Woodgas Camp Stove Review
Camping and backpacking stoves have come a long way in recent years. It wasn’t too long ago that gas lines would flare up or refuse to burn altogether from clogging. These days gas stoves are much more reliable, lightweight and affordable, ranging in price from $20 for a basic model all the way up to $300 for light weight titanium stove.
It used to be that stoves were divided into two categories by their fuel types, compressed gas or liquid gas. Compressed gas are usually more stable, reliable and light weight but liquid natural gas are more environmentally friendly and affordable. Now there’s a third category that’s worth checking out if you are going somewhere relatively dry with combustible foliage along the way, the woodgas stove.
Woodgas stoves are akin to traditional camp fires, completely removing the gas component. They use fuel from the surrounding trail and are designed to provide ultra hot, reliable heat for the same applications as a gas stove in a similar compact size and weight. These stoves significantly cut down on energy and waste use by eliminating the need to collect, package, ship and market gas products. They achieve high temperatures by using a blast furnace design, forcing air across wood chips or other fuel collected at the campsite to create consistent heat. These stoves do rely on an external battery to power the blast fan but this one has an optional solar panel which charges the battery to make it even more sustainable.
While woodgas stoves aren’t as durable in certain situations or well adept for long treks in wet or snowy locales, they are great for basic hikes in and around wooded areas and they are price competitive. Our sister site Biomass Authority recently published a review of the Wood-Gas campstove by iENERGY shown in the pictures here so jump on over and check it out!