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Packafeather Featherfire

in Stoves - Alcohol

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4.75 / 5 (4 reviews)

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Keith Warren
( kswarren )
Packafeather Featherfire on 07/31/2007 22:01:13 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

This is a super stove. It's heat output is adjustable, and easily so. It really works as advertised, it shipped immediately, and the company even offers a guarantee.

I first did the boil-a-pint time test, and had a good boil in 5:45. Turning down the air flow, I was able to continue a simmer, just barely boiling for another 15 minutes, all on one ounce of alcohol.

This weekend, I gave it a real world test at 6500' in the Cascades, with a medium breeze. Again, it worked well, lighting immediately and cooking well. Turning down the heat really saves a lot of fuel. I really do like the ability to simmer.

It does have quite a few parts that are more fragile than a typical alcohol stove- wire pot support and feet, and a cable to regulate heat. All worked well, and I figure that if anything broke on a trip, it would still function as a basic burner.

John Haley
( Quoddy )

New York/Vermont Border
As Advertised on 11/03/2007 07:32:44 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I've now had a chance to use the FeatherFire on several hikes and it continues to impress me. The adjustability of the flame is great and really allows for simmering after reaching a boil at the high setting. The windshield works well in conjunction with it. Very economical on alcohol and unused retreival is so easy. I did find that using a "pot" as small as a FireLite SUL-550 was about as narrow as the stand would accomodate. The stove fits very nicely into it, though. Larger pots such as the 1100 seem to sit better on it.

Steve Skinner
( skskinner )

mid west
Feather Light terrific service too on 11/07/2007 08:19:43 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I have had a Feather Fire for about six months now and have had really good luck with it. The ability to simmer is the main selling point of this stove.
There are more moving parts in it that most other alcohol stoves and I made the mistake of denting my stove then trying to force the venting ring, but ended up making it worse. It does function fine without the adjustment ring anyway.
My reccomendations are to the users of the stove. Put it in a container that will protect it in your pack, and don't force anything. The wind screen they sell as a accessory makes a good carrying case if coupled with a small stuff sack.
If you have trouble with your stove the site has some good advice on operating and maintaining the stove.
Best of all, I wrote Dave telling him how the cable stopped turning the adjustment ring. He asked me to return it to him and HE SENT ME A NEW STOVE! That's terrrific service.

Dan Durston
( dandydan )

Simmer Rocks, A bit tippy on 10/24/2009 22:50:54 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

I just got back from 5 days of using my FeatherFire stove. The simmering function of this stove is amazing. It really works very well. The stove is also really easy to extinguish which is great.

What is not so great is the stability of this stove. The three small metal wires that support the pot are smooth and round so they are quite slippery. If you are cooking on a slight incline a large pot (ie. 1.3L) with a litre of water in it will slide very easily. I almost lost a few meals. The stoves legs are also quite skinny so if you are cooking of soft ground they can dig it and cause the stove to tip. This isn't a huge problem now that I'm aware of it, but it does make mealtimes take a little longer as I search for that perfect bit of ground.

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