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Friday, November 1, 2013

Under the Hood 11: The Cooktop

The cooktop consists of three burners.  The center burner always has a decorative design.  The outside burners are held in place with centering pins, and the middle burner is fastened to an 8” round cutout in the top.  The burners are different heights, to create a temperature variation across the burners (data on that later).

The center burner is a little thicker than the outside burners.  The center burner also lifts out (with a “helping hand”) to reveal a stainless steel shield just above the active combustor - creating a VERY HOT cooking space - perfect for a wok, or sauteing at very high temperatures.  This is the high burner!

In the video below you will see the "helping hand" at work, exposing the high heat area below the center burner.

The Helping Hand will lift the burner or open the door when the
stove is hot. It stores on the back of the stove.

The center burner can be removed for high heat cooking.
Under the burner is a stainless steel shield, and the intense
heat of the catalytic combustor!


  1. Very cool, or should I say Hot! Anything like this feature that might help me convince my wife that it would be good for us to buy one of these when they become available. We bought a Fireview only a few years ago and it will take a lot more to convince her that we need a second wood stove in the house. I know this will be worth it, but that isn't always enough for this type of household purchase. I do a lot of the cooking so the cook top won't be as helpful in selling the stove to my wife as it is to me. I've looked at the designs so far and I like some more than others. However, for those of us trying to convince our partners who lean to the feminine, how about a rose design. That would be a very good selling design for my wife and a great help in achieving my goal of getting one of these stoves in our living room. The moose antlers won't do it!

  2. Hi, Thank you for your suggestion. Why don't you do an online search and find an image(s) you think your wife would like, or better yet, have her pick out a design, and we'll see about turning it into stove art just for her! Email images to lorind@woodstove.com and we'll see if we can make her happy. on Thinking Outside The Box: It’s Moostastic!