A wood burning cook stove is a great addition to any home, regardless of its age or decor style. Not only are they great for cooking, but they put out plenty of heat, too. And let's not forget how good they look; they'll give your kitchen a great retro vibe, and will provide an excellent centerpiece for the rest of your room design.

Types Of Wood Burning Stoves

You'll find a huge variety of wood stoves, in all shapes and styles. The days of the big, bulky stoves that took up an entire room are gone, unless you choose that look. Now days you'll find plenty of different stoves on the market. Here are just a few of the most popular ones:

Vogelzang Mountaineer Wood Cook StoveThe Vogelzang Mountaineer Wood Burning StoveCredit: Amazon.com has a 104,000 BTU rating, includes a large ash door for easy removal and looks great in any kitchen or living room. This is one of the more popular wood stove designs, as it incorporates the charms of older styles with modern functionality and metal alloys. The result is a very efficient and attractive stove that will operate trouble free for years to come. It's even EPA certified in most areas. And it's not as big or bulky as similar stoves on the market, but it's not a lightweight, either. It measures 32 x 24 x 32 inches and weighs in at 300 pounds; clearly not a lightweight but nothing like the old wood stoves that easily tripled that size. This stove also comes with an electric blower and is more than capable of heating up to 2,000 square feet.

Boxwood Wood Burning Cook StoveThe Boxwood Wood Burning Cook StoveCredit: Amazon.com is much smaller than the Vogelzang Mountaineer, and is idea for smaller uses or "design-first" looks. But don't think that this little Boxwood can't cook, because it accepts big logs and is rated at a whopping 63,800 BTU! Not bad for a 45 pound stove that measures a mere 30 x 23 x 28 inches. Many put these in their kitchens when they only want to cook with a wood stove part of the time, others like the small size and high output for cabins, camping huts, work shops and garages. And at about $180, it's hard to beat the dollar-for-dollar value.

Of course these are two of the most popular ones, there are plenty of others out there as well.

Where To Buy A Wood Cook Stove

It's surprisingly easy to find one of these stoves, as many places sell them. My favorite place to shop for anything these days is Amazon (the links above go directly to Amazon), because the prices are insanely cheap and all the shipping is taken care of for you. Unlike other retail stores where you'll need to figure out how to get one of these heavy items home.

Of course you can find them at other stores, too. Lowe's and Home Depot usually carry them, especially in the winter months. If they are out of stock they can easily special order them.

Other building supply companies, appliance stores and interior decorating specialists will usually have a nice supply on hand, or at least refer you to someone who does.

Wood Burning Cook Stoves: Great For Cooking

It's sometimes hard to believe in our modern technological era that the simple designs of the past are just as effective as our current ones. This is as true with cooking as it is anything else. While today's technology makes it easy to set an electric or gas oven or stove to the exact temperature with a mere twist of a dial or punch on a keypad, keep in mind that you can control the cooking temperature on a wood stove, too. You can do this by roaring the fire up or letting it settle down.

Don't forget that cooking with a wood burning stove actually makes great food, too! Some of the finest meals in history were prepared on wood burning cook stoves. And it may seem trivial, there is a certain element of "style" that comes from food created on one of these stoves.

Just like brick oven pizza ovens create their own unique flavor, so too will one of these wood burning cooking stoves.

A Wood Burning Cook Stove Looks Great

Isn't it ironic that design trends seem to run in circles? And even the most modern interior design will take advantage of some element of the past. That's true of nearly any style.

So why not give your kitchen the ultimate design center point: A wood stove.

Not only will your kitchen become the envy of all your friends, but you'll probably even notice them start copying your design.

But kitchens aren't the only place to put these. Cabins, camp sites, garages, shops and other places can benefit from them as well. They are especially hand in places without electricity or natural gas, as they'll keep the place warm and give you a cooking surface at the same time.

There really is no limit to the uses of wood burning cook stoves: Cooking, heating or decorative style are all excellent benefits.