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A Tale of 2 Cookers

A 546 mile round trip took Philip through the peak and lake districts on a whistle stop tour of the UK's finest landscapes last week! 

First stop was Cheshire for a ground up oven build and installation of one of our Electrikitunits. 

Here you can see the plinth  being levelled out, ready to receive the ovens, insulation and tie rods...


Converting your oven to Electrikit is even simpler when we are undertaking a full re-enamel, because the entire range is stripped back to it's component parts before being carefully re-built with new insulationand kit in place. We wrap the ovens in a modern mineral fibre insulation, which replaces the loose vermiculite and rockwool, improving heat retention and consistency in cooking temperatures..


..With an Electrikit module the lower oven temp is relative to the top. Both hotplates are controlled independently, you can boil water on both all day long if you want to!

Once the wiring is done its time to set things up. We test every Aga range cooker is working properly before we leave if possible. The cooker requires two 13 amp switched fused spurs like these.

One powers the hotplates and the other the ovens. If all are running together the cooker draws 4.8kw (two kettles would draw 6kw). The joy of an Electrikit range cooker is there are no oil or gas pipes and the attendant risks they have to run through your kitchen. This also makes fitting units around and against your new range is that bit easier too!

This colour is Saxon Blue, it is a soft warm blue and a popular choice, dressed here for her parting shot in our Cow Parsley textiles


Philip journeyed onto Cumbria for his penultimate job of the week, this lady in red awaited him... 

A pillar box red 2 oven pre-74was in need of a spruce up by way of a deep clean and hob with lids. 


As your lid ropes start to expire they allow heat to be released into the hob, The most important to keep sealed is the hotplate of course, but the simmering plate can also be made more efficient by reducing heat transfer. This is a job that can be done at home, and is a good one to do before you cook the big festive meal. 


A new hob was fitted here too with a fresh coat of vitreous enamel, and don't those new lidslook the ticket!?


When Philip replaced the insulation on this cooker he was in for a surprise and quite a challenge! 3 out of the four long tie rods that run from the top to the base on the 4 corners were defective. Philip had to secure the new replacement rods in the head of his drill, and remotely (through a deep snow of vermiculite) locate the small holes in the base plinth to fit them! Remarkably, with patience and skill he succeeded! 

When the insulation inside a cooker ages and it becomes less effective by some margin, and uses more fuel. The heat escapes from the hob, lids and even the sides without ever getting to the ovens, sending your £'s into the air. Really no part of your cooker should be too hot too touch, if it is that is an indication of insulation problems.


Small details too like new door linersand a front thermometer bring the range back to life, these textileswere a puurfect fit too for this customer. Who's betting her feline friend was soaking up some heat from this lovely cooker once Philip was back on the road home?! 

Katy Boys

Katy Boys

Katy is a rural girl at heart. She loves long walks, home cooking, paddling in rivers, warm fires and socks and stomping in leaves with her children. After studying ‘drawing stuff’ at university in Bath, Katy spent 10 years selling wares and managing folk at Habitat in Bath. Welcoming children into her world prompted her to return to drawing things, people and places from home. This led her to us at Blake & Bull and the rest is history. She draws our stuff, provides cuddles for the office dog, and is here to chat to you lovely lot.