Yeah you won't be cooking much on most modern inserts but you can cook on many in the event of a power outage. But if that really is a big concern just get a gas range then you can cook on that. But this thread is about a freestanding stove which you can cook on any freestanderView attachment 275498
Here is the advert with this Regency pictured;
"Enjoy beautiful wood heat in your medium sized living areas with the Classic Medium Wood Insert. This unit also offers a large cooktop surface that you can use to cook meals on even during power outages. This Regency Insert is ready to install and fits easily into your existing fireplace. Increase the value of your home and decrease your monthly heating bill."
Here's a real 283 square inch cook top for power outages. 13.5 X 21
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