Aga cooking Range, Creme de la Creme of Cooking Stoves with Double Ovens. Available in the United States

Aga Range Pictures

Standard cream double oven Aga
Standard cream double oven Aga
The Aga Cookbook
The Aga Cookbook
Black Single Oven Ago
Black Single Oven Ago
Red, my favorite color for a Aga......All Photos courtesy Flickr
Red, my favorite color for a Aga......All Photos courtesy Flickr

The Heart of the Home, the Aga.

This quintessentially British company is 300 years old this year, 2010. The company is based in Coalbrookdale in Shropshire and was the birthplace of cast iron. Cast Iron was used not only to make cooking pots but its huge foundries cast iron for famous bridges and even steamships. The famous iron bridge at Telford was cast there . A slightly less prestigeous casting has been made there since 1930, the Aga cooking range. Coalbrookdale is called the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in Britain.

The Aga was designed by a Nobel Physicist, Gustaf Dalen in 1929.  He  tried to improve the cooking facilities available at that time by utilising the principle of stored heat. The range was an instant success in the UK where cold gloomy weather prevails. The ever warm Aga becomes the heart of the home giving instant cooking ability and continuous warmth. This cosiness is highly valued in colder climates. The Aga is not suitable for hot climates. It's smaller brother, the Rayburn, also heats the water and feeds radiators.

The Aga is slightly more expensive to run as it is continuosly providing heat, but if you live in a chilly damp climate it is a small price to pay. The temperature at the top of the Aga domes is great for drying small items like damp socks, preferably clean ones! Animals love sleeping next to its maternal warmth. The bottom oven has just the right heat for warming plates and overnight hot pot stews. There are two domes on the two oven model, One very hot for quick boiling, grilling and making waffles and pancakes. the second one is lower heat. The back of the range has an area that is perfect for proving bread or starting home made wine. A truly useful feature.

Aga's may be fueled by gas, my favorite, solid fuel, oil or electricity so even if you live in the depths of the countryside, Aga comfort may be yours. There are now outlets selling Aga Ranges in the Northern United States.

Aga have recently launched a completely different range with conventional gas burners, but I wouldn't give up my Aga and all its comforts just yet. For warmth and comfort in a cold climate, the Aga has no equal.

Aga Comfort

A smart Aga Shop in England
A smart Aga Shop in England
The Early AGA logo
The Early AGA logo
The comfort of the Aga is enjoyed by the four-legged too
The comfort of the Aga is enjoyed by the four-legged too
Early Aga up for renovation.
Early Aga up for renovation.
Another animal enjoying the continuous warmth
Another animal enjoying the continuous warmth
The multipurpose Aga standing in as a Clothes Dryer...... All Photos Courtesy Flickr
The multipurpose Aga standing in as a Clothes Dryer...... All Photos Courtesy Flickr

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

The very wonderful style makes you feel like cooking. Thank you for a great hub.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks Hello hello, you are quite right. I loved cooking on mine, it was always there and ready. Thanks for commenting.


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

So you bought a space ship to do your cooking with because it's warm in the winter? :-)

No central heating at your place then? Hmmm.. I just remembered that I have another appointment and I cannot join you for Christmas :-)


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Ha Ha Ha!! That was in chilly England. Essential there CH as well but the Aga was the heart of the home. Well you'd better turn up for Xmas eve as that's my birthday.


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Alexander Mark 6 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

If I ever move to a chilly climate, I will certainly get one. The way you described it, makes it seem like an old friend you want around all the time.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

It certainly is Alexander and it makes living in a cold damp climate bearable. We called ours the big red Momma and it nurtured us in so many ways. Thanks for popping in.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

I remember as a chnild visiting my aunt's farm in the then called Western Transvaal and being incredibly impressed by the Aga in her kitchen. It was a wonderful cooker and I remember also the smell of the coal smoke in the early hours of the morning when it was being stoked up.

Thanks for the nostalgic Hub.

Love and peace

Tony


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks Tony, glad you called by. The first Aga I cooked on was solid fuel and I remember the smell as it was fueled too. My last Aga was gas fired, much easier to manage and it didn't go out at the wrong time! GW


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Jamiehousehusband 6 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

Hi again - love this hub as great fan of the Aga. Haven't cooked on one for several years, biggest issue was always getting used to timings! In USA have noticed the le Creuset goods so expensive compared to Uk - I have heart shaped red le creuset casserole dish, approx 3 litres and paid 5 yrs ago only £25 then. Trouble is weight of them makes shipping from here impossible. However, Le Creuset products all really good and stand the test of time, both in terms of usage and good looks. My fav recipe in Aga is roast vegetables - butternut squash, aubergine, corgette (think in USA called squash?) red onion, whole garlic cloves, red and green peppers, carrots and potatoes, served with home made salsas- perhaps chilli/tomato and yoghurt/mint and lemon zest. Just blanch veg, stick in Aga dressed with virgin olive oil, until wonderful smells and slight browning of veg - serve with salsas, crusty home-made bread and eat away! Big big congrats on 1 year, just noticed and added in time.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Jamie my mouth is watering!! I'm inviting myself to dinner next time I'm over! I haven't got an Aga here as it is too hot most of the year. Thanks for the comments and the congrats. I was supposed to come back next week but the fire gods have made it impossible!


Bambino 6 years ago

My only dealings with an AGA cooker were at the farm we visited when our kids were small...we became friendly with the farmers wife and she often invited over for a cuppa and the odd meal..we were staying in the cottage on the farm.The food was always superbly cooked and she even used the small side oven for keeping newly born lambs warm( the ones left by their mums) In later years when we rented a cottage in the Lake District there was an AGA in the kitchen its a good job the instruction manual was there as well...that week i became a wizz and a convert but unfortunately there isn't the room orfacilities in my kitchen to accommodate one..so its th eold gas mode of cooking for me im afraid .....nice hub thank you .


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Glad you were able to enjoy the Aga Bambino. It is almost a way of life. If I was back in the UK with its cold gloomy winters I would invest in another. The comfort it brings is worth it. Thanks for the comment.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Never heard of these. Thanks for the introduction!


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

If you live anywhere with long cold winters they are a must! Wish they weren't so expensive though! Thanks for dropping by.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

What a great comment, I have a love of Agas because they remind me of good times with my grandmother on the farm.

Huddled by the warmth, and at times looking after a little lamb who would have died if he hadn't been rescued.

I vote this one up all the way and I now look forward to reading many more hubs from you.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Reminds me of my aunt's old wood stove with its many ovens, and warmers. It also served to heat the kitchen on a cold Iowa morning, as she fried bacon sliced off a smoky, salty, side, and eggs so fresh they were still warm from the nest.


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Oh! what a wonderful picture you paint. Just learnt from Ancestry.com that my GGgrandma emigrated to Iowa from Sweden in the mid 1800s and lived there the rest of her life. Hope it's a nice place!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Iowa is a beautiful, rolling hills, prairie state, with wonderful soil. It's excellent farm land.


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

That is so good to know. Thank you!

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