Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Bushcraft Perfect and Ultralight - 180 Flame Wood Stove - Review
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Today Luke is reviewing the 180 Flame Wood Stove.
Link : http://www.180tack.com/shop/180-flame
Price : $37.95
Weight : 6.2oz on my scale
Material: 304 Stainless Steel
Tough 5 mil plastic pouch can carry water in emergencies
Made in the U.S.A.
Size In Use: 5" L x 4" W x 3 1/4" H
Size Stowed: 5" L x 3 1/4" W x 0.6" H
The design of the 180 Flame incorporates 3 sides for wind screening and heat focusing with an open end allowing ample room for feeding natural fuels into the fire box. When needed, the sturdy sides support heavier cookware than other backpacking stoves. We engineered the 5 pieces of the 180 Flame to interlock together creating a very stable unit with no moving parts which often fail in the field. We've designed a sustainable & durable product that will last you for years. The 180 Flame disassembles quickly stacking into its own clean, compact case with any dirty surfaces on the inside keeping your pack clean.
• Tip : Start fire and then move the stove to it. I’ve seen people mentioned that it was hard to start in the stove…..don’t do it that way.
• Tip : Since you are burning wood, there will be soot; you may want to bring a small towel with you for clean up purposes.
I haven’t seen anyone else mention this but in situations where your fire is dying out and your embers are losing their heat, you can lower the pot supports a few inches which can make warming your coffee or food possible without having to use additional resources and time to get a large flame going again.
Price – there are a number of small wood burning stove out on the market like this one and some can be very expensive. In my opinion the price is right for this stove as it is versatile and easy to use. It’s not a cheap Chinese stove; made in the use so that higher cost is somewhat justified. Do know that there are cheaper wood stoves out on the market though.
I’m a fan of the smaller size as it allows those who like to go light and quick a stove which fits their adventure.
Fun to use
Folds down small
Made in the USA!
Great for backpacking, hiking, emergency use and so on.
Good wind block; not perfect but good for an average breeze.
Slower than a canister stove and that is something to keep in mind. What type of adventure are you going on; who much time to cook and to boil will you have.
Since this is a wood burning stove, you may not be able to use this in all parks and backcountry locations. Make sure to check local regs or you might be sorry when you have to pay a large fine.
With my testing, I have noticed some warping of the steel with prolonged use; the good news is that you can easily form the metal back into place. This doesn’t have any impact on the performance of the stove and it turns out is to be expected. The company mentions this on their web site and states that this is completely normal.