Thoughts on AGA cookers?

jojocoJanuary 8, 2014

I've lusted over these stoves for nearly two decades. I'm considering getting one for a milestone birthday gift to myself. I've heard mixed reviews. Part of the attraction for me, besides the beautiful cast iron enamel the exterior, is the constantly lit ovens. I live in upstate New York, in a vintage home, and would love something that would keep my kitchen warm in the colder months i.e. every month except June July and August.

Any first hand experience?

Jo

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dcarch7

No first hand experience.

If you like the look, go for it. I don't think heating up the house should be a consideration. There are many better and cheaper ways to heat the house.

Make sure your kitchen floor structure can support the weight. regular oven is about 250 to 300 lbs. An AGA can be 1000 to 1800 lbs.

dcarch

    Bookmark   January 8, 2014 at 11:06PM
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jojoco

Anyone who buys an aga has to take into consideration the residual heat output. In some climates it might be a huge negative. For me, it would be a plus (windchill was -29 yesterday.)

But beauty and heat aside, it has to be a cooking/baking workhorse first.

My house can handle the extra weight. 1920's arts and craft style. The kitchen was a later addition, and has a newer foundation.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2014 at 11:21PM
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Islay_Corbel

Was brought up cooking on one. Love them. but, unless your kitchen is cool in the supper, you'll need an alternative for the hot weather. They're great for warming your clothes on on a cold morning too!

    Bookmark   January 9, 2014 at 2:21AM
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laceyvail

They seem to me to be a terrible waste of energy. Who needs a constantly hot oven?

    Bookmark   January 9, 2014 at 5:56AM
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jasdip

Bulldinkie who posts here has one. Hopefully she'll chime in as well.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2014 at 9:28AM
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dcarch7

"-----But beauty and heat aside, it has to be a cooking/baking workhorse first.---"

I am sure that it can do all the above.

You just have to get used to it's personalities and baking in ovens with no view windows.

dcarch

    Bookmark   January 9, 2014 at 10:30AM
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jasdip

I never even thought of them not having windows! I keep thinking there's something missing when I see pictures of them. LOL

Ohhhh I sure use my window when baking!

    Bookmark   January 10, 2014 at 4:28PM
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bulldinkie

I HAVE ONE.I HAVE THE 4 oven,black.yes it's heavy,we put a concrete slab under ours.they are to last for many,many years.I've had mine over 20 years now..they are made to run cheaper now,some you can turn off.we use grill,griddle,plus I have another stove for ouR FAmily reunionsIN SUMMER TIME,ONLY HOTTEST DAYS.YOU CAN TURN IITDOWN IT HAS A CONTROL.LOVE IT FOR LIKE THANSGIVING YOU GET DINNER ALL READY MOVE IT TO OVEN NEEDED KEEP WARM.COMPANY COMES DINNER IS ALL READY.WARMS,DRIES GLOVES,BOOTS.DO CRAFTS DRYINGTHINGS IN LOW OVEN.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2014 at 8:18PM
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bulldinkie

WHO NEEDS WINDOWS,YOUCANT TELL BY the smELL WHEN ABOUT SOMETHINGS READY.IVEBEEN COOKING FOR 43 years.I don't need WINDOWS.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2014 at 8:21PM
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dcarch7

Also make sure you are aware of the size of the AGA ovens. They can be much smaller (less than half ) than what you are use to.

I hope I am not trying to be negative, it may be a good idea to find out how you can get service and where to get replacement parts,

dcarch

This post was edited by dcarch on Sat, Jan 11, 14 at 21:13

    Bookmark   January 11, 2014 at 8:46PM
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kitchendetective

Have you read this old GW post?

Here is a link that might be useful: Old

    Bookmark   January 12, 2014 at 10:58AM
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bulldinkie

They have a 2 oven and a 4 but they have newer models now you can turn off etc.we had something put in ours to run more efficient but be darned if I can remember what its called,just do your research ,Theres no special learning to cpookyou get it going on top then put in the oven for awhile.Mine has 2 big burners on top you can boil water in thile 5 secs. then another for pancakes or frying whatever.and a big warming tray,nice,I use that a lot for crafts etc.Then the ovens one is really hot for baking roasts etc another little cooler then warming oven,and a simmer oven,for like soups ,crockpot type think,controls are in the front.Youll find many others uses for it,my jack looks like shes doing yoga she stands in front with her hiney almost touching stove.Its cute.When she comes in from outside.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2014 at 8:24AM
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