Works perfectly as a real cooking stove. Some modern wood burning stoves are designed to work as cooking stoves. All you need is to install the cookware and adjust the temperature and you are good to go. With a good wood burning stove, you can thus reduce your expenditure on cooking gas.
You should make sure that you have a power source close by your fireplace in order to plug in any fireplace blowers you decide to run. Usually, you can expect a blower to require one hundred and ten volts of power. You may need to have an electrical outlet installed so you do not end up with an extension cord running across the floor.