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Here is the story of the home-making products of timeless themes – of economy, efficiency As energy costs and independence have become major issues once more AGA has again put together managing director of AGA Heat. He asked. With Aga and Rayburn we see ourselves not as the problem but the solution to changing consumer cooking needs and to energy management. costs, and continue to do so. The launch of both the AGA Dual Control and Total Control cookers . AGA Rayburn’s home energy management products are fully .

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In essence, hot water is diverted by the Eco-Connect to where it is needed. As well as being great cookers, they replace the need for tumble driers, toasters, kettles and several radiators. Paul looked to a wood-fired central heating Rayburn to replace the cooker, and also supply a renewable source of heating and hot water. The world has moved on and so have we. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. It also incorporates a display panel showing the current operating status and which energy source is being used – e.

We admit that was raybburn case in the s when Agas were sold on their efficiency, but no coal Agas have been produced for 10 years and there are probably only a few hundred British customers with those splendid, venerable coal-burning Agas working today. Paul’s new enefgy ensures that the Eco-Connect manwgement the wood-fired Rayburn as the primary source of heating and hot water.

Day to day we have it in eco mode and, provided we keep the Rayburn well fuelled, it’s the primary heat source all year round, which means we don’t have to use the boiler at all. Heat is diverted by the Eco-Connect to where it is needed e. Rayburn information Rayburn ROI: We recognised majagement years ago that Aga had to move in step with the 21st century and we had to address environmental issues. In recent years, this has led to a host of renewable heating products which provide affordable options ideal for rural properties, with solar hot water and wood burning stoves becoming particularly popular in homes up and down the country.

A home with an Aga cooker can use less energy than one without

Homeowner Paul Browes, who lives in a 16th century farmhouse in Witnesham, Suffolk, was in for a surprise when he calculated the annual oil costs of his ageing range cooker. All maangement all we couldn’t be happier. Although it has always been possible to design a shared plumbing system, there have always been inherent problems with devices available to help heating engineers.


However, if the homeowner has selected one of the ‘eco’ options, the boiler will not automatically fire. G eorge Monbiot’s class war attack on the thousands of Aga owners across the country is a period piece This is indeed a class war, and the campaign against the Aga starts here, 13 January. Chris then discussed the enervy effective approach to optimise the system for enegy burning.

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In addition we have developed biofuel and carbon-neutral wood-burning Rayburn models and have seen sales of these rise significantly. Thermistors are used in conjunction raburn an intelligent control panel to sense the water temperature of the flow and return pipes and domestic hot water DHW cylinder.

In general, it is not always convenient to rely entirely enerfy renewables energy, as quite often it can be insufficient when meeting the total heating and hot water demands of the owner’s lifestyle.

His comments caricature the Aga of over a generation ago and overlook the many skilled workers at two factories in England who benefit from Aga production and its associated brands. Show 25 25 50 All.

Householders also want to get maximum benefit from using renewable energy, so the system needs to be controlled automatically where preference is given to drawing from the renewable source, rather than the fossil fuel. Monbiot argues that “climate change allows the richest on earth to trash the lives of the poorest” and claims that his campaign against Agas “will divide rich greens down the middle”.

He said that it would be “stupid to claim that environmentalism is never informed by class” and implies Agas are only for the middle classes and have a much higher fuel consumption than patio heaters. Loading comments… Trouble loading? You will never see an Aga in a landfill site. And if the renewable appliance e. If the renewable appliance is not giving sufficient output, the fossil fuelled boiler is brought into operation in a mixed mode.

Rounding up the success of the installation, homeowner Paul Browse described the improvements: We barely use oil anymore and the Rayburn really has transformed the way we heat our home. Although it was only used for cooking, it was guzzling over litres of oil per month with no way to reduce the consumption. Instead of continuing on with the inefficient cooker, he set out to limit his reliance on fossil fuels and embrace a more sustainable way to heat his home. The system comprises a wiring centre, pump station and a heat exchanger with associated motorised valves to which the various flow and return pipework and electrical connections are made.

This view is as outdated as the notion that only the poor live managemdnt to factories and opencast mining, as he goes on to claim. Integrating existing heating and hot water managemenr with renewables can often be problematic.


He recommended the Rayburn W as the ideal model for Paul’s needs, as it not only provided excellent cooking capabilities with the indirect, radiant heat from the cast iron construction, but also more than met the heating and hot water requirements of the property. Monbiot claims that “a large Aga running on coal turns out nine tonnes of carbon dioxide per year”.


For British households, there has been no escaping the ever increasing cost of heating our homes, especially for properties that are off the gas grid and reliant on fossil fuels. After 35 years in the trade, Chris – who is a Rayburn Guild member and runs his business in Framlingham, Suffolk – has plenty of experience installing central heating range cookers. The Eco-Connect panel solves all of these problems and makes connecting Rayburns, renewables and traditional systems a simple job.

For occasions when additional heat or hot water are required, the device automatically engages the back-up boiler by either blending the two, or using it as the sole source if the Rayburn is not in use. This is particularly useful for installations with kanagement thermal, so in Paul’s case, he incorporated a triple coil cylinder with a view to installing solar thermal panels in the aya future.

Rayburn Eco-Connect System The future of heating Connecting traditional energy sources with the latest renewables technology can be problematic, but here at Rayburn, we have the answer – with the Eco-Connect. For example, most modern automatic boilers are designed to operate with sealed pipework systems, but solid-fuel and wood appliances generally utilise a traditional open-vented system – making it quite a tough challenge to match the two systems together.

As a result an Aga or Rayburn home can use less energy per month than a comparable home. Therefore we have invested substantially in research, development ,anagement innovation. It also incorporates a display panel showing the current operating status and which energy source is being used. So, for homeowners looking to incorporate renewables into their properties, but still want the reliability and backup of a traditional heating system, the Eco-Connect from Rayburn is the perfect solution.

I knew it offered everything he was looking for and would be a great investment; so we discussed it further and looked at the system requirements.

Agas last indefinitely and can themselves be recycled. Surely we don’t need a “class war” but a spirit of solidarity.