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The warmth of woodburning cookers

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Martha Taylor-Brown | Saturday September 7, 2013 6:01PM ET
Woodburning cookersWoodburning cookers are called 'The timeless soul of cooking' and year after year they are gaining popularity. No modern glass-and-steel device can compete with their warmth. With approach of autumn days, this is ideal time to think about them.

Perla Vescovi Perla by Vescovi Fire, Italy, is the new woodburning stove with oven and cooktop, a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation. Perla gives a new interpretation to the concept of heat, embodied in a design characterized by rounded contours recalling the cookers of an earlier age, and incorporating the advantages of present-day technology. Perla mixes classic style and modern practicality, giving your space a natural source of heat with optimum cooking performance. And it created a warm, tasteful and attractive focal point in any living space.

La Nordica RosaLa Nordica Extraflame is well-known name, with history dating back to 1967. The La Nordica Rosa Maiolica Wood Burning Cooker is as much a piece of art as a cooker. The Italian design spirit can be clearly seen and that's one of the reasons why Rosa will fit equally well into a country home and I-am-so-rich-and-I-want-to-show-it suburban house. The La Nordica Maiolica comes in three colors, has enough power for all your cooking need and the only thing that's missing here is a piece of lamb, seasoned and ready to be put on fire.

ESSEEstablished in 1854, ESSE is the UK's longest-standing stove manufacturer, so no wonder they know a thing or two about woodburners. One of the characteristics that set ESSE range cookers apart is their outstanding levels of control and control is what you need if you want to make a fantastic meal. Thanks to the proprietary technology, the fuel can be burnt more efficiently at a slower rate and at a very high temperature in ESSE woodbruner. The cooker accepts logs, up to 45cm long and 25cm in diameter, and one fuel load can run the cooker for more than 12 hours.

ArtisanThe Artisan by Heartland may very well be called The Black Beast. It looks very powerful, it is obviosly made to last, and its internal cast iron structure spreads the heat evenly to the ovens and hotplate, bathing food in heat from all directions. The food is heated evenly, which means that all flavors will be there, no flavor lost, no flavor brought above the others. The Artisan's large firebox provides longer burn times and can accommodate wood up to 40cm in length, and going from a simmer to a boil is as easy as sliding the cookware.

VikingViking 30 Wood Burning Hob Cooker is a very nice cooker, made for those of you wanting to make your kitchen warmer but without enough space for a large cooker. Viking is small with a big heart. Only 5 cm light concrete is required as a firewall on each side of the range, and its core, where the fuel is combusted by supplying secondary air via holes in the soapstone walls, provides the high efficiency. The convection system ventilates the range while heating the room air. If you have a few centimeters in your kitchen to spare, give Viking a try, no feeling can come close to a fresh coffee coming from a woodburning cooker.

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