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Is there such a thing as a recipe book for cooking on an old wood burning stove?
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Hi Charlette;
Nothing special about cooking on a wood stove.
No special cookbook required.
Hardest thing is controlling the heat.
The stove in your picture  would be quite hard to use as it is not very wide.
Once it got hot enough to really cook on... you would be trying to move your pan to a cooler spot.
You certainly can do so in a pinch.
The old wood cooking stoves had a large top to allow moving pans to a proper heat zone.

Use cast iron frypans and dutch ovens when wood cooking , they will maintain heat well.


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Charlotte Boord wrote:Is there such a thing as a recipe book for cooking on an old wood burning stove?
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Charlotte, I think there are books out there, but a stove like that is pretty simple.  You can boil things or fry things.  If the stove is blazing hot you can make tea.  If it is cooler you can simmer a stew.  Bacon is easy--no hot spots!

You do have to keep an eye on the heat  though, and know when the food is done.  Good luck!
 
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If the stove is too hot you can use a "spacer" under your pan/pot to elevate it off the stove's top. A steel trivet or a gas stove burner top works really well for this. I've cooked lots of stuff including canning on a stove of this size/type, including baking in a dutch oven or covered griddle. You will quickly learn to adapt to this heat source, no special recipe book required.
 
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Charlotte Boord wrote:Is there such a thing as a recipe book for cooking on an old wood burning stove?



Why yes, there is!

A Year in the Off-Grid Kitchen. It's written by a Permie no less! I have a conventional kitchen, but she wrote it in a way it can be used on or off the grid. I have the book, and it is really good.
 
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