Oil Aga lighting instructions

Hope this is of some use to you, taken from mid 80's oil fired cooker subsequently converted to electric so surplus to requirements. I've reproduced the lighting instructions below in case you cannot read it clearly, thanks to Aga for this. 

To light the burner...

  1. Open all valves on the oil feed pipe from the storage tank to the burner oil control box.
  2. Switch on electric supply to the oil control box.
  3. Press down the reset lever on the oil control box until it clicks. It is not necessary to hold it down.
  4. Check that the manual lever on oil control box is set at automatic (positioned to the right).
  5. Open burner outer door and lift off inner door. Allow about fifteen minutes for oil to enter the burner. Then open the lighting flap on burner outer shell and insert a match which will light the wick. Close the flap and replace the inner door and switch off the electric supply to the oil control box.
  6. If unable to light burner check that fire valve reset button is pushed in.

On lighting, the flames will gradually come up and burn yellow, but will soon die down. It will take about 20-30 minutes for the burner to become hot before oil will vaporise properly. Observe through the sight glass on the inner door for the condition of the flame when it has settled down, which should be burning blue with the shells incandescent.

On lighting condensation will form in the flue way and may run onto the top plate from the flue chamber, this should be wiped off to prevent the possibility of damage to the vitreous enamel.


Oil fired Aga instructions

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 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!