Are these light, portable stoves all the same?
Rocket stoves are a great idea for cooking while camping and backpacking because they don’t require any fuel to be carried in. The problem with them is that it can take a while to heat up your food or boil water for coffee.
A few weeks ago (or more) we wrote about the Biolite Campstove, which is a rocket stove with a blower on it that actually has a heat exchanger on it and can recharge your phone battery.
Today, I want to bring you the VitalGrill Stove.
The VitalGrill Stove is a compact stove that folds down into an easy-to-carry 5 x 8 x 2. It comes with it’s own carry pouch and only weighs 1.6 pounds.
The great thing about it is that it has a blower (just like the Biolite does). However, it doesn’t have a have a heat exchanger, so it won’t charge you phone. What it does have, is a battery pack with two AA batteries that blow air into the burn chamber to provide up to 20,000 BTU’s, using whatever you can scrounge up for fuel. The fact that it has a blower means you can use harder to burn fuels that wouldn’t burn easily without forced air.
It can be adjusted to hold big or small pots where the Biolite is fixed and has a hard time with small pots or cups and the batteries should last up to 24 hours depending on whether you use the blower on high or low. (So, you would have to pack extra batteries.) The stove should be able to boil water in under five minutes depending on weather conditions.
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