Can I Cook on a Wood Fireplace?
Nothing says delicious more than food cooked over fire. We’ve been doing it for hundreds of thousands of years, hell it even helped us evolve. The smokey flavour emparted gives the dish an element which you just can’t achieve in your oven, microwave, or air fryer.
Short of setting a bonfire in your kitchen (note, this is not recommended) this is hard to achieve, especially when it’s too cold and wet outside to head outside. You might be thinking, “Can I cook on a wood fireplace”?
The good news is, in the right situation you can! Read more about how fireplace installation in Melbourne can lead to not just good heat, but bloody good food.
Yup. You Sure Can Cook on your Wood Fireplace
For a long, long time, people have been cooking over wood fire. Believe it or not, a few generations ago it was the norm to cook over fire. Nowadays with access to quick meals from your fancy appliances and takeaway it’s a bit of a lost art. Fireplaces are now more for heat, atmosphere and decoration. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course.
So yeah, if you want to cook over your wood fireplace, go for your life. Here are a few bits of info to help you nail it. And of course, safety first!
The Best Bits of Cooking on a Fireplace
An open fire just straight up looks cool, it is a sure fire hit (get it?) when you are entertaining. How many of your friends are inviting you over for steaks cooked over fire? None. That’s how many. I mean have you tried steak cooked over an open fire? You are the BBQ king or queen now.
It cooks faster.
Due to the high heat from the flame, it’s great to cook things quickly and hit a great sear on the outside. Awesome for things like steaks, chops, and even pizza!
*At least that’s what google tells me, but to be fair I don’t really care I just want it to taste good.
It is imperative to ensure the safety of you, your family, and your guests by practising good fire safety. Consult the supplier of your fireplace or local authorities if you are unsure about how to conduct yourself in a safe manner. Be sure to have the appropriate equipment on hand in case of flare ups, and have the number to your local emergency services on hand.
Don’t burn your damn house down.
Choosing The Right Wood
This one is very subjective and completely up to your personal taste. There are many resources online to assist you in your choice – but if you are looking for a quick from the hip answer so you don’t have to mess about – then just use Ironbark. It’s a good hardwood, high heat, and a touch of smoke flavour that is great for cooking and also suitable for everyday heating.
Want to cook on a wood fireplace at home?
If you have a wood fireplace at home, go for your life. If you don’t have a wood fireplace, then you must call Alister 0475 407 670 at Prime Plumbing today for a quote for installation and recommendations on where to get the best heater!