10 Uses for a Stove


Remember that Truburn all-fuel stove I installed early this year? Well its been running well and keeping our house warm with coal. Actually, last week I was using it for 10 things all at the same time:

1. Heating the house

2. Heating the hot water

3. Drying the clothes hung up in the room

4. Fermenting my home brew

5. Raising the pizza dough

6. Defrosting the next day’s meat

7. Cooking a stock with beef bones

8. [cant remember this one]
9. Cooking the base of the pizza later on that evening

10 Well . . . just looking good and giving hearth to the household.

It was a little crowded but it felt good to use it economically and efficiently.


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • Sorry to ask a dumb (and probably impolite) question, but is there a reason why you are using coal rather than local wood?
    To answer my own question, I’m guessing you probably get a load more energy from the coal, but I’m thinking that it can’t be easy to get coal in Orkney…

  • actually, number 8 was cooking the tomatoes and basil leaves to make my pizza sauce.
    and there was that moment when i counted 7-8 things all happening at the same time around my little stove. great feeling.

  • just curious…doesn’t burning coal let off toxic fumes? i’m not a scientist, just a lover of wives tales.

  • yeah i think so. not sure if they are more toxic that what most power stations produce but its not a good idea to stick ones head in the stove.
    i did once . . but i didn’t inhale.
    orkney islands is a windy place and we rate 4th highest in the UK for clean air.

  • sticking one’s head into anything is usually a bad idea. unless you’re sticking it into a lion’s head, which is widely known as safe.

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