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  • johnmcq4
    Club Member
    • Jan 2017
    • 17
    • Indianapolis, Indiana

    Wood stove cooking. I know it's been done.

    As I sit in my great room being warmed by our wood stove during the Indiana winters I often catch a whiff of the smoke and wonder how can I smoke meat and cook food on the wood stove while enjoying my recliner. Any suggestions would be welcome by me and we will have to see what my wife thinks later.
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  • jfmorris
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    • Nov 2017
    • 3228
    • Huntsville, Alabama
    • Jim Morris

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    #2
    The wood stoves that you bake in, like where my father grew up in east Tennessee (no indoor plumbing or electricity) had a separate baking compartment, from where you put the wood to burn. Some of the old ones I saw had the baking compartment to the side of the fire. Here's a modern version, with an oven below the fire:

    https://www.lehmans.com/product/bake...eatcook-stove/

    You can probably rig up some food grate in front of the wood, just inside the door, but I think it will be way too hot to smoke anything unless you use small logs and are able to keep them at the very back of the burn chamber, and keep the fire small. That's what I do in my offset basically - the fire is to the side of the food, and below it, with the exhaust on the other end.

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    • jfmorris
      Club Member
      • Nov 2017
      • 3228
      • Huntsville, Alabama
      • Jim Morris

        Cookers
        • Camp Chef FTG900 Flat Top Grill (2020)
        • Weber Genesis II E-410 w/ GrillGrates (2019)
        • Weber Performer Deluxe 22.5" w/ GrillGrates & Slow 'N Sear & Drip ‘N Griddle & Party Q (2007)
        • Custom Built Offset Smoker (304SS, 22"x34" grate, circa 1985)
        • King Kooker 94/90TKD 105K/60K dual burner patio stove
        • Lodge L8D03 5 quart dutch oven
        • Lodge L10SK3 12" skillet
        • Anova
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        • Thermoworks Smoke w/ Wifi Gateway
        • Thermoworks Dot
        • Thermoworks Thermapen Classic
        • Thermoworks RT600C
        Beverages
        • Whatever I brewed and have on tap!

      #3
      Here's another one where the firebox and baking box are side by side, more like what I have seen in antique stoves.

      https://www.lehmans.com/product/bake...od-cookstoves/

      I don't think in these that the smoke goes through the baking chamber. No one wants a smokey cake or loaf of bread.

      I know you are not looking to bake, but smoke. I just got off on a tangent thinking about how these old stoves worked. I think you can cook something inside there with the fire. But it will be harder to control than a true smoker.

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      • Murdy
        Murdy commented
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        There was something kind of like that left in my Great-Grandmother's house that my Mom and I moved into after she passed on. My Grandmother said she did a lot of baking with it, including angel food cakes. I can't imagine . . .

      • jfmorris
        jfmorris commented
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        Murdy I cannot imagine either! Your oven temp was based on size of the fire, and I doubt they had any clue what temperature they were baking at. Your great-grandmother and mine probably just had to open the oven and check a lot while baking.
    • johnmcq4
      Club Member
      • Jan 2017
      • 17
      • Indianapolis, Indiana

      #4
      Thank you. That is what I have been thinking as well. While I could cook in it with small coals in the back I probably won't be spending much time in my recliner.

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      • FireMan
        Charter Member
        • Jul 2015
        • 7834
        • Bottom of Winnebago

        #5
        Great lookin stove. Takes me back to when I was a kid for my grandmother. Very cool! 🕶

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        • jfmorris
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          • Nov 2017
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          • Huntsville, Alabama
          • Jim Morris

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            • Custom Built Offset Smoker (304SS, 22"x34" grate, circa 1985)
            • King Kooker 94/90TKD 105K/60K dual burner patio stove
            • Lodge L8D03 5 quart dutch oven
            • Lodge L10SK3 12" skillet
            • Anova
            Thermometers
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            • Thermoworks Dot
            • Thermoworks Thermapen Classic
            • Thermoworks RT600C
            Beverages
            • Whatever I brewed and have on tap!

          #6
          I say get a nice cast iron Dutch oven and make some nice meals in that on top of your wood burning stove.

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          • Frozen Smoke
            Club Member
            • Nov 2017
            • 1528
            • Northern Mn

            #7
            I see quite a few of the old school antique wood cooking stoves on Craigs List. Been tempted a time or two to install one in the garage and learn to cook on it. Homeowners insurance company doesn't like the idea much.

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            • HawkerXP
              HawkerXP commented
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              What! With your good record with wood burning devices never having to file a claim! LoL! I expect to see you on that insurance company commercial. "Wood burning smoker involved in a hit and run? Yup, covered that!"

            • Frozen Smoke
              Frozen Smoke commented
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              Good point HawkerXP I should be on the commercial except I got Progressive not the one that does those commercials!

            • johnmcq4
              johnmcq4 commented
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              Mine was installed by the previous owners around 1980 right in our great room. My insurance agents have frowned a bit but it didn't cost me more that I'm aware of.
              It keeps us nice and warm and the kettle ads some humidity, but the smell of smoke makes me want to throw some meat in it, or as jfmorris suggested at least put a Dutch oven on it.
          • RonB
            Club Member
            • Apr 2016
            • 13113
            • Near Richmond VA
            • Weber Performer Deluxe
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            #8
            I can't help, but I do have fond memories of my aunt cookin' on a wood stove when I was a kid.

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            • HawkerXP
              Club Member
              • Jul 2016
              • 5927
              • Virginia
              • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
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              #9
              Just wait, I'm sure Mr. Bones has one or two in his backyard.

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              • mrteddyprincess
                Club Member
                • Sep 2018
                • 385

                #10
                My great grandmother had an electric stove that the family installed for her in the late 60's. I never saw her using it. She preferred her wood burning stove/oven and used it every day. Great memories of her and her fire management skills, cooking on a Sunday when the whole family came for dinner at noon. Chicken and dumplings, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, green beans, and lemon meringue pie!

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                • IowaGirl
                  IowaGirl commented
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                  My husband used to deliver fresh-killed rabbit to his Aunt Lily in trade for her bread pudding. Aunt Lily also had an electric stove and a wood stove in her kitchen and used them both. This time of year, if I was Aunt Lily, I'd have that cook stove hummin'.
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                EdF
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                • 3229
                • Atlantic Highlands, NJ
                • Uuni Pro (new kid in town)
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                #11
                For yoks! https://www.rivercottage.net/recipes/cider-cured-ham

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                • ComfortablyNumb
                  ComfortablyNumb commented
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                  No nitrates and cold smoked, that's going to raise some eyebrows!

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