White solid fuel Aga range cooker re-enamelled

There are definitely less solid fuel cookers around these days but many still love them. Mr K is one of them and he wanted his cream pre-74 'Deluxe' given a new lease of life. Needless to say that is no problem for us, we love the slightly unusual jobs! The colour Mr K chose for the next 50 years of this Aga range cookers life was 'Claret' and it looks resplendent!

The pics are Philips fault and his normal mix of weird angles, poor focus and darkness but hopefully you'll get the idea! I've added more info above each one for those of you who are sad enough to be interested

Ok this cooker has seen better days. Solid fuel does take a toll on enamel with soot etc and sheer age has had an effect here too. The enamel is worn and dulled with the movement of countless pans! The air wheel is top left of the front to control flue draw. Even the thermometer front plate has lost all its markings!

White solid fuel Aga range cooker

A better view of the wear to the enamel here, the top glaze has worn away! You can also see streak marks, acid damage, to the front of the cooker.

White solid fuel Aga range cooker with lids up

So first job is to get the hob off. This revealed a mess to put it mildly. The underside of the hob plate has rusted off in big flakes and insulation top blanket is very very poor. It's been a looong time since this hob was off and the loose insulation below (vermiculite in this case) has settled lot!

Rockwool insulation in Aga range cooker

No matter though as we need to remove lots of that vermiculite to remove the front of the cooker. You can see the 'tunnels' on the simmering spot. These are pieces of aluminium or stainless steel that join the fronts to the oven cavities. They'll be replaced don't worry ;) The hose you can see is snaking in all the way from the van. It's from 'Big Brute' our vacuum cleaner that is roughly the size of Wales. It will empty a cooker in minutes and remove any small pets into the bargain!

Aga range cooker in pieces

Haha I'll admit this isn't interesting but if you look closely you can see the vermiculite is wet. We found a leak from the boiler basically!

Boiler leak Aga range cooker

The new front is on and vermiculite is back in. Making progress!

Vermiculite in claret Aga range cooker

Final layer (the 'top blanket') of insulation is on!

Top blanket insulation on Aga range cooker

We've fitted our very own non stick door liners with new seals, insulation and fixings. The thermometer is brand new also!

Non stick door liners fitted to Aga range cooker

We've even lined the ovens (both of them) with our heavy duty non stick liners. Cleaning spills off oven floors is a bugger, not so with these guys. Just pop them through the dishwasher!

Non stick oven liner for Aga range cookers

Ooooh shiny! The lids are completely refurbished with re-enamelled rims, new chrome tops, new underside and new spring handles. The Air wheel is original but we've given it a deep clean to give its shine back!

Claret solid fuel Aga range cooker

Well done Phil, an Aga beautifully dressed with our 'Good Dog!' textiles!

Claret Aga range cooker with dog chefs pads



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!