Have you ever cooked on a wood stove?

@savypat (20246)
United States
April 23, 2011 12:38pm CST
I have and it's a whole different skill. A wood stove is generally a heavy iron thing shaped like a box on legs. I have only cooked on one in teh winter when it is cold and the stove is kept hot all the time. I have no idea what you do in the Summer heat, I would hope I could cook outdoors if I had to do that. Food cooked on iron can be done slowly or fast depending on the heat of the stove. You fry on top and bake inside on wood that has been burned down to coals. It's very heavy work since you use heavy iron cookware. I am very greatful I have electric stove and over, even more for the microwave.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
24 Apr 11
in the philippines, it is normal to see people cooking over wooden fire (OR OPEN STOVES). there is not much stove really except those that uses lpg gas.
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• Philippines
24 Apr 11
yes i also had the experience of cooking using wood. and its very hard, hard to start the fire and there are more smoke too than using our conventional stove. i also even tried cooking using coals. but i think it is more easy using coals than using wood =) yeah, good thing we already had our gas stove, electric stove, microwave and ovens =D
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@acey76 (1278)
• Philippines
24 Apr 11
Yes, I have experienced cooking a few years ago when I was visiting my friends province, well one thing for sure I had the hard time controlling the heat hahha, well that was an experience plus lots of smoke, but cooking in a wood stove is very ideally when you wan't something to boil, its a lot cheaper.
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
23 Apr 11
I have cooked over a campfire but not on a wood stove. My grandma had a wood stove, though, and she worked magic on it! She baked bread, cakes and cookies in it and cooked on top of it, too, and everything she made was absolutely delicious! I remember her telling me not to get near it because I would burn myself. I was very small then but I remember helping her clean it out, what a mess! Good memories, thank you for bringing them to mind!
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@cream97 (29169)
• United States
23 Apr 11
Hi. savypat. My in-laws had a old timed wood heater. During the winter time my father-in-law would cook meat and vegetables on this wood heater. The food came out perfect too. He cooked on this wood stove so that he could save onto his electric bill during the winter time. He did have a stove in his house at this time though.
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@inertia4 (27674)
• United States
23 Apr 11
I have never cooked on a wooden stove nor have I ever seen one. I guess the old timers used to do that. I guess my generation did not have to live like that. I remember when I was growing up, I thought everything was okay. I used to feel like we didn't have anything. Now when you look at the kids today, they have more than we could have ever imagined.
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@sender621 (14956)
• United States
23 Apr 11
I have heated from one. i have never had to cook on one before. Different eperience for certain.
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@louievill (18662)
• Philippines
23 Apr 11
I have a smaller version of the wood stove that is similar to a charcoal stove made of cast iron (wish I took a picture), anyway I use it just for boiling hot water and only in my vacant lot so I could cut down on LPG and electricity expenses. I store wood usually from felled trees after a typhoon, the smaller leaves and branches I compost and the medium size branches I chop and store as firewood and keep it under my nipa hut also in the vacant lot and consume it during summer like today. I do not know how to cook on a wood stove since heat is rather hard to control.
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@iklananda (1204)
23 Apr 11
Surely did, Many people cook with that here in my place. We had plenty of wood and a lot of air here. Not living in the apartment or block so we can cooked freely
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@GardenGerty (99319)
• United States
23 Apr 11
When I was a very young child my grandparents would move the wood stove into the house in the winter, to help with the heating. In the summer they cooked on a regular kitchen stove fueled with propane. I was too young to do the cooking, of course, but I do remember the presence of the stove in the center of the house. My grandmother was a good cook on anything. They moved from that home shortly after my first memory of that.