Wood cook stoves are nice for using off grid but to me they have always seemed mysterious. I really needed a manual called A cook stove and how to use it. I have seen them being used. Lots of movies have them in it but, seeing Mrs. Ingalls or Mrs. Walton pulling pans of beautifully browned biscuits out of them obviously didn’t really show me how those biscuits got browned.
Katlupe’s blog though does tell me how to use a wood cook stove. She explains what the damper, the draft and the check draft does. They all seem to control air flow depending if you want to heat, cook or bake with the stove. I found this article very informative as I now feel like I could probably get a fire going and with a little practice, whip me up a pan of golden brown biscuits just as nice as Mrs. I and Mrs. W. I have never been around one but I love the way they look and if I ever need to get a fire going in one I am pretty sure I can do that now.
She also gives instructions on blacking your wood burning stove, which is something I didn’t even know needed doing. So for anyone that may be thinking of a wood stove or hasn’t because they were intimidated like I sort of was now you won’t need to feel so lost and after reading the instructions you will probably be able to get one lit so you can practice cooking on a cook stove as well.