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There & Back - Conversions and Refurbishments in Scotland

In September, our engineering team took Blake & Bull's refurbishment and conversion service to one of its furthest ever locations - a journey of nearly 800 miles into Northern Scotland. Our team helped 3 amazing customers to transform and restore their Aga range cookers. Here's the story of how we did it!

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The first stop on the trip was to a lovely customer in Carlisle, who we had seen a couple of weeks previously. Sadly, when our technicians arrived at the property, they found Asbestos on the back panel of the 2 oven Standard Aga range cooker. 

This is extremely rare, but it can happen when the cooker has been left untouched for some years or isn’t serviced regularly. However, it’s easy to resolve once the Asbestos has been removed by a qualified team. 

standard cream aga range cooker before refurbishing and conversion blake and bull

As soon as the back panel had been removed safely, the Blake & Bull Team returned to complete the conversion and refurbishment. The owner of the cooker, Heather, had booked in her solid fuel range to be converted to electric a little while ago - considering the unexpected delay, we wanted to ensure this went ahead without a hitch. 

aga range cooker standard cream after refurbishing and conversion blake and bull

The original dome lids were a little damaged and worn, so we sourced a pair of reconditioned lids that had we had in our warehouse. This meant that Heather was able to retain the character of her beloved cooker, whilst still getting a full refurbishment! 

 “We have just had our old solid fuel Aga completely removed, refurbished and now electric. We had two visits from Blake & Bull, Preet, Joe, Joel and David are polite, friendly, hard working engineers and so helpful. Katie and Luna at the end of the phone are so helpful too. Nothing has been a bother for this business, I had never heard of Blake & Bull until a neighbour recommended them, a lovely team they certainly are. Thank you.”

cream aga range cooker standard after conversion and refurbishing - blake and bull

Following this, and an overnight ferry ride later, the team landed on the Shetland island of Yell, where they met Lindsay and started to work on her 2 oven post ‘74 Deluxe Aga range cooker. 

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Lindsay’s cooker was originally oil-fired, so she was hoping to have her cooker converted with the Electrikit system to make their life "much more straightforward”. We can't say that we disagree!

red deluxe aga range cooker before blake and bull

As well as the conversion, our team also stripped the cooker down and cleaned everything as part of the refurbishment package. This included new door backs, door seals, and insulation, as well as new lid liners, lid insulation and seals. Together, all of this will help to restore the efficiency of the cooker. 

chefs pads from blake and bull after conversion

We think that Lindsay’s Aga range cooker looks excellent, especially with our chicken chefs pads, and we hope that they love their cooker for many more years to come!

 “Blake & Bull go the extra mile! We live on the Shetland Island of Yell. I contacted this company to see if they would convert our Aga and instead of saying no they checked with their colleagues, said they would do it and we went on from there. The whole process with their friendly and knowledgeable team was effortless which is quite something when you consider the need for ferries, vans and so on for the trip. The lads who came to us were cheerful, knowledgeable, efficient and a pleasure to have in our home. They would not leave until all was clean and tidy, the Aga gleaming like new and fully converted and they had gone through the details of the management of cooking in this altered form. We absolutely recommend Blake & Bull and feel confident that they are happy to be phoned if we need advice.”

blake and bull after conversion red aga range cooker

Finally, and after a bit more travelling, our engineers arrived at their final destination on the Isle of Mull where they met Peter. Peter was having his 4 oven pre ‘74 Deluxe moved to the other side of his kitchen, in preparation for a renovation. 

Mull

The technicians carefully took apart the black cooker and placed it in its new home atop a limestone plinth. They then refurbished the entire cooker and removed the old ceramic hob before replacing it with a new warming plate.

black 4 oven aga range cooker before refurb and conversion

Peter's Aga range cooker was then converted with the Electrikit system, to further improve usability and efficiency for years to come. 

black aga range cooker refurbished and converted with blake and bull

black aga range cooker after conversion and refurbish

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