Oil Aga range cooker lighting instructions

Hope this is of some use to you! It may not apply to all cookers and if in any doubt seek the advice of a professional!

To light an oil fired Aga range cooker...

  1. Open any valves on the feed pipe between tank and valve.
  2. Turn on the electric supply! 
  3. Reset the oil supply by pressing the lever down on the control box until it clicks.
  4. Check that the manual lever turned to the right and thus on 'automatic'.
  5. Allow 15 minutes then lift away inner door to access burner. Insert a match through the 'lighting flap' and close the flap, replace the inner door and switch off the electric supply to the oil control box.
  6. If it doesn't light check that fire valve reset button is pushed in.

The flames will burn yellow to start with but soon die down. It takes 20-30 minutes for the burner to become hot enough to vaporise the oil properly.

When burning normally the flames should be blue with incandescent shells.



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!