The joy of leisurely cooking on wood-burning stoves

As well as being environmentally friendly and great for cooking healthy food, wood-burning ranges provide heating like stoves and add a stylish decorative touch to homes

Who wouldn’t want to combine the delights of preparing appetizing cuisine with the pleasures of heating their home and furnishing it in style, all in a green way? You can do all of this with wood-burning ranges, thanks to their perfect blend of cooking facilities, warmth, attractive designs and energy efficiency. Eco-friendly and visually appealing, they are ideal for making healthy food and keeping your home warm and cosy.

Cooking and heating

Like stoves, wood-burning ranges distribute heat evenly and their heat output is exceptional because they are covered with the best heat-conducting materials (cast iron, steel, majolica and ceramics). They cook food slowly over many hours, preserving and bringing out the best of its properties and characteristics. Furthermore, they provide an affordable way of cooking that reflects the latest culinary and interior design trends and they run on wood, which is a renewable source of energy.

Natural and cheap

In addition to being 100% natural, wood is also the least expensive of all the most widespread fuels (gas, oil and coal). Its many benefits mean that it has been used by people ever since ancient times, and now its true value has been rediscovered. A crackling fire conjures up primeval sensations in humans, including on a subconscious level. What’s more, it makes it possible to revive simple cuisine based on traditions, customs and recipes that have largely been forgotten.

Slow cooking

More and more people are starting to appreciate the wonders of taking a step back from hectic modern life to enjoy a little leisurely cooking, bring back ancient flavors and spend time with their loved ones around the table and the hearth. You can cook almost anything on a cost-effective wood-burning range, from simple dishes to elaborate meals, including rustic cakes, roasts, pies, braised meat, risotto, sauces, soups and stews. You just have to realize that all good things come to those who wait, because cooking on a wood-burning range is a slow process and it can often take hours. A strategic role is played by the temperature. It can be high or low but it is constant and its intensity needs to be varied in accordance with the recipe.

wood-burning ranges

All that you need to do is put the saucepan on the different removable rings on the cast iron top. For more powerful heat, it is best to keep the pan in the middle. If you want more dispersed and less intense heat, put your pans on the sides of the rings. In ranges, braziers of variable sizes give greater control over energy use. A number of “batches” of food can be cooked with one load of wood.

A wide range of cost-effective options

There are numerous cost-effective wood-burning ranges on sale today. Some of them offer exceptional performance and enable even cooks with limited expertise to produce perfect results. It goes without saying that it is essential to have high quality materials and the right equipment, such as saucepans made of terracotta, copper, enamel-coated cast iron, stainless steel or soapstone. Nonetheless, being able to prepare delicious, evenly cooked food over the hob of a wood-burning range is no longer the preserve of a privileged few. Therefore, it is no surprise that more and more everyday enthusiasts are starting to use wood-burning ranges in order to enjoy the benefits that cooking at low temperatures brings in terms of tenderness and flavor. On top of all of this, it is an approach that saves both money and energy.

Sustainable cooking

Carbon dioxide emissions keep getting lower and lower with today’s ranges (as long as the wood comes from a sustainable, certified forest management scheme). Consumers can get better returns on their investments. Consequently, using wood and pellets for cooking and heating is the most constructive solution. It is in keeping with European climate change policies. It reduces the need to import fossil fuels, thus creating business opportunities for companies based closer to home and more jobs in the forest, wood and energy supply chain.

Progetto Cuoco (Project Cook)

Wood-burning barbecues, ovens and affordable kitchen ranges, as well as cooking facilities will be one of the theme areas in the next edition of Progetto Fuoco, scheduled from 19 to 22 February 2020. This initiative focuses on the qualities and benefits of . Wood-burning kitchens can be used for domestic heating. They offer all of the appeal of fire and they add a stylish, sophisticated decorative touch to the house. A side exhibition will present the exhibitors’ top products, allowing visitors to see the very best that the market has to offer.

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