Rating: 4 / 5
First, to find the website note that Little Bug is spelled with no "e". The efficiency of this stove amazed me.
I have tried homemade versions of woodburners with little success, so I was skeptical. Wouldn't it be a nuisance to look for firewood and then a hassle getting a fire going? I was still thinking that way as I collected and stowed sticks, etc., in a stuff bag as I hiked. In camp, I started by lighting tinder from the top as suggested without much luck. Finally I started a fire the old fashion way with tinder on the bottom just on the ground. Then I placed the stove over the beginning flame. The immediate effect was to have the fire be self-fanned by the vents at the bottom. No need for me to blow on it now! I quicky added small pieces from the top and put on the pot. It was easy to add more sticks with the pot in place and in no time the fire was raging. In no time I noticed steam coming out from under the lid, so I removed the top. The water was not just boiling, it was roaring bubbles. Wow, I could not believe how fast that happened and I had not used anywhere need the wood supply I had colleceted. I never even used a piece larger around than a Sharpie marking pen, or about the size of my index finger. I never used sticks as large as the ones shown in the webpage photos. I was also just boiling two cups of water. I also had to use extra water to douse the fire as it was still burining full bore when I removed the pot. No need to use my trusted esbit stove as a back-up! I also think that using this stove would be a great way to melt snow for drinking water. If you are hiking anywhere near where wood sticks can be found for fuel, this wood burner would work great for that. In short, the only reason I cannot rate this with a 5 is that I have not tried any of the other features, such as hanging the stove or using it with alcohol, or with its simmer-system. This stove has none of the problems that Scott mentions in his review of the Stratus Trailstove. The Littlbug weighs 8 7/8 oz. on my scale, and easily comes apart into four pieces as shown on the website. Watch for patches of soot before stowing it around gear. Soot on the pot is burned into it so, that's not problem. A blackened pot burns more efficiently anyway, right? So, if you are ready for a wood stove, the Littlbug is a good one. NB. Mine is the smaller, "Junior", version. It is not newcessary to split pieces of kinding, but it can be done with a knife. Here are some pics: