I can using a wood stove (kitchen) using 2 older weight type (jiggle) weight types. A new seal is recommended if you buy a used one. The Ball Blue bookis standard, Be very careful if using old recipe books: safe time/ temperatures for canning have increased over the years as the microbes have gotten more resistant. This area needs to be up to date. Tomatoes are easy, dilly beans are a near staple, and blueberries are cold packed . Mackerel are also very nice, when available. Various jams, pickles, and sauces are very welcome, too.