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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2018
     
    Sort of a HepaHeat sort of thingie?
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2018 edited
     
    You mean that it never gets uncomfortably warm in the UK? So you never run into the AGA cooker used alongside of air conditioning?

    Even so, it's hard to make a good case for an AGA, as opposed to more efficient ways of weatherproofing and heating/cooling.

    I believe that the top-end AGA runs somewhere around UKP 12,000? And that doesn't include any building modifications nor the installation costs.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2018
     
    Posted By: AsterixYou mean that it never gets uncomfortably warm in the UK?


    It never used to, back in the day. More a kind of cold wet clammy drizzle. Mind you, I was pretty young.
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      CommentAuthorpcstru
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2018
     
    Posted By: AsterixYou mean that it never gets uncomfortably warm in the UK? So you never run into the AGA cooker used alongside of air conditioning?

    Say air what? Air conditioning in domestic premises is quite unusual in the UK still.

    Even so, it's hard to make a good case for an AGA, as opposed to more efficient ways of weatherproofing and heating/cooling.

    I believe that the top-end AGA runs somewhere around UKP 12,000? And that doesn't include any building modifications nor the installation costs.

    You can pay what you want for a cooker (it seems!) they will set you back a few thousand new. They are not very common really - usually they are oldy worldy/farmhouse/country cottage things although they do crop up elsewhere.
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      CommentAuthoraber0der
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2018
     
    I almost bought a pizza-stone today.
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      CommentAuthoralsetalokin
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2018 edited
     
    Posted By: alsetalokin
    Posted By: AsterixI do all of my cooktop work now with induction, which is probably one of the more efficient methods.


    It's so efficient, in fact, that it has bamboozled many of the usual suspects into believing it is actually "overunity".



    You probably thought i was kidding.
    http://jnaudin.free.fr/gegene/indexen.htm
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2018
     
    Hah!
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2018
     
    Posted By: pcstruYou can pay what you want for a cooker (it seems!) they will set you back a few thousand new. They are not very common really - usually they are oldy worldy/farmhouse/country cottage things although they do crop up elsewhere.


    I recall reading a story about a buyer having one installed on a third-floor kitchen, taking it on a crane through a window, as the stairway wasn't wide enough.

    That one isn't going anywhere soon. What surprises me is that cooking with one is apparently something between a compromise and an art, as the temperature can't be easily varied.
    • CommentAuthorBigOilRep
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2018
     
    Posted By: AsterixWhat surprises me is that cooking with one is apparently something between a compromise and an art, as the temperature can't be easily varied.

    Oh definitely. I've had to use one a few times whilst staying in holiday cottages -the one I had to use last time in Scotland had a "warm" oven and a "hot" one for faster cooking. However both change in temperature as you're using the bloody thing, so it does very much become an art as you shuffle your food around - always worried that you're either burning or not really heating something up. After a few days you get into the rhythm of it, but I never really see the point.
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2018
     
    Ultimately, I suppose the answer is that it's veddy British.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2018
     
    Not at all. AGA=Aktiebolaget Svenska Gasaccumulator.
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2018 edited
     
    Swedish in origin, however:

    The cooker was introduced to England in 1929, and were manufactured there under licence in the early 1930s. Their popularity in certain parts of English society (owners of medium to large country houses) led to the coining of the term "AGA Saga" in the 1990s, referring to a genre of fiction set amongst stereotypical upper-middle-class society.

    The cast-iron parts were cast at the Coalbrookdale foundry in the 1940s, where they were still made by the Aga Rangemaster Group until November 2017 when Middleyby closed the site with the loss of 35 jobs.


    I have no doubt that Mary Berry's AGA was made in Blighty. Rayburns are manufactured at the old AGA factory in Telford.