This is a 'Deluxe' cooker that we re-enamelled this week amongst lot's of other work! It's a pre-74 'Deluxe' - you can tell thanks to the raised 'shelf' behind the lids and the way the towel rail sits 'on' the brackets rather than 'between' them. The job went perfectly until the final moments, see the final picture!
More info above each picture and as ever logo digitally removed as it is a trademark.
This cooker has worked hard over a long and productive life. It's by no means 'old' as Aga range cookers go but perhaps has reached middle age - time for a make over!
You can see the towel rail brackets clearly in this picture. On pre 74 'Deluxe' cookers the rail sits on these brackets and is secured from underneath by a screw. The streak marks on the front of this cooker are acid damage - see here for how to avoid!
First we undress the cooker. The top, lids, front and doors have all been removed here and all the insulation sucked out with our enormous vacuum. Note the little bars that are holding the ovens and simmering spot up. There is only 1 at the rear - 3 little bars for all that weight! Amazing.
Here is a better view. The 3 bars form a triad to support the ovens above. I never quite think they look man enough but they do the job perfectly while not conducting too much heat down into the base!
Ok, new shiny front is on and looking lovely. Looks a bit weird without the badge but its there in real life - we can't show it as it's a trademark sadly. New vermiculite insulation is in and it's ready for the final top blanket of insulation.
And here it is! Note how we build up the rear area so as not to leave an air gap under the hob shelf behind the lids. It's the little things!
Newly re-enamelled front needs new door liners, seals and insulation. Philip has even popped some 'Good Dog!' hob cover/chefs pads on in this pic. Good man!
Looking very shiny in this pic but there in fact is a small problem!
Bugger! Around this hob cap the enamel cracked when the hob screw beneath was being tightened up. Philip painted it but lets be honest - it looks awful! Luckily we have an identical hob top in the workshop so Philip will be returning on Tuesday to swap it over. Naturally this is not acceptable. This has happened once to me before and once to Philip - it's just one of those things but easily fixable!