Our wood cook stove is truly the heart of the home during the winter. It heats the home, cooks our food, and heats the home’s domestic hot water. Thanks for joining us on this quick video on us cooking breakfast on the wood cook stove, a true labor of love.
If you have never cooked on a wood cook stove before there really is nothing to it. The firebox is on the left side of the stove under the bacon pan. The egg pan is in the middle of the stove, but cozied up to the area in which the stove pipe leaves the stove for more heat. The french press coffee is keeping warm on the right side of stove over the oven box. The surface of the wood cook stove top is like an electrical stove burner for a conventional electric stove, except for the entire surface is hot to some degree. The electric burner has a high, medium, and low temp setting. The wood cook stove also has these settings. The difference with a wood stove is the high setting is over the firebox. The medium setting is in the middle of the stove and the low or simmer setting is above the oven on the far right side of the stove.
If you have a wood stove and not a wood cook stove, you could easily cook on the top of it during a power outage. The only differences between a wood cook stove and a regular wood stove for heating the home is the top surface does not have a medium and low setting for heat. Ways to adjust cooking heat on a wood cook stove is to damper the wood stove down or you could place fire bricks on top or use a medal trivet with legs to remove pans or pots from the surface to create a lower or warmer setting for cooking. Wood stoves are great during a power outage because it could be used for heat as well as cooking and boiling water for tea, coffee, or sterilization.
When we lived on the Oregon coast, we had many power outages. During these days of no electricity, we would cook on the top of our wood stove often. Anything you cook on the top of an electric burner can be done on a regular wood stove with just a little more effort and planning.