I didn't want to drag @Ken Anderson's thread off-topic, where he has been telling us about his cabin that they are working on , at his property up north of his house. However, we were talking about wood cookstoves and also wood heat; so I though maybe a thread about heating and cooking with wood might be appropriate. For many years, when I was younger and raising the kids, wood heat was what we had for heat. We lived in a teeny-tiny cabin on property that belonged to my folks, and was located in north idaho, and it had both a small wood cookstove in the kitchen and we had an upright barrel stove for heat in the living room. The house had electricity; but it did not have 220 connections that were needed for an electric cooktove or dryer; so clothes were dried outside on the clothesline in the summer, and usually at the laundromat in the winter. When it was too hot for a cooking fire, we either used the electric frying pan, or sometimes just cooked over a small campfire outside in the yard. Barrel stoves are usually homemade, and I think that we bought ours from someone who had welded it together. There was a draft in the bottom, and then the top lid had a hinge where half of it opened up to put in the wood. This always allowed smoke and sometimes sparks of fire to come out when we were adding wood to the stove; but it could take just about any size of wood, and certainly kept the house plenty warm. Later, we got a Fisher wood stove, and that worked really good for both heating and cooking with. It had a two-level top, and I used our cast iron dutch-oven type of pot and made soups, stews, or a pot of beans on the stove while keeping the house warm. This is not our Fisher stove; but this is exactly what it looked like.