Maykal wrote:you can also remove some rings from the centre of the cast iron top and sit a cauldron in there
Thomzo wrote:I cook quite a lot on top of my stove and I've only just realised that I could do this too. Cooking in a pot on top of the stove is quite slow (although the food is often better for it) but placing the pot straight over the fire would be more efficient. Providing I don't get too much smoke out around the edge. I shall have to try this at the weekend.
demi wrote:Is that what the rings on top are for? We use it to fit really big logs in which wont go in the door.
Maykal wrote:demi wrote:Is that what the rings on top are for? We use it to fit really big logs in which wont go in the door.
Yes, I imagine so, if it's the same as the ones we have here. Here's what the iron plate looks like on mine:
There are three pieces of the ring that can be removed, depending on how large you want the hole. taking the middle one out is more for getting more direct heat onto a flat-bottomed pan to bring water to the boil I think. If you take out all of them, the hole is about 16-17cm and a round-bottomed pan will sit snuggly in it, block the smoke, and get lots of direct heat. My oven has two of these plates - one directly over the fire, and one to the side (which is useful when you just want your stew simmering away).
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