Nature lovers enjoy spending time outdoors and sometimes you may decide to take a longer hike or even backpack overnight. Cooking outside is always exciting and the food just tastes different if it has been made over an open fire.
Some backpackers may choose to use a small stove, called a backpacking stove, to cook their meals and keep the surrounding area warm. Many of the backpacking stoves can be taken apart and folded away into a smaller part of your backpack. There are many types of wood-burning backpacking stoves to choose from and this article will help you decide which one is best for you.
Backpacking Wood Stoves – What You Should Know?
Backpacking stoves are versatile and easy to use. You can prepare many dishes on the stoves and it is easy to carry around with you thanks to its low weight.
There are several things to consider when purchasing a backpacking wood stove. The most important thing to consider is the weight of the collapsible stove. Stove weight varies from a couple of ounces up to 3 pounds. It really depends on your personal preference for what weight you would like to add to your backpack.
Collapsible stoves usually come with their own storage bags. Ensure the storage pouch is sturdy and won’t damage easily. Check the size of the storage pouch when full, to determine if it can fit into or onto your backpack. If possible, you may want to assemble and disassemble the stove for testing purposes to see how user friendly it is and whether you can pack it up easily.
What are you going to use the stove for while backpacking? This is an important question to consider since the functionality of backpacking stoves vary. All stoves can provide heat due to the burning wood but some can also be used to prepare meals, boil water or grill meat. It is useful to read up about the various usage possibilities of a stove.
You may be familiar with using logs to fuel your campfire and this is perfectly fine. The collapsible stove also uses wood logs but you can use other materials for the food fire too. Twigs and dry leaves are an excellent way to start the fire in your stove. Pine cones are great for stove fires, as well as wood chips and smaller logs. Any option is suitable, depending on the time it will take your meal to cook.
3W Stove Review – 3W Folding Wood Stove
Wild Wild West (3W) has a folding wood stove made from titanium, which can turn a tent into a warm environment. It is superlightweight due to the titanium construction and folds into pieces that easily fit in a storage bag. The 3W Folding Wood Stove includes:
- Titanium stove
- Rollable pipe
- Spark arrestor grade
- Folding damper
- Storage zip pouch
The top of the stove has a flat surface and a glass window in the front allows you to see the fire. The air intake can be adjusted across the door to optimizing the burn rate. Warp is minimized by a reinforced rib on the top of the stove and the side panels include a channel to keep parts in place if warping does occur.
The flat top gives you space to boil water or cook meals, assuming the use of a lightweight pan. It works best in tent spaces for 2 – 6 people if you want to generate heat. The total weight of the 3W stove is just over 4 pounds.
The entire stove is held together by 4 bolts, which can be removed to store the parts in the bag. The chimney is simply rolled up and the damper flattened for storage. The storage bag can then be placed inside your backpack or attached to the outside.
Firebox Stove Review – Folding Firebox
The Firebox Bushcraft Camp Stove Kit is the perfect cooking companion to take on your adventures. You can use it to roast, pan fry, boil water, grill or make kabobs. The combo kit contains:
- 1 x G2 Firebox Bush Camping stove 5”
- 1 x removable ash pan
- 4 x firesticks
- 1 x boil plate
- 1 x adjustable fire grate
- 1 x extended grill plate
- 1 x Black D-Ring Stove Kit Case
The boil plate is an added feature of this stove, which provides a boiling option. The boiling feature can be used in conjunction with 40 ounce stainless steel water bottles and space saver cups. The adjustable fire grate can be moved up and down to the position you want – you may want wood chips to burn near the pan, or move charcoal closer in proximity to the grill.
The Firebox can use wood logs, pine cones, charcoal, twigs or wood pellets to fuel the fire. The can be fueled with extra wood or charcoal from the side, top, or pre-fueled by having it already loaded before starting the fire.
The case for the Firebox stove is durable and made from two layers of 500wt nylon. The case is resistant to damage and does not have a seam at the bottom. The sturdy case keeps all the parts secure while you backpack. The entire kit weighs 3.5 pounds make it lightweight to carry around with you.
Other Wood-Burning Stove Options
The 3W stove or Firebox may not be quite to your liking, whether it be shape or weight that is incorrect for your backpacking. No worries, there are plenty of other stove options available:
- – 0.56 pounds
- SOLEADER Backpacking Wood Stove – 1.13 pounds
- Vinida Wood Burning Camping Stove – 0.57 pounds
- BioLite Campstove 2 – 2.06 pounds
- Unigear Wood Burning Camp Stove – 0.91 pounds
- Lixada Camping Stove – 0.59 pounds
- Canway Camping Stove – 1.2 pounds
- kampMATE WoodFlame – 1.14 pounds
- TOAKS Titanium – 0.49 pounds
- Yoler Wood Burning Backpacking Stove – 1.92 pounds
A wood-burning camp stove is an essential piece of backpacking equipment due its many purposes. Buy one today to keep you warm and help prepare meals, without adding a lot of weight to your backpack.