Share Your Thoughts – Win a Solo Stove

Solo stove

Way back in August of 2012 I was contacted by Jeff of Solo Stove to see if I would be interested in testing one of his stoves and sharing my thoughts via my blog. I was just one of many outdoor bloggers that he contacted. Here are a few notable blogs that have reviewed the […]

Flat Cat Gear | Snow Leopard Cook System

For the past few months I’ve been putting a prototype cooking system, designed specifically for use with popular UL mugs, through its paces for Flat Cat Gear. The system I’ve been testing is called the Snow Leopard and is a scaled-down version of their popular Bobcat setup that is used with larger pots. I recently […]

I Really Want to Like Esbit Tabs

[Updated below] The problem is, no matter what type of stove I use, or type of cooking setup I try, I get totally lousy burn times for my Esbit solid fuel tabs. So bad in fact, consistently under 7-8 minutes per tab, that I am unable to bring two cups of 70-degree water to a […]

Making Denatured Alcohol User Friendly


Something I get asked a lot is “why is the denatured alcohol you use in your stove burning video green?” Well the simple answer is so that I can see it more easily, but there are other reasons why I do this to my fuel. It’s a really simple trick that I like to use […]

Evernew Titanium DX Stove Set

This is the stove that I wanted to fall in love with. It was supposed to be the answer to all my geeky stove dreams; lightweight, multi-fuel, compact and durable. It promised me stove nirvana, but in reality it was unable to deliver on that promise. Over the past year I’ve had the chance to […]

Bud-Lite Alcohol Stove Giveaway!

I’ve had several inquiries lately about my Bud-Lite alcohol stoves, so it must be time to start giving more of them away! This is my alcohol stove of choice for multi-day backpacking trips and day hikes. It’s reliable, efficient, almost indestructible, and super light weight (0.875oz). I make these stoves myself using a one-ton arbor […]

BioLite Thermoelectric Wood Stove

I’m a big fan of wood burning stoves and wood gas stoves. I love taking my Littlbug Jr. Stove and Zebra billy can with me on short hikes (it’s too heavy for long hikes) and I like the idea of using small sticks, twigs and pieces of available wood as my fuel for cooking instead […]

BSA Prohibits Use of Alcohol Stoves

Did you know that the use of alcohol stoves is against BSA policy?  Me neither.  Apparently, earlier this year Boy Scouts of America (BSA) published a document that effectively bans the use of commercial and home made alcohol stoves that use denatured alcohol or HEAT as fuel.  I was certainly not aware of this and […]

Ben’s Backwoods Cook Kit

Let me start this post by saying that this kit is not an ultralight cooking kit by any means, heck it’s not even a light weight cooking kit, but after using it for quite some time in various different configurations I’m really beginning to like it. I have the 14cm version of the Ben’s Backwoods […]

Help choosing a campground stove

Later this year my family will be setting out on a two-week car camping vacation across the country. We’ll be starting in northern Michigan and ending up in Montana where we have friends that we want to visit. We already have several pit stops planned along the way such as a few nights stay at […]