I recently had the opportunity to field test the Emberlit stainless steel camp stove. As someone who appreciates simplicity, and loves low tech and lightweight camping gear, I was excited to get my hands on this stove. As soon as I had the chance, I took it out to the woods to try it out. I was not disappointed!
The best feature of the Emberlit stove is that disassembled and stored in it’s pouch, it measures only 5 X 6.5 inches and weighs only 11.3 oz. It easily fits in the map pouch on my Black Widow pack and even fits in the cargo pocket on my pants. This stove takes up virtually no room at all and adds very little weight to your pack. If you want something lighter, they do make a titanium model.
The stove assembles quickly. You can have it together and ready to use in just seconds.
The beauty of a stove like this is that you can use what I call “trash from the forest floor” to fuel it. I took a handful of pine needles, some dead grass, part of a pine cone, and some small pine twigs for tinder. Once she started burning I just fed the stove with white pine and birch twigs. This stove makes a good hot fire and I was able to boil water, in a stainless steel stock pot, in a little over 7 minutes. Just remember that when burning small, fast burning materials, you want to have plenty of fuel on hand.
There are many applications where this stove would be great to have. When you just need to stop on the trail and cook something without taking the time to build a full-fledged camp fire, this stove is the perfect tool for the job. In the past I’ve used a dragonfly backpacking stove for such occasions. As long as I’m traveling in a country with plenty of free fuel for the EmberLit stove, I don’t think I’ll be toting around expensive and bulky bottled fuel anymore. This is the perfect stove for the north woods that I travel. I found it to be very sturdy and ridged. It is made in the USA and has a lifetime warranty. It’s compact and lightweight design makes it a must have for the woodsman’s backpack or the prepper’s bug out bag.
There are only two things I should add. First, because this stove does get so hot, you must make sure to clear away any grass or burnable materials from under and around the stove. The second thing is to be careful when cleaning this stove, because the steel being as thin as it is can have some sharp edges. I managed to put a little slice in my thumb cleaning mine. It was my own stupid mistake, I should have known better.
All in all, this is one heck of nice camp stove!
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