Cooking With the Deadwood Stove
Now that you are done setting up your stove, let’s start cooking! The major difference between cooking on the Deadwood Stove and cooking on a kitchen stove top is that instead of using gas or electricity, you use sticks and small pieces of wood. Cooking temperature is regulated by varying the amount and size of sticks used; sticks less than 1” in diameter generate higher temperatures but burn quickly. Sticks that are larger in diameter tend to burn more slowly, thereby generating less heat. You can increase heat by adding more sticks or reduce heat by pulling sticks back a few inches. This technique will become very easy to master after you’ve used your stove a few times.
Manufactured with solid steel, the stove uses a 5” x 5” combustion chamber to cook evenly and thoroughly. The patented hinged grill top gives you an advantage over the standard rocket stove design by allowing you to easily cook steaks, hamburgers, pork chops, and most other main courses. You can also steam vegetables, pop popcorn, fry eggs, or even heat vegetable oil to fry fish or chicken. The cooking surface of the stove reaches temperatures above 1,000 degrees.
The stove is designed to be used with:
- Frying pans
- Coffee pots
Cast iron cookware works best because of its durability and heat-retaining characteristics.
Note: It is not necessary to load the stove with large amounts of wood. This creates excessive heat and wastes fuel. The general cook time for the Deadwood Stove, before needing to empty the ashes, is about 45–60 minutes. When low heat is used, cook times as long as 90 minutes are common. Of course, cooking times will vary based on the type of fuel (wood) that you are using.
Once you are finished cooking and the Deadwood Stove has cooled, be sure to empty the ashes. Simply pick the stove up by one leg, grasp the front of the grill, invert the stove, and shake out the ashes. As a reminder, please be careful not to empty the stove in an area where an unwanted fire may occur.
Grilling With the Deadwood Stove
The lid design of the Deadwood Stove sets it apart from any other rocket stove, allowing you to use the lid as a grill. To do so, simply build a fire in the stove. Let the coals burn down as you would a traditional grill or campfire. Just periodically feed small amounts of sticks to keep the heat consistent. We recommend the use of only hardwoods, including oak, hickory, pecan, mesquite, and fruit woods. This will help ensure a smoky flavor when cooking on the grill. We strongly recommend that you avoid the use of treated lumber.
- Face the front of the stove toward the wind so air will flow into the intake.
- Control the temperature by using various sizes and amounts of sticks.
- When cooking directly on the grill without a pan, clean the grill surface and apply vegetable oil prior to use. Frequently turn meat so it gets evenly cooked.
For more information about the Deadwood Stove or how to use it, please refer to the User’s Manual.
Set the stove up with the wind to your back.