Our cooker

Our 2-oven cookerWe have a 2 oven cooker, model GC, that runs on propane. It is white. We were told it was a specialty color.  We purchased a 7 year old house and the cooker looks like it has had about 7 years of use. It is still shiny in all of the right places. We subsequently learned that cooker is between 25-30 years old. It was a floor model that was not installed until 7 years ago. No big deal, they have been making these simple appliances for over 100 years, right?  Well it turns out we have the Mark 1 (or Mk1) Teddington burner that is obsolete.  Since these burners are 30 years old many of the parts for this burner are no longer available. There are replacement burners for the Mk1 (Burner posting to follow…stay tuned).

We were told the house was designed around the AGA. It weighs close to half a ton so it better be! There are sistered floor joists underneath the cooker to ensure the floor can support the weight.

Our part of town does not have natural gas service so our cooker runs off propane. There is a 120 gallon propane tank outside that runs the cooker and the five gas lanterns outside. Until we get a handle on the costs to run the AGA we will keep the lanterns off.

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8 responses to “Our cooker

  1. I have a 1970s gas Aga (Mk1) which has always been difficult to regulate. Even Aga engineers who have looked at it have left it worse off than they found it. I realised last year that it was the Teddington gas valve that was faulty: the thermocouple/sensor had become detached from the ‘cable’. I decided to buy a new valve which cost me £150 including VAT. It was duly fitted – with the original bypass screw, as recommended.

    Along with the new thermostat lead of the Teddington valve, however, I also threaded (though the opening from the hot oven to burner assembly) a digital thermometer lead so that the temperature of the hot oven could be accurately monitored.

    Even after much adjustment, I was disappointed that control of the Aga could not really be maintained as I would have expected. The process involves adjusting a very small ‘screw’ on the Teddington valve (inaccessible without taking the burner out) so that the valve opening/closing comes into play in the range of the outer dial (1 to 5). Even getting this right – after multiple extractions of a ‘hot’ burner assembly – it still didn’t really give the predictable setting of temperature that one might have expected. I decided that there had to be a better way – perhaps with the use of electronics. I have since fitted a gas solenoid valve which by-passes a gas restriction. The valve is controlled by a timer and a PID contoller. It works beautifully. I can dial up a temperature – and also save money overnight using the timer.

    If anyone is interested I can send them a Word file of the details.

    • Great work! Ownership requires some ingenuity sometimes.

    • Eddie- Henry left a comment below requesting information on your AGA conversion. Just passing along the request. Best, AGA Bloga

    • Ryan Parsons

      Thank you so much for your informative and genius adaption. Please could you send us the word file details. Many thanks Ryan Parsons

    • Eddie- there seems to be some interest In your plans. There was another request today. If you would like I could create a post for your PID/solenoid solution. Do you want send me your plans you mentioned? Best AGA Bloga

    • Chris Coles

      Eddie, if you get this message I’d be grateful for a copy of the word file you mention describing your Aga burner upgrade. My Aga service engineer is trying to convince me to upgrade the Mk1 burner and I’m not sure I want the expense.

  2. Great work indeed My Aga is proving hard to control and the cost for a Mk 1 burner upgrade is £700 I would be interested (to say the least) about your conversion. Can you send me more details please.
    Thank you

    henry Raison

  3. Very interested in this adaptation. Can you please send me more details

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