Tuesday, October 6, 2009

See this wood?


I stacked most of it by myself. While Todd and the kids split more of those great big logs. This will probably not be enough to heat our house through the entire winter, but we aren't done splitting yet.


Sunday was a dreary day, but....wood needed split. So Todd and Tyler started early while Jessie and I cleaned out the camper. Then we all started in on it.


I'm embarassed to admit I'm sore. We've never stacked it this high before, but wanted to try and get as much wood into this little shed as possible this winter. There are 3 rows that are about 12 foot long and 6 foot high and 1 row that is about 5 foot high. We are tired of paying an arm and a leg for propane, especially when all the wood that is cut and all those great big logs you see were free. And of course, Todd has to go and haul out of a friend's woods about twice this many logs....anyone need wood?
Now I'm wondering - what can I cook on a wood stove? Can I bake bread on top of it, brownies, casseroles? Any ideas?
sorry for the crappy picture - I took it at 8:00 this morning......

9 comments:

Suze said...

When we had a wood burning stove I cooked beans and soups and stews in an iron pot and there is also flat bread. If you have an iron skillet just put your biscuit dough in the skillet and it will cook and brown nicely..... My mother called it a hoe cake. People used to cook a flat piece of dough on the open fire on the hoe blade. I prefer the iron skillet.

warren said...

Not exactly a wood stove, but my mom cooked everything on a gas grill...even a cake one time. I guess my point is that I bet you can cook almost anything on it with relative ease.

warren said...

Oh yeah, if you should happen to bake some cookies on it, my favorites are chocolate chip with those mini m&ms mixed in it...

Dena said...

Preparing for the winter is not an easy task. We finished splitting and stacking our wood in July, about seven or eight cords worth. After last year's freeze, we didn't have hardly any left over. Great way to work off some of that excess energy and stress. LOL

scrappy quilter said...

What a great way to excersise and even better for heating your home over the long winter months. I wish we could have a wood stove here...the problem it's almost impossible to get fire insurance. They fight it tooth and nail!!

fullfreezer said...

I would think you can cook anything you would cook on your regular stove. Can you adapt recipes for a dutch oven?
I so want a wood stove but it hasn't happened with everything else. It's in the long range plan but I worry about losing power and we don't have a back up heat source.
Judy

Greenmare said...

growing up with a woodstove in the living room and the greenhouse, we made soup, chili, kept a teakettle on it at all times. we reheated any kind of thing on top of it in a covered pan. soup is the best, just simmering away. In my archives is an awesome chili recipe that would be perfect on your stove, if you want it let me know and I'll find it for you.

Granny Lyn said...

When I had a wood stove, I treated it kinda like a crock pot, anything you put in a crock pot can be put on the stove. (if you remember the old Pyrex casarole dishes I always laid them in the fireplace and turned them every so often)

the kids LOVED to make Hobo dinners, too, put a chick breast, sliced cook potatoes, carrots, and onion on a sheet of foil, sprinkle Lipton onion soup mix, wrap it double and put it in the stove or in or lay it on the bed of the fireplace, 40 minutes later, they have made their own dinner!

cindyquiltsOR said...

One of my faves is a chicken stew with biscuits cooked on top. Easy and soooo good on a cool evening.

I really enjoyed your blog ... just wandering.

Cindy B.