Camping Stoves: Part 2 (sort of)
So, I’ve been getting questions already for this summer about light and little cooking equipment. I will be covering all sorts throughout this adventure (and I have a tendency to collect tiny utensils), but I wanted to start off strong.
Generic warning: never use any stove, no matter how big or small, or the fuel it uses, in a tent or other not well-ventilated place. (Just don’t – and yes, if you’re keeping score: also repeatedly seen by neighboring groups. aaargh!)
I’m going to start off with the lightest and littlest yet: the Survival Frog Pocket Stove.
Now, I don’t personally have one of these brand new darlings, but I love Survival Frog‘s products. They’re sturdy, meant to be easily transported, and reliable. I can’t imagine this being any different.
It’s great for minimalist campers, those hiking from site to site, long term camping or those living in a tent. I don’t know if it would be worth it for those who weekend camp (but personally I think I would like it just because it’s tiny to pack – I just don’t really bother to camp for short amounts of time anymore so the needed supplies to do so are fading from memory).
What it looks like:
What it comes with:
- aluminum stove (opens up to 2 sizes to better fit pans, weighs less than 4 oz)
- carry bag
- 6 fuel tablets (smokeless hexamine tablets – just keep them dry and out of the food/drink)
Never used hexamine?
Have you ever used Esbit, Sterno or dry alcohol? It’s kinda like that.
The little tablets leave behind no trace (ash/wax/etc), are stored in the stove, and only need matches to light them. Like opening a Sterno can: once it’s on, it’s working until it’s gone.
Why this stove?
Because it’s tiny and ridiculously easy to use.
You don’t need to worry about overheating or cooling fuel canisters, which are always bigger than these tablets.
You don’t need to fiddle with dials and heat levels.
You don’t need to collect firewood, or carry coal or worry about the placement of the firepit in regards to where your tent is.
As a matter of fact, here’s a video that’s not even a minute long to show you how it’s done:
So, do you think you’d give this stove a whirl?
Let me know in the comments!
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