What's better than a jacket potato ? A crispy jacket potato cooked on top of your wood burner or multifuel stove !
Our cast iron baked potato cookers are designed to sit on top of all cast iron wood burners and multi fuel stoves - and most steel ones too (though not cool wall units or those with wraparound type back boilers). A hot plate is NOT required - it simply sits on top of your stove.
Basically - it makes use of the surface heat, which in turn, transfers to the cast iron pod. The pod gets hot and evenly cooks your jacket potatoes. It's also very easy to open to have a look and see what's happening inside
After all, if you already have your stove lit, why bother turning the oven on ?
It's not fast, but it's as green and energy efficient of cooking that you will ever find.....
This cast iron baked potato cooker is small enough to fit on top of practically any stove, yet big enough to hold up to two mesium (250g / fist sized) potatoes or one gigantic spud.
215mm / 8.5" wide x 160mm / 6.5" deep x 160mm / 6.5" high
The time taken to cook your potatoes is very variable, as it depends on how hot your fire is burning. We generally put some on the showroom stoves around 9am and they are perfectly done by lunchtime. On the odd occasion we've been really busy and forgotten about them, the potatoes have still been perfectly good even an hour or two later. The more space you give them, the better they cook. Three cook beautifully in this. Four cook just fine, but need a bit more cooking time
It's not like wrapping a potato in foil and chucking it in the fire.... (where you end up with something charred on the outside and hard in the middle).
If you have ever tried cooking a potato on top of a stove without our pod, they tend to ooze a bit of starch and make a mess of the paint on top of the unit - as well as only cooking from one side. Again, not nice !
Our pod is not in full contact with the top of your stove however, and as your potato is totally encased in cast iron, this creates a lovely, even bake without the mess. Also ideal for cooking roast chestnuts. On top of that, it looks fantastic too.
With potatoes, lightly oil before putting in the pot. Putting some slits in the potato is optional, but does make them cook a bit quicker. This one of the two in the top photo one cooked (my colleague had already scoffed the other !)
The large size cast iron baked potato cooker has a lift up type handle as opposed to the locking type handle on our standard sized pods. Unfortunately, this one is too big and heavy when full to be lifted in and out of open fires - it's designed for stove top use only. They'll fit on top of most stoves.
NOTE - Your cast iron baked potato cooker requires seasoning before first use.
For use on top of wood burning / multi fuel stoves : use a little sunflower / vegetable oil on some kitchen roll and lightly oil inside only. Sit the BPC on top of your stove for at least 2 evenings when the stove is being used before coking for the first time. This is to allow the BPC to get hot enough to bake the external stove paint on to the pot (do be aware the paint may smell as it cures - just as it does with a new stove)
For use in an open fire : start with building a small fire. Put the BPC in the fire for approx 15 mins. Remove and allow to cool. Repeat but for 30 mins, then 1hour and 2 hours - each time, removing and allowing to cool. This allows the metal to expand and contract and harden.
Once seasoned, lightly oil your baked potato and place inside the BPC until cooked. You may turn over during cooking if required. Do not use salt on your BP during cooking in the pod as this will encourage additional draw of moisture and may encourage the BPC to surface rust.
The baked potato cooker should never need "washed" - but wipe over if required and lightly oil inside with a sunflower / vegetable oil on kitchen roll (as you would a wok) to protect and prevent rust.
PLEASE NOTE - BAKED POTATO COOKERS ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR USE ON BOILER STOVES OR STOVES WITH CONVECTION TOPS, AS SURFACE OF THESE UNITS DO NOT GET HOT ENOUGH. IF IN DOUBT ABOUT SUITABILITY, PLEASE CONTACT US.