Woodgas Camp Stove XL
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- Free and abundant fuel
- Ultra clean Burning, produces little smoke
- Doesn't need propane
- Burns sticks, wood pellets, twigs, pine cones, etc...
- Great for Emergency preparedness
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When you set the output to high (the fan has two speeds), you generally need to feed in more twigs as you cook, but the overall efficiency is little short of amazing. A few handfuls of twigs of thumb-thickness - or a few pieces at wrist thickness - will cook a simple meal. All that's left at the end is fine ash, and not a lot of that.
Note that it's fussier than a propane stove - you need to keep an eye on it and occasionally move the food to feed in a few more twigs, and the heat output tends to vary based on how much wood is left and what stage of burning it's at. Second, it needs batteries to run. You can buy a little solar charger from the company that sells it, to keep the batteries going, but it's a small and low quality charger. Third, getting it fired up takes practice - or a sized splash of lamp (paraffin) oil on top of the twigs, which works without fail, but brings you back to dealing with bottled flammables (since I use this outside my house, that's not a problem for me, but might irritate a backpacker). Finally, while I've yet to tip it over, I wish it had a wider base.
But it's much less fussy than cooking over a campfire, far more efficient, cleaner, and there's no fuel cost other than the occasional battery. No propane canisters to store or dispose of. It stows well and is simple and sturdy.Read more ›
It has a learning curve, so it takes a few attempts to run it smoothly, if you start with fire starters. If you use igniters, then it is no problem, just wait a few minutes, until the fuel catches a decent fire. Then you cook.
It can be used as the outdoor 2-person fireplace, and since it hardly produces smoke, when connected to the battery power, it is quite convenient. It transforms into a mini-BBQ, with the appropriately sized grill. If you do solo camping, LE should be good enough. XL is large, and it should serve multiple campers.
The construction is of an acceptable quality. Constructed of a thin gauge stainless steel, the stove is sufficiently strong and light. The stove is held together by aluminum rivets throughout. One problem: one of the aluminum rivets that hold the inner bowl to the outer shell could not handle the repeated heat stress. This happened after about 4-5 times of use. The rivet failure created a gap between the inner and outer shell, and the air leaked out, thus reducing the air pressure inside. I had to drill out the three aluminum rivets, and replace them with steel rivets. I doubt any of these three will ever pop again.
One thing was left with a room to be desired. The battery pack housing is of a shabby quality. For the price of the stove, the manufacturer should have invested a more quality material.Read more ›
The stainless steel handles repetitive abuse and the stove puts out the heat advertised. Lightweight, easy to handle and easy to light with starter gel. A useful piece of information is that butane lighters don't like to light when frozen, so if you plan on using this as emergency heat, get old fashion wood matches and starter gel.
A very good, versatile product. If you use it daily, get the AC power adapter or the solar charger, as you will go through a lot of batteries.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great stove works well with larger pots and skillets. Gets hot fast on very little fuel.Published 1 month ago by Beth A. Gantt
I have had one of these for a long time now and I love it I have a BIOLITE also but this one seems to have a hotter flame with less blackening of the pan on the bottom. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jennifer Lovato
This is a great little wood-burning camp stove for cooking/boiling or just keeping your hands warm. A load of wood pellets will burn for about 45 minutes. Read morePublished on January 24, 2013 by G. Bromeo
this thing is a VORTEX of FIRE Love it !!! Takes about 3 minutes to get going then it's ready to cook!Published on January 11, 2013 by Check it out !!
Works great with easy to access fuel. I carry it in my tool box on my truck. Works real well on wood pellets which are a cheap fuel.Published on September 16, 2012 by Don
This cooks amazingly fast. I've burnt twigs, BBQ coals, and wood pellets so far. As long as its fairly dry, it will burn. Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by Ryan Thomas