Monday, October 24, 2011
3 stoves in the woods
Last week when I was out in the hills for a few days I tried out 3 different stoves People have given me over the past year.
My friend Matt gave me a "Hobo" stove and some sterno to try out which works but takes a lot of time. I was also trying out a alcohol stove made from a Pepsi can , my good friend Jeff gave me this one last year and I put it away and simply forgot about it. The other day when I was rooting through some extra gear I uncovered it then threw it in my pack with a bottle of "Heet" fuel.
I cant remember who makes this stove but it is stamped on the bottom of the Pepsi can/stove - I filled it with "Heet" fuel and it burned long enough to boil about 2 liters of water. The only draw back to this recycled can stove is hat it is a little flimsy and tends to bend up pretty quick.
The 3rd stove I tried out was an Emberlit(emberlit.com)given to me by a friend and blog follower Mikail. I like this stove, it is made of stainless steel and breaks down to a small flat package that can easily be packed away in the top pocket of my back pack.
I didnt burn any wood in the Emberlit but was able to burn paper in it to boil a can of creek water for tea.
After using these 3 types of stoves in the outdoors in real wilderness conditions, If forced to choose between the 3 , I would have to take the Emberlit. The reasons being,is that this stove is easy to pack, its light weight and can/will burn any type of organic fuel from wood to pete, to paper, pine cones etc.
But ultimatly, so will a "Hobo" stove, and you can make one of those from just about any can you find anywhere in the world.
Anyhoo, just my thoughts,
Tomahawk - Scouts Out!