This time of year, it seems the woodstove is the center of our home. It gives warmth, comfort, coziness, and so many daily activities are centered around it.
For those of you who have a woodstove and know how much work and energy it takes to gather, split and haul firewood, and to constantly keep the fire going…..
why not get the most out of your woodstove and let it work for you?
Above is our woodstove on a rainy March day.
Our woodstove dries all of our laundry (until the sunny season when we dry it outside again.)
Whenever our electricity goes out, we seem to appreciate our woodstove even more and all the things it can do. We’ve used our woodstove to brew batches of herbal tea, to slow cook meals and soups, to dry garden herbs and freshly washed wool, to relax sore muscles in its radiant waves of heat, for keeping chicks warm and trays of freshly planted seeds, to make batches of goat cheese, to dry firewood, to warm our bones when we came inside from the cold…..
and so much more!
When we don’t get as much sunshine in the winter, the fire becomes this source for me. My winter-time sun.
Here is our woodstove on a winter day- drying cloth diapers, cooking butternut squash for dinner, heating water to moisten the air and keeping beans warm that are soaking prior to cooking.
A butternut squash Jeff peeled, cut up, and put in a cast iron dutch oven to cook on the woodstove. (He put in some water also and we had to keep checking it throughout the day, adding more water.)
Here is a blog post: Blessings This Week , that I wrote December 2009, that shows a few happenings around the woodstove (and the super tiny drying rack we used to dry all our laundry on- it makes me laugh now.)
So, let your woodstove work for you!
Let it dry your laundry, cook your meals, heat your tea (for that much-deserved break), humidify the air, and keep you contented and cozy on a winter day!
My goal is to start making more meals on our woodstove.
Do any of you have favorite meals you like to make on your woodstove?
What sorts of things do you use your woodstove for besides heating your home?