But after about 24 hours of staring at the roaring beast, I simply put a pan on there and guessed it should be easy enough to cook something. And it was....kinda.
On the Monday we had breakfast, lunch and diner, and did all dishes using only the woodstove (which has a water reservoir that heats up water nicely and rather quickly) and the whole experiment turned into a game. I still can't be patient enough to wait for the kettle to have fresh coffee. And I can't imagine using the oven for baking at 350F, it would strip us down to underwear. It's just not that cold enough outside yet.
What I've learned so far....
The stove needs preheating, it's not electric, it won't get hot in 2 minutes, it needs some time. I say about 20 minutes to half an hour. And if I want to use a cast iron pan, I need to put it on there during the pre-heating process. The oven thermometer is a good gauge of the overall temperature of the stove. When it hits 275F, we're getting pretty close to cooking time.
The Ecofan is pretty awesome. We leave it on the stove all the time. It shoots some heat down the hallway into the bedrooms and when its slows down, we know we need to add a log in there if we don't want the fire to die down.
But....we are now on a break. The outside temperature shot up to 10 degrees celsius during the daytime, we don't have snow on the ground but an unusual amount of rain. It's almost Christmas for Christ sake! It was simply becoming uncomfortable in the house, especially if we crank up the heat of the stove to cooking temperature. But it is supposed to drop again and we'll put the stove back to work and hopefully, we'll try to learn how to keep the fire going through the night AND still keep a blanket on.
In the meantime, here are some pictures we took of our various meals prepared on the wood stove.
|toasts on the stove are surprisingly tasty|
|just starting diner...when I finished I was in a t-shirt with sweat on my brow|