The Honey Stove: Not Just a Wood Stove

Here’s a nifty new ultralight wood stove that I found on London Backpacker’s blog over the weekend that is manufactured and sold by, (which has no affiliation with I recommend that you visit their site. They have some cool gear that is not available in the US and their site has a lot of useful information packed into it (and doesn’t require a annual subscription to access).

First off, the Honey Stove not just an ultralight wood stove like the Bushbuddy, which appeals to my multi-function ultralight packing strategy. But the extra functionality has a price because the Honey Stove weighs 12.5 oz, which more than twice the weight of the 5.1 oz. Bushbuddy. Hopefully future versions will cut the weight down some.

Despite this, I find the Honey Stove appealing because it can fit any pot size and because the stove walls can be used as a windscreen and stove shelf for other fuel types such as Esbit and alcohol (meths) stoves.This is an important because, depending on your risk and comfort tolerances, you may want to carry an alternate stove/fuel source as a fall back in case dry wood is unavailable. In fall back mode, the Honey Stove can act as a wind screen and base plate, saving you an extra ounce or two.

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  1. I've got to think that the honeystove would be faster/hotter/better than the bushbuddy because the honeystove appears to have very little of the flame exposed, while the bushbuddy appears more prone to heat loss. I'd love to see a side by side comparisson on these two stoves.

    As it looks right now though, I'd go with the honeystove even with the additonal weight.

    • i ve a titanium honey stove, a bit of a knack to assemble ie 2mins for me, beautifully made, essentially a mobile campfire to sit around and cook on if required despite no fancy gasification. use it far more than i ever though i would , functionally and socially ( looked at solo and bush buddy) but i think this does much more and is very portable and more durable … ie flat pack if can get around the assembly. issue highly recommended.
      ps other stove is caldera cone, works in real world blustery wet england like non of the other numerous alcohol stoves i ve tried do

      chears pc

  2. There's another European stove you should look at called the Bush Cooker. Here's another You Tube video for it:

    I haven't done any kind of analysis but it looks like the Bush Cooker has better wood gasification properties than the Honey Stove. I haven't actually played with a Bush Buddy, but a comparison of the two would also be great.

  3. Both the honey stove and the bush cooker are really interesting, though I agree the bush cooker looks a little more efficient. I also don't know that I'd want to assemble a honey stuff when I'm cold, tired and hungry. I don't have really good fine motor skills under normal circumstances.

    What's the general consensus on how these wood burning stoves jibe with LNT philosophy?

  4. Not sure I can answer that. The bigger issue is whether you are "allowed" to burn wood where you are backpacking. I met a guy two weekends ago who carries a hatchet with him wherever he goes (in his backpack). His philosophy was that it's ok wherever you are as long as you don't get caught.

  5. Another point that you missed out is that the honey stove has slits on the side panels. These are cut to fit a civilian trangia burner and therefore only need 4 pieces…

  6. I have the Honey stove; actually I first bought the stainless steel version and then splurged for the titanium one. Got also the Hive booster pack (two more side panels and an octagonal bottom plate, with larger grill to use on the top. This is a great piece of kit. It packs flat, and is light. However it does not feed heated air to the top, like bushbuddy type stoves.

    For me the major thing is that in Finland you can overnight on anybody’s land, but you can’t make open fire. However a woodburning stove is not open fire, so…

    The Honey by itself is an open fire in Nordic countries, as it drops tiny coals, so you need something to both catch the coals and insulate them from the ground. A round piece of fire blanket is not quite enough, as I found out yesterday, when we were daytripping in the neighbourhood national park. The lamb steaks were good, but we left a brown mark on the ground. But if you want a small flat-pack, IKEA style BBQ, get the Honey with Hive and the larger grill. Also, the company, is very nice. On paddling trips I have found out that if you file the stove over the brim with pine cones, light them and and let them burn down to coals, you can cook two steaks nicely before the next refill.


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