This past weekend, we had an interesting development on the homestead. The gas stove went out. Now, while this does mean that I am without an oven now, it isn’t all a bad thing. Thanks to our pursuing a simpler lifestyle, this is only a minor hiccup and not a major issue. For quite a while now, my husband and I have sought out alternative ways to accomplish our goals. One example being that we have 3 ways to prepare meals. The idea is to always have a back-up plan in case something happens. The current situation with the stove is a prime example.
If we only had the gas stove as a source for meal preparation, we would be in a bad way right now. It reminds me so much of the stories of what families go through after a storm knocks out power for several days or weeks. So many rely on electric stoves, water heaters, refrigeration, etc. If the power goes out, they are in a rough situation until power is restored.
Before going off-grid, we had an electric stove. It was great until a storm knocked out the power. Unfortunately, in our state, that is a common occurrence between spring thunderstorms and winter ice storms. We always have had the wood burning cookstove as a back-up means to cook however. That got us through many power outages back then.
Another means of cooking is an outdoor fire pit or grill. We don’t have a propane grill, but set up a grill with a wood fire. In summer, we cook over that quite often. We had purchased a patio fire pit for this purpose. The pit is a metal fire pit with a metal mesh screen. We found a replacement round grill that was designed for a large round charcoal grill at a discount store. This fits very well over the fire pit, turning it into a good place to BBQ.
The propane stove in our kitchen is my summer stove. I mainly use it in the warm months, unless I am baking or canning. The oven in our wood stove is smaller than modern ovens and is more tricky to use. I am determined to get it right though. The one problem that I have with the wood stove is that the heat doesn’t stay constant enough for canning. I do all of my canning on the gas stove for this reason.
In having the woodstove and a fire pit available as options, not having use of the gas stove is not a big deal. We always have the wood stove going to heat the front of the house anyways. Cooking on the wood stove is often faster than on the gas stove. It is also my “slow cooker” when needed. I can assemble a stew or homemade soup in the morning and allow it to simmer on the back of the stove all day. I love it.
All in all, this little hiccup of our stove is really not a problem at all. I feel very blessed that my beloved husband was home and able to disconnect the stove so that no propane could leak into the home. I am blessed that we have the alternative means to meal preparation and that I know how to use them. Actually, I enjoy it quite a lot. We will easily be able to manage until we are able to get the stove replaced. Situations like these are ones that we prepared for. I am so grateful that we have set our homestead up in such a way that these little bumps in the road are minimal. It is a relief to know that we are able to weather it without any true disruption to our lifestyle.