Cook Stove

The End Of Cook Stove Season

Cook Stove Season Is Over!

Every September I look forward to cook stove season. I love those first early morning kitchen fires. The snapping and popping of dried and seasoned wood before dawn signals the end of summer, and the promise of bacon, eggs and biscuits prepared on a cook stove on a chilly fall morning is a breakfast worth…

Vacu-Stack On A Chimney Subject To Down Drafts

Vacu Stack On A Chimney Subject To Down Drafts

The chimney in my kitchen is subject to downdrafts. Chimney downdrafts can sometimes occur when a chimney is too short for the roof; or when a chimney is located next to hills, buildings or large trees – like at my house. Used to be, that when the wind would blow from the southwest at over…

Preventing Rust On A Wood Fired Cook Stove

New Greased Cookstove Hob

The best way I’ve found to keep rust away from a cook stove is with a light layer of vegetable shortening or cooking oil. The photo below shows the difference between the areas that have been oiled and the areas that haven’t. The oiled areas are much darker. My cook stove is solid cast iron…

Cook Stove Warmer

Stove Warmer

“Under this is placed a closet for warming and keeping hot the dishes, vegetables, meats, etc., while preparing for dinner. It is also very useful in drying fruit” THE AMERICAN WOMAN’S HOME – 1869 Catherine E. Beecher & Harriet Beecher Stowe – describing a cook stove warmer Many modern and antique wood burning cook stoves…

Cook Stove Basics

Cook Stove Basics

I use a cook stove for about 8 months out of the year. A cook stove is a lot of work, but from my point of view it’s a lot of independence and security too. No matter what the weather brings or what happens with energy costs, I will always be able to heat my…