Cooking in a woodburning heater

Cooking in a woodburning heater

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    Cooking in a woodburning heater

    Here is a nice article about cooking in a wood burning stove, but not a cooking stove,

    If you have a woodstove for heat, take advantage of the fire to cook your dinner for no extra cost and very little effort. The heat of a woodstove can cook yummy baked potatoes and apples, savory soups and stews, roast chicken or beef, and many other dishes.

    Though you can adapt almost any pots and pans to woodstove cooking, you'll save yourself trouble and ensure better results if you invest in a cast iron Dutch oven with a lid and a cast iron trivet. The Dutch oven heats evenly and stays hot for a long time, which is perfect for roasting meat or stewing moist dishes. The trivet allows you to regulate the amount of heat the Dutch oven receives. Aluminum foil, a wooden spoon, a set of tongs, a fireplace shovel, and some potholders will round out your woodstove cooking supplies

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    Sounds like some good advice. Making me hungry. Thanks.
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    Cool

    I cooked on top of my camping stove (welded box type wood stove) every time I went camping from 1990 till about 6 years ago. Frying something was tough as I had to run the stove door OPEN to get it hot enough. But all in all it was fun cooking on a wood stove plus it was a tad easier not having to worry about some klutz kicking my grate and spilling the pot into the flames. (Some friends had that happen in their tipi when they let a Gomer townie in their lodge at supper time. Cindy had 5 kids to feed plus her hubby so you can guess how that went.)

    I cook on propane and have done so since around 1990. I have 4 5 gal propane cans. One can lasts me more than 1 winter of cooking.
    Speaking of trivets... I have a large trivet I use on my propane stove for ultra low burner without burning whatever it is.
    I probably have 4 or 5 trivets all made one at a time by blacksmiths I've known in my travels.

    When we had enough snow that we were plowing the roads constantly I'd come to work prepared to stay for a week.
    Every night after we were allowed to go home I'd cook my supper on the wood stove in the main shop. Poor man's hamburgers with fried onions and beans. Poor guys use bread versus hamburger buns.
    Sometimes I'd make 3 and have a cold burger for breakfast. A cold breakfast burger tastes a whole bunch better than any of that crapola Micky D's calls it's breakfast menu...
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    Wife has cooked many a meal on our wood burning fireplace insert when the power has went out. Will this winter too when it goes out like it about always does at least five times a winter LOL.
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    A few days ago, Caertaker posted a link to a PDF of an LDS preparedness manual. For those who missed the thread, I really suggest downloading a copy as the PDF contains a lot of valuable information, including check lists and guides to prioritize your preparations for 96 hours, 30 days, 90 days, and a year or more, and includes things that most of us probably haven't even thought of.

    One of the recommendations in the PDF was how to make a cardboard box oven. Apparently used this way, one briquette of charcoal will raise the temperature 10 deg F. Naturally, this goes hand in hand with the recommendation to stockpile charcoal as a very versatile fuel source. Here is a link to another page that describes how to make an oven from a cardboard box and some aluminum foil.

    I'm actually considering trying it out.

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    Interesting to me. I camped in a lot of out of the way places, etc..... all I needed to cook was a few key things, including a cast iron skillet, wood, and a match. I never gave it much thought, but most people don't have a clue how to do a lot of those things anymore. If you have aluminum foil.... start a fire in a hole, get it down to hot ambers, and put in meat, potatoes , etc. wrapped well in aluminum foil.... put it in there, cover it with dirt..... come back in about 30-45 minutes and dig it back up.... and ummmmmmmmmmmmmm great food.
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    We heat up many things on our woodstove at our hunt camp cabin instead of using the stovetop Propane, or if theres no room on the kitchen stove to begin with.

    Its a very smart idea.
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    Denatured alcohol is a better emergency fuel source than charcoal. 1/2 ounce will heat a small pot of food for 1-2 folks. Stores compact too.
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    I wish I could install a wood stove in my house, but alas it's a rental and the landlord won't budge. Winters where I am in Oregon don't get terribly cold anyhow so I get by on more layers, wool blankets, and when it dips below freezing I spoil myself by turning on the electric blanket. When I want to get my wood fire cooking on I use a rocket stove, which is nowhere near as much fun as cooking in a cob oven or in coals, but sure saves on fuel.

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