I think there’s a bit of a pyromaniac in me - loved the coal fires in my grandparents house, loved bonfires as a kid, especially the huge communal 5th Nov street bonfire my father often co-ordinated, also as a kid loved starting fires with a magnifying glass!
Having visited many ‘holiday cottages’ in recent years with our young family where there were wood burning stoves I had two Clearview stoves installed a few years ago.
I suspect many have been along a similar path trying varied woods, artificial logs, coal, coal substitutes with mixed results, and possibly acquisition of moisture meters, thermoelectric stove fans and infra red heat thermometers - I have anyway!
What are your favourite fuels? Are the gadgets any good?
I’ll share my probably non-environmentally favourite fuel shortly.
More interestingly - cooking - what and how do you cook on your stoves?
I’ve often cooked sausages/bacon, casseroles and similar on top of the stove in an enamelled pan - fat occasionally spatters but disappears over time. Coffee has not been particularly successful.
I have some jacket potatoes inside the stove cooking tonight and stuffed pork on top covered in foil which I may crisp in a proper oven.
Would love to hear your experiences and recipes.