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)
I've used many different implements for outdoor wood burn cooking with much success and also difficulty.
This Product is awesome. The ease at which it can be used is amazing. Fuel consumption is minimal. A few good long sticks and I boiled water and cooked my dinner.
The heat output is intense. I placed my griddle on top and it sizzled away nicely. Even the ends away from the fire we're nice and hot.
Solid, well built, I really like this and am looking forward to many meals cooked on it.
It's not something you would carry about with you in the woods due to its size and weight. I have plenty of wee products for that purpose. This is a product that you can use at home, camping or take with you in the car and sit somewhere and cook with ease.
What I like best about this is that you can cook for a few people without messing about with regulating your heat or trying to keep the fire going.
If you like your outdoor cooking then I highly recommend this product.
I've used this to cook breakfast on several occassions now; I've used everything from kindling to branches to junk mail! Does it deserve the name 'Rocket Stove'? Absolutely. See the attached video and how wide those flames get when burning wood.
The quality of build is amazing. I'm prepared to believe that it'll work for thousands of cooks!
This is not as portable as a Kelly/Ghillie Kettle, but it is certainly luggable. What you lose in portability you gain in terms of chamber sizes and the size of pan you can cook with. The bigger chamber size means you're not constantly having to add fuel; you can actually get on with food preparation at the same time.
Very easy to clean: the fuel is reduced to ashes in the inferno; just give it a brush-out once its cooled.
Using as an emergency stove when the power fails here in the sticks and for fun in the warmer months. Lots of twigs and branches in my garden so free fuel. For long simmering of stews and casseroles I would recommend a circular cast iron diffuser plate as it is a ferocious heat. Found one on amazon that fits perfectly (18cm diameter). Buy the bag for it to keep stove safe and it has pockets for things like the diffuser plate etc.
This stove burns just about anything you can find around the campsite, it lights easily with a couple of organic firelighters and some kindling and then heats up quickly to provide a powerful cooker. It took about 10mins to get it hot enough to cook a family sized omelette. Once it was going it took little effort to keep it burning. After eating the stove became the heart of the camp, a controlled safe fireplace to sit around and enjoy the evening. The stove is compact but not lightweight, the solid build quality will make sure this lasts a lifetime of use and is totally dependable. Feels great not burning gas and not having to pay for fuel either!
I was concerned about spending this sort of money on a cooker device for use with camping, but I'm glad I did. It runs on very little fuel and produces enough heat to cook easily. If its windy then no problem. If you are looking for a decent camping stove then it's highly unlikely you would be disappointed with this item. Glad I bought one.
Very good product. Works very well. A1 seller. I asked how long delivery would be as I was going camping and he made a real effort with great communition to get it to me early. Really glad I have this. If you go camping, fishing any outdoors stuff really, and you want to cook anything you should buy this. I spent along time researching these kind of rocket stoves andwentfor this and couldn't be happier.