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Do Aga range cooker's rust over summer when turned off?

I had an e-mail from a regular customer recently about whether turning their cooker off for the summer would cause it to rust. The truth is that yes, condensation can form and rust occur.

The solution is simple. Leave the doors and lids slightly ajar to allow air to circulate (a pencil under the lid rim works great!) and lightly oil the hotplates and expansion rings around them with seasoning flax oil, or any light oil really, on some kitchen roll!

Oil hotplate

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!