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Sterno Single Burner Folding Stove - 50002
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- Single burner folding stove
- Folds to 1-1/2" thick for easy storage & portability
- Rust free aluminum panels reflect heat back under the cooking vessel
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This Sterno stove, however, gives you a full metal grate to place your pan upon. You don't have to worry about it collapsing or falling over from a super-precise placement required by, say, an alcohol stove made out of a soda can. Add in the clumsy wind screens, and it's just a royal pain to do anything except heat water.
I like to cook fresh eggs when I make a breakfast omelette. I like to have grilled cheese sandwiches, seared hotdogs, and carmelized onions on my hamburgers. Using the Sterno stove allows me the ease of use and flexibility to do real cooking on the trail.
In addition, the shiny box reflects heat nicely to the pan, and acts as an integrated windscreen. Nothing else needs to be purchased, though a little aluminum foil can go a long way, too.
Finally, I use several different burners with the stove. A Trangia stove is fabulous ( military surplus fits perfectly, civilian version inside a tuna can ). Various versions of alcohol burners including soda cans and side jets. I also use a different chafing fuel called "Safe Heat" - which is a bit more expensive than regular Sterno, but uses a wick and diethylene glycol as its fuel. It has a perfectly consistent flame until empty, whereas Sterno can vary a bit. One can will work for a three day camping trip easily.
I have used Esbit tablets ( on top of a tuna can ), and the aforementioned placement of live coals from a campfire. Doing that last, however, turned the aluminum yellow-gold. It didn't hurt the performance, at all.
Use a real stove. Use real pots and pans. Get one of these.
The design of this stove must surely date back to the 1930's, or even before, yet the functionality cannot be surpassed. Sure, a WhisperLite is trendy, and might heat water and food a little more quickly than sterno, but the tradeout is carrying around those bulky gas canisters, which are only useful for the stove itself. Sterno, on the other hand, has many other uses while outward bound, and much easier to tote around with you than those canisters, believe me.
I originally purchased my first Sterno stove in 1995 when I learned to flyfish after moving to Colorado. I needed something inexpensive, and easy to backpack, as I used to take off and spend two to three days fishing different rivers throughout the state. My whole system was easy enough to use to prepare some hot food after braving a frigid river on a November morning was a great morale booster. Whipping this out at a jobsite 10 miles from the closest Wendy's, Subway or any food outlet made my fellow workers envious as I enjoyed a can of hot chili and crackers while they mulled through their bologna sandwiches or other such lunchfare. I was asked numerous times where I had purchased my stove, and after returning to work over the next few days, noticed a few other little stoves had popped up on the site.
I gave it away to a couple of hippie kids who were 'traveling' through Colorado one day, and, can only imagine that once they landed on their feet, that little stove has been passed on to another soul who can put it to good use.
I am back to buy another to stick in my "Grab and Go" bag, just in case I ever need to head for the hills, due to some sort of disaster.
It does has several drawbacks for a backpacker. The stove+fuel is heavier than other backpacking alternatives, and it has sharp edges that can damage other packed items. It also will not stay folded and when packed after use will transfer sooty residues to other packed items. Placing the stove in a sturdy bag will protect the rest of your pack and keep it closed at the expense of a bit more weight.
I've used it and it works fine, but then again I've left it behind and used a couple of rocks and coals from the campfire to do the same job. The best use I found for this item was while working with younger campers, because the wide surface makes for a safer cooking platform than traditional backpacking stoves. I thought the grill top would appeal to them also, but it's not nearly as "kid-cool" as a hotdog on a stick over the campfire. This was also a convenient item to have during dry conditions when open fires were too dangerous and were prohibited.
So it's low-tech, easy to use, easy to clean, fuel flexible, cheap, stable, and sturdy but heavy with sharp edges and won't stay folded.
For the price it's really hard to complain about this stove. It's crude and not perfect, but it's definately "good enough" for a budget conscious camper or weekend hiker.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This a nice inexpensive stove. Worth every penny and more. I've never been camping so this was purchased for emergency purposes. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Lynthen
WAS DELIVERED QUICKLY. EASY TO PUT TOGETHER PER INSTRUCTIONS. WOULD GIVE 5 STARS BUT HAVN'T USED IT YET.Published 1 month ago by Pasquale Manalio
Great for emergency kit in my vehicle for winter. Great for cooking Mountain House foil packed meal (use snow for water & plastic fork) if you become stranded.Published 1 month ago by C.W. Goetz
Works great. I have used it a lot. I put an expanded metal plate in the bottom of the stove so I could use odd size alcohol stoves. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Steve D