How to Cook on a Wood Stove

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Not too long ago, stoves were people’s fireplace. Now they have become more of a lovely thing to sit around for a romantic evening or just to relax. However, you can still put your fireplace or wood-burning stove to use for more than just heating your home and providing ambiance. It’s always a great way to cook! It’s useful to have should you lose power during a winter storm as well. So here are some tips for how to cook on a wood stove or fireplace for winter cooking.

Cook on a Wood Stove

How to Cook on a Wood Stove

What You Need to Cook on a Wood Burning Stove/Fireplace

You will want to make sure you have the right utensils to cook on a wood-burning stove or fireplace. The stuff you usually use in your kitchen might not be good enough. You’ll want things with long handles. Try some of these necessary implements:

• Roasting fork
Corn popper or chestnut roaster – has a wire basket you use to hold what you’re cooking over the coals
• Pie irons for grilling sandwiches
Dutch oven – go for a cast-iron one as it distributes the heat better. This pot will hang over the fire and cook
Cast iron trivet – to help regulate the amount of heat your Dutch oven gets
• Aluminum foil
• Tongs
• A fireplace shovel
• Potholders


These are all beneficial tools when you want to cook on your wood-burning stove or fireplace this winter.

Judging the Fire for Cooking

Knowing when the fire is ready might seem quite simple, but it’s not really like cooking on your charcoal grill outside. You will need a fire that has been burning for about 30–45 minutes.

A fire in its first stages is very unpredictable in temperature. With all the leaping flames and embers burning, it is not the best fire for cooking by. It will either burn your food or leave parts uncooked.

Once those flames die down, and you have a beautiful bed of coals, you have the perfect temperature for cooking with on your wood-burning stove or fireplace.

Now you can rake and distribute the coals to make for an excellent cooking surface. Placing a few coals on the lid of your Dutch oven will make things cook faster. Get at it from all directions. Remember, you must keep adding fuel to the fire to keep it burning hot.

Cooking Inside the Box of the Wood Burning Stove

You can bake white potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, and apples inside your wood-burning stove. Just double wrap them in aluminum foil and lay the box right on the coals. Pile some coals on top and close the box. Allow to cook for half an hour and then turn over. If one area of your box is hotter than another, then move things around to give them a chance to use all of that heat.

Josh demonstrates how to fire up a wood cookstove for cooking throughout the day.

Cooking on the Stove of a Wood Burning Stove

This is where the Dutch oven comes into use. You can use the stove of your wood-burning stove as a slow cooker! It’s great for making stews, soups, casseroles, and roasts. Place all of your ingredients in the Dutch oven and place it on the stove uncovered. Allow it to come to a boil, and then place the trivet on the stove, and then move the Dutch oven on top of the trivet. Put the lid on top and cook soups and stews all day.

dutch oven for a wood stove

A roast will thoroughly cook in about 3-4 hours. Just check every hour or so that nothing is sticking, and the fire is hot. Should the fire die down, just build it back up again? If the food cools, then take it off the trivet and allow it to heat up directly on the stove (uncovered) as you did initially. Once heated, put it back on the trivet.

These tips are how you can use your wood-burning stove and fireplace for cooking – killing two birds with one stone by heating your home and cooking a meal at the same time. What’s your favorite meal cooked on a wood-burning stove or fireplace?

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