This year has been so busy that I just didn’t get around to cleaning and starting the wood kitchen range. Last night, it was -18 degrees, so we were so glad to have it again heating not only the kitchen but also radiant heat on the floor of our bedroom, directly upstairs. Now, I wonder just why I didn’t get to it sooner! Two days ago, I got home from town to find Will had cleaned off the stove, which had become a repository for miscellaneous stuff … sort of like an additional countertop and had her burning merrily. Not only does this stove provide a nice, gentle heat, but also cooks and bakes a lot of our food during the winter. After all, nothing bakes like a wood oven! Ask anyone! It also neatly burns up any kitchen waste, from paper wrappers, used paper towels, and chicken bones, lessening our use of the local dump.
I got to thinking, too, how having a wood stove and plenty of wood available, sure is a blessing in a power outage, especially during the winter (when outages are most common). Not everyone has room for a wood kitchen range in their kitchen. But if you do, you might give serious thought to it. That good old girl really provides a lot of heat, as well. Sure better than nothing if a person’s furnace fan is powered by electricity! Not room for that kitchen stove, even though they do look very nice, adding to rustic kitchen decor, how about a wood heating stove? You can sure cook on one, as well as heat the house cheaply, even if just in an emergency. Safely installed, both are easy to learn to use and are such a bonus, especially when things go awry.