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Mo

Look after your Aga...

There was an old Aga in the kitchen when we bought this place. It was only used for heating and cooking and had been bought second hand. We knew it was really old because it had a central flue.

It was on when we viewed the property.



We decided to have it removed and will be replacing it with a solid fuel Rayburn for cooking, hot water and heating.

It was taken out last Thursday. The older of the workmen confessed he had never seen one so bad. The flue came off first and had huge chunks of "stuff" in it - completely blocked. Every nook and cranny of the Aga was full of ash. When they took the top off it looked like loft insulation.
They just managed to get it out of the back door before the whole thing collapsed.



It is now sat outside waiting to be collected on Monday when the new Rayburn arrives. It will go back to the Aga works for recycling.



And the moral of the story is - look after your Aga... and get your chimney swept regularly.

I'm just glad that we never felt the urge to try and light the bloomin' thing!
Digindeep

Wow! having spent many - many years fitting kitchens and seeing many being taken out, either as a whole or in sections...yeah! Wow!
Rena

Wow.

You must post pictures of the new.
gwiz

It don@t look very well, does it?
12Bore

Just goes to show that looks aren't everything!
It'd be interesting to know how much of it gets recycled/reused at Aga.
Justme

12Bore wrote:

It'd be interesting to know how much of it gets recycled/reused at Aga.


My money is on the installation team weighing it in for beer tokens.


I am surprised they tried to take it out in  one bit. They are not designed for that. Should be dismantled first. Oh & the inside is supposed to look like insulation as that is exactly what it is.
12Bore

Justme wrote:

My money is on the installation team weighing it in for beer tokens.

Baldybloke

Nothing a few cable ties and some gaffa tape won't fix.
Mo



They took the tops and doors and stuff off.
When I said insulation, the ash was like a pillow under the top when it was lifted off. We have umpteen bags of ash.

The new one is an hour away and, as far as I am aware, comes fully constructed.
12Bore

Baldybloke wrote:
Nothing a few cable ties and some gaffa tape won't fix.

Cable ties and gaffer tape? It must be a right wreck!
Mo

In true British fashion, it persisted it down all day yesterday - 2 very wet Aga men and a bunch of other guys stood in the dry porch watching them wrestle one Rayburn in and a heap of old Aga onto the wagon.
Rena

Mo

Shiny new Rayburn!


brummie nick

Baldybloke wrote:
Nothing a few cable ties and some gaffa tape won't fix.


I bet you have great faith in WD40 as well.
couple of squirts fixes most things I find.  
Digindeep

That looks a nice bit of kit that Mo....

British to the end Two men to do the job and at least four to watch and direct....   typical
12Bore

That's a bdooly good looking range Mo!
sod

brummie nick wrote:
Baldybloke wrote:
Nothing a few cable ties and some gaffa tape won't fix.


I bet you have great faith in WD40 as well.
couple of squirts fixes most things I find.  


Here it's a bit of No.8 wire and baling twine fix anything
Mo

We can burn solid fuel or wood on it. Had it fired up to make sure it all works properly but it's off for now.

I'm loving it and so pleased we went for the traditional colour, although British Racing Green nearly turned my eye.

Now we just need to get the rest of the kitchen looking as good.

My friend says I have to keep it looking shiny and new....
sod

Solid fuel or wood is not wood solid fuel, here we call it that
12Bore

Some stoves and ranges have different layouts/beds for wood and solid fuels (coal).
Mo

12Bore wrote:
Some stoves and ranges have different layouts/beds for wood and solid fuels (coal).


They do  
Rena

That is very nice Mo! I'd almost (not quite though) be afraid to use it!  

(thanks for the clarification on the fuel too~we don't use coal...well, not on the West Coast anyway.)
lizzie44

I LOVED my multi fuel Rayburn in our old house. Twas a bugger at times though as depending on the weather it would either roar away or sulk if the wind was in the wrong direction. Took me a good 6 months to get used to it and many a time we had supper 10 mins before bedtime!!! It was horribly sooty and left greasy marks in huge coaly chuffs everywhere despite being less than 10 years old but I ADORED it. Have fun but don't expect supper on time!!!! Love Lizzie
Mo

Heehee!

I'm quite looking forward to getting to know it. I read somewhere that each has its own personality based on the facts that they are all hand made and each is sited and fuelled differently.

We have kept an electric cooker as a back up.

I'm used to soot and coal dust. Brought up with coal fires and we did have a woodburning stove at the last place. Three dogs make a lot of dust too.
colour it green

exciting times Mo

funny enough we are going through the same process, only taking out an old rayburn - our old one was gas fired though.

you are supposed to clean the wood/solid fuel ones all the time mind.

Because our old rayburn was made to run on gas, it cannot be installed anywhere now - as folk are obliged to put in efficient boilers (hence our reason to take it out!)  so we are going to take it to the scrap yard.  Depends what it weighs in as, but we only expect to get a tenner for it.

We have ummed and arred for ages over what to have - not a cheap decision, but ultimately plan to get an esse ironheart in,

at the moment we are rebuiding the fireplace and hearth - cos when we took out the old rayburn it turned out the previous people had to remove the brick arch to fit in the rayburn and they replaced it with.... nothing....
Mo

We got more than a tenner for the olg Aga - might be worth a phone call to Aga to see if they're interested?
Apparently 70% of a Rayburn is made from recycled materials, so they must want scrap?

When you say the coal/sf ones need cleaning all the time, I'm not sure that I'm with you? As far as I can tell there'll be less cleaning than with a normal cooker and cleaning the fire out has become second nature after having the woodburning stove.

As an aside, we went looking at kitchens the other day and came home with an Aga Wenlock, but more about that later  
12Bore

Mo wrote:

As an aside, we went looking at kitchens the other day and came home with an Aga Wenlock...  

As you do!
Annette

Very nice   . We have a gas (lpg) rayburn and had the same model in our previous cottage so have been using them for nearly 30 years. A quick wipe over with a soapy cloth keeps them sparkly and even better, no oven cleaning.

Unfortunately ours developed a leaking boiler last winter and had to be replaced, the boiler that is, at huge cost but still cheaper than a new Rayburn.

The lpg is so expensive now but we only use the heating now and again although last winter was an exception.

Our autumn project is replacing our much loved open fire with a woodburner. I think we have decided to go with the Clearview Pioneer and we are planning a trip to Ludlow shortly.
Mo

12Bore wrote:
Mo wrote:

As an aside, we went looking at kitchens the other day and came home with an Aga Wenlock...  

As you do!


Quite  
maine moose

Just an aside to your Rayburn replacement of, over here in the west of Ireland the "Range" usually an AGA is the standard fitting in nearly every house. As most people still burn turf. The company I use to  work for had the second largest stock of them in the country was over 2 million euros. I delivered at least 2 a week for 2 years and some days as many as 8. The only thing is when you bought  a range you got it delivered to the door.  and I mean the door. You could fill a book with some of the stuff folk want you to do when delivering them.1/4 TONNE on your own with a pallet truck. Just carry it up the 6 steps and I'll make the tea or better still put it in the small kitchen through 3 doors up a step round a corner now or I will be on the phone to your place before you can get back in the cab......The joys of the delivery man
Digindeep

Been there..MM....T-shirt and the rest.....




Now if you are all sitting comfeeeeeee.....I'll tell you a Story...        



Yep! been there....
maine moose

Digindeep, folk think you making it up, but I know its true        
Border

Does the this Picture ring a bell...........lady of the house answering the door in very Little clothing or wet hair and a bath towel.

A well used sentence was ...........you want a cuppa..........my husbands at work.

Used to drive a furniture delivery lorry, as you say people dont believe you when you tell some of the happenings.      

Good old days they were.
12Bore

Delivering 36" old style TV (100kg) to the third floor, no lift.

Delivering similar TV to customer and being greeted with "You'll have to take your shoes, we don't allow shoes in the house." and replying, "Fair enough, your telly's on the drive, and it's raining..."
Digindeep

Could start a complete new thread on this topic and it would last forever...

Delivery stories...and as a fitter of kitchens and bathrooms...bally heck !!!!!
brummie nick

Digindeep wrote:
Could start a complete new thread on this topic and it would last forever...

Delivery stories...and as a fitter of kitchens and bathrooms...bally heck !!!!!


Come on then, start one, I'm all ears.  
Digindeep

brummie nick wrote:
Digindeep wrote:


Come on then, start one, I'm all ears.  


So is Bodger...check his pic out in "Fancy Dress " thread.....oops!...by his own admission of course.....      





Sorry Bodger couldn't resist that one......  
12Bore

Cruel, but  
colour it green

Mo wrote:
We got more than a tenner for the olg Aga - might be worth a phone call to Aga to see if they're interested?
Apparently 70% of a Rayburn is made from recycled materials, so they must want scrap?

When you say the coal/sf ones need cleaning all the time, I'm not sure that I'm with you? As far as I can tell there'll be less cleaning than with a normal cooker and cleaning the fire out has become second nature after having the woodburning stove.

As an aside, we went looking at kitchens the other day and came home with an Aga Wenlock, but more about that later  


nope Rayburn not interested, and tried refurbishers, not interested

re cleaning - i mean the flues etc - I believe you have to take them apart and clean it something like every month

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