Janet Reed

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since Jun 14, 2020
21 years in greenhouses..
Dry mountains Eastern WA
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Thank you so much for all that!  And it’s not just the CHEF!  I have a millwright who opens the draft on the bottom..chucks it full and runs me out of the house!

I was just remembering smaller wood after I “ darkened” a meatloaf, a cake and some rolls.  I got to thinking that my grandma used small pieces of wood through the stovetop when she was baking...not the hunks the old man wedges in!  I consider myself a good cook so your advice is well taken and I’m working on opening 5he oven draft and keeping a constant temp.

This is the first year I’ve really tried the oven and it really is a joy.  I shut the electric heat off permanently this winter because I retired and I’m home.  The stove does keep our house toasty..ii push the heat around with fans.

We burn red fir, tamarack and some black pine.  The red fir and tamarack will drive me out if I’m not careful....and would you take a pic of that Korean grill for me?  And your stove of course...I’d like to see the grill!

My mom was from waaaaaay North Canada...where are you?
12 hours ago

Mike Sved wrote:We checked out the Kitchen Queen and watched the Obadiah videos showcasing it but it was just too big for our little yurt. It looked and sounded like a really nice stove. We ended up with an old, abused Waterford Stanley that has been heating our yurt and cooking our food for 5 years now despite its age (35-40yrs) and various long-term injuries. Right now, I'm drinking coffee that perked on the stovetop while breakfast is cooking. I can't imagine a better life than this.

What a great pic! Thank you so much for sharing that.obviously the perfect stove for you... I have to admit I am fascinated with the total variety of stoves.  Now I must research Waterford Stanley! Also coffee here...pork chop sizzling.  
20 hours ago

Kate Downham wrote:The enameled cast iron cookware is more common in Australia than regular cast iron, although it all comes from France. Enameled cast iron is my favourite surface to cook on.

In heritage displays here there's some old cast iron stuff to see, but I think it just stopped getting made here at some point, so the only way to get that kind of cast iron now is to import it from the US. There's not much of it around in second hand shops.

I also use the cast iron hotplate of the woodstove directly to cook things. It is so good for getting a good sear on steak when it's hot, and for cooking pancakes when there's not as much heat.

There is very little enameled cast iron here of quality....I absolutely love it so I’m collecting the old stuff.  But, we have absolute gluts of black cast iron old and new.  I have cooked on it my whole life and inherited some great pieces.  I won’t buy the new stuff from China. Some of the old stuff carries quite a price with collectors etc but if you’re patient you can pick it up at yard sales. Same stuff.

Sooooo...you’re cooking steaks etc right on the stove top?  Nice!

1 day ago

Kate Downham wrote:https://www.homewoodstoves.co.nz

I like these ones a lot. If I ever had to replace the Rayburn and had the budget for a new stove, I'd pick one of these.

Wow!  Do I love that cast iron stove!  Two ovens would be outstanding. Thanks for sharing this.  It was wonderful for me to see them cooking with their pans, pots etc.  I am lusting after that cute copper kettle on the stove with the wide spout?  Is that something you see often in NZ?

And it appears their is a lot of enameled cast iron?  My new favorite. I have piles of cast iron but am just collecting the enameled cast..old of course.

Thanks again..would love to see more NZ cooking!
1 day ago

Leigh Tate wrote:Janet, congratulations on your beautiful new cookstove! Mine is a Heartland Sweetheart, purchased because it was locally available at the right price. Needless to say, I love woodstove cooking. I've heard cooking on it likened to a conducting a symphony orchestra, and I have to agree!

Every wood cookstove is different, so it takes practice to learn its nuances. I assume you have an owner's manual for yours? That will help learning about the various dampers and their functions. I found it still took some experimenting, and will also say I'm still learning.

Not sure about the goose feather, except that it was probably used to sweep ashes and crumbs from the surface. (?) Do keep the cast iron surface well seasoned, just like a cast iron pan.

That is a beautiful stove! And love the rack up above.  

You are exactly right when you say each stove has its own character!  I consider myself a good cook but the last few days my stove has beat me up quite handily.  Learning the oven is a great project for this time of year.

Baking in it has brought back countless memories of my family waaaaaasay North in Canada on the prairie and the countless wood cookstoves those women cooked and baked tremendous food in.  I feel privileged that we can carry on that tradition.

1 day ago
[quote=Jim Guinn]Beautiful cookstove, Janet. We looked at those, but we would have to do a major kitchen remodel to fit it in. We have one area of wall space left where we can install a cookstove, so size was a limitation. Instead, we bought a Vermont Bun Baker XL. It is much smaller than the ones already pictured in this thread. It should arrive in a couple of weeks. For insurance purposes, we can't install it ourselves, so we have a professional who will be installing it. We can't wait!


That looks wonderful! We did install ours but had to have it permitted and then inspected....let us know how you’re liking it!
1 day ago

Kate Downham wrote:Top left is the firebox door. The firebox extends downwards to where the line is on the bottom left door, where there's a removable ash box. There's a grate in between these two compartments, and the lever next to them shakes it to give better airflow.

The round thing on the bottom left door is an adjustable air intake.

Top right is the cooking oven door. Bottom right is the warming oven, which can also be left ajar to dehydrate things.

Thank you so much!  I do think it is absolutely lovely.
1 day ago

Kate Downham wrote:Here is my Rayburn.


That is truly lovely?  So....could you say what all the doors do?
2 days ago

Dan Boone wrote:When my family first moved to the Yukon river country in the early 1970s, the local Christians turfed us out of town (arranged for our rental cabin to be suddenly unavailable, about a week before first snowfall) when they realized my folks were heathens and uninterested in getting saved.  We would have bounced a couple of hundred miles but for one old trapper named Mike Molchin who let us stay in a trapping cabin on some mining claims he wasn't using, about ten miles out of town.  He drank nothing but Postum, and had hundreds of old Postum jars kicking around that he used for storing anything that needed to stay clean or dry.  

He died about ten or fifteen years later of a rare form of liver cancer.  Some years after that, it became known to science that the cancer in question was associated with aflatoxins, most likely to be encountered by humans in moldy nuts (especially moldy peanuts).  This old trapper had jars of peanut butter in every trapping cabin along his trap line; if they got a bit moldy around the rim or under the lid, he'd just wipe away the moldy bit with his sleeve and spread the rest on his pilot crackers.  He was seriously hard core.  My father was convinced it was the moldy peanut butter that killed him.  

My memory of the man is one of the unholy stench of blood and artificial maple.  There's a Crescent brand of fake maple flavor called Mapleine™ that was sold back in the day with a recipe for boiling up with sugar to make a passably decent artificial pancake syrup.  (We bought it and used it for that purpose, in the deep sub-arctic nowheres.)  But fur trappers used to swear by it as a great mask of human scent; they would practically bathe in the stuff, and wash their traps in it, and rub it on everything to hide their scent when setting traps.  And after a few bottles leaked in this man's pockets, and under the seat of his snowmobile, the smell mixed with his body odor and the scent of his fur-bearer carcasses and just followed him around like a signature cloud.  It was impressive and deadly!

An outstanding tale!

Here in the NW I have met a few old timers of that ilk.  Thank you.
2 days ago