In honor of chilly and icy weather, I decided to share photos of a wonderful member of our household staff -- the wood cook stove that was in the house when we bought the place forty years ago. I have been known to take the stove for granted, but it's usually of great interest when someone visits our home for the first time. We have it connected via a stove pipe to its chimney in the winter. In the summer, however, we take out the stove pipe and push the stove up against the wall behind it as a way to provide additional space for summer comings and goings. We don't rely on it for cooking, but we can boil water on it, cook potatoes or cornbread in the oven, or keep a pot of soup warm all afternoon -- if it is cold enough outside to make it worthwhile to build a fire.
In the following photos, our kitchen area is close behind me.
|the stove in use today, water boiling and a pan of water providing steam into the dry heated air|
|firebox on the left, oven in the middle, and, formerly, a water tank on the right, which, unfortunately, rusted out even before our time and doesn't seem easily replaceable|
|oven door -- the gauge isn't actually all that accurate|
|The wood goes on this side, so my husband cuts it to fit the size of the opening.|
To see what is behind the white door on the left, see the next photo.
|wood burning in the top, ashes falling to the bottom, drawer comes out for periodic emptying|
|close-up from the last photo|
|wood in, lid still open|
|Here's a fire from last week, wood burning hot. Often a slower fire can last the night.|
My husband, Frank, took this next photo Saturday morning, at one of the waterfalls. Thanks!
Photos two years ago of this same waterfall are on my blog here. John Flavell took them, and today I want to thank him again for sharing the photos and for enjoying using our wood stove so very much. I can also share that yesterday John won first place at the Kentucky News Photographers Association for the Best News Picture Story/Essay -- on the aftermath and recovery of West Liberty following the March 2nd tornado. Bravo, John!! Click here to see these winning photos.
Next week, something completely different....