March 04, 2018

Give your Aga range cooker a DIY refurb!

"I found your website by chance and after reading some of your reviews placed my order. The service from that point has been faultless. I bought the lid and door renovation/upgrade pack and the cleaning kit. The supplied instructions are clear and simple to follow. The results are fantastic. As mentioned on the website there really is a helpful and friendly voice at the end of the phone. Many thanks" A. Longton

Doing your own Aga range cooker refurbishment project can seem a little daunting but it's actually pretty straightforward when approached with patience and copious supplies of tea! The aims of the kit are threefold.

Firstly, and probably most importantly, we want your cooker to be more efficient. This is achieved primarily via the optional insulation upgrades. The doors and lids in most cookers are insulated with standard rockwool - very similar to that found in your attic! Our replacement packs are pre-cut sections of a bio-soluble (safe!) mineral fibre. It's much more effective at keeping heat in your cooker where it should be! The new seals that we include for both doors and lids will also help efficiency. The door seals will prevent too much cold air being drawn into the ovens (Aga range cooker ovens have a negative air pressure as the flue pulls air from the ovens) and the lid seals prevent heat transfer between the hot hob and the lid itself. This kind of heat transfer bypasses the insulation so is crucial! So how effective is all this work? One of our customers, a Mr Harris, shared his detailed measurements with us.

Improved efficiency feeds into our second aim. This is to make your cooker easier to use and more effective at cooking food than heating your kitchen! Keeping all that heat inside the ovens and in the hotplate will make cooking big meals in particular easier. No more waiting 3 hours for the potatoes to roast after you've cooked the joint!

Our third aim is to make the your cooker look loved and lovely. The replacement door and lid liners are of course brand new so perfectly clean and lovely. The optional non-stick liners are a sleek grey for a slight change of look but they stay looking fantastic for longer and are very easy to clean when they get grubby - a must in my opinion! The cleaning kit included with our refurb kits allows you to get almost any cooker looking lovely again. It takes a little elbow grease and more patience but you'll get there I promise! Combine all this with new door and lid handle washers for the full effect! 

So what skills and equipment do you need to achieve all this?

  • You'll need a variable speed drill. We provide the correct drill bits you'll need.
  • You'll need a screwdriver set that includes a Philips and slotted head driver. 
  • You'll need some soft towels and a vacuum cleaner.
  • On older cookers, pre-1974, you'll likely need a good set of mole grips.

We provide full, step by step, instructions for every task and there is no need to tackle it all at once - start with the lid liners or cleaning by all means and then do the doors at a later date! It's probably 1-3 hours work depending on your familiarity with the tools and the age of your cooker. We are always happy to support you by telephone but do bear in mind we are closed at weekends so if you think you'll need us then leave it till you have a free weekday! 

There are many reviews on the DIY refurb kit page but for many more see the individual products that are 'bundled' with the kit. Do get in touch if you have any questions - we are always happy to chat! 

ps... You may notice then lack of logo/badge on the image below. It has been digitally removed as it is a trademark. 

DIY refurbishment of Aga range cooker

 


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 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!