I've been experimenting with top lighting batch loaded stoves. I think I've got a good one here. It's made of welded stainless steel wire, has a light weight, courrugated stainless steel firebox liner which helps reduce the weight of the stove. It weighs 3 ounces, is 4" in diameter and is 5" tall. I've been doing lots of tests this past week to test the welds. They are holding up just great. The firebox liner can withstand temps up to 2,300 degrees F.
Stacking the wood vertical will give the stove a long burn time to accomplish boiling 4 cups of water on one batch of wood. No need to attend the stove feeding it twigs.
I used the Starlyte burner as a possible backup alcohol burner in case of extended wet weather and it really fills the nich, perfect flame pattern to the bottom of a pot. No need to shim up the burner to get it closer to the pot.
I've loaded fuel both ways, vertical and horizontal. I've been using light weight telephone book pages as tinder for lighting. I'm amazed how easily this stove lights from the top.
I tried the Garlington design wood burner and had a hard time getting it to work and gave up on TLUD designs. Last year I came across a Canadian site that sells wood stoves for residential use. They demonstrated how to light split logs with news paper. I was skeptical for sure until I tried the method in my own home woodburning stove. I'll be darned!! the method of lighting from the top worked.
I had thoughts about applying what I had learned to backpacking size stoves. I made a few designs and the system worked. No chemicals or fatwood needed, just paper. I've had a 98% success rate at top lighting. this past week I did at least 45 test burns using different species of wood. I'm hooked on the method of top lighting and you will also when you start practicing. My earlier tests consisted of using big honker twigs split in half and had 100% success using the paper method and stacking horizontal.
When you watch the videos keep in mind how much wood gas is being formed and burned. The stove design is a single wall, no double wall needed. I've done recent tests with the BushBuddy and a stove of this design and found no significant benefit using a double wall.The tests were done side by side, same amount of fuel by weight( new, out of the package,clothes pins) same size K-mart grease pots and starting water temps.
There are more videos and photos at bplite.com in the "Wood Stove" forum if anyone has further interest in this type of stove.