I just picked-up this set about a week ago and took it for my first backpacking trip this past weekend. I was wooed by the prospect of burning wood, in addition to having a light-weight version of the Trangia burner that I love so dearly.
I am typically cooking for a family of 5. I have been using a Clikstand with a old-style Trangia burner, which works well, but is heavy. The Clikstand/Trangia combo can bring 2L of water to boil and still have fuel left for simmering on a single fill. I have been hoping to try moving to wood so that I don't have to carry as much fuel for our family backpacking trips.
Based on my weekend experience, these are my findings/frustrations:
- The stove needs a windscreen. The idea that the stand is enough of a windscreen is laughable.
- When burning wood with a windscreen, you can't easily feed through the side of the stove into the firebox. You could leave a gap in the side of the windscreen, but then you lose some efficiency and it still isn't that easy to feed wood.
- When using a nice close-fitting windscreen, I decided to lift the pot occasionally and feed the wood through the top instead. Because the stove is so light, tall, and skinny, I actually had it blow over twice in a gust, spreading burning embers all over the place. Good thing I wasn't in a high fire-danger area.
- The firebox is small and requires constant feeding.
- In wood burning mode, it produces a lot of smoke.
- Although the stove is designed (from what I hear anyway) to work with a Trangia simmer ring, the ring won't fit in through the top of the DX pot stand.
- Due to the jets around the outside edge of the stove, you can't snuff out the stove using the Trangia simmer ring. The flames continue to escape and burn around the outside. You have to let the fuel burn out, which is a waste.
- Due to the jets around the outside edge of the stove, you can't fill it as full as a Trangia. I was run out of fuel before my pot of water comes to boil.
Those are my thoughts so far. Yes, I guess I have been spoiled by the Trangia. I guess I am still on the fence with this stove. Maybe I will have to consider getting the lighter titanium Clikstand to shave a few ounces... maybe I will need to try the bushbuddy for wood burning...