13 hours ago
February 29, 2012
The Deadwood Stove
I am very excited about this new addition to our suburban homestead! Drumroll please…..Introducing our new Deadwood Stove. This little beauty actually has given me great peace of mind since she has walked into our life. If you read my post earlier this week, Not in my backyard, you know that we live in Colorado, where timber is very hard to come by. Mr. G and I have always worried how we would efficiently cook food or boil water if our stove or oven no longer worked. If you have been blessed with a wood fireplace, then I am jealous, but if you live in suburbia like me, more then likely you have a gas fireplace insert. You can’t do anything with those things except stare at them.
Now what else do most suburbanites have…a big, shiny gas grill. Yes, that would cook your food for awhile….until you ran out of propane. If you want to stockpile massive propane tanks and have the room for that, then go for it. That is not in the cards for me. Even stockpiling little camp stove tanks for a camper stove is an inefficient use of space, expensive, and not even safe. Mr. G and I sat down and came up with a “must have” list for our cook stove:
1. must be compact
2. must be portable
3. must be able to run on what God gave us in Colorado….sticks, brush, and small pieces of wood
4. must be economical
5. must be durable
After much research, we decided on the Deadwood Stove. It hit all of our “must haves” and more. It is American made! Made with American tools and supplies when possible. This is a lot harder then you think and Mr. G and I love to support our nations small business owners. Deadwood Stoves is based out of Texas and is run by two brothers, David and Dan Warren. This company is engrained with family values which is apparent in their amazing customer service and quality product.
I know some people are thinking…..why did you not just build your own rocket stove? I researched multiple plans and designs for rocket stoves, and also watched endless YouTube videos on how to build them. After much consideration, the Deadwood was a much smarter investment for us. By the time I bought all of my materials and equipment to make one, the cost was much more then the Deadwood. Plus, Mr.G and myself are not very versed in metal fabrication. I would rather leave that to the experts. One last thing…the Deadwood out performs any rocket stove that I could ever create. Ok, did I make my case?
Here are some specs on this little beauty:
1. First she is small….don’t let this fool you…good things come in small packages
2. Comes with 4 adjustable extension legs that give you added height and well as the ability to adjust to all types of terrain
3.There is a grill attached to the top that you can cook meat directly on or use as a platform for your pan.
4. It produces temperatures above 1000 degrees at the cooking surface (grill)
5. The main fuel is STICKS! We used small kindling, scrap Christmas tree, and old wooden yard stakes to cook our hamburgers. We were amazed at how little we needed to use!
6. The stove is designed for the use of all sorts of cookware, but I believe that cast iron is the way to go. Our skillet was sizzling in a matter of minutes of being placed on the grill top.
7. Unless you decide to throw wet wood into this beauty the smoke output was minimal…much less then a fire pit or outdoor fireplace
Included with the stove is a great picture manual on how to set up your stove. It also walks you through the initial lighting process. The one thing we learned is less is more. You don’t need as much wood as you think to keep the fire hot. The less we put in, the hotter the fire was….talk about efficient!
There are many YouTube videos on cooking over the Deadwood Stove, as well as some great information on their website. All in all, I truly believe that anyone who lives in the suburbs and is worried about sustainability, anyone who loves to camp, homesteaders, preppers…alright, everyone should have one of these stoves. I was not paid to say that and I have not received any kick backs from the Deadwood Stove company. I paid for mine with cold, hard cash and I am just voicing my enthusiastic opinion.
This stove has given my family the ability to being one step closer to self reliance. No, I am not going to cook dinner on it every night, but if I had to, life would be just fine. It gives me peace knowing that my backyard can easily provide the fuel for this stove and I don’t have to worry about depending on propane or charcoal. Plus, it is just a fun activity to do with your kids! Collect some sticks, fry up some burgers in the driveway, sounds like a great time to me! Now, who is ready for some lunch?
For more information about the Deadwood Stove click on the link http://www.deadwoodstove.com/. Also like them on Facebook…here is their Facebook Page Link. Great company, great product, and great burgers!