I have been impressed to do a series of posts on the basic necessities of twenty-first century life. Why? Because independent living means that doing all of that stuff on our own, we need to know exactly what to consider.
All I have to say is wood cook stove. Why?
- So long as my land is properly forested, I can supply my own fuel.
- I can prepare food (hence the name).
- I can warm my house. All of it.
- I can heat my water.
- I can bake.
- I can dehydrate my foods.
- Et Cetera...
That being said, I encourage you to purchase the following instructional DVD: Getting Started with Wood Cook Stoves: A Hands-On Introduction by Mountain Media Ministries. It is a quality investment.
However, there are precautions that have to be taken when using wood and open fires. Listed below are some resources:
- Fireplace and Home Fire Safety from the US Fire Safety
- Wood Stoves: Safety First (Green Building Advisor)
- Wood Stove Safety (Frugal Living Freedom) - Covers chimney fires, sparks, burns, and fumes
- Environmental Fact Sheet: Wood Stoves and Air Pollution
- Children's Safety Versus Wood Stove
- Dealing With Fire on the Homestead
"Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?"