Step Back in Time
with Wood Burning Cook Stoves

If you want to relive days gone by, look to wood burning cook stoves to heat your home and fill your belly. Although it may seem a bit odd, cooks who have used wood burning cook stoves swear the electric or gas varieties pale in comparison. Whether you are building your brand new dream home or renovating a historic masterpiece, consider adding a cook stove to the mix that serves the duel purpose of heating in addition to cooking. Just like in those “happy olden days,” your family and friends are sure to gather around a cook stove to warm hands, hearts, and souls.

A wood burning cook stove is just that—a stove that is powered by wood instead of another fuel. In the past, all stoves were wood powered, but today’s modern stoves are usually fueled by electricity, natural gas, or propane (also known as liquefied petroleum or LP gas). Think of your grandparents, great-grandparents, or great-great-grandparents preparing their meals and feeding their families on wood burning cook stoves. Installing a stove that burns wood instead of another fuel is a great way to provide a bit of history, individuality, and charm to your home.

Cooking on a wood burning cook stove is a pure talent. Knowing when to add wood and when to stoke the fire will slowly come to the novice cook, and your wood burning stove will become just as reliable as any other gas or electric model. Most stoves come with at least one oven, but many models come with two ovens, one larger for Dutch ovens, casseroles, or roasters, and the other smaller for bread or cake pans. In addition to the baking space, many stoves come with at least two burners on top and usually each burner is given a specific task. For example, one burner may be designated as a simmer burner, where the other will boil even the largest of stock pots. Some stoves even have a slide mechanism that allows the cook to control the amount of heat that gets to each burner, so that the cook can decide whether the burner needs to boil, slow-boil, or simmer. Each burner is covered with a raised cover complete with handle to prevent scorching or burns when the stove is not being used for cooking.

There are many reasons to install wood burning cook stoves into modern dwellings. Some individuals choose to practice a simpler form of life for personal or religious reasons. Others choose to embrace the look, feel, or heritage of their home and install authentic appliances that are as functional as they are beautiful. Still others choose to use wood burning stoves to experience the way things were in days gone past. Whether this is your main method of cooking or a supplement for those special recipes passed down by the wood stove cooks in your family, choosing a wood stove is a great choice.

In addition to providing a great cooking and baking surface, wood cook stoves provide something extra—heat. Traditional stoves and ovens are not designed to heat the outer spaces, but the wood burning models can keep any room toasty and warm. In addition to saving on your energy bills from the cooking aspect, installing a stove that burns wood will save you some of your hard earned cash on the heating side of the house. Keep a fire going to warm your home and family on those chilly winter nights. Many individuals who choose to install a wood cook stove do so in a main room in their home so that the entire family can enjoy the warmth and beauty the stove provides.

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