Cooking on wood burners !

Pug Posted By Pug, Jan 12, 2016 at 6:44 PM

  1. Pug

    Pug
    New Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Jan 11, 2016
    34
    9
    Loc:
    Boise, Idaho
    I have looked at about every kind of stove out there and the more I look the more I see for pluses and minuses. I am wanting a stove that not only does a good job of heating a 1500 sq basement and 1500 upstairs but being able to heat water and cook on it is very important to in case of SHTF. The Jotul 50 seems to be a pretty nice cooking unit but so does the Pacific Express 500 with it's swing out top. Does anyone have any experience cooking on either of these stoves?
     
  2. toddnic

    toddnic
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Jul 13, 2013
    723
    334
    Loc:
    North Carolina
    Pug, welcome to the Forum! There are many on this forum that cook on their woodstove frequently or during a power outage. I am not familiar with the two stoves that you list but most woodstoves provide the ability to cook on them. I cook chili, soups, and other meals that can be cooked in a dutch oven. There are even some recipe books out there for woodstoves. Regarding other woodstoves, you should also check out the Ideal Steel from Woodstock Soapstone Company. We have their Progress Hybrid woodstove which is wonderful and has three burners on top underneath the soapstone inserts. I'm sure you will get some good advice from others on the Forum.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  3. bfitz3

    bfitz3
    Feeling the Heat 2.
    NULL
    

    Jan 6, 2015
    374
    264
    Loc:
    Northern Michigan
    We have a PH as well. Used it a only few times for cooking but I'm comfortable saying it boils water reasonably quickly and does wonders with a heavy cast iron Dutch oven as toddnic suggested. We've been below 20 for a week with strong winds... Our 1800 sq ft house is nice n toasty and I'm still not doing full loads yet.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  4. toddnic

    toddnic
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Jul 13, 2013
    723
    334
    Loc:
    North Carolina
    Heading down to the low teens tonight with high wind. It is supposed to be about 3 degrees with the wind chill. Chili is cooking quite nicely!
    Chili Woodstove 1.jpg
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
    Wickets likes this.
  5. Rearscreen

    Rearscreen
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 21, 2014
    643
    233
    Loc:
    Vermont
    I cook on my Progress all of the time. Green Mountain Power frowns upon it. Toddnic where's your soapstone plates in back?
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  6. BIGDADDY

    BIGDADDY
    Feeling the Heat 2.
    NULL
    

    May 17, 2012
    416
    115
    I prefer a crockpot but I suppose if there was a power outage I'd give the woodstove a shot.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  7. begreen

    begreen
    Mooderator 2.
    NULL
    
    Staff Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    77,235
    12,533
    Loc:
    South Puget Sound, WA
    We cook on and off on the PE T6. The trivets provide nice temp control and if you want some heat just swing away the trivet put it directly on the stove top.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  8. OhioBurner©

    OhioBurner©
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Aug 20, 2010
    1,525
    209
    Loc:
    Center of Ohio
    I just started cooking with mine the last couple days. Oh how I missed cooking on the woodstove! I had a flush insert, and when I had the freestanding Shelburn running I was too scared of scratching the majolica porcelain or whatever its called finish on the top. Plus it just didn't get very hot.

    eggs720.JPG tacos.jpg

    Breakfast and dinner yesterday (eggs, tacos). I've only tried the center burner, but appears it can get hot enough with a good burn to even fry. The Ideal steel has 3 burner spots with low, medium, and high burn based on the thickness of trivet. Plus if you horizontal vent like I do you get a 4th spot in the back of the stovetop. I like the looks of the Progress Hybrids cooktop a little better since you cover it back up when your done. On the IS everything is exposed except for the center stainless steel burner that gets covered back up. So spills and splatters might be more of an eye sore, we'll see how clean I can keep it.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  9. Warm_in_NH

    Warm_in_NH
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 17, 2013
    1,193
    389
    Loc:
    central NH or N.E. CT.
    One can also cook IN their stove. A cast iron skillet, a good bed of coals, and a nice rib eye make for the best indoor steak you can get!
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
    tcassavaugh likes this.
  10. OhioBurner©

    OhioBurner©
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Aug 20, 2010
    1,525
    209
    Loc:
    Center of Ohio
    Some have cooked pizzas in their stove as well, but that's got to be a bit tricky. And there was the Harman Oakwood that had the grill insert that would go through the top load door.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  11. Blackcat

    Blackcat
    Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Feb 1, 2011
    42
    3
    Loc:
    NW NJ
    When we were out of power for 2 weeks during Sandy, we used the wood stove to cook. The old VC Vigilant had the side shelf and would keep things warm also. Learned my lesson on not keeping an eye on the pot of tomato soup Nasty mess to clean up.
    I would love to make pizza in the new one.
     
  12. Jeepman401

    Jeepman401
    New Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Nov 3, 2014
    56
    7
    Loc:
    Central MN
    Has anyone had experience with a Harman wood stove? I was going to look at one, but got a BK instead. My wood stove is in the basement, so cooking on it isn't real convenient. But, the Harman has some good features with a grill you can get for inside on the top door and large swing open door. Down side was the "firedome" would need replaced every 5 to 7 years, but it claimed impressive 16 hour burn times also. Maybe worth a look?

     
  13. toddnic

    toddnic
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Jul 13, 2013
    723
    334
    Loc:
    North Carolina
    The soapstone slabs that go on top of the stove were sitting off to the side of the stove. When I know I'm going to be cooking on the stove I just take them off. Also, that pot was pretty big and I definitely did not want to get any chili that potentially might splatter on the soapstone.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...

Share This Page