Monthly Archives: May 2011

May 31

Oven cleaning Training

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

Clevedon Pier.Image via Wikipedia

We have taken on a new employee and this is the second week of training. And today we are cleaning three ovens, or of course I should say, he is cleaning with my supervision. The first one this morning is in Clevedon right next to the sea front and looking at the sky its going to be a very hot fabulous day. The oven is a single Neff and it is a straight forward job we have checked the things to look out for on a Neff like knackered hinges and everything is fine.

 

 

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May 26

Which Coffee No 1 Is OvenGleam outside of?

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

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I have been doing these Coffee#1 quizes on Facebook.com.  See oven cleaning on facebook.

Well I did say that I thought there weren't many Coffee  #1 s where an oven cleaner could park outside of but what do you know here is another one that I found yesterday. It's one Ihaven't been to before and it opened in September of last year. And this particular Coffee No 1 really has the wow factor a bit like our oven cleaning ;-).  Really for me this coffee shop has given this High Street a real lift -Mary Portas take note.

So which one is it? As I was working in Bristol, or to be more accurate in the Bristol area, yesterday that will give you a clue.

May 24

Oven Cleaning TV Launch Video Really This is it!

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized


 
The last video which is below this one is actually video two which tells you about the oven cleaning dip tank we use

This is the launch video where I am talking about OvenGleam and our franchisee which will be rebranded OvenGleamers.

So oven cleaning franchise stuff will also be on OvenCleaning.TV.

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May 24

Oven Cleaning TV – Oven Cleaning Dip Tank

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

This is the second video for my ovencleaning TV site. I talk about the dip tank we use and the system we use. Really from this you should get that our system is alot easier to use and a lot safer to use than the gas burner systems that other companies use. You'll be able to do job quicker and get more into your working day, which matters about 18 months into your business when your built up customer base will be looking to get their ovens booked in for cleaning and they don't want to wait!

So for  oven cleaning business videos by me. I can assure you they are getting better. This first three were recorded in January it was my New Year's resolution to launch the site. So launching now at the end of May is poor I know but at least I have got it up at last! So keep a eye on that site too.

May 20

AGA Total Control with Updated Video

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

 

They have now updated the AGA Total Control Video and it is great now as you can see the beautiful graphics, see what exactly is being cooked and see how beautiful the AGA Total Control is going to be use. If it does what it says on the tin it certainly is going to be a revolution to the AGA brand. I think it is going to sell like hotcakes. Lets hope AGA can keep up with the demand! 🙂

Here is the AGA Total Control link on the AGA Rayburn site where you can download a PDF and order the brochure.

Although we have a 30 Amp Electric AGA which is pretty cheap to run, well if you call £10 a week to run cheap, and which keeps most of our small house warm if we move I maybe on the market for a new AGA and the AGA Total Control even though it is pricey would be the top one on my list.

May 19

AGA Total Control Demonstration

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

Yes just as I thought @jamesmcintosh has been on the case and put this fine video of the new AGA, the AGA Total Control which was launched yesterday. And as I thought the AGA is just like a normal 3 oven 13 Amp but with some big changes in the way it can be controlled making it a must have for busy people who want to have an AGA that costs the earth to run. The AGA Total Control has got the great new touch control panel and it looks like they have got that extra 10% in size on the top plates they said was an improvement by just making the plates larger and doing away with the rings which are usually around the top plates. From what I can see in this video there doesn't appear to be gap around the ring which means nothing can get down there. 

 

So for us about an hour of the standard two hour or so AGA clean is going to be made a lot easier because of this change. On all the other AGAs the rings have been taken off and the rim underneath has to be cleaned as if it isn't the gunk that gathers there can make the cooking service uneven, and also the end clean just looks a lot better when it is all removed. The doors and 'tunnels' (strips inside the door) still look like they are made of aluminium so they will still be difficult to clean.

 

There doesn't appear to have been any other changes in the way the AGA looks but of course those heating elements have been incorporated into the cast iron. I wonder if they can be replaced.

 

James has done a sterling job but I wish they had put the video together in a better resolution as I had a lot of effort trying to read those graphics and I would love to put that meal together on my own AGA at home. Lets hope he does another video showing the recipes!  But in all the video shows you how easy it is to control it; it really is easily turn onable and turn offable!

 

 

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May 17

New AGA Cooker Launched Today – AGA Total Control

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

 

Watching todays Tweets from @agarangemaster and @jamesmcintosh they have announced the launch of a new AGA cooker that looks very much like the traditional AGA we all love but with a modern update. Today Tweets said 'AGA total control redefines a British icon: touch screen control, separately operated ovens and hot plates – redefining a British icon. They went on to say: ' new hotplates that are 10% larger and soon to be launched smart phone apps so you can control the AGA on the go; an AGA when you need it'. Looking at the pictures that were linked to by the tweets http://yfrog.com/z/h3oawxuwj it looks just like a regular 3 oven AGA but with a glass control panel under the control box door. So looking at what they are saying it means that they have gone away from the traditional 'on all the time same temperature running AGA' to an AGA that is completely controllable. So that is why I have put the old Aardman electricity ad on this post – the first character, what is he, a tortoise, says about the heating on his home: 'It is easily controllable and it need to be easily controllable as I don't have much time.  I am a very busy person. I need to have everything as I need it. It needs to be modern. It needs to be easily turn off and on able'. So there you are todays new AGA Total Control described by an old commercial – 'it's easily turn off and turn onable'. Perhaps they can do an update, change the logos and there you go instant advert all set up. I may do it myself!  Lets hope @jamesmcintosh gets up to speed to do us some videos so we can really see how it works.

 

I can see this AGA is a popular addition to the range and really it is what everyone wants sometime that looks like an AGA but can be controlled by your iphone (lets hope they do an Android app too for us HTC Desire owners). So that will be fun and awesome! 🙂 The 13 Amp electric AGAs have been great but they do cost a lot to run, and I have had had to describe AIMS (AGA Intelligent Management System – posh timer to you and me) to many 13 Amp users, desperate to reduce their bills, more than once.  Lets hope this is a the new AGA AGE!
On the AGA Rangemaster website they go on to say about the AGA Total Control that each of the hotplates and ovens can be controlled separately and they have achieved the control by using elements that are set into the cast iron. And the price is £9595 but it is available in 9 colours and it can be as low as £5 a week to run. So this is good as it would allow you to run with say just one oven or hotplate through the Summer and stop your kitchen being a sauna – like mine is with our 30 amp.
We look forward to offering our AGA cleaning Service to clean them. So if you have the AGA Total Control and your AGA cooker needs cleaning then please contact us. 🙂
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May 13

Will an AGA Cooker Fit Into a Skoda?

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

Will an AGA Cooker fit into a Skoda? Well Yes it does; read more to find out how…You may be asking yourself this same question as you drive up the motorway to pick up your recent purchase on Ebay like we were last week. I was going to pick it up in the van but woke up on Saturday thinking that we haven't got anything on for the day and we might as well go and pick the AGA up in the car as we could all go. So after confirming it will the seller in Stratford on Avon off we went. But on the way my wife said are you sure it is going to fit into this car? Our car is a new Skoda Superb (for the record it really is superb!) and if you know anything about them it basically is a VW Passat that has been stretched and had a very nifty and useful hatchback door put on it. Anyway all I could find on the net was AGA's site where I found the dimensions of the AGA and then we stopped and we measured the opening and size of the boot and it all seemed okay. When we got there the first shock was that the AGA still looking like it was in situ and need to be dismantled fully. As it said on the Ebay listing that it was dismantled I was expecting it to be in bits. But it was all together in the hallway of the house – see attached photo. But it had been dismantled and it was just a case of undoing the bolts which were all finger tight. We lifted all the bits into the boot without putting the seat down. The picture attached shows nearly all of it in. On top of these bits I put the side panels and the base plate and wedged them in with some blankets. We didn't have room for two bags of vermiculite that the Ebay seller had got ready for us to take.

 

I bought the AGA cooker on Ebay a couple of weeks ago – for £123. Yes it was a good buy but it was a pre 1974 one (means that it has the step on the back of the enamel top), was a conversion (it had been converted from the original coal fuel to gas)  and it had a problem with the gas burner unit. For me this didn't matter a bit as I am 'collecting' cookers for my ongoing building of my 'oven cleaning training centre' in our garages and I need an AGA. As I don't want to put in a flue, if I do decide get it working I intend to get it converted to work on electricity. There are two companies that I have looked at and the price of conversion to 13 Amp is about £1700. The running costs apparently are about £16 a week if you put in lots of insulation in, there is a trade off of getting the running costs down but also reducing the amount of heat the cooker radiates. I'll write another post about this. 

 

Overall the AGA we bought was a very good buy as I was thinking that I was going to have to enamel a few bits but really the enamel is nearly perfect – I suspect it is a refurbished AGA and the stainless steel tunnels confirm this.

 

I'm going to do some renovation work on my garage before I put in the AGA so it may be a month or so before I do this. But I'll keep you posted.

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May 13

Which Coffee#1 Was OvenGleam at Last Week?

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

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Here is a picture of my van outside a Coffee#1 last week. From my experience of frequenting Coffee Number 1s there aren't many that you can park directly outside of, so I was more than please to find this parking space in this position last week. I was just able to go and get my coffee and panni and yoghurt and sit there in the window seats and read my paper and have a really nice lunch. The question is which one was it? The Coffee Number one that is not the van! 🙂

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May 13

Oven cleaning jobs in Cardiff last week.

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

I was in Cardiff last week and attached are the before and afters of the four ovens I cleaned. I cleaned two singles in the morning that were pretty straight forward. Then I had my lunch in Coffee Number 1 (a local coffee shop chain that do great coffee) and then cleaned two standard doubles that were a bit more challenging. And no I didn't finish early and beat the traffic so l didn't get home until six o'clock. So I left at 0800 and got home at 1800 but it is about an hours drive to Cardiff and I did take about 45 minutes for lunch which if the jobs were more local in Bristol I wouldn't have done.

The pictures were taken on my phone so not brilliant quality but you'll get the idea. Four ovens in one day with no particular problems, infact I also did a microwave at job 3. Job 3 was the dirtiest of the jobs and as it was a Creda involved a full strip down. When I get home and look at the pictures I always see a bit that I have missed! But in all the clients were all more than happy with number 3 being very impressed – a good feeling.