I found a great online review with pics of the Bushbuddy / Emberlit / Littlbug JR stoves:
I received a Vargo Ti Hexagon Wood stove for Xmas, tested it, and feel it does not put out enough heat for Winter Snow Melting / Boiling at cold temps...but for 3 season, it will def be my choice as it is the lightest option and works fine to boil a cup or two. Anyway, here are the questions I posted in the bushcraft forum and I'll relay they here in case anyone has an opinion or can shed some light on the topic:
"Hello Everyone... I'm a member over at Backpackinglight.com researching wood stoves and found these great reviews.
I am moving from car camping in the winter to snowshoeing over multi-day trips in the winter and I don't want to carry a white gas stove. A wood stove seems like a good alternative to save weight if I can find dry stuff to burn. I received a Vargo Hexagon Ti Wood Stove for Xmas (sorry nwmanitou, had to give it a shot first as it was lighter, I'm a gram weenie! ) and it would be great for 3-season as it is only 4oz, compacts small, and needs no wind screen, but it just doesn't put out enough heat to boil a lot of water in winter conditions (it was 18F last night and 30F during testing today in Albany, NY)
So....I want the Emberlit or the Littlbug Junior. Reason being? I think they put out more heat as they are bigger. Here are a few observations/theories, I'd like anyone's opinion on that has used either stove:
- Skypainter states the Littlbug Jr. takes a ton of wood... does it have a higher heat output all full bore or just less efficient with more flames running up the sides of a pot vs. the Emberlit? Please take into consideration my pot is 5 1/4" diameter, Littlbug JR. diameter is 5.5", Emberlit is 3.5" x 3.5" at the top.
- How do both stoves handle ash buildup over time? I see they both create ash from the pics in Skypainter's reviews...if you were boiling water for hours at night in camp, would one stove choke up on ash before another?
- If my pot is 5 1/4in in diameter, and the Littlbug is 5.5" in diameter, plus the pot stand for the Littlbug is raised.... how big a stick do you think I can feed in the top of the Littlbug Jr. w/out removing the pot? Pencil thick? Greater?
- I was leaning towards the Littlbug Jr. until I read Skypainter's review because it weighs slightly less than the Ti Emberlit, and when winter backpackping there may not be a nice table to setup up and I won't feel like sitting down on the snow... thus I'll be looking down on the stove on the ground most likely. The top-fed Littlbug Jr. seems like a winner in this regard because I can stand/crouch near the stove and feed/monitor the burn from the top (figure 5.5" stove, 5 1/4in pot with ~1in pot stand clearance?). On the other hand, the Emberlit supposedly requires less feeding/monitoring with just cramming big sticks in the feed hole...What do you think will be easier on my knees?
I appreciate the advice, my first trip this season is on the Long Trail is VT in the middle of January...gotta order soon!"
Thanks for any opinions...I know every BPLer has one! :p