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How Much Space Do You Need Around an Aga Cooker?

If you're interested in purchasing an Aga cooker, there are a number of considerations you must make before taking the plunge to ensure that you’ll be happy with your new kitchen tool for a long time to come. One such consideration is your ideal Aga cooker’s dimensions, and how much space you need to leave around the cooker for ventilation purposes - do you have enough space in your kitchen for this? 

So, how much space do you need to leave around an Aga cooker? You need to leave a minimum gap of 3mm around the front and sides of an Aga cooker, and a 10mm gap behind the cooker for ventilation purposes, to avoid scorching, and for easy removal of the top place if necessary.

Read on to learn more about Aga cooker clearance dimensions and other practical considerations when purchasing an Aga cooker. 

How Much Space Should be Left Around an Aga Cooker?

When installing an Aga cooker, regardless of its size or where it’s being installed, the following Aga clearance dimensions should be followed:

  • A minimum gap of 3mm must be left around the sides of the cooker
  • A minimum gap of 14mm must be left at the back of the cooker
  • the doors require a minimum of 116mm to open clear (although we recommend around 150mm)
  • A minimum clearance of 60mm above the cooker

This space ensures proper airflow when the Aga is on (which, in some cases, is all the time), minimises the risk of scorching and other types of damage or grime as a result of cooking, and also means that the top plate can be easily and safely removed if necessary. 

Does an Aga Cooker Need Ventilation?

Some Aga cooker models require a flue to vent fumes and vapours created when cooking. However, other models will manage just fine with a regular kitchen extractor fan to remove any steam or cooking smells. 

Fire or fuel-burning models require a steady flow of external air to ensure that they continue to burn properly and safely. If you don’t currently have such a vent, one would need to be fitted as part of the Aga cooker installation process. 

Other models that don’t require a flue (such as electric models) may still need small vent pipe as a way of removing cooking smells, however, bear in mind that such models are often also available as  “room vented” models - meaning that neither a flue or vent pipe are required and a simple kitchen extractor would suffice. 

Can You Have an Aga Cooker in a Small Kitchen?

Even considering that you need to leave clearances around an Aga cooker for various purposes, they can still be integrated into small kitchens with a bit of clever design and the right model. Range Exchange offers small 2 door Aga cookers which are perfect for smaller kitchens, but still provide all of the amazing benefits of larger Aga cookers. Available as gas and electric models, these cookers contain the classics - a roasting oven and a simmering oven. 

How Wide is an Aga Cooker?

When choosing an Aga cooker to suit your kitchen, taking a look at Aga cooker dimensions is always a good place to start.

  • 2 door Aga cookers - approx. w: 987mm, h: 851mm, d: 679mm
  • 3 door Aga cookers - approx. w: 978mm, h: 911mm, d: 679mm
  • 4 door Aga cookers - approx. w:1487mm, h: 851mm, d: 679mm
  • 5 door Aga cookers - approx. w: 1478mm, h: 910mm, d: 680mm

Reconditioned Aga Cookers at Range Exchange

Range Exchange is the home of showroom-standard reconditioned Aga cookers. If you’re not quite sure about the different Aga cooker models on offer, we’re pretty confident that you’ll find answers to your questions on our FAQs page. We also have a dedicated page finding the right model for you. If you’re still unsure, our experts are on hand to ensure that you choose the right model for your and your kitchen. 

Get in touch with us today to find your dream Aga cooker.