March 11, 2018

Blue Aga range cooker re-enamelled in... blue!

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This is a 'Deluxe' cooker that we re-enamelled this week amongst lot's of other work! It's a pre-74 'Deluxe' - you can tell thanks to the raised 'shelf' behind the lids and the way the towel rail sits 'on' the brackets rather than 'between' them. The job went perfectly until the final moments, see the final picture!

More info above each picture, as ever logo digitally removed as it is a trademark.

This cooker has worked hard over a long and productive life. It's by no means 'old' as Aga range cookers go but perhaps has reached middle age - time for a make over!

Pre-74 Aga range cooker hob

You can see the towel rail brackets clearly in this picture. On pre 74 'Deluxe' cookers the rail sits on these brackets and is secured from underneath by a screw. The streak marks on the front of this cooker are acid damage - see here for how to avoid!

Blue Aga range cooker with streaked front

First we undress the cooker. The top, lids, front and doors have all been removed here and all the insulation sucked out with our enormous vacuum. Note the little bars that are holding the ovens and simmering spot up. There is only 1 at the rear - 3 little bars for all that weight! Amazing.

Aga range cooker internal view

Here is a better view. The 3 bars forma triad to support the ovens above. I never quite think they look man enough but they do the job perfectly while not conducting too much heat down into the base!

Support bars for ovens of Aga range cooker

Ok new shiny front is on and looking lovely. Looks a bit weird without the badge but its there in real life - we can't show it as its a trademark sadly. New vermiculite insulation is in and its ready for the final top blanket of insulation.

Blue front Aga range cooker re-enamelled

And here it is! Note how we build up the rear area so as not to leave an air gap under the hob shelf behind the lids. Its the little things!

Aga range cooker insulation

Newly re-enamelled front needs new door liners, seals and inuslation. Philip has even popped some 'Good Dog!' hob cover/chefs pads on in this pic. Good man!

New door liners on re-enamelled Aga range cooker

Looking very shiny in this pic but there in fact a small problem!

Blue Aga range cooker with dog design hob covers on the lids

Bugger! Around this hob cap the enamel cracked when the hob screw beneath was being tightened up. Philip painted it but lets be honest - it looks awful! Luckily we have an identical hob top in the workshop so Philip will be returning on Tuesday to swap it over. Naturally this is not acceptable. This has happened once to me before and once to Philip - its just one of those things but easily fixable!

Cracked painted enamel on the hob of an Aga range cooker


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 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!