I am looking for a twig burner type stove to boil water on, and came across this.
Tell me /out/. Is it good? Does it work? Are there better alternatives?
I've heard of these but never seen them before. Seems like it would hard to keep clean, not only the creosote in the chimney, but also the water chamber. If you ever got any sort of sludge or sticky mold on the inside, it would be impossible to scrub out. It would probably be hard to get dry too, so rust could potentially be an issue. Its cool in theory, but a hobo stove and a Sierra cup seems easier and more reliable. Either way, its not like you need a super efficient design to save on fuel anyway.
Plus a Sierra cup can be used on any type of stove, and doubles as a dish. All for about five bucks. You can't use a Kelly kettle on a trangia or eat soup from it.
And hobo stoves are free...
I'll probably get a sierra cup instead. Would a £15/$20 "wood gas" stove be better than just drilling some holes in a bean can?
Like this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lixada-Portable-Stainless-Camping-Solidified/dp/B00VJMISWU
No. Bean can is the way to go. Make sure to burn it off hot from a distance before you cook with it. Nasty fumes you don't want to breathe. I'd recommend making yourself a roll-top or beer can stove and packing some HEET as well, just in case it's hard to source dry tinder and fuel. Again, pretty much free, and light enough to carry just just as a back-up.
I just saw that, too. One of the advantages of /out/ is that you can browse other threads without constantly bumping your own.
I wanted to add too, that camping gear itself is really a meme. Unless you're going out into pretty extreme environments, you don't need specialized gear. A lot of what I use is just stuff I'd have normally. You can wear fleece pajama bottoms under jeans and stay warmer than wearing goretex pants, blue closed cell pads are far more reliable than those $300 inflatable pads, and I've been on trips where I've caught more fish with a PVC spindle than the guy sitting next to me with an $80 reel. Check forums on homelessness and train-hopping and you'll notice that the people who sleep outside the most often do so with the best and most reliable (but rarely the most expensive) gear.
If you can't find any good forums (I'm not linking here, I don't want our trolls to find a new home), a great alternative is to buy a pack of cigarettes and hang out near the train yard. For the price of a cigarette or two, you can get great gear recommendations and hear some pretty cool stories. Just look for the guys wearing surprisingly small backpacks. They're the most knowledgeable.
Had posted the following three-part response in another thread; I'll just copy/paste it here.
"I like Biostoves. I'll start you off by talking about the various EmberLit ( http://www.emberlit.com/ ) models. They have their standards stove and the "Fire Ant" models, all under $100.00, and I've only heard great things about these stoves. They pack flat, are easy to assemble and quick to cool after use. The regular stoves are best used with biofuels like pine cones/needles, sticks, twigs, etc. while their "fire ant" model is made to use not only biofuels but trangia/esbit spirit burners and solid/jelled fuels like Wetfire. They typically come in Stainless Steel but you can also have them made from Titanium if you're willing to pay a bit more."
"While the EmberLit is often touted as the best of those "boxy" biostoves Bushcraft Essentials and Firebox ( https://www.bushcraft-essentials.com/english/ and http://www.fireboxstove.com/ ) make some stoves that compete in quality and price. I personally wouldn't buy a Firebox, Bushbox XL or any hinged stove just because I personally would be afraid of ashes screwing with the hinges. I do like the hingeless Bushbox models excluding the Ultralight.
Firebox G2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADx0-K5QI3w [Embed]
Bushbox original, micro & ultralight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSKgZB5irOE [Embed]
Bushbox XL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rxdOvP_c2U [Embed]"
D: I got the evil trips!
If you don't mind paying a little more and having a little less room you may want to consider a gasifier. These stoves are neat because they not only are more efficient but often can be broken down to nest inside the pots/pans you cook on. The Silverfire Scout ( image related ) shows how most gasifiers works.
You can buy this stove ( http://www.silverfire.us/ ) pretty cheaply and for under $120 you can buy a kit containing the Silverfire Scout,, MSR Pot, Fire Starter, & SS Utensils! that all nest together.
Silverfire Scout pack:
The TOAKS Titanium stove the Solo stove ( http://toaksoutdoor.com/ and http://www.solostove.com/ ) are two that get a lot of praise. TOAKS not only does great stoves but have a reputation for their cookwear/utensils. You can nest a cup, your utensils and stove inside their pot/pan combo to save room and because it is all titanium they not only cool down quickly but are also very light yet sturdy. Solo stove are made using nichrome/stainless steel, are more expensive but can also nest in a pot but less accessories are available. The Solo stove does come in more sizes than the TOAKS does though and does look a bit nicer if looks are something you care about.
TOAKS stove: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iYeqHyjcD8 [Embed]
Solo Stove: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGOO7EPDfkg [Embed]"
Also worth mentioning that the Solo stoves are on sale now ( or so their website says ) so it may be worth looking at them before the sale ends.
I think they’re neat-o and if I had the money to burn, I’d buy the small one just to goof around with.
But unless you’re a Britbong who drinks tea all day long, I think you’d be better off with something more general purpose and versatile, such as pic related;
Have/do you use(d) this before and/or often? If so, how do the hinges hold up? I'm sketchy of any portable stove that is hinged out of the fear of them becoming ash-clogged/wearing to the point of breaking.
Years back in Boy Scouts, a kid brought one on a campout but for the 6-7 boys in the patrol, it was obviously too small for cooking and we just fucked around with it for a bit, but I seem to remember it being made out of reasonably sturdy steel.
Amazon lists it as “currently unavailable” but it’s got 4/5 stars from 173 reviews, while Sportsman’s Guide shows 4.4 stars / 123 reviews and they’ve got it in stock for $13.00.
While OP’s ghilie kettles are neat gadgets, once the water comes to a boil you have to take the kettle off the burner base, while with the pocket cooker, you can continue to use it by itself as a (very) small campfire for warmth and light.
Buy one and tells us what it's like.
Good deal, I'll have to get one and try it out. At that price I'm alright with just testing one out and if I still feel iffy about having something with hinges I have some prepper neighbors who would love adding something like this into their kit if they found it met their needs. If it really can't cook then I'll have no need for it but it certainly looks better than the Firebox G2.
if were taking raw boiling power, it's not far off as fast as a jetboil which is pretty shocking I had 1.5 ltrs of water ( 5 ish cups) boiling, all in one go in around 10 mins
hand as well you can use a Trangia stove in them too