To anyone who has an aga or rayburn or

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We're completely renovating our kitchen and planning on getting an Everhot cooker, which is like an electric aga but better (in my opinion). However, we're trying to decide whether we need an extra hob and what size (two or four ring). I reckon we should get a two hob gas ring as a back-up for the summer and/or if we need the extra cooking space. DH says if we're going to get a two ring hob, why not get a four ring hob as they're not much more expensive, and would give us masses more hob cooking space. I reckon it's overkill and will take up too much valuable worksurface.

So to settle the debate argument I thought I better ask MN.

So, if you have an aga/rayburn or other storage type cooker do you have an additional hob - what size is it? How useful is it? What would you recommend for us?

jollyma Tue 24-Aug-10 21:00:50

I turn my aga off in the summer, usually june to sept, and have a companion for cooking. This has 4 gas rings and electric oven. Dont think i could manage w any less. Mil leaves hers on all year and her kitchen is unbearably hot in summer.

Thanks Jollyma, the good thing about an Everhot is that it doesn't give out as much radiant heat as an Aga , plus each oven can be controlled independently so in summer you can turn one oven off, or even turn the hotplate down a bit. I'm still thinking that an extra gas rings will be necessary though.

Anyone else got any thoughts?

BTW I just realised the thread title is incomplete - doh, but I think you get my drift...

champagnesupernova Wed 25-Aug-10 11:29:06

I have 4 ring gas hob (in constant use) and electric oven (rarely used) as we don't turn the aga off in the summer
Our aga is used a lot for drying clothes/pots etc and we have an electric kettle cos I'm impatient too
Dunno whether the everhot has the same ishoo of over using the hotplates cooling down the ovens as a hotplate but you may find that you need all 4 rings.
HTH

silverfrog Wed 25-Aug-10 11:29:33

we have an aga currentyl (in rented)

there is no other cooking source, and yes, it was unbearably hot in the kitchen over summer.

hw often do you use the hob? our aga is a small one (2 oven), but of course has the big heat plates. only 2, but then you can get a couple of pans on each one, so I haven't noticed the loss of a couple of gas rings, iyswim?

but oven wise, one hot oven and one warming oven isn't enough, imo. I have run out of space a couple of times/had to juggle what I was cooking and times etc.

I don't know anything about Everhot cookers - do you get more oven space with the 4 ring style than with the 2 ring style?

if I were designing my current kitchen, I'd have put in a bigger aga for the oven space.

We used to live in a house with a rayburn (2 oven) and a two ring electric hob. There were definitely times when more rings on the hob would have been useful.

Thanks for the input

Everhot has 2 ovens a bit bigger than an aga plus a warming oven but the hotplates are probably a bit smaller than the aga ones, although apparently they don't lose nearly as much heat as aga if they're kept oven (or so the marketing spiel says)

Anyway sounds like 4 rings is a more practical back-up option. I might reconsider.

witchwithallthetrimmings Wed 25-Aug-10 15:46:05

We have a two ring hob and its fine but we don't turn our aga off completley (just to its pilot light). Thus the top oven is at gas mark 1 or 2 (so can do some roasting) and the hot plates can be used for anything but fast boiling

seeker Wed 25-Aug-10 15:56:21

I have an aga-equivalent, I never feel the need for extra rings, but I do also have an electric steamer and a microwave that is also a small convection oven if we ever need a bit of extra cooling space. But you do find you cook a bit differently - for example, if I'm boiling potatoes I'll start them off on the hob, then put the lid on and they finish cooking in the oven. Su you do use rings less.

It would be wonderful to be able to turn it off in the very hot weather, though. We do, actually, but it means that the cooking is a bit limited during a heatwave!

lots33 Thu 26-Aug-10 11:04:53

We have a Stanley (like an old rayburn) which we turn off in the summer. We also have a 5 hob burner range cooker and we find we use it all but we do like cooking!

seeker Thu 26-Aug-10 13:03:11

We're started a new source of baby names - Stanley, Aga, Rayburn, Eastwood.....

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Thu 26-Aug-10 13:18:45

We have a two oven Esse (like a poor mans standard Aga and an esse module which is a 2 oven, 4 ring electic cooker.

I didn't want the module (DH did) but I do use it quite a lot

Looks like more votes for 4 ring rather than 2. ok I take it all on board - DH will be rather smug about it!

grin @ seeker and the baby names

Three oven Aga here. On all the time. Large kitchen so just open all the doors on the occasional hot days. No other cooking source and manage perfectly well. DH wanted me to keep the five ring gas hob we had just bought before we revamped the house, but I did not want to lose the workspace/dumping ground so decided against it.

Minda Thu 26-Aug-10 17:53:49

4 oven Aga, off over the summer. I have a separate gas cooker, and that all works fine for me. Having the Aga on over the summer is unbearable.

I don't have a lot of worktop space, so have one of those large butcher's block trolley things and that works fine. Would that help with the workspace problem?

AgaMum Wed 09-Jul-14 14:44:13

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