Curved Pan Ger Stove


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The majority of gers are equipped with a wood stove in the center for cooking and heating purposes. A flat round plate on top of the stove serves as a covering for heating purposes (see Figure 1) and when the plate is removed it leaves a circular hole with a direct opening to the fire. For cooking purposes, Mongolians take different sized round curved pans and place them into the round holes creating a seal between the pan and the stove. This seal helps to conserve a large amount of heat that would otherwise escape to the sides around the pan. The curved part of the pan sits below the seal line and touches directly into the fire (see Figure 2).