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Backcountry Boiler - Long Term Review?
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John Doe
(jessearl) - F
Backcountry Boiler - Long Term Review? on 08/21/2012 07:57:20 MDT Print View

Hi folks, I just placed an order with Devin for one of the new Backcountry Boilers.

Can anybody now give a more long-term review of their boilers who got in on the initial buy?

I've read some reviews using Google but they were all pretty much initial assessment; "Ohhh, shiny, pretty."

Randy Martin
(randalmartin) - F

Locale: Colorado
2nd Generation Review on 08/21/2012 08:45:54 MDT Print View

I have one of the BCB II models that I received back in April/May. My main thoughts are

1] Have used more with Alcohol than wood burning mode. Don't like the amount of soot when burning wood. Not a BCB issue but more of an esthetic choice on my part.

2] The base is very narrow and so isn't as stable as I would like (top heavy).

3] Efficient boiler, 6 min for 16oz boil using alcohol.

Brian UL
(MAYNARD76)

Locale: New England
Re: Backcountry Boiler - Long Term Review? on 08/21/2012 08:55:22 MDT Print View

Well, It works. I love how all the soot is inside the chimney so there is little to no fuss with soot. Unlike other wood stoves (and this is a big compliant of mine with alcohol stoves excluding the CALDERA) the fire is protected from wind and the heat is captured and directed twords boiling water. I have the alcohol felt but haven't used it yet. It is a good addition since sometimes when its real wet you may feel lazy and just want to use alcohol, or maybe your inside a shelter or something and burning wood indoors is rude and dangerous. You don't need a pot just a container of some kind. Works perfectly with boil in the bag cooking. My favorite stove.

Duane Hall
(PKH) - M

Locale: Nova Scotia
Backcountry Boiler on 08/21/2012 10:49:24 MDT Print View

As Brian says: it works. The only thing I would add is that you can save a bit of weight by leaving the base behind and supporting the kettle on rocks. The basic chimney concept is elegant and efficient. It just plain works :)

Kevin Babione
(KBabione) - MLife

Locale: Pennsylvania
Backcountry Boiler - Boiling More Than One "Batch"? on 08/21/2012 11:04:06 MDT Print View

I've been eyeing the BCB for a while and being able to boil 16 ounces works well for most of the meals I would carry on the trail, but what if you need more boiling water?

My BCB question is then this: If you've poured the boiling water out of your BCB can you refill it immediately or do you need to wait until it cools down and then go through the firestarting/burning process again?

Maybe it's as simple as putting 18 ounces in, bringing it to a boil, pouring out 16 of the 18 ounces into my meal, and then putting another 14 ounces in to bring the quantity back up to 16 ounces? Thoughts?

Duane Hall
(PKH) - M

Locale: Nova Scotia
Backcountry Boiler on 08/21/2012 14:45:39 MDT Print View

As soon as I pour off the boiling water, I refill the boiler and put it back on the fire. One of the joys of these things is the surplus of hot water.