Cooking Wood Stoves
Being prepared with a wood cooking stove and
wood for burning during a long term emergency is something not thought of
often. If all sources of heat and electricity is off for an unknown long
period of time because of some disaster, it would be well to have a wood
burning cook stove for cooking and a source of heat if it was cold. If
you had storage of propane, kerosene, or some other fuel, it might be more
wise to save it for lanterns for lighting your dwelling place instead of
heating and cooking. You would run out quickly otherwise if your use it
for heating. If wanting to buy a wood stove, it would be more practical
to buy a cooking wood stove where
it could be utilized for duel purposes of heating and cooking. There are
many different designs and choices of a wood
stoves to choose from if wanting to purchase one. From the pictures here
you can see the different options of stoves. It
would be good to have an idea of what you want in a wood cook stove.
Options like having included an oven in the stove for baking, or lots of room
on the stove top range for multiple cooking if having to feed lots of people.
Also, how big is your place to keep warm? Would you need just a small
stove for a small dwelling or a large wood stove for a large home? Or
maybe how efficient is the stove in maintaining its heat for long periods of
time? Would you want a stove that could easily be moved outside of your
dwelling place for those the summer times when the outside temperature is too
hot for cooking inside? Solar ovens might be an option for the summer days.
Having a cooking wood stove without wood
would obviously be useless. How much wood to get would be
according to how big your stove is and where you live. If you live in a
moderate season where maybe five
months of winter was normal and you had a good cooking wood stove to use for
heating and cooking, then it might be around four of five cords of wood to
gather for each year of use. It just all depends on what your situation is.
If in question, find someone in your local area that uses firewood to heat
there homes and they could give you a good estimate of how much you would
need. Most arborist tree trimming companies have fire wood for sale if you are
not cutting it yourself.
When storing wood that isn't under shelter,
you would want to cover it with tarps making sure they are tied down good
to keep the wind and weather from ruining them. You should also remember
that if you have cut down your own trees, you will need to allow the wood to
dry for five to six months before using. There are
to drying your wood more quickly by putting your wood in a green house for a
month or so. It will dry pretty quickly that way. If wanting to
test its dryness for use, you can buy a wood tester for moister content
that would show you. Most wood, when dry, will crack and the ends of the
logs and be much lighter in weight. If giving the time to dry, it will
be ready to use when needing it.
Learning how to cook on a wood cook stove
can take some time in learning by experience. Most our ancestors learned
how and have passed it down from mother to daughter but because of our
modern age most of us will have to learn from our own experience. It
would be wise to buy a temperature gage for your stove to help in your
cooking. Also it would be wise to practice cooking on it at good times
so you will have some ideas of how to do it when the hard times come.
If you are in a situation that you are
having to leave and live in tents, you wouldn't be able to haul your big
burning cook stove with you. On the market there are specially designed
wood cook stoves in different sizes that are light in weight and can be
assembled and disassembled for use. Some of them
have accessories that can be attached to them such as hot water tanks for your
hot water use. They also have been designed to be used in canvas tents
made for that purposes. That can be bought at real reasonable prices
compared to your large cooking wood stoves.