What is this Swedish rocket stove like and is it something I will use more than once?
Lets be honest, if you love the outdoors then a little wild cooking will put an even bigger smile on your face. Even better surely, is the thought of collecting sticks and twigs as the fuel to your outdoor stove.
When packing light for hiking or bike packing trips this is not the stove for you but if your looking for something to put in the back of your camper van, take to the beach or just sit in the garden and cook up an alfresco culinary delight that even Ray Mears would be proud of, this rocket stove maybe the perfect purchase.
First impressions are good, with a sturdy frame that will hold even the heaviest pans or grill plates and a fire chamber that is made from stainless steel and apparently has a three year life cycle with constant use, this stove should last the test of time.
The overall appearance is also great and within minutes of unpacking it from the box I was revelling in flames shooting from the chamber and it was ready to cook on.
Like the idea of cooking your dinner on a stove fuelled by twigs and sticks?
I found it very easy to light a fire within the chamber and within minutes and a small amount of wood I was absolutely amazed by the heat generated. Due to the design you can actually vary the output of heat by adding more twigs/sticks to the chamber. Once you have the hang of how many twigs/sticks equal a certain amount of heat, it becomes very easy to regulate the heat output. This makes cooking on the stove a rather painless and easy task.
Although not a small item, at only 2.8 kg its not too heavy to carry around or strap to the rear of a rucksack. Its also claimed that this stove kicks out an impressive 2kw of heat and is three times more efficient than an open fire. Another bonus is that it produces a fraction of the smokey emissions you would get from cooking on an open fire with wood, in practice I found that both of these claims were to be true.
Safer, cleaner and more efficient that an open fire
Allowed at most campsites
Lightweight and easy to store
Ready to cook on in two minutes
Cheaper fuel source to alternative gas stove
stove and a heat source
Environmentally friendly with a cleaner burn
Stable cooking surface