Even if it does create a little smoke inside the house when it is first lit. That is rectified 1) by opening the neighbouring windows wide, and 2) as soon as the "draw" starts. (However, in keeping with my warts and all policy, I will admit that we made a mistake when we installed our Dover stove. The chimney should NOT have been left exposed. In fact, the Dover stove should have been installed in a recess with a large overhanging chimney area. That would've obviated the initial smoking issue - for all that smoke would've gone up the recessed chimney.)
And I love my Dover stove even if it's oven section is a little small. Well, it's big enough to roast a crisp chicken for RMan, and it's big enough to bake a couple of loaves of bread.
None of that matters to me, because the big plus is that I can warm our house (well, at this stage the one large room) and cook at the same time. Using nothing but the wood from alien invasive Australian Black Wattles.
But, in winter especially, I like to place the food I've prepared on warm plates. Which presents a problem, because if I am using the oven, there isn't room for much more.
|The side section - for drying|
wet tea towels?
Clever RMan. As I was bemoaning the fact that I can't warm the plates he came up with this brilliant solution.
|Would only a man think of this...?|
|Perfectly warmed plates :)|
Firstly, it is advisable to place a water filled pot (or whistling kettle LOL) on top of the stove (directly above the fire section) prior to lighting it. I have heard that this protects the stove and prevents the cast iron from cracking as it suddenly warms up.
|Small lever - pull it forward|
Then, insert your kindling into the burning section, light it and wait for it to achieve a good burn, and chimney draw, before pushing the lever in again. The good burn will indicate that the chimney is drawing correctly and with the increase in heat and flames, the initial smoke will be decreasing.
Finally, once your wood is merrily burning, and your fuel section is filled with wood, close the door, and slide the vent lever at the bottom of the door to a spot where it is open enough to create a draught to burn your wood, but not too wide to send the heat the fire is creating up the chimney because the wood is burning too quickly.
That is all there is to it. Very simple :) Just remember to keep your eye on the wood - in order to maintain your oven temperature, you'll have to keep it stoked.
Latest news: The purchaser of our town house has just asked whether the would be able to move in a month earlier - makes sense, because she has school going children, and the school holidays is a perfect time to move a family. Luckily, I started packing last month, so it shouldn't be too much of a problem to complete that task in time. But it means that we have to speed up with the transporting of all our stuff.
So - we're off to the farm again tomorrow. This trip will be devoted to schlepping some of the loads of large garden pot plants (and their pots) - as well as to throw the foundation for the garage...