The sun has arrived, it's warm, dry and you are eyeing the BBQ warily - it could be time to turn the Aga off for the summer! Not everyone does of course but if you take this option to save a few quids on your fuel bill then there are a few things to consider.
- On all Agas it's a good idea to allow air to circulate under the lids while the cooker is off. If not you can get a little condensation that can rust the hotplate surface the the iron expansion rings around them. When you Aga has cooled completely use a little kitchen roll with olive oil it and wipe a thin coating across the hotplate and expansion rings to protect it. Now find an old pencil, snap it in half and pop each under the front of each lid to raise it very slightly. This will let air circulate without looking ugly!
- On oil Agas make sure you isolate the oil supply, turn off the tap that is usually installed on the pipe before the control box. Oil leaks are not fun at all :(
- It's much easier to clean a cold Aga so while it is off consider giving it a good scrub. Not sure how? We have an Aga cleaning kit with 3 pages of detailed instructions if you like a challenge!
- Similarly how about touching those chips on the enamel? Find our repair kits here.
- Cold Agas can become a bit of extra storage space in the summer and get all sorts of things dumped on them that would normally melt! Protect the surface and lid tops with a set of chef pads or consider leaving a drying rack on.
- Why not organise your service? Gas Agas MUST be serviced every year and oil ones often a little more frequently than that, summer is a perfect time to do this as if any problems crop up you won't be too devastated to have the Aga off for a little while!
British BBQ's, not all they are cracked up to be ;)
Matthew is from a farming family near Bath and a graduate of King's College London who decided not to follow the 'standard' path into banking or the law. He has been working with Aga's in some form or another since 2003. Matthew runs Blake and Bull from beautiful Bradford on Avon, near Bath. Alf the golden retriever makes sure the working day finishes at 6pm sharp - dog walk time!