July came early this year. We planned on shutting the AGA down during the hottest months of the year. We didn’t expect that to be May.
The logic behind the shut down is that we grill out more and eat more salads during the summer, so we don’t need the extra expense of running the AGA and cooling the house non-stop to get rid of the radiant heat of the AGA. Keep in mind that we live in South Carolina.
Here is our approach to living without a full-sized cooking device for the summer:
- Use electric kettle to boil water for coffee instead of the kettle on the AGA.
- Use the gas grill to cook meats.
- Use the stove burner on the gas grill to do anything that would require an exhaust fan e.g. frying
- Purchased a Breville Smart Oven for toasting, reheating and baking
- Purchased a 2-eye stove top to do cooking
- Use the microwave for, well… so far just a kitchen timer for the coffee but I am sure we will put it to use.
- Make a worksurface for the top of the AGA to get the appliances off the counter.
When the AGA is on, the only appliance mentioned above that is used is the gas grill, and that is only occaisionally. When we crank it back up everything will go in the attic, inlcuding the microwave. Yes, the AGA displaces the microwave, elelctric kettle and toaster and of course the stove top and oven.
Above is our set up. The worksurface was made out of a 48″x24″ piece of wood from Lowes that cost $23 and cut down to 38.5″ with the extra used for legs 3.25″ tall.
Yes, we do miss cooking on the AGA. We are looking forward to firing it back up in a few months.