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on 6 July 2013
I've tried a few other stoves before like the Esbit and the British Army hexy stove, but they have all been lacking in some respect, where you can use it or what fuel you can use etc.
I saw a video for the Firebox on youtube and thought it was great, but too big and heavy. So I started looking around for smaller alternatives, and there were a few.
Most notable were the Emberlit and The Pocket Stove. I was poised to hit the BUY button on The Pocket Stove when I found a vid for The BushBox.
The pro's and con's will differ for each of you depending on who you are, where you are and what you're using it for, but I found this to be the best for the following reasons:
Out of the 3, the Bushbox was the cheapest at £20 (The Pocket Stove = £25) and the Emberlit around £26).
(The BushBox came with trivets as standard, whereas the with others you had to buy things like this as accessories pushing up the cost).
The Emberlit was too big for me (I understand they have now made a smaller version to compete with these stoves), the Pocket Stove was thinner and I didn't like the way you could see it flexing when the guy was putting it together).
Both the Emberlit and The Pocket Stove have a funneled top meaning the pot stand area was quite small.
By contrast, the BushBox was square at the top meaning I could stand more than a cup on it and still have it stable.
The Emberlit only has a solid base plate WITHOUT holes, The Pocket Stove only has a base plate WITH holes, BUT the BushBox has BOTH meaning I can burn wood and have the solid plate underneath to catch the hot stuff, also, by swapping the plates around I can use this with my Trangia alcohol burner and solid fuels such as hexamine, making this more versatile and safer than the other two.
I favour the Trangia with this, I haven't used one since I was a kid, but it works very effectively with this stove (I boiled 4 pint mugs from cold and got a fifth hot enough to wash in off one fill), and I know that when I run out of fuel I can switch to twigs no problem (meaning that I don't have to carry a ton of fuel with me or worry about running out).
I love this stove. It's what I have wanted all along but didn't know it.
It's sturdy, well manufactured (as you would expect from the Germans) a useful size, not too heavy (this packs away so light and small I don't know I'm carrying it (the pouch it's in probably weighs more!)), it's easy to put together and take apart.
I can use it anywhere , it's discreet and doesn't give off much light or smoke and because it's got an ash pan it reduces the risk of setting fire to your environment.
It's small enough to count as EDC if you're happy not carrying fuel for it.
I have had this so that the trivets glow red hot, and yet it is cool enough to handle and put away a few minutes later.
It CAN be a little labour intensive using wood, as you have to keep feeding it to keep it going, but I am going to try it with small barbeque briquettes or something similar to see if I can get away from that and get a more even and sustainable fire for the odd occasions when I am cooking for more than myself.
Like I said at the top, we're all different and we will all have different requirements, so I recommend that you check out your options as I did and come to your own conclusions.
But having said that, I have found NO drawbacks to this burner other than the one I mentioned. It is a brilliant little thing and I am sure I will be carrying this with me for a very long time and I wish I'd had it a long time ago.
I would DEFINITELY recommend this stove to anyone. You won't be disappointed.