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Why should you learn how to cook on a wood stove?
As a little girl, I remember my mother cooking stew on top of our wood stove during the winter months. We have a decent size forest on our homestead and every year we lose a few trees to a windstorm or old age, so a wood stove is the perfect way to use our resources.
Cooking on a wood stove takes me back to the pioneer days and to my grandmother’s kitchen, where she had an old wood cook stove. My parent’s still have a hybrid 1940’s Monarch half wood and half electric stove. You could say I come from a long line of wood stove cooking.
Learning to cook on a wood stove is smart for survival type situations, such as power outages, but I cook on mine even when we have power. It’s extremely frugal to cook on a wood stove, like as in free. You’re already using your wood stove for heat, so using it as a cooking source is doubling your resources.
Here’s my 6 tips for cooking on a wood cook stove.
For more tips on baking on top of a wood burning stove read Living Like it’s the 1800’s – Wood Stove Baking & Frugal Living Tips
UPDATE: Many of you have asked what kind of wood stove we have and the costs of putting one in. Our wood stove went in about eight years ago and for the cost of the stove and installation, it was about nine hundred dollars. We have a Lopi wood stove and I made sure to purchase one that has a cook top. You want to make sure it’s the right size for the square footage of your home. Here’s a similar version to our wood stove .
Living Like it’s the 1800’s – Wood Stove Cooking & Frugal Living Tips
Now that you know how to cook on a wood stove, what are you planning on whipping up first?
Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.