AGA Recess / Feature Surround

Three Oven Claret AGA in a recess / Chimney / fireplace

Creating a feature or surround really makes your AGA the focal point in the kitchen.


Often a fireplace is opened up to create a recess for the AGA.


This is usually ideal - the chimney can be used for the AGA's flue (if it's an oil or gas one) and fireplaces usually have a solid floor which can carry the cooker's weight.


You'll probably need a builder to open the recess, fit the non-combustible soffit board to close the chimney off and plaster it out ready for the AGA to be installed. We're happy to advise on what's best to do at the home survey, however there are some guidance notes below.

Dimensions and Clearances

Width

Different models are different sizes - please see the individual pages for the cooker's exact measurements. Generally a clearance to each side of 5-10mm is needed in addition to the width of the cooker to finished surfaces to ensure we can install it (and maintain it in the future).
NOTE: Dual Control gas models need an extra clearance for pipes to be installed and connected.

Height

The minimum you'll need is room for the insulating lid and a small extra clearance for your hand on the handle.

Above that we'd normally recommend some extra height so everything looks 'in proportion' with the room/ceiling and the depth of the recess. Generally aim for 1650mm to 1850mm (5'6" to 6'), a bit more if you have high ceilings, or if the recess is particularly deep (so you can't bump your head on the lintol).

Depth

There's no real 'rule' for this - if you're opening a fireplace then you'll have to work with what you find (normally about 300-450mm (12"-18"), which is fine, but if you're building a purpose-made feature round the AGA we'd recommend about 300mm-400mm; this has the best balance between 'feature' and practicality.

Do bear in mind though that the deeper (front to back) the recess is, the higher the lintol will need to be - so you don't run the risk of bumping your head!

Three Oven Black AGA with Integrated Module in a recess / Chimney / fireplace

Flues and Chimneys

If you're installing an electric AGA then there's no need to worry about what's above the cooker in an old fireplace; the flue (if there is one) can be put out of use (don't forget it needs a rain-cap at the top and trickle ventilation top and bottom).

If you're fitting a gas or oil AGA and are going to use the chimney for the cooker's flue then there are some very important notes:


The soffit board (the board closing the bottom of the chimney from the room) MUST BE NON-COMBUSTIBLE. You cannot, and must not use wood, plasterboard or anything else that might possibly burn - it's a flue don't forget!!


This also applies to anything above the soffit (in what is technically 'the flue void' - you can't have anything combustible in there at all, and it must not be 'punctured' by anything. This means NO LIGHT FITTINGS AND NO CABLES!
(If you want to have lights above the cooker fit the soffit board 150-200mm above the back of the lintol and use that space to mount the light fittings and run the cables.)

You also MUST NOT use wood battens / framework to fasten the soffit to - wood could burn so it's not a good idea for it to be near your cooker's flue! Use metal bar (or plaster-bead) instead.

We recommend using 'Glasroc Multiboard' (in a 10mm thickness) for the soffit; it's non-combustible but is also relatively easy to trim to fit the aperture, and to cut the hole for the flue pipe.

Flue Regulations

Take care when forming the recess - lights and wires must not be in the flue void.

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Two or Three Oven gas fired AGA in a recess / Chimney / fireplace

Recess - Minimum Recommended Dimensions

If you're at all unsure about which model of AGA you're creating a recess for please contact us before the work is finalised.


These drawings and dimensions must be seen as guidance only; they are not definitive - we can't accept any responsibility for work carried out by others.

City60 Heat-Storage AGA

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AGA 60 Traditional Heat Storage AGA in a recess / Chimney / fireplace

Two or Three Oven Traditional Heat-Storage AGA

NOT DUAL CONTROL GAS-ELECTRIC AGA
(Dual Control with gas-heated ovens requires extra clearance, see below.)

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Two or Three Oven Traditional Heat Storage AGA in a recess / Chimney / fireplace

Two or Three Oven Traditional Heat-Storage AGA with Integrated Module

NOT DUAL or TOTAL CONTROL AGA
(Dual / Total Control are different, see below.)

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Two or Three Oven Traditional Heat Storage AGA with Integrated Module in a recess / Chimney / fireplace

Three Oven Dual / Total Control (All-Electric) Heat-Storage AGA

All-electric models only

NOT GAS DUAL CONTROL AGA
(The gas Dual Control requires extra clearance, see below.)

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Three Oven All-Electric Dual Control or Total Control Heat Storage AGA in a recess / Chimney / fireplace

Three Oven Dual Control Heat-Storage AGA with Gas-heated ovens

NOT TRADITIONAL HEAT STORAGE AGA
(Or All-electric models.)

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Three Oven Dual Control Heat Storage AGA with gas-heated ovens in a recess / Chimney / fireplace

Three Oven Dual or Total Control Heat-Storage AGA with Integrated Module

NOT TRADITIONAL HEAT STORAGE AGA
(Which are BIGGER! See above.)

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Three Oven Dual or Total Control Heat Storage AGA with Integrated Module in a recess / Chimney / fireplace

Four Oven Traditional Heat-Storage AGA

NOT DUAL OR TOTAL CONTROL AGA
(Which have five ovens and are slightly smaller - see below.)

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Four Oven Traditional Heat Storage AGA in a recess / Chimney / fireplace

Four Oven Traditional Heat-Storage AGA with Integrated Module

NOT DUAL OR TOTAL CONTROL AGA
(Which have five ovens and are slightly smaller - see below.)

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Four Oven Traditional Heat Storage AGA with Integrated Module in a recess / Chimney / fireplace

Five Oven Dual Control or Total Control Heat-Storage AGA

NOT TRADITIONAL FOUR OVEN AGA
(Which have four ovens and are slightly bigger - see above.)

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Five Oven Dual Control or Total Control Heat Storage AGA in a recess / Chimney / fireplace

Five Oven Dual Control or Total Control Heat-Storage AGA with Integrated Module

NOT TRADITIONAL FOUR OVEN AGA
(Which have four ovens and are slightly bigger - see above.)

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Five Oven Dual Control or Total Control Heat Storage AGA with integrated Module in a recess / Chimney / fireplace