Bridget made a confident colour choice (from our selection of 38) for her re-enamelling works and the whole 'look' of her kitchen is a resounding success (we think!). Saxon blue is a lovely choice because it is both bold and timeless. We love it!
A joy to revive this one piece hob too, we do not see a lot of these!
Characterised by its deeper low shelf at the back of the hob, air wheel, and a rail that rests on its brackets, this Pre'74 originally solid fuel looks much loved and well looked after.
We are a busy little firm with long distance wheels, and are happily booking work into March. If you would like to book in readiness for when you turn your cooker off for Spring give us a bell!
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 Electrikit units.
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 insulation and 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...
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.
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 liners and a front thermometer bring the range back to life, these textiles were 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?!
Once in a while, we get to see our clients' kitchen dreams become a reality.
More often than not, we are scheduled fairly near the start of our customers' kitchen design & build. We rarely get to see the refurbished machines in their final setting. 'Dave Hickman Building Services' (based in Wolverhampton) were next in the line in the kitchen design chain for this customer, and he very kindly sent us a treat of a picture of his craftsmanship. But for now...here are the 'before shots'..
When we quote for a Re-Enamelling and Conversion job, we always ask for a snap of your cooker, this way we can date it and work out the technicalities. This post '74 2 Oven Deluxe, was booked in for a new coat of vitreous enamel, an electric conversion, & a relocation.
Love the Saxon Blue colour choice, out of the 37 that we offer, this is top of my list! This is a Full Re-Enamel, every care is taken to leave the client with a cooker that looks and performs like new. New tunnels, door liners, insulation, and rope seals make a real impact & save money due to the increased efficiency that new insulation offers. The panel that you catch a glimpse of here on the left is the newly fitted electric panel that sits on the bottom left of a 2 oven range cooker. The Electric conversion gives you far more control when cooking and saves money too on your annual energy bill.
This is how we left her, in her new position, smartly dressed in her new Good Dog Lid liners. Relocation is fairly comprehensive when we are doing a conversion, as we rebuild your oven from the ground up, ensuring that the inner is fully re-insulated with a modern Mineral Fibre blanket to retain as much heat as possible in the ovens themselves.
Get ready for a WOW...
We love your work Dave! What a beautiful result and just in time for the festive season! The tiles at the back sit really well with the Saxon Blue tone, and the warmth of that tactile oak makes the room feel homely. What a great result, and an honour to have been invited to have been part of this project.
Philips tour of southern Scotland and northern England (1 job in Kircudbright and 2 in Northumberland) concluded today! Here is a little video of yesterdays work, from red to our 'Saxon' blue.