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CORE Bio Reactor Wood Stove
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(BER) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Core bio reactor on 07/12/2013 08:17:18 MDT Print View

Or you could buy an Emberlit. Or a Firefly. And you'd have it in a week.
No offense to the poster or the owner of the kickstarter drive, but I'm seeing nothing new or innovative here.

Dan Yeruski
(zelph) - MLife

Re: Core bio reactor on 07/12/2013 08:34:31 MDT Print View

Always room for one more wood burner :-)

Tom D.
(DaFireMedic) - M

Locale: Southern California
Looks great, but... on 07/13/2013 03:36:58 MDT Print View

Its a good looking stove and there is indeed always room for another wood burner, but at 8.5 - 13 oz depending on the mode its used in, I'm not sure I'd call it ultralight. In 4 sided mode, it weighs almost as much as a Jetboil Ti with fuel canister. It says on the site that it sprung from the desire for an easily stowed wood stove for survival packs, and it seems to fit nicely for that, and could be used for backpacking as well.

Edited by DaFireMedic on 07/13/2013 03:42:57 MDT.

Dan Yeruski
(zelph) - MLife

Re: Looks great, but... on 07/13/2013 06:55:10 MDT Print View

Tom, my recent burning of wood in a Caldera Cone that is 4" high has led me to beleive that I have found the "ultimate" wood burner for Ultra Lite backpacking. I'm not talking about the TiTri, just a plain ole cone with the 3/4" X type pot support that is place on top of the cone. It's so simple to assemble. One joint to slide together. A 4" high stove that gets 3 cups of water boiling with one load of wood. I've been a wood burner for ages and know a lot about stoves. The cone is my #1 pick.

Tom D.
(DaFireMedic) - M

Locale: Southern California
Re: Re: Looks great, but... on 07/13/2013 14:27:04 MDT Print View

"The cone is my #1 pick."

I know that Dan. When I said "Looks great", I genuinely mean that its a good looking stove. But as I said, the CORE bio is too heavy to be considered a good ultralight stove IMO and it wouldn't have the efficiency of a cone anyway. I love that Caldera Cone set up, and may pick one up in the future. I cant use wood stoves (nor alcohol or Esbit) in my area, and as it turns out I cant use them in most of the Sierras at the moment. When the time comes that I can use a wood/alcohol/Esbit stove, I'll be looking at picking one up.

For now, its the JetBoil........

Dustin Short
(upalachango) - MLife
Re: I kind of think the Campbell's stove is the best on 07/16/2013 20:55:49 MDT Print View

25oz for the campbells... check your audience. This is backpacking LIGHT.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - M

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Wood Stoves on 07/16/2013 23:00:41 MDT Print View

I really don't get the obsession with wood stoves. Ultralight backpacking is about getting rid of unnecessary gear and using your skills. I don't understand why everyone is opposed to using a very small, open fire to cook with. Are you all such gear freaks that you need a neat tool to accomplish every task?

Tom D.
(DaFireMedic) - M

Locale: Southern California
Much easier to manage on 07/16/2013 23:24:45 MDT Print View

Several reasons.

A wood stove cooks much faster and easier than an open fire.

You dont need as much wood to cook with when using a wood stove.

Campfires can be difficult to cook on if its windy, even in somewhat sheltered locations. Not so much with a good wood stove and windscreen.

With most wood stoves you can carry an alcohol burner or Esbit as a back up when hiking through areas where wood fires are not allowed, or if you just want a quick cup of coffee in the morning and dont want to build a fire.

These are just a few reasons off the top of my head. Campfires are great at night, I certainly enjoy them. But I dont like to rely on them as my sole source of heat for cooking on hikes.

Dan Yeruski
(zelph) - MLife

Re: Wood Stoves on 07/17/2013 05:37:31 MDT Print View

Are you all such gear freaks that you need a neat tool to accomplish every task?

Justin, only gear freaks will buy the Core Bio Reactor. They don't know diddly squat about wood stoves and think it's some kind of miracle worker that will make them into an instant user of wood fuel. Just think about the fact that this stove makes bio-char, Wow, you can enrich your garden with it. It doesn't get any funnier than that....yes it does get funnier, it creates super heated air that will ignite unburned gases LOL. Oh yes, I needed that good laugh to start my day....thank you!

Gear Freaks need toys! They eventually sell them on ebay at half cost.:-))))