Knowing how to cook on a wood burning camp stove can be a challenge, but with proper preparation and planning, it can really be an enjoyable and safe experience. There are many types of wood burning stoves to choose from or you may choose to make your own. Back in the day, cooking on a wood burning stove meant building a tripod out of branches or iron rods and burning the fire all night long.
Today’s approach to cooking on a wood burning camp stove is a little different. A wood camp stove can be pre-manufactured and found in many sporting good stores and on the internet. People are always looking for cleaner ways of burning wood that are more efficient and friendlier to the environment, so there are more than a few to choose from.
- Wood burning camp stove
- Cast Iron Cookware
- Aluminum Foil
- Cooking Utensils
- Elevated metal pan racks
- Cooler with desired items to cook
- Load your wood burning camp stove half full with wood. Use matches to light the stove and give it time to heat up before you begin cooking.
- Set up a cooking area near the camp stove that is clean and spacious. Wash all fruits and vegetables and keep raw meats separate. Raw meats can be tricky to cook on a wood burning stove so you may want to select pre-packed, frozen meals, such as stews or canned food that just needs to be heated through.
- If your stove has dampers below the doors, adjust them. Open the dampers to produce more heat and close them down slightly to slow the fire down and lower the temperature. If you have to cook raw meats, make sure they are completely cooked before serving.
- Always use potholders when handling your cast iron cookware. Cast iron absorbs the heat from the stove and the handles can get extremely hot.
- Cook stews, soups and casseroles in large pots. There are elevated metal pan racks that you can purchase to set the pots a few inches from the stove. These are especially helpful if you have a stew that takes several hours to cook and you like to go off exploring for the day.
- Cook breakfast foods in large cast iron skillets. Items such as pancakes, eggs, sausage, ham and bacon are all good camping food choices for breakfast. The cast iron skillet has high sides and helps to prevent grease burns and spills.
- Use aluminum foil to keep foods warm. Aluminum foil is a must have tool when cooking on a camp stove. It can be used to heat breads, keep food warm and shield foods from insects.
Cooking on a wood burning camping stove can be a terrific adventure. You can get as creative as you want with your recipes or keep it simple and enjoy the outdoors. If you are going to purchase a wood burning camp stove, do your research and purchase one that fits your cooking preferences.