A Stove with a Story

The AGA stoves and cookers have been around for many decades, seeing many families across the globe through bitterly cold winters and helping with the preparations of family meals.

Dr Gustaf Dalén invented the stove in 1922, after he tragically lost his sight in a failed experiment. While recovering at home, Dalén noticed how his wife had to constantly tend to their range stove. This inspired him to create a more efficient cooker to make her life easier.  The stove he created had two hot plates and two ovens, which was a first in the world of cookers.

The AGA cooker quickly became popular. By the time World War II began, the AGA had become a staple for many families. It could be described as a life-saver for many during the war, as the cooker provided both a source of warmth and a way to cook multiple dishes at once. By the 1950’s, sales had reached 50 000+ per year. 

As is true with any product, it is important for it to stay innovative and keep up with the times. AGA did this by introducing oil-fired and gas versions of the cookers in the 1960’s, as well as increasing the variety of colours the stoves were available in. In 1984, the first electric version of the cooker became available. The stove kept the same features as the original, except for the flue, which was no-longer needed.

From the 1980s onwards, the stove continued to keep up with the technological advances of the world. The modern stoves can now be programmed to cook at certain times of the day, seven days a week. With remote control and manual override options, individual sections of the cooker can be used at different times, and the stove does not have to run all day, as it used to in the part.

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Jennifer Mary Meek, the Great-granddaughter of Dr Gustaf Dalén, with her AGA stove.