So here we get to the details! Our system is known as an 'Electrikit'. It's made in Devon by a highly professional firm that we like a lot called 'Oilwarm'. They are friendly, professional and well regarded. Read more on why this is important.
Our system is different to the basic electric conversions that pop an element where the flame would have been and leave it at that. Read more here on why we think this is not good enough.
The basis of your newly converted electric Aga range cooker is three electric elements (or four in a 4 oven cooker!). Each hotplate is replaced with a new one that looks identical but has an electric element integrated underneath. An electric element is similarly installed between the roasting and simmering ovens. The main barrel assembly is removed which is a significant part of the 'mass'- this makes heating up times shorter and the ovens more responsive all round. It's important to note that it still cooks in exactly the same way as a normal range cooker, with radiant heat. It's not a 'normal' cooker when converted; just a more flexible oven!
The hotplate elements are controlled by simple dials and the ovens electronically, you can set the exact temperature you need! All the controls are hidden behind the control panel door just where they used to be! If you have a 4 oven cooker then a separate element warms the oven controlled by a simple dial.
So, in a nutshell, why convert your Aga range cooker to electric?
What does the conversion mean in practice?
The key to using an 'Electrikit' is it's flexibility. In the summer you can leave the ovens off and use a hotplate for frying and in the winter you can return the Aga range cooker to 'traditional' mode and have the ovens ready for use 24/7 and the hotplates on low to warm the kitchen. It's up to you.