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Roland's Aga rebuild

We've recently had our 1952 AGA installed and converted to oil, courtesy of a Twyford Cookers conversion Kit (Oilwarm), lot's of helpful advice from Pete Wood - a renovated AGA owner (thanks Pete) - and a local independent installer. Incredibly we were given the AGA by a friend who bought it for 25 pounds about 25 years ago in a scrap yard and has been storing it ever since, in bits. The only potential show stopper was the fact that our oil tank was below the level of the AGA with no prospect of doing much about re-siting it, however Twyfords threw in a second hand BM Oil Lifter when we bought the conversion kit (essentially a small oil reservoir with a pump and float valve) and this works a treat. Here's a pic of it just after it was installed in our newly extended kitchen prior to the flooring being laid:

The BM Oil Lifter is the blue thing on the wall, the tatty side panel is now hidden by new kitchen units. Major problem now is that we can't get near it due to a Labrador and five cats slumped around it.

Roland had kindly supplied us with the following more detailed information and pictures on his Aga rebuild:

I've received quite a few requests for copies of the pictures I took of my 1952 AGA (plus new oil conversion) being put together by an independent installer, following an offer I made to someone on the Message Board and at the risk of eliciting scorn and derision from other professional installers I thought these might be of interest to a wider audience. I would hasten to add that the pictures are not a definitive guide to building an AGA, merely some snaps of my old AGA being re-built, which may be useful to anyone who is curious as to what an AGA looks like inside and how it goes together. I get the impression there are a lot of people who would like to contemplate doing partial strip-downs or rebuilds themselves and at very least this might help crystallise the magnitude of the job (I just stood and watched).

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