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EcoZoom Versa Rocket Stove - Wood, Biomass, or Charcoal Fuel

by EcoZoom UK
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Abrasion resistant, lightweight ceramic insulation
  • Refractory metal lining and 6-pronged universal cast iron stove top
  • Two internal grates to hold both wood and charcoal
  • Painted sheet metal body with reinforced doors
  • Comes with stick support and adjustable galvanized steel pot skirt

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  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 27.9 x 31.8 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 12 Kg
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  • Item model number: Versa
  • ASIN: B005GQZ4O0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 17 Sep 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,682 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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The latest design of EcoZoom Versa features many improvements in design and functionality. Built for durability, our newest stove takes your feedback and comments into focus and has resulted in an easier to operate, safer to use, and longer lasting stove. EcoZoom's Versa Stove has a refractory metal lining that protects the ceramic insulation, increases the life of your stove, and improves combustion efficiency. This stove features our new hinged combustion chamber doors allowing an effortless conversion from wood to charcoal fuels. Both the main combustion chamber door and the damper door have reinforced metal frames and have hinges that serve to securely close the doors and regulate airflow. The EcoZoom Zoom Versa has a durable, reformulated 6-pronged cast iron stove top that improves heat transfer for all pots including round bottom pots and woks. We've also used a thicker, reformulated cast iron in the internal grate for added durability and have included a replaceable secondary grate to increase airflow and to protect the stove. Cooler to the touch when in use, our newest stoves feature a thicker, more durable construction to keep you and your cooking surfaces safe. Feed wood fuel into the big door. Use the small lower door to control the flow of air into the fire (which lowers emissions). When burning charcoal, close the big door and control the rate of burn by opening and closing the lower door. Adding adjustable doors to a Rocket stove allows for control of the air that enters the fire to speed up or slow down the rate of combustion. More air is needed to start a cold fire and to create a hot fire initially. Once the fire is going, partially closing the bottom door limits the air, increases heat transfer to the pot and reduces harmful emissions. Price includes free shipping to UK Mainland addresses. Please note, we ship on Mondays and Tuesdays. Shipping included to UK mainland only. EcoZoom Versa Lite cookstoves are available on our ecozoom-uk site.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Briiliant and effective 15 Nov 2013
By RicH
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If you are looking for a convenient, cook outdoors stove then this is one of the best. It is so versatile and efficient that you don't need to carry fuel with you as you're likely to be able to find enough at your campsite. The stove is on the heavy side for backpacking (although if a group were spreading the load it would be OK, especially the Lite model (as reviewed). It is brilliant for vehicle dependent trips/overlanding etc. There's a knack to lighting it (the temptation is to use too much material), but that's quickly learnt. We have used it with a Dutch Oven (6ltr) and with the supplied pot-skirt, it's a brilliant combination. We have cooked stews, roasted chicken, griddled meat, heated flat breads etc etc, the limit is your imagination. The stove is built to last and the Lite version means that there is no ceramic to worry about when transporting. The versa allows both charcoal and wood to be burnt, the former is great for simmering stews and roasting. The stove is relatively safe if you have children, dogs and the like running about the place. It does get hot to touch, but will sit on a wooden table without marking it. Food tastes great with the added flavours that go with woodsmoke and seasoned cookware. This may, in part, be because you can achieve higher cooking temperatures than with domestic gas. There is something special about how this more natural approach slows you down, it's just more enjoyable. The whole deal is made better as EcoZoom donate a stove to the developing world for every one sold (check them out on Facebook or on the web)
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Amazing and works beyond all my expectations. We live in the rural north Yorkshire(uk) and have no access to gas. My wife, me and our friends are great fans of curry and despite what any chef on TV or the internet may tell you - you need to cook curry at high temperature. Electric heat works but only just when cooking. But this little stove has allowed me to showcase my knowledge of curry and cooking. Wow. really. Its compact and well built. I tried initially with charcoal - but the heat produced was ok. And then I used wood and wow again.
Small amounts of fuel, collected from the garden, produce huge amounts of heat. I regulated the temparate by added and removing burning wood and it was controlled perfectly. For those interested I cooked a Rogan Josh this Saturday afternoon in the garden.
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5.0 out of 5 stars stove 9 May 2014
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this stove does what it says on the box. its easy to use, very very hot when you want it to be and simple to control the heat by shutting down the ventsl and not as greedy on fuel as I thought it was going to be
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  40 reviews
109 of 110 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Burns hot and clean, fun Scout camp stove 8 April 2012
By D. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
As a Scout leader I've found this stove useful since nearly anywhere we camp there's plenty of fuel to feed it. With this stove there's no reason to pack fuel. We use a large Dutch oven on top and cook our meals in that. It also works well with large cast iron fry pans, which distribute the heat nicely. You can also get a steel wok that fits nicely in the center for stir fry. Keep the kids not working on the meal busy by having them gather the fuel ;-)

This model is the best one of the series, it has the 6 pot supports and both a fuel door and a lower door for controlling the burn rate. This is a stove you have to tend to. The fuel chamber is pretty small (which helps it burn so clean), but this means that in a matter of 15 minutes it'll burn out if you don't tend to it and constantly feed it sticks. You don't have to put many in for it to be hot, but you do have to lay them out on the feed rack and keep them feeding into it. Don't think you can fire it up, walk away for an hour like you can with charcoal and come back to a cooked meal. This is not that type of stove. You can use it with charcoal and coal and then it'll burn for much longer.

I like knowing I have this stove in my garage since in any kind of emergency I can get a very hot fire going and there will be fuel. For the Zombie Prep group, it's also a covert way to cook, because the flame is contained (not visible) and there's essentially no smoke it burns so cleanly. In nearly every emergency, there's wood of some type around that would be freely available to fuel this stove.

An easy way to light this stove is to place a small chunk of fire starter (sawdust packed with wax) in the burn chamber on your first few sticks and light that. In a few minutes it'll be hot and burning well. Kindling works well too, and once the burn chamber is hot it'll keep everything going nicely. Open the bottom door all the way to increase the air flow at lighting time, close it partially to control the burn rate once you have your fire going. You can also change between the 2 included grates depending on the size of your fuel and how your wood burns. One grate has wider openings than the other and smaller pieces tend to fall through if you use the larger grate.

This stove design is called Rocket Stove due to the swirling action in the burn chamber. The creator has opened up his patented design to help enable impoverished countries get these at less cost and improve their cooking conditions.

*** Nov 2012 I was asked about using coal in this stove. The only coal I have tried is Charcoal, which works great and lasts longer than wood. I don't have lump coal to try but it does come with a coal grate and says it works well with coal too.

4 stars for a great stove that cooks with nearly any wood source, not 5 since it's high maintenance to keep the fire balanced.
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product 18 May 2012
By G. Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great product. Heavy duty, efficient, and handy. Great for emergencies or camping. I've used both wood and coal in it to test it and the item preformed very well with both.
43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product burns small tree branches 17 Oct 2012
By T. Hingsbergen - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this stove twice to test it. Both test performed the same (Test 2. note the temp was 80 and it took 17 min. to boil the water). The ambient air temperature was 94 F humidity was about 8% I used the branches from a silver maple tree that had fallen on to my lawn. They were about half an inch in diameter. I broke them with my hands into six inch long pieces and put 6 of them in the stove trough the side opening. I then found some dead redwood tree leafs that had fallen and put a hand full of then down the top of the stove. I struck a wooden match and put it down the top hole to light the fire, I had to do this twice to get it started. All the fuel was very dry and old. The fuel started burning and and I placed a 15 Lt. Cabalas Dutch oven on top of the stove, it was filled with 10 to 13 liters of water. The water was brought to fast fast boil in 15 minutes. I had to add three hand full's of twigs during the test. It burns hot and fast. The best part is that it uses the twigs that fall from the trees that I have to remove before I mow the lawn, now I can save them in my wood shed and use them for the stove if needed. I hope this explains the stove it is worth the price and a practical stove for home use. It is not a back packing stove, but would work fine for car camping. The stove is heavy and well made. I have it stored in a safe dry place in case, I need it. review Oct 2012
57 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepper Sove 21 Jan 2012
By Leon M. Begin - Published on Amazon.com
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Very fast shipping! I have bought 4-5 other stoves looking for the right one and found most have some fuel compromises. Most need for propane, white gas, butane etc. This one does not! Are you kidding me? A hot, sustained fire with just pine needles, twigs and sticks...wow! Very easy to use. If you can start a fire you can use this stove. We have been with out power due to storms many times; often up to 5 days. This stove will be the go-to cooker stove from now on. Very well made and well packaged. Save your $ and searching. This is the one you want. Get some cast iron pans, dutch oven and a water boiler (all available from Amazon) and your ready. Looking forward to a preppers dinner soon.
37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some quality issues 16 Aug 2012
By Richard Geisler - Published on Amazon.com
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The stove arrived covered in a fine reddish powder that came from the ceramic insulation being worn down during shipping. The screw holding the insulation to the back of the door was loose. So were the screws that help hold the latches taut. As a result, the doors could freely open and close during shipping and the insulation on the back of the door lost a fair amount of material rubbing against the inner parts of the stove. The picture of the stove on the box actually shows a metal lining covering the door insulation, which would have protected it, but I guess it isn't manufactured that way anymore. As it stands, the insulation will continue to wear down since the nut holding it in place wears out the ceramic as well.

The rest of the stove is fine.
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