Emberlit Wood Burning Stove Review
The Emberlit Titanium Wood Stove is one of the lightest and most compact stoves on the market. It packs up flat to less than 1/8”, is 4”W x 6” H and weighs less than an iphone (5 oz.). It has a number of additional features that push this stove towards the top of the ultralight wood burning stove list.
Setup and Design Features
Although the stove is very light, it has very good strength and stability and can support a 10 inch dutch oven without a problem. Take a look at #2 on this link for dutch oven cooking information. All of the individual pieces snap together nicely to create a super stable camping stove for most general camping conditions. The fire can be fed through the side access hole which allows the ability to feed longer and larger sticks at one time. This is a unique feature that isn’t found in the top loading wood stoves.
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The conical design and side air holes provide for minimal smoke output and for a very efficient fire. Similar to most of the wood stoves in this class, it burns small sticks, pine cones and other small organic matter in the forest. Because of the side hole and the ability to burn longer and larger sticks maintenance to keep the flame going will be reduced. Once you have a nice flame going just put a couple of thick/long sticks into the access whole and let it burn. Click here to see a video of how it works.
The Emberlit Stove will boil a liter of water in 6 and 10 minutes depending on how well you stoke the fire. There is almost no maintenance required for this stove because of the simple and durable design. Each piece of the Titanium plates detach and can easily store in a pint sized ziplock bag. Take a look at the Vargo here for a good comparison titanium wood burning backpacking stove.
There is going to be some soot buildup and temperature control can be a little tricky to master. There is the potential for some of the edges to feel a little sharp out of the box. If this is the case you can either grab a little sand paper or contact the company and they will take care of it through there great customer service. Here is a link the the Emberlit website.
The pros far outweigh the cons on this stove. Due to the minimal size, durability, and efficiency, the Emberlit either meets or exceeds all comparable wood burning stoves on the market. The Emberlit Titanium will cost between $75 and $85. If you are not as concerned with weight you can get a stainless steel version for about $20 less.
- Packs down thinner than an iphone and weighs less
- Efficient and reliable
- Side wood loader allows for larger stick stoking
- Can support heavy pots and pans
- Temperature regulation is difficult
- Soot build up make cleaning more difficult
- Edges of the stove out of the box may new maintenance
The Emberlit does not come with a carrying bag. There are a number of carrying bags on the market that you can find for around $5. Check out the Emberlit Sleeve for Stainless Steel and Titanium Camping Stoves. If you are looking for extra security or are unsure about your wood supply, bring an alcohol stove along which fits nicely within the Emberlit. The Emberlit will act as a wind break and be a good backup stove. The Trangia Spirit Burner Stove is one that fits nicely into the Emberlit.
Before you go out in the woods it’s always a good idea to test out your stove to make sure you have a good feel for the stove and how to build an efficient fire. Also, it’s important to test the pot you will be using to assure it will work effectively with the stove.
Emberlit Stove Summary
How does the old saying go about the simplest things in this world being the best? It really can’t get much simpler than this stove yet it seems to provide all of the same benefits as the other wood burning stoves. You will get that camp fire feeling in a stove that will support a 10 inch dutch oven yet only weighs 5 ounces.
The folks at Emberlit did a good job putting together a design that has all of the key features and meets the criteria for the ultralight need out there. As long as you can find a few sticks in the forest you should be able to boil a liter of water or cook a hotdog. The cons of the stove are obviously outweighed by the great features on this one.
Simple, durable, lightweight and efficient sums up the Emberlit Wood Burning Stove. I am confident that if you are looking for a minimalist stove then you are going to love this one. Try it out for yourself and let me know what you think.
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