Self-Sustainable Cooking

Jewel Wood Cook Stove

Jewel Wood Cook Stove made by The Detroit Stove, Co.

Having lost my wood cook stove has hampered my method of cooking now. The cook stove was old and we had planned on storing it in our barn until we had our kitchen remodeled with an addition. I was going to use it as a place to display and store my cast iron cookware collection since it wouldn’t be hooked up anymore. I planned on buying the Pioneer Princess. When my husband took it apart, it literally fell apart. It was amazing it had lasted as long as it had. Last winter, it smoked horribly and I could not breathe. I knew I did not want to use it another winter even though I dearly loved my Jewel Wood Cook Stove made by The Detroit Stove Co. I saved some pieces of it but most of it went to the metal scrapper place. It did bring in a bit of money since it was very heavy.

New Stove

My View Now

Once I got over my sadness of losing it and not having a cook stove in my kitchen we opted for a small wood stove for the time being since a cook stove is expensive and we were busy with other projects. After the new small stove was put in, I really liked it. The cook stove blocked the light coming into the kitchen. It was black, dark and a real dust collector. Since it was in front of a good half of the sliding glass doors onto the deck it also blocked my view of the outside. It has changed my mind about even replacing the wood cook stove. I have been looking at modern wood stoves that have no back above the stove and have an oven and a cook top. I didn’t want one with a glass door but so far that is all I have found. So I may have to settle for that, if we even decide to change to a different wood stove. I might get used to this one and not cooking on it so much. Especially if I can use electric appliances for cooking.

cooking on small wood stove

Cooking on it

The little stove we got is too small for serious cooking. I can put one small pan on it at a time. We usually have a tea kettle on it all day for refills of instant coffee once the perked coffee is consumed. In the winter though, it is smarter to use the wood stoves for cooking. Then it serves two purposes. I am anxious to get rid of our dependence on propane and want to take our propane cooking range out. No sense paying for that if I am getting free energy from the sun and wind. The wood stoves take work and I am willing to do what I must to use them, but in summer I will be using the electric for cooking. Should be much easier.

Griswold Bolo Oven

Griswold Bolo Oven

I use a Bolo oven made by Griswold for baking on the top of our big wood heating stove. They are not easy to find, but you can also use the camping ovens that people use for baking on grills and campfires. A Dutch oven works good for baking also. In my Bolo oven, which is quite big, I can roast a whole turkey, a ham, bake pies, cakes or cookies, casseroles or whatever. It is wonderful even though it takes up a large part of the top of the wood stove. My heating wood stove’s top is quite large and can handle it along with a couple pots of water.

Breakfast Cooking on wood stove

Breakfast Cooking

Our goal is to be self-sustainable as much as possible. What does it mean to be self-sustainable? This is what Wikipedia says about it: “A system is self-sustaining (or self-sufficient) if it can maintain itself by independent effort. The system selfsustainability is: the degree at which the system can sustain itself without external support. the fraction of time in which the system is self-sustaining.”

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Wood Cook Stove Cookbooks

My Wood Cook Stove

My Wood Cook Stove

I cook on my old wood cook stove most days. It is so much easier to cook on than an electric or gas range. I have cooked on all types of stoves in my life. Believe me, cooking a whole meal on this stove is a breeze. The only thing is that you must have enough wood split down to the right size for your cook stove. You can’t run outside to split some wood in the middle of preparing your meal. 

Woodstove Cookery

Woodstove Cookery by Jane Cooper is a cookbook I found to be useful when I first had my cook stove hooked up. Learning to use it is the secret to good cooking! My own stove does not have the water reservoir on it. To be quite honest with you, I don’t think I really need it. Some people might find it useful and want one.

Home Comfort Cook Book

Home Comfort Cook Book

When I started looking for some good cookbooks for my wood cook stove on Amazon, I found many! I didn’t think I would. The Home Comfort Cook Book 1925 Reprint caught my eye of course, as anything to do with old stoves is of interest to me. I would love to create a museum of old cook stoves. If I could afford them, I would buy them just to look at them, even though I’d probably be itching to fire it up and start cooking! I am not sure if this particular cook book is for wood cook stoves or just old cook stoves from 1925. I have added it to my wish list on Amazon and will find out all about it as soon as I can. 

Old Stoves Are Hot!

Old Stoves Are Hot!

Old Stoves Are Hot! was the first book on Amazon I spotted that was about old stoves. Now I may be weird or something but I love even the old gas and electric stoves such as you see in the picture on the cover of this book. Stoves look so commercial nowadays. I guess I like that “homey” feeling when a stove reminds me of the big white one sitting in my Grandma’s kitchen. 

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