You can't avoid it- your cooker 'wastes' heat. They keep kitchens warm but finding other ways to use the 'waste' heat can save you money. Drying stuff - anything! - on your cooker is a really good idea, our drying racks & rails help you do it safely and efficiently. If you'd like more ways to save money running your cooker join our mailing list!
How does it save you money? Drying washing on your cooker, even as much as Linda in the pic!, uses no extra fuel for your cooker and doesn't stop your kitchen getting warm.
Using a tumble dryer costs a lot of money and popping clothes on radiators blocks the heat- an Aga or Rayburn range cooker combined with our racks and rails is a much better option.
NOT using the heat for drying clothes, or anything else, is wasting the money you are using to run your cooker. Find out more about how much you can save >
Heat rises so the warmest part of your cooker is above the hot plate lid. Often the lid itself is so hot that you can scorch clothes left on it and you'll melt anything plastic. Don't put anything directly on your range cooker. You can trap too much heat and cause cracks in the enamel even if they don't scorch!
Instead use a drying rack/airer with optional second layer (also available for Rayburn range cookers). It is a full width steel rack, powder coated in gloss black to match the hob. that straddles both lids on fold out legs. Its strong and sturdy so you can load it up with clothes, washing up and even logs.
The rack has silicone feet to avoid any enamel damage and folds flat for storage, usually just down the side! They are made exclusively for us, to our own design & high specification, in Devon; we are proud to support UK manufacturing and it's why they come with a lifetime frame warranty.
The full width racks are for longer drying times (overnight or during the day while you are at work). Our towel rail extensions (for Aga range cooker, Rayburn range cooker or Everhot range cookers) double your drying space and can be left on all the time.
The front rail is often used for drying. This does present 3 possible problems though. Firstly you can block/restrict the air intakes behind the control door of older cookers.
Secondly you can trap too much heat behind your drying washing and melt your Aga range cooker badge (solution here). Finally you can overheat the electronics on recent 'Total Control' Aga range cookers.
Our design hooks over your existing rail and braces against the front of the cooker. It doubles your drying capacity and also moves the drying of heavy items like towels away from the front the cooker so avoiding the issues noted above. It's not flat pack, is beautifully made in Devon and hugely useful!
Our mini rail extensions are 40cm wide and perfect for sliding left and right out of the way while you pop something in the oven or use on of the hotplates.
You can lean on this or the full size rail extension but if you want your bottom just a little closer to the warmth on cold winter days then this is the rail for you ;)
The rails really come into their own to save on ironing too - hang your sheets and pillow cases for example neatly and carefully before you go to bed and as they hang and dry the heat from the Aga range cooker magically removes all creases - ironing magic!
To give your clothes a laundry-fresh scent you could place a ‘Fresh Linen’ range cooker melt on the stove at the same time!
Hopefully you have found all of the information on this page useful. We are always happy to help so if you have any questions just get in touch!