1269E Logwood Wood Stove

1269E Logwood Wood Stove made by The United States Stove Company is the stove we bought this past year to replace our Jewel wood cook stove. Since we needed to replace the cook stove immediately because winter was coming, we chose to buy a cheaper model small stove just for this winter. At this time we could not afford to buy a good cook stove because we had just spent a lot of money replacing our old batteries. My husband ordered it online at Home Depot’s website so he could pick it up locally and not pay for shipping. It may not have been expensive but it was enough that it should at least have been a decent stove to get some heat from. Right? Sad to say, it is a piece of junk.

Smoking Stove
Smoking Stove

The U.S. Stove Company says “it is a modern EPA-certified stove providing a clean-burning heating solution”. I suppose the clean-burning heating solution is the fiberglass wool sheet that is installed in the top the stove where the smoke is supposed to pass through. What we find that does is to block the flue and the smoke comes out the door as soon as it is opened. It also makes it impossible to clean our chimney by dropping a chain down it as we always have done, due to this blanket. We are suffering from much smoke inhalation.

Door Handle
Door Handle

Another issue is the handle which is one of the worst designs I have ever seen. It has a handle that goes in the holder to the side of the door. I find that using a potholder is much easier and faster for me. I keep one nearby so I can add wood without messing with that silly handle.

Handle Holder
Handle Holder

The handle is awkward to say the least. It is not just me who does not like this thing. My husband finds it cumbersome to use also. I think he uses it anyway. Not me. I am always in a hurry when working in the kitchen. I am just thankful that this stove is just temporary until we can buy another cook stove.

Handle on Stove
Handle on Stove

Would I recommend this stove? Absolutely not! I myself, will never purchase any stove made by The United States Stove Company. If they made this one and had it built in China so it would be a cheap model then shame on them. They have ruined their good name by doing so. Nope, do not purchase this stove. We are stuck with it but it will be in an outbuilding in the future. My husband will be modifying it so it will be usable and not smoking every time you add wood. Removing the fiberglass blanket and metal plate (baffle) will be the first thing we do when it warms up. Now hoping for a warm day soon!

katlupe

 

Copyright © 2017 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2017 Kathleen G. Lupole

Updated 2018

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Solar Electric Cooking

barn solar panels
More solar panels coming!

Summer of 2017 wasn’t much of a summer for us really. Cool most of the time. Very wet and that makes for a very buggy season. Didn’t have much of a garden this year. Pretty busy with the projects on the house so not much time for anything else. Our lead acid batteries were failing fast and we had no way to equalize them and bring them back. I saw many YouTube videos on how to do that, but being off the grid, we had no power source to use to do the process. Finally we were able to purchase two Battle Born LiFePO4 deep cycle batteries. They are lithium iron phosphate batteries. With just TWO, we are able to run our whole house (granted our house is not the norm) with computers on all day with no generator. I was so happy not to hear the generator fired up every morning. Because that is what we had to do once the old lead acid batteries started failing and were not be able to hold a charge.

electric lawnmower
Our electric lawnmower

I will write more about these particular batteries in a future post. But for now, I want to just say they were worth every penny. Not having used the generator since the day they were hooked up has saved us close to $100. a month in gasoline. My husband mows our lawn with an electric lawn mower so no gasoline bought for that either. Now the only thing will be the chainsaw. Hopefully in the future, we will be buying an electric one for that also. Eliminating fuels is our top priority. Next one……..propane!

Solar Electric Cooking
Solar Electric Cooking

How to get rid of propane for cooking? Especially in the summer? We could cook on an outside fire and we did. Not as often as I’d like though. Now with more batteries and more solar panels, which are not all hooked up yet, we can use electrical cooking appliances. Not a big electric stove, but I am using an Instant Pot. Has been working great when we are charging from the sun. Actually I like it much better than the solar oven. The solar oven is awkward to set up. Carry outside and then keep moving it around. My thought on that is something I have seen online, setting up the solar oven in your kitchen, but so it is powered directly by the sun. You access it completely in your kitchen! Yes, that would work great for me. Would take a bit of remodeling in the kitchen to do it, but it could be done.

Cooking in the Dutch oven
Cooking in the Dutch oven

As we get ready for winter here, I will be using the wood stoves for most of the cooking. I don’t mind doing that since the firewood is burning for heat anyway. By next summer though, I figure we will have added more batteries and that will increase our cooking capabilities with electrical appliances. I have a brand new induction burner waiting to be experienced with. If we can use that, then I know we can get rid of the propane. It is just the oven in the summer that would be a problem. Just learning new ways of cooking foods that usually were cooked in the oven. I enjoy this new learning curve!

katlupe

Text and Photographs Copyright © Kathleen G. Lupole 2017

I write this blog based on my experience living an off-the-grid life. Some of the links you may click or products I recommend may or may not compensate me for including them in my post. Be sure to read my disclosure page if you are concerned about that.