May 07, 2018

An Aga range cooker changed colour!

I thought I'd share these pictures (the badge has been removed digitally as its a trademark!) today from last week as they show a cooker being re-enamelled to 'Supreme Grey' which is Philips favourite colour - he enjoyed this one! This is a 2 oven post-1974 'Deluxe' cooker. As you will see a truly immaculate and wondrous new kitchen called for a refresh of Mr M's Aga range cooker. 

The first pic below shows the cooker when Mr M first got in touch in August last year!

Cream 2 oven Aga in old kitchen

This one shows the cooker as it was when Philip arrived. This is a 2 oven post-1974 'Deluxe' Aga range cooker. We've seen a lot worse but the colour needed to be changed and, as you see from the pic below this one, the hob was badly worn.

Cream 2 oven post-1974 Aga range cooker with oven doors open

Enamel is glass melted onto iron (basically; see here for more info!) and as pans etc are moved around the top glaze is worn away. This results in 'matte' patches where the gloss is gone. 

Badly worn hob top enamel on Aga range cooker

This pic is the insulation under the hob and it is very poor. The loose vermiculite is very low and the top blanket more a jumble of random bits of basic loft insulation. Not good but no matter - we sort all this on every re-enamelling/refurbishment job!

Under hob insulation poor in Aga range cooker

We have to remove all the insulation from the cooker before we take the front off of course. This is done with our super vacuum, the 'Big Brute'! Once removed we can take the front of the cooker off and reveal the inner workings!

Aga range cooker with front removed

In the pic below we have fitted the new front (the badge is there in real life, it has been digitally removed as it is a trademark. Everything has been neatly aligned to the front and the vermiculite insulation refilled.

2 oven Aga range cooker with hob top removed

As the final stage of insulation a new top blanket of modern mineral fibres is installed. This same insulation is used in the new lids and doors. Together they will provide a useful efficiency boost to this cooker - especially when combined with smaller items like door washers!

Insulation for Aga range cooker

And here it is in all it's finished glory. The kitchen is beautiful (compare to top image when Mr M bought the house!) and the newly immaculate cooker finishes it off beautifully I think. Well done Philip!

Grey 2 oven Aga range cooker in new kitchen

 2 oven grey Aga range cooker

Matthew Bates
Matthew Bates


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 these fabulous cookers 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!