I've always loved my elderly neighbor's wood burning kitchen stove. On the left is where the wood that Lina chops daily is placed. On the right is the oven and above that, the cook top. The unit has a lever allowing the heat to be channeled to either the cook top or to the oven. The stove also heats Lina's entire home in the winter. No gas, no electricity, just the wood she chops daily.
There's something very charming and appealing about this kind of stove and I'd love to free my life, at least partially, from utility companies.
Wood burning stoves require more sophisticated cooking skills as you need to have a great sense of your oven and it's temperature before you use it for baking bread or cakes. There's much more to it than setting your oven and waiting for it to reach the desired temperature.
Wood burning stoves are coming back in vogue in the United States and Canada. If you look around at garage sales and second hand shops you can often find one at a great price. There are also some gorgeous new models like this Pioneer Princess produced by Amish Cook Stoves.
If you're thinking about putting a fireplace in your kitchen why not put in a wood burning stove instead? A wood burning stove is also a great idea for outdoor cooking as no gas or electricity is required. I'm hoping to find an old one for my terrace.