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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pocket Stove, in Titanium, from BPL

 I saw this first on blogpackinglight and i toyed with the idea should i get one, do i need one etc. A couple of info messages later and i ordered one from Bose and Rose at Backpackinglight.
 I spoke to Bob later that day due to an error with my order and i found out that i was now the owner of the very last stove in this batch. Phew. And really pleased that i got my order in and processed seconds before BPL closed for a holiday.
Photo courtesy of BPL UK
 The stove arrived and it’s a fine, packs very neatly away, well designed and manufactured bit of kit. It’s multi fuel means that you can put one of the old Trangia burners in place or better still the Evernew Titanium burner if you have one. I don’t. Well not at this moment in time anyway.
You can use wood and also hexamine tablets.
The White box stove can also be used.
I don’t think gas is involved yet but that could be an upcoming project for me.

If you click on the link to blogpackinglight on line one, Robin has put together a very nice video of the separate parts and how they fit nicely together. It’s far better than i could put together so just nip over there and have a look.

Total weight :- Stove 56gr on my scales.
Retaining tin:- 54gr on my scales. This will soon be replaced by something weighing around 5 gr and made from Tyvek.

I did a bit of a test run today.
The Trangia burner sits well in both slots provided and as the info says the top slots give you the best burn. It boiled 400 ml of water in 5 minutes 40 seconds so no complaints .
I didn’t try the wood burn or the hexamine but i tried the White box and a similar copy stove and also the Gram Weenie. My tests proved that none of these worked particularly well stood on the base plate with the stove in its correct attitude. This was because the jets on these stoves are horizontal and are below the top of the sides of the windshield. I found that if you tip the stove upside down and have the base plate fitted in the bottom slot then it works much better.

Obviously i need to do more testing but those are my first observations.


-maria- said...

It looks like a nice stove for a meths burner, Alan. I like the fact that it folds flat. Looking forward to your field reports!

Greg said...

Looks ok, but is it basically a pot stand? If so surely the Caldera system is more efficient as it encloses the pan and protects it from wind.

AlanR said...

Maria, Thanks. ‘m looking forward to getting out and trying it.

AlanR said...

Greg, You are not wrong but you are understating it a little.
First and foremost it is a weight saving, space saving combination of windshield , pot stand and burner support. This alone is excellent
It is a stove because you can use it on its own with wood.
It is a windshield because the Trangia burner and similar are below the top lip.
It is a pot stand because, well, it supports pots.
On the other hand, to get a white box and similar to work properly a foil windshield would help.
Is it more or less efficient than the Caldera Cone when using meths? I have no comparative data but my own thoughts are that it will be slightly less efficient. But i cannot substantiate this.
If you want to get a definitive answer to this question then you could email Bob.
Overall, considering it’s collective plus points i think it is a worthy piece of backpacking kit that’s made to last.

Abbi Jordan said...

Super lightweight and compact – the pocket stove measures 3″ wide x 4″ long x 3/4″ thick. It weighs only 3.25 ounces and is made of galvanized hardened steel. I had expected this thing to feel flimsy – but it doesn’t at all. It is solidly built.Camp Stove

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