My relation to fire has evolved across time, from “let’s make a big fire to impress wolves” to “how to effectively make that water boiling”. It is easy to collect a couple of dead trees and make a fire that lasts hours but when you just want hot tea in the morning while packing this is clearly overkill, without even considering how you stop it to avoid burning the whole forest. How badass would that be to walk in the morning sunlights with a burning forest in the background slowly putting your sunglasses on? Well, no. That is where wood stoves come at play!
With two small branches I can make my water boiling in minutes. Once the pot is atop the stove I can pack or whatever without being afraid of it falling (and crushing my nascent fire in the meantime…). If I want to make it last once my water is done, two options:
- move hot coils to the fireplace by flipping the stove upside down and start a real fire, the stove itself will turn cold in seconds
- even better, put 2/3/4 vertical logs directly within the wood stove which acts as a Swedish fire torch that lasts literally hours with a very few maintenance and wood, particularly effective when you have to dry out your shoes for instance
As a bonus, there are very few debris left at the end so terminating the fire is easy and secure. Plus, starting a fire with it is incredibly quicker compared to a classic fire given how the air can flow from the bottom. Super bonus, you can move your fire easily when the wind is changing or if it starts to sunk in the snow/ice or put it on top of a few small logs. #MeanwhileInCanada
Mine is the EmberLit Titanium UL but advices would probably apply for each and every wood stove out there (don’t go with the too minimalists ones if you want to do the fire torch though). Note that it is better if your pot size is adapted to fit on the stove!