Monday, February 13, 2017
Hot Ash Wood Stove - Review
Today Luke is reviewing the Hot Ash Wood Stove.
Link Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Ash-Burning-Stainless-Stove/dp/B01DQX6452
Link hot Ash : https://hotashstove.com/products/stove
Price : $140 retail; $120 on Amazon currently
Weight : 3 lbs
Stainless steel stove :
Collapsed Dimensions: 3" W x 3.25" D x 8.9" H
Assembled (not including feet) Dimensions: 3" W x 7.25" D x 8.9" H
Construction : Excellent! Very well made, feels very good. This is due to the extreme weight.
Weight : Unbelievably heavy. So heavy that I can’t recommend it for many outdoor situations. Car camping sure, backpacking and even bushcraft, no. Maybe a day hike if you aren’t carrying much else.
Complicated : It doesn’t take an engineer to put this stove together but I believe that it’s simply too complicated. To many pieces; require wing nuts which you could possible lose.
Price : The price is way to high in my opinion for this stove. If it was made from Titanium I could understand the $140 price tag but with this stove being made from steel, I simply can’t imagine paying more than $60 for it.
Unsatisfying : I love wood stoves but the design to this one isn’t my favorite namely because it is unsatisfying to feed. I have talked about wood stoves like this in the past and how much fun it is to ‘feed the beast.’ This stove isn’t satisfying to use and in my opinion isn’t of the best design.
Starting : Compared to other stoves, this one isn’t the easiest to get burning. It’s awkward.
Efficient : When this stove gets going, it is very efficient. When it’s burning can see how the heat from the fire is funneled and released out of the top. It burns hot and quickly you can be cooking/boiling.
How does it compare to a gas stove; time wise they aren’t comparable. I mention this because I have seen a review on amazon which stated that they can boil water 3 minutes faster with this stove than a gas stove and that’s not accurate at all. Maybe they have a very inefficient stove but to get this going and water to boil, it will take some time.
Speaking of reviews, some, if not more of the reviews on Amazon are fake.. I went through some of these reviews and for example, the one talking about boiling water 3 minutes faster with the ash stove than a gas stove, posted a ton of 5 star reviews all on the same day for everything from batteries to shoes. Most of the other reviews have only posted positive reviews for the ash stove.