Okay, to be truthful, this potato was always going to be sacrificed. I just thought it would be dinner, not compost.
This was my third try at baking potatoes in the ashes of the wood-stove. The first two were great, honest. This potato is hard as a rock and weighs next to nothing, just like a charcoal briquette.
I like the idea of baking potatoes while simultaneously heating the house and heating water. Wood stoves are great that way.
But let me be clear about this: Just because it's buried in ashes in the wood stove and you aren't paying for gas or electricity to bake it doesn't mean you can forget that it's there.