The Watchman Stove has a number of great features. Learn all about them here!
For Outdoor Use Only
The high heat powder coat requires a heat cycle or two to fully cure. We recommend burning the stove for at least 30 minutes to burn off any trapped solvents. We also recommend getting the stainless steel cooktop hot and scrubbing it with a standard stainless steel grill cleaning brush. This will clean any residue that may be present from manufacturing processes. Now you are ready to cook! There are many ways to run and cook on your new Watchman Stove. Your imagination is the only limitation. You may even discover a new way to run the stove.
This is the quickest way to get the stove up to cooking temperatures. The cooktop can be varied from 350F to 550F by varying the size and species of your wood selection. Smaller sticks = higher temperatures due to increased surface area of the fuel. Larger splits = lower temperatures due to decreased surface area. So, smaller pieces are desired for boiling water, or searing a steak, for example. Larger pieces are great for direct cooking on the cook top or using a frying pan. It doesn't take long to learn how to maintain a desired temperature.
The Watchman Stove performs very well by dumping lit charcoal down the vertical tube. A full charcoal chimney can provide hours of consistent heat for your cooking needs. You can also throw the cooktop back and have a relaxing bonfire and make s'mores by top feeding wood into the funnel. Once you build a bed of coals in the bottom, drop the cooktop back into place and you can also cook this way. It just takes some time to build some coals using this method.
This is designed to "cook on the fly". During long cooks, the bottom will fill with ash and reduce the efficiency of the fire. Simply slide the ash slide open, allow the ash to drop, and resume cooking. The stainless steel inner lower grate keeps the hot coals in place. You do not need to turn the stove upside down to empty ashes. Just make sure that you do not drop hot ashes onto a combustible surface.
The ash slide has another purpose of providing secondary air intake when top feeding the stove. With just a little practice, you can fine tune your cooking needs by varying the position of the slide. It becomes intuitive over time.
You can cook directly on the cook top. If using wood, follow the same rules that apply to proper wood for running a "stick-burner" smoker. Oak, apple, hickory, fruit woods, and most hardwoods are great. If you are uncertain of the species of sticks you are using, we do not recommend cooking directly with them. Some species can impart a bad taste or even make you sick.
If using pots and pans, your wood selection isn't nearly as critical, and flavor won’t be imparted to your food. Most sticks and twigs, or small splits of wood of any variety will work for this method.
The plate/shelf is the warmest around the 3 sides of the vertical 6" tube. It averages 300°F. The 4 outside corners are normally 50°F to 75°F cooler. The purpose of the shelf is to cook corn, potatoes, shrimp in a pan with butter, for warming side dishes, sauces for pasta or even for quickly warming up a cup of coffee.