I try to not to get the “gimmies”. Gimme this and gimme that. I try to be content with what I have. But, folks, I am trying to be a homesteader here and I am missing a major component to success! I have the gimmies. I am not afraid to admit it. I want a wood stove. The owners placed a lovely metal roof over the existing chimney so I cannot figure a way to put one in at this house. Besides, I am renting and that is a lot of dough to spend. But, I will never be a proper homesteader without the wood stove.
Imagine, a cold and blustery eve, warm in our home with cups of hot chocolate and cozy, woolen sweaters. A book being read by lamplight. The power goes out (often enough) and you can bet your apron strings that lamp light is not going to keep the house warm for very long! No stove, no heat. This bothers me. So does the electric and gas bill.
To be able to supply my own heat and know that a Dutch oven can be placed on the top of the stove with beans simmering in rich broth, a kettle of water for coffee or tea, a fire blazing providing security…..ahh. I am missing a wood stove. A homesteader’s necessity!
(The first picture is from Mother Earth News. My dream kitchen!)