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 backpackinglight.co.uk, (which has no affiliation with backpackinglight.com.) 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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