Rating: 4 / 5
6.5 oz-25 dollars.
Made of two vegetable cans that nest for storage and clip together to contribute to create immense ease of fueling.
I used this stove over the weekend on a rainy camping trip with my four year old daughter. I brought an alcohol and cartridge for backup as this was a trial run. I never even considered using them.
This stove was super easy to use, it burned twigs up to thumb size best, and did fine with pinecones, although with less draw, as it like to have the sticks vertical. The design actually supports this technique.
Why am I sold and think this is so amazing? Because I cooked fresh potatoes and Brussels sprouts in an improvised oven and didn't have to think about how much fuel I was using. I could make that extra cup of hot cocoa for a wet cold kid without worry, and...It kept us warm all the while.
Do I want a wood gas stove? Yeah. Does this stove do everything a hobo stove possibly could? I think so. I would give it a 5 if I believed in them.
I had the opportunity for more field testing this week. This stove is still a pleasure to use and it continues to serve me well. A few technical qualities arose that are worth knowing for prospective users.
First, for boiling water it is great, not an issue, is easy to start and maintain.
For cooking "real" food, which is why I like wood stoves (no limit regarding the fuel/day ratio) I noticed two difficult but not insurmountable problems.
First: It is tippy if there is a big load on top of it. Mine went over two times while roasting potatos. I was able to use sticks to lift it back, but, I advise to just give the tall cylinder a little respect (which I was not) and it should be no problem.
the air holes at the bottom fill with ash over time and basically stop it from burning. Again, with water boiling and other fast cooking this is not an issue. However cooking lamb burgers and certainly potatos it was. The correction to this second issue was actually quite easy. I use two thumb thickness sticks and (after removing my pot) tip the stove back and forth several times. This allows the very well burt ash to fall out from under the stove and away from the holes. Immidiatly the stove flames up again. Might bigger holes allow this to happen via gravity? Maybe but I don't think so. These are just some things to be aware of and I continue to use and enjoy the stove