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I really couldn't be happier with this system

The below is by Kathy Love, admin of the 'I love my AGA' group on Facebook. You have to member of the group (its easy to join and well worth it!) to read the original post here

"About a month ago I asked whether anyone had experience of using a drying rack with an Aga. Lots of people replied with helpful advice and experiences, so I thought I would report back, in case other people are asking similar questions.

After thinking it over carefully I ordered the 'fully monty' from Blake & Bull. This consists of an extra rail that hooks onto the front of the Aga, plus a two-tier drying rack that sits tidily on top of the Aga, straddling the hotplates and taking advantage of the warm air rising off them and the top surface.

B&B were very good to deal with: they replied almost instantly to my email, let me know when things had shipped. sent me the tracking number, and even put in a couple of little packs of sweeties 🙂

The first thing I noticed was that this assemblage is very robust: good solid metal that will clearly last a lifetime. I quailed when I saw there were no instructions for how to put it together but actually it was so simple that even I did it in about 3 minutes :-))

Even though lots of people had shared their good experiences, to be honest I wasn't sure how well it would really work as a dryer---but you were all right. It's great! I was actually very surprised to find just how quickly things do dry.  Particularly if I turn the clothes after a couple of hours, I find most loads will dry easily in 3-4 hours; certainly overnight. Just as you all said, sheets come out beautifully if just folded and hung on the (original and extra) rails, with no ironing needed

These days, when everyone is trying to be more environmentally aware, it's especially pleasing that the 'full monty' works without having to use even one watt of extra electricity--just the heat that comes off the Aga anyway.

There were two things I hadn't expected. First, it's really tidy. If the clothes are folded nicely, they sit demurely above the Aga and the whole assembly looks very neat, even when a whole load of wash is drying. When not in use it folds down and lives unobtrusively behind a chair right next to the Aga. Second (and this surprised me) it makes the house feel much more peaceful. Instead of the din of the tumble dryer thundering away for hours, there's peace and quiet as the clothes gently dry in the heat of the Aga. Somehow that's very relaxing.

So thank you again to all Aga friends who encouraged me to go for it. I really couldn't be happier with this system---I only wish I'd known about it years ago."


Aga drying rack with cat sleeping on it!
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!