First Fire

Today I made my first fire this fall season in my wood cookstove.  It was -10C (14 F) outside when I woke up so I figured it was about time……  The pellet stove downstairs has already been burning for almost two weeks.

First Fire

First Fire

Last week I spent an afternoon finally cleaning out the soot from the chimmney sweeping (thanks Darin!) – a bad wind storm was forecast and you never know when the power is going to go out.  I took out all the burners to clean the soot off the inside, scraped the soot off  around the oven, washed all the nickle plating and enamel, emptied the ash bucket, then wiped a coat of olive oil on the cast iron cooktop.  I dusted the Ecofans, kettles and put fresh water in the hot water reservoir.  My arms were black and I needed a shower badly when I was done!  But my ‘Sweetheart’ looked brand new.  I didn’t need to replace any gaskets this year but I did need to repair with stove cement a couple of cracks in the large firebricks inside the firebox.  They cured for the weekend and today I tested it out by burning the papers (old bills and receipts) that I had been accumulating in the upper warming oven all summer long.  Even that small amount of burning paper created a welcome heat.


After walking the dog, I went straight to the woodshed to grab a box of wood to make a fire.   Of course, then I had to make soup.  I boiled up some chicken bones I had been storing in the freezer to make the broth then added some leftovers.  I went outside and dug up some Thyme and planted it in a pot to bring inside for the winter.  My recipe for Chicken Soup is here.

making soup

making soup

The soup is simmering on the back of the cookstove and the kettle is on for a tea.   Ahhhh, my day is done……….. okay, well not yet.  But I’m enjoying the warm-fuzzy feeling that a wood fire wraps around my entire home.




4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bruce
    Nov 04, 2013 @ 18:00:10

    Looks yummy, I can almost taste that soup. Take care


  2. df
    Nov 04, 2013 @ 18:23:12

    Sounds absolutely wonderful. Nothing like have the woodstove clean and ready to go, and chicken soup was surely just the thing on a cold day like today. Mmmm.


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