What’s important to note about the different types of range cooker is they all cook the same way (yes, even electric!), heating the oven castings within the cooker which in turn gives out a radiant heat to warm the food itself.
Therefore, the difference between fuel types generally focuses on efficiency, heating requirements and general availability of that fuel type in your household.
Let's look at some important factors to consider when choosing which fuel to opt for:
Fuel Costs & Efficiency
The running costs of for Aga range cookers are probably the biggest factor for most people, due to the large bills some models can accrue. However, there is a massive difference between the various fuel types and models as we uncovered in our Aga range cooker owners’ survey.
In the survey we asked 1000s of our community of Aga range cooker owners how much they spent on running their cooker over the course of the year. As you can see below there are a lot of pennies to be saved over the course of a year!
Key & Cost Breakdown:
1. ELECTRIKIT – Blake & Bull’s Electrikit system (converted) - £579 2. TC – Electric Total Control Agas - £584 3. SF – Solid Fuel Aga range cooker (discontinued for new cookers) eg. coal, anthracite and peat - £857 4. GAS – Gas Aga range cookers - £910 5. 30 Amp – 30 Amp Electric Aga range cookers - £970 6. OIL – Oil Aga range cookers - £1078 7. DC – Direct Control Aga range cookers - £1113 8. 13 Amp – 13 Amp Electric Aga range cookers (original) - £1185 9. 13 Amp converted – 13 Amp Electric Aga range cookers (converted) - £1255 10. LPG – LPG gas Aga range cookers (discontinued for new cookers) - £1440
What’s interesting about these figures is the difference between models, particularly the electric Aga range cookers. For example, the savings on the Electrikit system compared to the 13 amp electric system is over £650/year showing how crucial it is to find the right model.
The major advantage of the efficiency of electric models is that they can be controlled on a more granular level than traditional fuel sources running different parts of the cooker only when you need them (although some gas models can now also be controlled remotely). This also is a major advantage in the summer when you may not want to have a traditional cooker running all day, and can switch off overnight and even just use one oven or the hotplates rather than heating the cooker as a whole.
In real money, we estimate an Electrikit cooker will cost between £300-600 a year to run, whether converted or purchased reconditioned, which works out at £5.75-£11.50 per week. Compare this to £27 per week (LPG) and oil £20 and the savings become ‘real’!