Outdoor Canning Station

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Since it’s raining today I get one of those things called a day off!  What it really means is that I’ve got time to show you guys the “new” outdoor kitchen site Mars put together.  He moved it off of the old houses porch and back behind it instead because it gets shade there most all day long. The back side of the old porch also works to help as a windbreak from the southern winds we get in the summer.  I was having problems with keeping the stove lit when the winds were blowing even with the “windbreaks” he added to the stove.  Those are the sheet metal parts hung on the front, back and side of the stove.

He used some of the  bricks left from the old house to make a pad for the stove. 

Leveling out the ground to get started

 This way not only is the stove level but it won’t be sinking into the dirt in the long run.  

 The black mat came from the bed of the diesel truck I wrecked
It makes it easier to walk on if for example it’s been raining and the grounds a little wet. 

 

 I’ve been needing a table for some workspace for awhile.  I’ve looked around several places for tables and even the camping tables many places carry now, but on an income of $900 a month even though they really aren’t that expensive there was always something that we needed more.  

Mars decided to make a work table from one of the pallets he’d been saving.  Notice the whole top has slats unlike most pallets.  The legs are part of one of the old cedars that we cut down here a couple of years ago.  He set the posts and also used the top of the porch for even more stability.

   I just love this stove.  With the high pressure BTU’s it heats to boiling in no time at all and stays at pressure like it should.  The old set up I had worked but it took forever to heat to boiling and then I was constantly adjusting the fire to try and keep it at the correct pressure for canning. 

   Oh and the table is totally level too! (Mars wouldn’t have it any other way) The table makes the whole canning process SO much easier!  I just get everything prepped and ready, get all the jars, lids, rings, etc lined up and it’s good to go.  

We use a tarp to cover the stove in the summer when it’s not in use and move it to the barn during the winter. 

 The outdoor sink is just a few feet away but  there is also a hose I can use to fill the canners, wash my hands, rinse off stuff, etc… so I set up a hose right by the table.  

 There is talk about building a clay oven someday.  That would be cool!