As I've mentioned before, we moved our summer kitchen closer to the house in April of 2019. However, I didn't get a cookstove hooked up in it last summer because I was so busy with all of the rigamarole of publishing my novel. This year, because of all the Covid-19 stuff, I've had a lot more time at home, so with the help of my brother, I was able to move the Riverside Bakewell to a different corner of the summer kitchen and put the Hayes-Custer on the hearth.
First, some of you may be wondering why I traded the beautiful green and cream Riverside Bakewell with its spacious warming ovens for the beige Hayes-Custer which is only outfitted with a high shelf, especially when I tell you that the baking ovens and cooktops are the same size.
|The Riverside Bakewell--former occupant of|
the hearth in our summer kitchen.
Folks, it all comes down to this:
The right oven door hinge broke some years ago, and while the stove still heats, cooks, and bakes just fine, this is a major inconvenience, and it's also rather dangerous since one has to balance the hot oven door on one's knee in order to transfer anything into or out of the oven.
Besides, I also wanted to be able to share the experience of cooking on a different cookstove with all of you.
You can read about the acquisition of the Hayes-Custer at this post, and you can read about the history of the Hayes-Custer Stove Company here, so this post is about the range itself and its actual use.
This stove has done 100% of the cooking, baking, and food preservation here since its installation on June 12th. While food preservation has so far only been canning pickled beets, blanching peas for the freezer, and a batch of mixed fruit jelly, there is a lot more of that to come. The meal preparations have only involved breakfast once because I've been eating a lot of toast and cold cereal on these warmer mornings, but dinners and suppers have been a little more elaborate.
So far, I would say that the stove performs just fine. I do have to rotate things which are baking, but I've got some chimney improvements to do which may change that. I'll let you know.
You can see in the picture below that this stove has seen some intense heat. Below the pouch feed, a repair has been made using stove cement. I imagine that this injury is the result of an extremely hot coal fire at some point in the stove's history.
The Hayes-Custer firebox is 7" deep x 8" wide x 18" long and is equipped with duplex grates.
|You can see the raging fire that was burning in|
order to achieve the quick oven needed for baking
a frozen pizza.
|The finished frozen pizza.|