Rayburn Buyers Guide

For over 70 years, the iconic Rayburn by AGA has been the warm heart of many British homes, leading the field in cast-iron central heating range cookers.


A Rayburn is a totally flexible and controllable cast-iron range cooker that will transform your kitchen in to a welcoming space. As good looking as it is practical, the choice of fuel types, size of appliance and 16 colours makes choosing a Rayburn the right choice for your home.  


Find out more by using our buyers guide below or call your local Rayburn Heat Centre for more information. 


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Rayburn Buyers Guide
Choosing your appliance

To help you the choose the correct Rayburn model for your home, our guide will help you choose whether its a cooker only model that suits your needs, or a central heating cooker that can heat up to 20 radiators. 

We can also offer advice on which fuel types are available to help you make the correct choice for you and your home. 

There are Rayburn range cookers which are designed to offer the functionality to cook only. As with all Rayburn models, these cookers feature cast-iron ovens which use the principle of indirect radiant heat cooking, which is kind to food, locking in its flavour, moisture and goodness. 

From high-heat cooking, which helps bring out the best in vegetables to grilling, boiling and baking, the Rayburn masters all culinary styles. 

In this range you can choose from our compact 200 Series up to our larger 600 Series cooker models as well as a choice of fuel types from solid fuel and wood, oil or gas. 

View our cooking only models here.

There are Rayburn models which provide the capacity to offer a constant supply of hot water as well as cast iron cooking. These models are ideal for those who do not have space to fit an additional boiler. 

Choose from our compact 200 Series using solid fuel and wood or our 308K oil-fuelled model.  

View our cooking and hot water models here.

With an AGA Rayburn central heating range cooker, you can have all your heating needs in one cast-iron appliance. That means you can enjoy a cosy, warm kitchen, hot water for all the family and heating for the rest of the home from one stunning appliance. 

AGA Rayburn boilers are stringently tested to give proven performance and efficiency. They are designed to operate from a variety of fuels, each with highly developed combustion chambers and advanced burner technologies. Whether it's solid fuel, wood, oil or gas, AGA Rayburn has a model to suit your heating needs, with a variety of boiler outputs that will heat two or three radiators. Plus, a constant supply of hot water. 

Available in our compact 216 model up to our largest 699 model, there's a Rayburn to suit any home. 

View our cooking, hot water and central heating models here.

Rayburn fuel types
Fuel supply

Rayburn appliances run on a variety of fuel types from solid fuel and wood, oil and gas which suit all homes. Decide which is the best fit for your needs before you purchase your appliance.

Solid fuel is an effective and economical method of fuelling your home and every solid fuel Rayburn can be fuelled with manufactured smokeless fuel (MSF), compressed heat logs and peat briquettes. AGA Rayburn solid fuel and wood fired cookers offer maximum flexibility, performance and economy through a clever combination of air intakes, dampers and levers.

Wood is a renewable resource and the most environmentally friendly fuel to burn and can be used in our 200 Series and 355SW models.

Enjoy low running costs through this efficient and economical method of cooking and heating your home. 

Oil heating is considered one of the most economical fuels for heating and cooking with over 1.5 million homes in the UK opting to use this fuel. Rayburn appliances can be run on Commercial Kerosene to BS2869, Class C2.

The AGA Rayburn range offers models designed to run on both natural and propane gas. Propane gas is the cleanest burning rural fossil fuel available and undoubtedly the most versatile. It is a low carbon emitting hydrocarbon fuel available in rural areas, emitting 19% less CO2 per kWh than oil, 30% less than coal, and more than 50% less than coal-generated electricity distributed via the grid. 

Natural gas is increasingly the fuel of choice in today's homes and is the cleanest-burning energy source for your home. The use of natural gas produces less sulphur dioxide, less nitrogen oxides and less particulate matter (which can affect health and visibility) than oil or coal. 

Rayburn flue types
Flue Type

What is a flue and what does it do? 

When we burn a fuel to release heat, gases are produced that need to be safely discharged to the outside atmosphere, where they quickly and harmlessly disperse. Solid fuel and wood burning appliances need a flue to create a movement of air and thus oxygen across the firebed to make them burn. The flue is the means used to convey the products of combustion from the cooker to outside. Any objectionable smells created are therefore also carried away by the flue. A flue can be part of a chimney, but there are various types and options. AGA Rayburn cookers offer a choice of three flue options, dependent on the model:conventional, balanced and power flue. 


A conventional flue (also known as open flue) uses a flue continuously rising from the top of the cooker and terminating above the highest part of the roof. A chimney built of stone or brick can be used fro this purpose, providing that the inside is lined with an acid resistant material, again commonly referred to as the flue. 

Alternatively the flue pipe from the cooker can be taken all the way up using special prefabricated flue systems consisting of twin-wall pipe and usually manufactured from stainless steel. Conventional flued cookers can be sited on internal or external walls within the property.

A balanced flue can be a solution where a property has no masonry chimney and a freestanding flue-pipe would be inappropriate. It uses two twin pipes or ducts coming straight from the back of the cooker through the wall to the outside. One tube brings a fresh supply into each of the burners, whilst the other discharges the products of combustion. On oil fired models, this takes the form of two rectangular ducts, whilst the gas fired cooker has two concentric tubes. Terminals ate externally covered by a protective cage. 

Oven venting is still a product feature and benefit. A separate copper pipe travels from the ovens to outside to remove cooking smells and condensation, sometimes assisted by a small electric fan on the oil fired models. 

A power flue may be the answer for properties where there is no conventional chimney and offers the flexibility for the cooker to be sited on an external or internal wall, even within an island or peninsular setting. 

It uses a single, stainless steel flue-pipe. A variable speed, low voltage electric fan is fitted externally to provide the necessary suction. 

A basic flue installation kit is supplied with the product, suitable for most installations up to 3m. Additional flue-pipe fittings and fastenings are available including 90 and 45 degree angle bends to allow flexibility of the flue route.