Emberlit Titanium UL Compact Design Perfect for Survival, Camping, Hunting & Emergency Preparation
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- Packs flat for easy storage
- ultra-light weight
- boils water in 10 min
- Made in USA
- life time warranty
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The EmberLit-UL (Ultralite) Stove. Weighing in at less than 5.45 oz., the Emberlit-UL stove caters to those who pay special attention to the weight of their gear. Made of pure titanium, the Emberlit-UL is just as strong and impervious to corrosion as it's stainless steel brother, but at half the weight. With use the individual panels that make up the EmberLit-UL may take on a slight warp. This is normal and doesn't affect the assembly or durability of the stove. Likewise it comes with a lifetime guarantee. you'll never wear this one out either. Despite the extra difficulty and expense of working with titanium this stove is PROUDLY Made in the USA.
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It's ultra packable: Folded flat, it really is only 1/8" thick and less than 6 oz. in weight! This stove will easily fit in your back pocket, though obviously since the metal is thin, it would be more prudent to stow it against (or inside) something rigid to prevent it from getting bent inside your pack.
It's space-saving: Besides the impressively low weight and bulk of the stove itself, you save further weight and bulk by not needing to carry fuel canisters. A little tinder and a fistful of finger sized twigs (easy to find along the trail, and free!) provides plenty of fuel to cook a meal.
It's simple and offers bombproof reliability: Four sides slot together easily around a square base plate to form a surprisingly rigid and stable cooking platform that facilitates hotter, purer combustion (i.e. more heat from considerably less wood, with noticeably less smoke) than a open fire. Due to the high temperature resistance of titanium, you could also leave the base plate out and use this stove as a platform for holding a pot over the coals of an open fire, if desired (instead of lighting a fire inside of the stove itself). My favorite feature is the generously sized door opening for feeding in wood. You can insert the ends of some relatively long sticks and then gradually feed them further and further in as the wood burns. This allows you to maintain a constant, healthy flame for a long time without needing to remove the pot or pan from the fire to add more wood (unlike some other box-style stoves that are top-feed only). The doorway is small enough to keep burning wood contained safely, yet large enough to feed in plenty of wood for fuel. Wonderful!
It cools down quickly: Titanium cools noticeably faster than stainless so, after you extinguish the fire, you can pack up this stove sooner if you're in a hurry. I try not to hurry when I'm enjoying the wilderness (which is also why I don't care that this kind of stove is marginally slower to boil than the noisy, rocket-flamed gas stoves most backpackers use). That said, since I camp a lot with my curious daughters, I appreciate that the faster-cooling titanium reduces the likelihood of accidental burns from handling the still-hot metal after use.
It fits the spirit of bushcraft: This stove requires you to know and practice fire-lighting--a core skill of bushcraft. This stove merely provides an efficient way to use good old fire for more convenient cooking. More importantly, it permits you to do so even in wilderness areas that don't allow open fires, but do allow "cook stoves." The sides keep the flames and wood safely contained, and provide a very stable 4" x 4" top surface--wide and strong enough to support even a fairly large bush pot. Although the thin metal sides seem flimsy, the stove is quite solid when assembled and can easily support more weight than any pot I can imagine using for wilderness cooking--even if you boil water by the gallon!
As I see it, this is the perfect stove for bushcraft. Simpler and quicker to assemble than the Honey stove, stabler than the Vargo stove, lighter and simpler in function than the Firebox and Bushbox, and so much quieter and truer to the spirit of bushcraft than any gas stove. Yes, it takes a few minutes longer to achieve a rolling boil, but who cares? I didn't time it, but one large handful of sticks managed to boil 29 oz of water (almost a full liter!) in my GSI Glacier Stainless Kettle in roughly 10 minutes. And all that while, I was able to enjoy the quiet and charm of a glowing fire instead of the hissing/rushing sound of a jet-style camp burner. If you carry a small alcohol stove or fuel tablets, this stove also serves as an ideal platform, pot support, and windscreen for that kind of cooking. And if you want a stove for survival purposes, this is as reliable as it gets since there is nothing that can really clog, corrode, or break.
Frankly, I'd give this stove 6 stars if I could. I think it's brilliant in its simplicity. My one disappointment is that, despite the high $79 price tag (titanium is expensive), this stove does NOT come with a fabric storage bag. It comes in a plastic ziploc bag. This stove really ought to have a heavier duty storage bag with a velcro flap to keep all the stove pieces together and keep soot off other gear. The ziploc might suffice, but it seems a little on the cheap given the price point.
Highly recommended! This stove is awesome!
[UPDATE 2/22/2014: A brief note to try to quantify the performance: Using one large handful of tinder (a pile of wood shavings/curls, pine needles, and dry leaves), one large fistful of small kindling twigs (about twenty, each 1/8" - 1/4" in diameter), and five longer sticks fed through the door (each 12" long x 1/2" diameter), I was able to achieve a nice, hot burn for 14 minutes. That proved to be more than enough to boil 29 oz. of water in a GSI Glacier Stainless Kettle, and left enough hot coals behind that the stove would likely have cooked with an even heat for an additional 5 to 10 minutes beyond the 14 minutes of strong burn time. When finished with the stove, I turn it over with my foot or a stick to empty the hot coals. The titanium is cool enough to handle in under three minutes and ready to pack away in less than five.
Also, I tried feeding the stove continuously for 90 minutes. The stove built up an impressive bed of coals in that time--filling itself about one-half to two-thirds full--and none spilled out the side feed opening as I feared they might. The inward slant of the sides and the generous lip around the side feed opening both discourage the coals and flames from working out the side feed opening. After 90 minutes, the stove sides had an extremely slight inward cupping, but no actual warping, and everything packed perfectly flat again when stowing the stove afterward. This design is clearly well thought out and effective.]
The stove goes together so easily and fits so well it's almost unbelievable. There is no sloppy wiggling around which might cause spills, just tight, solid stove. When packed up it folds completely flat (approx. 1/8th inch) and weighs next to nothing (I purchased the UL Titanium model). Prior to my purchase I had emailed the company with a question and got an immediate, courteous, and helpful response. The stove comes with a lifetime guarantee and I see no reason to doubt that not only will it last my lifetime but my daughter's as well when I pass it along to her.
To the people thinking about purchasing one - DO IT. You will not be disappointed. This is my 4th wood burning survival type stove and is hands down the absolute winner. My last stove (a Solo) while it did work, was bulky and difficult to feed while cooking. The Emberlit is light-years ahead of the competition.
To the people at Emberlit....a job excellently done and deserved of praise. You have won not only a customer for life but a walking talking advertising machine as well.