Basic Aga electric conversions and why we don't reccommend them

Using electricity to create heat, and that is what you need it to do in your Aga!, is unavoidably less efficient and therefore more expensive than using gas or oil. It's silly to burn gas or oil to create heat and steam, create electric, go to all the effort of getting it to you and then turn it back into heat again!

Basic electric conversions essentially pop an electric element (like a huge spiral lightbulb filament) where the heat source of your Aga was before. They retain all the massive iron castings that hold the heat and work in exactly the same way as your cooker did before. That is fab if you want your cooker to feel like it did running on gas or oil but for the reason outlined above it costs a lot more in running costs!

Some conversions try to get around this by turning on and off more. This is the essence of the 'Aims' kit as advertised by Aga. It reduces the temp to a lower level and ramps up when you need it on a timer. The problem is that as the castings are all so huge it takes a long time to heat up/cool down and the savings are marginal.

Our 'Electrikit' conversions are completely different and yet keep the Aga features you want. Sound good? Find out more on our 'Electric Aga conversion' homepage.

Power station generating power for Electric Aga cookers (probably)  


Matthew Bates
Matthew Bates

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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!