Did you know that more Americans are eating at home than in years previous? This trend began during the pandemic and has continued.
Are you looking for new meals to cook that promote family time? There may be one thing you haven’t thought of. Do you have an indoor fireplace?
What if you could cook in it? Is that even possible?
Keep reading as we discuss whether cooking in an indoor fireplace is possible, and even share some mouth-watering meal ideas to try out.
Can You Cook in an Indoor Fireplace?
Yes, you can cook in an indoor fireplace. However, it’s important to talk to your fireplace installation company about making sure you’re properly set up to do this.
You also need to take some precautions when cooking in an indoor fireplace.
Make sure that you maintain your chimney or flue. This will ensure proper ventilation for your fireplace. If it isn’t ventilated, the smoke from your cooking could build up and cause problems.
Be Careful to Not Start a Fire
Move any flammable items away from your fireplace before getting started. If you don’t, the flames could start a fire outside the fireplace and end up spreading to the rest of your house.
Are There Any Types of Indoor Fireplaces You Shouldn’t Cook In?
Not all fireplaces are created equal when it comes to cooking in them. There are some types of fireplaces you shouldn’t cook in. These include:
- Propane and Gas Fireplaces– Cooking in these fireplaces can release harmful gas into your home
- Electric fireplaces- These fireplaces may not be able to properly vent the smoke and fumes from cooking
- Older fireplaces- Some older fireplaces may not have been designed with cooking in mind
What’s The Best Type of Pan to Use for Cooking in a Fireplace?
Some pans are better suited for over-the-fire cooking. You’ll need to consider a few things when making your decision.
Cast iron is a good choice for this because it conducts heat well and is durable. However, it’s also heavy. So if you’re planning on doing a lot of cooking in your fireplace, you may want to choose a lighter-weight pan.
This could be a pan made from aluminum or stainless steel.
Pan Shape and Use
What type of surface are you planning to cook on? A flat-bottomed pan will work best on a grate. But if you’re cooking directly on the coals, it’s better to use a rounded-bottomed pan.
If you plan on doing a lot of frying or sauteing, choose a pan with high sides. If you’re mostly baking or roasting, a low-sided pan will work.
What Type of Wood Should You Choose for Cooking in an Indoor Fireplace?
The wood you choose can impact the taste of your meal. Think about that when choosing the type you want to use in your wood fireplaces.
- Mesquite or Hickory Wood: Smokey Flavor
- Cherry or Apple Wood: Subtle Flavor
In addition, make sure it is properly seasoned before using it for cooking. Wood that is too fresh or wet will produce a lot of smoke and make your food taste bad.
Pros and Cons of Cooking in an Indoor Fireplace
There are pros and cons to cooking in an indoor fireplace. Some people love the experience of cooking over an open fire, while others believe it’s not worth the extra effort.
No matter what camp you fall into, there are some pros and cons.
- Fun and unique experience
- Adds a cozy ambiance to your home
- A great way to entertain guests
- Can be messy and smoky
- It might be difficult to control the heat when cooking over an open fire
- You need to have proper ventilation
Recipe Ideas for Cooking in an Indoor Fireplace
Are you ready to start dreaming of meals or dessert ideas for your current or future fireplace? Here are some ideas to get you started:
S’mores or Roasted Marshmallows
Do you want to feel like you’re around the campfire while having a warm bed to go to at the end of the night? What’s cozier than making s’mores by the fire?
You’ll need a roasting stick that’s long enough to keep you safe. But the ingredients are simple. All you need is some chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers.
If you don’t want to make s’mores, you can simply roast marshmallows over the fire.
If you’re entertaining and your guests have kids, a fireplace is great. With proper supervision, you can allow them to roast their own hot dogs over the fire.
If you’re looking for something heartier on a cold day, try making a stew in your fireplace. You’ll need the following:
- Meat (we suggest beef or chicken)
- Broth or water
The best part about this is it’s simple. Just put everything in a pot and let it cook until the meat is tender and the vegetables are cooked through.
Corn on the cob is a classic favorite for many and is super easy to cook on a fire. Just soak the corn in water for an hour or so and then wrap it in foil. Put it on some hot coals for around ten minutes, and it’s ready to eat!
Another simple option is to wrap some potatoes in foil and put them on the coals. This does take a lot longer, but in about an hour, you’ll have perfectly cooked baked potatoes.
If you’re looking for a little more variety, consider veggie kebabs. Kebabs are a great way to cook lots of different types of veggies at once. Just thread whatever you want onto skewers and then cook them over the fire.
Have Fun Cooking Over a Fire While Remaining Inside
You can cook in an indoor fireplace with the right safety precautions. It requires a lot of prep work, and you want to ensure you choose the right tools. However, it’s a one-of-a-kind experience that your family and guests will love.
Are you ready to install a fireplace in your home? Contact us today to discuss your home’s needs.