the three stones are used to keep the cooking pot off the top of the single cinder block ...you can see them if you look carefully at the finished diagram. -Erica, I found the plains Indians in North America (the Dakota being one of the tribes to do so) used these stoves:
In my quest to learn to be self-sufficient after TEOTW, I have found a good site describing how to actually USE a wood stove to cook and heat your house. I figure, the way to be self-sufficient, really, is to know how to be like my great-great-grandmother. You know, baking/cooking from scratch, scrubbing laundry by hand, living without electricity, and the like. Hopefully it'll never come to this. But if it does...your average person is going to starve to death!