I have featured our Stanley (Mourne) range before on other blog posts. It's solid fuel (coal, logs, turf -peat..) and it runs seven radiators, gives us hot water and we cook on top of it and in the oven. It uses electricity to pump the hot water to the radiators. A plumber told us to get a pump fitted because it's the same principle of a steam engine and potentially the heat and steam pressure could blow the gable off our little rural dwelling - "Yikes Scooby!"
This morning we cooked our breakfast with it. We placed bread in the frying pan to make fried bread and placed whole mushrooms on top of the range. My wife remembers her mother cooking them this way when they visited her grandparents in Galway. It prevents them from going soggy, keeps the juices and the flavour and it was a very cheap and enjoyable meal.
Any body else cook on top of the range? In Poland they cook sausages on top of the radiators. I wonder what other ways there are to cook? Anybody ever made or seen an hay box cooker?