As you know, the stove is primarily a device for heating residential buildings. Secondly, it is a tool necessary for cooking hot food and baking bread. Thirdly, furnaces are used in various technological processes (firing, smelting, etc.). Furnaces have not only a different purpose, but also a different design. Since the household of the Cypriot family was very diverse and almost always self-sufficient, that is, the family tried to provide for themselves everything vital, so you will see very different types of stoves in old Cypriot houses!
Yes, it is a stove for cooking a favorite Cypriot dish – kleftiko (lamb stewed in a furnace). Even the modern Cypriot households of the island have this cute oven of unusual shape in stock.
On a day off, this furnace is melted in the morning, after a few hours, sheets with large pieces of lamb are put on the dying embers, after which the iron door of the oven is closed and covered with clay so that not one degree of heat is not wasted! The clay is smeared and the hood, which is located on the back wall of this round furnace. For 8 hours, or even 10 hours, lamb roasts on hot coals, turning into a juicy, soft, tender delicacy, called “Kleftiko.”
Passionate love for lamb was the reason for creating a mobile mini-stove. If you are visiting, or you leave to work in your fields, you can take (roll away) with you the portable version of the kleftiko.
In the courtyard there was usually another stove. In this oven they cooked, steamed, fried, baked … This oven was usually massive and therefore kept warm for a long time. In this oven, there were often numerous shelves and niches for storing dishes and various utensils. Sometimes this stove was combined with a wood stove, that is, it was possible to cook not only inside the stove, but also to use the heat that went outside.
If it was necessary to cook or heat a small amount of food, then there was such a “mini-stove” for it. This stove was heated with the help of wooden chips, which was formed under a clay saucepan. There was a small round hole on the wall of this cute ancestor of the modern mini-hot plate for ignition and extraction.