Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Aga stove

Oh my. So I'd never heard of Aga stoves before. They're a strange beast. They come from England, where they've been made since the 1920's. The original Aga cooker is an amazing piece of cast iron and fire...still more or less what it was back then. Except in the states you can't buy wood or coal fired cookers. It's not exactly a stove...it's on, it's radiating heat 24/7. It's really fascinating. Really. This video (VINTAGE MARTHA STEWART!) is the most thorough introduction to the Agas I've found. It's about 10 minutes long, but watch it anyway.

In the end, though, we decided that the appeal seems to be limited to cool climes like England and other places with no hot humid summers. It could work in Massachusetts, I suppose, but it seemed tempting fate and climate change predictions to spend more than a car's value on a cooker that we might not want to use for 4 months out of the year...luckily, though, Aga makes more than just cookers.

Enter the Six-Four. Exit a wad of cash.

And it was supposed to take 12 weeks to arrive, but it showed up after about 4 weeks. And it is awesome. We got propane hooked up for the gas burners on top. We're learning to adjust to the four smaller electric ovens. And it's so dang pretty.

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