Other Uses for Your Stove

Caw

Minister of Fire
May 26, 2020
806
Massachusetts
I just got back from the market and saw the wife was using the stove as a butter softener for baking a cake. Sounds good to me!

What are some other interesting uses you've found for your wood stove?

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begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
87,113
South Puget Sound, WA
One of the trivet wings on the T6 stays open all the time because the stove heats our coffee and tea water. My wife uses the trivet swung away from the stove for rising dough weekly. And several times a winter we use a dutch oven on the trivet top to slow cook meals, including our Thanksgiving turkey breast the last couple years.
 

gthomas785

Feeling the Heat
Feb 8, 2020
330
Central MA
Since my stove is going most of the time, it serves as a general purpose item warmer - rising dough, drying mittens/boots, softening butter, etc. I also sometimes put a pan of water on top to raise the humidity a few %.
 

Caw

Minister of Fire
May 26, 2020
806
Massachusetts
Yep; works great for proofing dough during the winter months.
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What stove is that? Looks like the same surround as my Osburn 1600. Nice hearth! I wish mine was raised like that to save my knees.

We also use the stove as a winter clothes and boots warmer of course. Nothing like toast yboots when going outside on a cold day.
 

RandyBoBandy

Minister of Fire
Feb 25, 2015
1,199
Whitmore lake, MI
Wifey made some seafood chowder from scratch today. We also warm up water for tea, proof dough, dry kitchen towels, gloves, Dutch oven meals etc. The wife has been using the woodstove more for cooking and reheating food in attempts to leave the electric range off.
 

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MAD MARK

Feeling the Heat
Jan 31, 2016
452
Pittsburgh PA
I've used it to cook on, cook in, smoke in, and melt snow to pour in toilet when electric is out.
 
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Woodsplitter67

Minister of Fire
Jan 19, 2017
1,753
Woolwich nj
You guys talk? That is so grown up...I wonder if we'll ever get to do that again ;lol. The kids basically dominate everything these days lol.
I get up at.. 4.30 to 5am. plenty of time to relax enjoy something warm.. talk.. she doesn't get up that early.. but early enough to have us time...
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
5,633
Downeast Maine
If I'm in a hurry I use the warming drawer on my cookstove for proofing bread/baked goods. I almost always have a steamer/kettle on if a stove is hot. We do have an electric dryer, but I often dry my clothes on racks in front of our stoves.
 

Ctwoodtick

Minister of Fire
Jun 5, 2015
1,483
Southeast CT
mine dries out wet snowy clothes on the hearth and will put frozen meat for the dogs to thaw on a plate on the hearth as well.
 
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xman23

Minister of Fire
Oct 7, 2008
2,277
Lackawaxen PA
As I write this my ski boots are 18" from the front of the stove. Switching front to back for an 1/2 an hour there good to go. When the grand kids are here there's every piece of ski equipment in front of the stove. We all sit on the hearth as close as you can. Nothing better.

Problem is, the stove is so good I can't leave the couch. Ok I going!!!
 

bigealta

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May 22, 2010
89
Utah, NJ
Dries towels 2 to 3 times faster than my dryer. Also fully body dryer (at night with lights out). Boot dryer obviously, and split pretreatment. Fire starters dryer.(more to come on that). And anything that can hang off the 1/2” copper pipe above.
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Ctwoodtick

Minister of Fire
Jun 5, 2015
1,483
Southeast CT
Up until the dog passed away, the main use was as a dog warmer.
Sorry to hear- may the memories warm your heart more than any stove can.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
87,113
South Puget Sound, WA
Up until the dog passed away, the main use was as a dog warmer.
Sorry for your loss. Pet warming is the primary purpose here too.
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Caw

Minister of Fire
May 26, 2020
806
Massachusetts
My daughter using it as a frozen water balloon melter tonight...crazy kids!

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Prof

Minister of Fire
Oct 18, 2011
528
Western PA
I cook on the top of my stove (occasionally in it) a lot. But tonight is going to be quite cold, so I heated a brick for the kids to use as a bed warmer. I got the bricks up to about 300 F and wrapped them in a towel. Kids love them.
 

DuaeGuttae

Minister of Fire
Oct 26, 2016
825
Texas
I cook on the top of my stove (occasionally in it) a lot. But tonight is going to be quite cold, so I heated a brick for the kids to use as a bed warmer. I got the bricks up to about 300 F and wrapped them in a towel. Kids love them.
My mom grew up in Vermont and used to heat soapstone on the stove for us to use as footwarmers in bed. We brought the custom to Texas. Each child has a rock from our backyard (which is landscaped with river rock) that he or she can warm up in front of the ash lip and take to bed.

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This was this past Tuesday, I believe. Snowsuits, coats, gloves, boots all drying, and bread dough rising in the bucket on the mantel.
 
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EbS-P

Minister of Fire
Jan 19, 2019
584
SE North Carolina
Looks great! I tried this but found I either under or overcooked the pizza. Plus, it I did taste like ash a bit.
What you can’t see is the Dutch oven lid I put on the coals. Wait till it hits about 450. If it hits 800 and is still climbing crust will burn before the top side is cooked. I really like the pizza screen wood stove or oven.
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
5,633
Downeast Maine
I cook on the top of my stove (occasionally in it) a lot. But tonight is going to be quite cold, so I heated a brick for the kids to use as a bed warmer. I got the bricks up to about 300 F and wrapped them in a towel. Kids love them.
I gathered some nice rounded stones from our property, mostly looks like Jasper type stone, and heated them for my wife last winter after her surgery. Very popular around here as well.
 
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