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Can an AGA run the central heating?

These days the AGA cooker focuses on what it does best - which is being the best cooker in the world so no, an AGA will not run central heating.

A number of years ago we made a separate attached boiler that could run a home's central heating alongside the main AGA cooker. As homes began to require bigger capacity boilers and kitchens themselves were often smaller, we decided to stop producing our boiler to focus on the AGA cooker. That was more than 20 years ago so an AGA has not provided central heating for some considerable time! If required, certain models can still provide background heat into the kitchen- but these days you can also choose not to have that option, should you not feel background heat is desirable in your kitchen.

Should you want to investigate the possibility of a cast iron cooker that runs central heating then our sister brand Rayburn is worth investigating.

Where is the wood burning model of AGA cooker I was expecting to see?

These days an AGA cooker can be fuelled by Electricity, Gas, Oil or LPG. The solid fuel AGA has not been produced since the 1990’s and we believe our current range of products are the most efficient we have ever made and are much less demanding than the original solid fuel AGA that needed to be fuelled twice a day. Often though, a lot of our earlier owners had domestic staff who would load the cooker with coke for them!

Whilst we believe we have the best options for the modern home, should you want to investigate the possibility of a solid fuel or wood burning range cooker, look at our sister brand, Rayburn.

There are lots of different models, how do I know which is the best one for me?

The most important thing to understand is that all cast iron AGA cookers cook using radiant heat so no matter which model you choose, you get the same great tasting food, see how here.

Traditionally all AGA cookers – no matter what the fuel – were designed to constantly provide a gentle background warmth in the kitchen and were always ready to cook on, whether first thing in the morning or in the middle of the night.  Those traditional models are still available and may be the right model for you, if you have a large kitchen that can be cold at times, are in the house for long periods of time or have a lifestyle that means the times you want to cook often vary.

We also know that lots of our customers live in more modern, well insulated homes these days. Often, whilst you may be in and want to cook quite a lot at the weekend, during the week when you are out much more you may feel that heating an empty kitchen would be a waste. If this feels more like you, then the AGA Total Control  and AGA 3 Series  may be the models for you. They are designed so that you can turn every oven and hotplate on and off separately, and takes about an hour for the ovens to come up to full working temperature, whilst the hotplates heat up in only 10 to 12 minutes. AGA Total Control also has a built in 7 day timer so you can preset the ovens to come on a different times every day if you want.  

AGA Dual Control is a good mix of the two and is right for lots of customers. The ovens operate in the same way as the traditional AGA cooker, and can be kept at their working temperature, ready for immediate use, or set to Economy mode and turned up for cooking. The hotplates can be turned on individually when needed for cooking and take just 10 to 12 minutes to heat  You get slightly reduced heat into the kitchen throughout the year and the ability to turn the ovens off and just use the hot plate if you want to.

What is the right number of ovens for you really depends on how big your kitchen is, how many people you cook for regularly and your budget. Come and see a demonstration in your local store to help decide which size AGA is right for you.

Finally, if space is tight then the AGA 60 may be the right cooker for you. It combines the on/off oven capability of the Total Control with the Hotplate from a Dual Control; all in the space of a slot-in cooker.

Our Shop teams nationwide are experts at helping customers to find the right model for them and they can be contacted on 0845 712 5207.


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