This may be a bit off topic but I would love to talk a bit about wood-burning stoves since I am currently researching and shopping for one. In these times of carbon footprint awareness and cost of living considerations, now might be a great time to take another look at the old-fashioned wood-burning cook’s stoves that our grandparents or great-grandparents used to use. I don’t know about you but when someone mentions wood cooking stoves, images of Victorian-era kitchens and cast iron hearths come to mind. They have been in use for hundreds of years, in fact, before the advent of electricity, people did all of their cooking on wood stoves. In 1742, Ben Franklin invented what is known now as the “Pennsylvania Fireplace” as an alternative to open fireplaces used in Colonial America.
Nowadays, wood burning cook stoves while ideal for remote locations without electricity, have the added benefit of using a renewable resource, wood. If sourced locally, wood is a very green fuel. Wood is still much less expensive than gas or electricity (barring solar or wind-generated electricity of course).
Wood burning stoves can be used as space heaters, and I’ve found that many can also accommodate a boiler to supply hot water.
While top-end new stoves can cost upwards of $2,000, you can probably find a great deal on a used or antique wood burning stove on craigslist or at local flea markets or yard sales.
Wood cook stoves are a great alternative to conventional gas or electric stoves. They save energy and can make food taste much much better!