Physical weight is critical to survival enthusiasts and lovers of the outdoors. That’s why nearly 90 percent of them prefer their tools, such as their survival stove, to be portable, lightweight, and multifunctional. Stoves, in particular, are used commonly, so nearly always carried. There are many models on the market, but three currently stand out from the pack as contenders for purchase, each with their own pros and cons.
1) Solo Stove Lite: Those familiar with the Bushbuddy Ultra Portable might recognize this design as a near clone. It’s recommended by Backpacker Magazine and has won their gear of the year award. It boils water in less than 10 minutes and doesn’t have any moving parts that might break. It’s also durable, despite the light weight. The no-trace and quiet operation appeal to many, nor is it necessary to carry fuel for. However, wood fires aren’t allowed everywhere, and the smoke can be a nuisance. Some cookware might wind up with blackened bottoms.
2) Esbit Ultralight Folding Pocket Stove: This uses solid fuel tablets, originally coming with six 14G units. The tablets burn for around a dozen minutes, and it takes 8 of them to boil 500 ml of needed water. The unit has a pair of cooking positions suited well for pots and cups. Another one is there for pans, but it’s not included. This compact unit doesn’t take a lot of space, nor does it weigh much. The ease of use appeals to many, and the simplicity is enjoyable when camping or hiking recreationally. However, it’s not great for all types of terrain, the flames are not adjustable, and the fuel tablets are not only pricey to replace, but they also smell bad.
3) Emberlit Stainless Steel Stove: This model is simple, durable, versatile, and very easy to use. The fuel source is definitely versatile, and the stability makes it useful in quite a few kinds of terrain or cooking applications. The stove floor also keeps the fire above the ground, which is very beneficial in snowy or wet circumstances. The downsides are few, but they include the additional time when boiling water and the need to wait for the thing to cool down before packing it up.
At the time of writing, the Esbit stove was the cheapest of the three, with some retailers offering it for under $20. That initial low cost is of course offset by the need for purchasing expensive fuel tablets later on. At just under $50, the Emberlit might offer the most bang for the buck, but while the Solo Stove Lite can run almost a $100, it’s versatility and durability give it the broadest range of uses and possible applications in the wild or emergency situations, possibly making it the best choice of the three.
Product information on each of these three survival stoves was researched at http://crisissurvivortips.com. Any of them can serve an outdoor enthusiast well, or anyone that wants to be able to boil water and prepare food in a place without power.