGA Cookshop.
Can I move my AGA cooker?
We recommend that you don't try and move your AGA heat-storage cooker. They're extremely heavy to shift without being dismantled and by doing so you could actually damage the internal components of the range cooker. Not only that, each AGA cooker is specially sited within your kitchen with its flue and fuel lines connected, so simply moving it isn't really an option. However, if you do need to move your AGA cooker, please contact AGA Australia and they will talk you through the process.
It's worth remembering that if you are planning to sell your home, having an AGA cooker in your kitchen may increase the value of your house so it often works out better to leave your old AGA cooker behind and buy a new one when you move.
Can an AGA cooker provide me with domestic hot water?
2-oven and 4-oven Rayburn wood fired cookers currently are the only cookers available to provide domestic hot water & central heating. Under certain conditions regardless of how much cooking is carried out, they provide a way of producing domestic hot water, spread over a 24 hour period.
Please also talk to AGA Australia for further information on:
- Modifying your Rayburn cooker to provide domestic hot water
- If your Rayburn heat-storage cooker currently provides your hot water and you need more
- If for any reason you want to turn off your water supply
Can I change the fuel type of my AGA cooker?
Fuel conversions are possible, depending on which model of AGA cooker you own. However, because major internal components vary from model to model, changing your fuel source usually involves some rebuilding.
I have a Gas Leak – what do I do?
Turn off the Gas supply immediately at the meter control valve, or emergency control valve.
Extinguish all sources of ignition; for example, cigarettes. Do not operate electrical light or power switches (on or off). Ventilate the building by opening doors and windows. Ensure access can be made to premises.
Can my AGA be used with the boiler disconnected?
The AGA must not be used with the boiler disconnected. The boiler will need removing by a qualified AGA technician and adjustment modifications made to the appliance.
How quickly will the AGA cool down?
Due to the efficiency of the insulation you may not feel any perceptible change in the warmth being given off for several hours
My AGA runs on kerosene. Can this be converted?
It may be possible for your oil fired AGA to be changed to run from a 13amp electrical supply.
Do you recommend additives in my oil supply?
AGA recommends the use of Class C2 Kerosene. However, suitability of oil should always be discussed with the fuel supplier. A number of oil suppliers do recommend additives for vaporising appliances. AGA only recommends Total Glomax which should only be used once the tank has been cleaned and flushed prior to its use.
Can my AGA / Rayburn be converted from one gas type to another?
No, AGA does not approve this type of conversion.
How do I adapt my favourite recipes to AGA cooking?
Check in The AGA Book that comes with your range for a similar recipe and follow those instructions. Do not be afraid to look at the food to check how it is cooking. The cast iron ovens retain the heat so you can peep at a cake or soufflé without all the heat rushing out of the oven, so the cake will not sink or the soufflé collapse.
Pop along to an AGA demonstration at AGA Australia to fully appreciate the versatility of this stove.
Why does food from an AGA taste so good?
It is the radiant heat from the cast iron ovens which give the AGA it`s legendary cooking excellence. Radiant heat is transferred when energy comes from a heated mass (the cast iron walls) and is not dependent on an intervening media for transmission. The heat hits the food sealing the surface in the hot Roasting Oven and allows food to retain its natural succulence and flavour.
The radiant heat gives less temperature fluctuation than convected air and accordingly it is much less critical that food is removed at an exact moment, so AGA ovens are more forgiving.
Should I buy a 2 or 4-oven AGA?
A 2-oven AGA is perfectly suited to peoples needs, however if you have the space a 4-oven is comparatively not that much more expensive and provides a Baking Oven and Warming Oven.
The Baking Oven is invaluable for cooking at a moderate heat such as cakes, fish and meat. The Warming Oven is so useful for warming numbers of plates and dishes and keeping food warm - like a giant hostess trolley. The extra Warming Plate to the left of the Boiling Plate is ideal for warming teapots, sauceboats, resting meat or melting butter or chocolate.
If you do a lot of entertaining, have a larger family or do a lot of cooking the 4-oven represents the ultimate domestic stove, you can cook without thinking and the four ovens can be used simultaneously. Of course if space is a premium the 3-oven AGA enables you to benefit from the invaluable Baking oven within the same footprint as a 2-oven AGA.
Do I have to learn to cook all over again?
No, but there are one or two special AGA techniques that will make your life a lot easier and stress free - at least when it comes to cooking! You don`t have to preheat the oven or worry about precise temperatures or times. The AGA ovens are kinder and more forgiving than those heated by hot air.
The golden rule is to cook as much as possible in the ovens.
Oven grilling means that any fat splashes are carbonised, cooking smells are banished to the outside and there is no need for constant watching of the grill.
With your new AGA comes a comprehensive handbook, The AGA Book by Mary Berry, which has a guide for which oven to use for what food. It has a introduction to your AGA including how to use your new AGA and cleaning advice.
Each AGA showroom runs regular AGA cookery demonstrations on how to use an AGA most effectively and how to maximise its performance. You may find attending one of these of value.
Should I turn my AGA off in the summer?
This is perhaps the most asked question by someone who has not lived with an AGA. Really it is a matter of personal choice. (The purchase of an AGA Module, a conventional cooker in the AGA style, means that you can cook if your AGA is off for servicing or if you choose to turn off your AGA in the summer).
However most AGA owners do not find Australian summers a problem, indeed the AGA is real advantage for those chilly summer evenings and mornings. In the daytime with normal comings and goings there is no build up of heat, as the kitchen is not closed up as it is in the winter. Since the AGA is very well insulated only around 3,000Btu`s per hour are given off, this is equivalent to the heat generated by 10 x 100 watt light bulbs or 12 people!
Also most of the cooking on an AGA takes place in the ovens so heat from the hotplate is minimal. Some AGA owners choose to turn their AGA down, this does not change the taste or quality of the food but it will increase the cooking time slightly.
If the AGA is on all the time, isn`t it expensive to run?
The AGA was designed by a Gustav Dalen, whose sole aim in inventing this stove was to conserve energy and fuel and to maximise efficiency. When the AGA is assembled it has 16 cubic feet of vermiculite, a natural insulation material, poured into its interior. (Electric economy 7 AGA owners are a little different; their model has ceramic insulation)
The AGA is also manufactured from cast iron, renown for its heat retention. The heat source to an AGA is comparatively small, for instance the gas AGA runs from a burner about the same rating as one conventional gas hotplate burner. The AGA is automatically controlled by a thermostat.
Fuel consumption figures are given in the AGA brochure, for example a 2-oven gas AGA will use around 425kWh of natural gas weekly or 60 litres for the propane model.
Remember too, the AGA is so much more than just a cooker! It provides a gentle warmth in the kitchen, airs clothes, and gives an ambience second to none. Being always ready to use the AGA starts to perform as soon as you open the oven doors or insulated covers, there are no knobs and dials - it is so simple.