"I bought this little stove and just recently used it on a camping trip, where it easily made a HUGE dinner and a hot breakfast for two people. At night, we made 2 liters of fish stew. The 2.4 liter pot felt very stable on top of the stove; I never worried about it tipping over. It easily brought ~1 liter of water to a boil, and one load of wood cooked everything thoroughly. We added another load of wood to simmer the stew for a while. In the morning, we made sausage, bacon and eggs. The stove brought our pan up to temperature VERY quickly; it was quite easy to get the bacon done. Because the stove gets so hot, we needed to move the pan on and off of the stove to keep the eggs from burning, but it was easy to manage. Overall, it's a great little stove. I have a few tips for using it:
- Pack it only half full of twigs/sticks, and then add a bunch of tinder. Light the tinder, then pile more sticks into it. That makes it pretty easy to light.
- If you need to light it very quickly, you can use cotton balls soaked in vaseline (fluff them before lighting), or a squirt of alcohol-based hand sanitizer to help the flame catch.
- Pack it very full of sticks and twigs. That way, you'll get nice coals which put off excellent, long-lasting heat to cook over
- Keep an extra load of twigs/sticks nearby, just in case. If you're making a stew or a large meal, there's a chance your fuel will burn off before you finish cooking. If you have too many twigs/sticks, you can always use the rest later.
The only thing I worry about is the pot stand; after using, it feels that the movable "feet" that hold the pot/pan over the stove are a little loose. This shouldn't be a problem, but it's something to watch out for.
Overall, I'm very happy with this. I'll definitely take it on more camping trips, and I might even use it for bikepacking. I can't wait to show it off next time I have a group camping trip!"
Lucas - DC, Washington DC