Friday, January 25, 2013
JEAN'S GRANDMA - WOOD-BURNING STOVES
Jean at her house has a two burner Coleman Stove and a bar-b-Que that she uses during a power outage. I am so glad to see wood-burning stoves coming back. Am trying to talk Jean and David into putting one in their new house.
Aside from the stove, a few things I think someone should get with a wood-burning stove are cast iron cookware, an oven thermometer and, of course, wood. I firmly believe in cast iron cookware, I got a set when my husband and I were married over 60 years ago. I still have them and use them.When we had the power outage, I used them in the wood-burning stove. Once you get a set they have to be seasoned, which would be another post, if you are interested. You can buy cast iron new or maybe pick up a set at a garage sale or rummage sale, etc. The thermometer is because I don't trust the ones that come with stoves: wood-burning, gas or electric. When you are baking especially in a wood-burning you need something you can count on. Wood should be near your house where you can get it. You should have logs, but also smaller pieces to start the fire with. I always kept a wood box near the stove to put logs and smaller pieces in by the stove and the rest was in a small building by our house, when we had our farm.The best wood to use is the oldest wood-cottonwood, oak or ash are the best. Now, I guess, you can buy wood for wood-burning stoves in some stores like Country Max. I always have used wood from trees on our property. When the hurricane was over, the men got wood at a house down the road. wood was For Sale out front of their house.
Showing someone how to use a wood-burning stove is easier than telling, but I will see what I can do. Most of the wood-burning stoves come with a oven thermostat,and a overhead warming oven. If you receive an owners manual with the stove-read it. Make sure the stove, masonry and flues are clean. I would get a professional to do it.
Open the stove door to make sure the airflow in the flue is going through the flue and not coming back down through the stove. If there is draft, there is an airflow coming in through the flue instead of flowing out like it should. To correct this, should it be happening, crumple up some newspaper and put it up as high as you can get it in your wood stove toward the flute. After lighting the paper, the air should start sucking the ball through the flue, which will reverse the airflow.
In the bottom of your stove, put some pieces of crumpled newspaper. Place some thin sticks of dry kindling wood on top of the newspaper. On top of them, place larger pieces of wood and continue until your wood stove is 3/4 full. Then open the vents. After that carefully light the wood and paper. DO NOT USE gas, propane, lighter fluid or other items. Add more wood every time the previous wood has turned to coals. Also adjust the vents and flue to regulate the airflow.
I am going to end here and continue next week, February 1st. In the next post, I will tell of cooking and baking on a wood-burning stove.
OLIVE WILL BE BACK ON FEBRUARY 1ST ON COOKING AND BAKING ON THE WOOD STOVE.
FEBRUARY 15TH OLIVE WILL BE BACK TO TELL US ABOUT PRESEASONING CAST IRON POTS AND PANS.