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A brief Rayburn update

It’s really interesting looking at the phrases that have brought people to my website. The most popular searches are related to my Rayburn 345W. Here’s the answers to some questions that people have looked for.

‘How to cook a jacket potato in a Rayburn’ Well, the simple answer is that you don’t. I have discovered that even on Bake the oven isn’t hot enough to cook jacket potatoes even if you leave them in for a very long time. It may be possible on Roast, but as I’m the only one who eats them in the family, and I usually have them for my lunch, it doesn’t seem worth the energy to try. They obviously need to be cooked hot and fast. The best thing to do is wrap them thickly in foil and stick them in the firebox. Delicious! You’ll need coal tongs or a long-handled barbecue pair of tongs to get it out though. About 1 hour will do nicely.

‘What to put on the wall behind a solid fuel Rayburn’ Well, we had planned ordinary glazed clay tiles, but after a year of not having got that far, I’m not sure I’ll bother with anything. The wall is an inch from the back of the Rayburn, then there’s a gap before the hotplates, and then you lift the lids to use them, which forms a nice protection for the wall. With a daughter fond of frying bacon and a husband partial to the odd fried steak, I can tell you that not one splatter of fat has reached the back wall, and just a couple on the wall at the side. Nothing to worry about. My gorgeous Farrow & Ball Cooking Apple Green paint is totally safe.

Other advice I recently left in a long reply to a comment to one of my first Rayburn Diary entries. (Sorry, link button not working for some reason.)

Please leave a comment if there’s anything else you’d like to know and I’ll try to help.

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