Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Worth $45? - Toaks Titanium Wood Stove Review



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Recently I reviewed the Canway Camping Stove and today I have the Toaks Titanium Wood Stove which is double the price.  Is it worth it?

Find out now!



Link : https://www.amazon.com/TOAKS-Titanium-Backpacking-Burning-Stove/dp/B00SA2H05I

Price : $45 at the time of Filming on Amazon -

Material: Pure Titanium (Grade 1 or 2)

Weight: 5.4oz / 151gr.

Dimensions: When packed: 3 3/4" (94mm) (Dia) x 3 3/4" (94mm) (H) When assembled: 3 3/4" (94mm) (Dia) x 7 1/4" (183mm) (H)

Origin : Designed by TOAKS in California, made in China.

Notes :

There are two version of this stove, the small and the large and Toaks does a terrible job of distinguishing them on Amazon.  In fact, at the time of filming, they have the exact same Amazon Title with the only obvious difference being price.  So if you go out to buy this stove, know that there are two versions.

When it is packed, it can nest inside TOAKS Titanium 750mml pot.

It comes with a nylon sack bag.



Tips :

Once assembled, fill the stove with wood up to the halfway point of the top can. When filling the stove with wood, put bigger pieces of wood on the bottom and smaller stuff on the top, but don’t over fill it by putting as much wood in it as will fit. You want to preserve good airflow through the stove.

If you materials needs a little assistance due to moisture, use a cotton ball and Vaseline to get it going.  Light from the top

This is a gasifier stove and when it comes to such products, there many out on the market including the most popular which would be the solo stove.



Pros :

Very good construction

Lightweight

Compact - Does fit inside of the Toaks 750ML pot and larger sizes but if you do so, your pot will get dirty- it is a wood burning stove afterall.

Easy to setup

Easy to ignite with proper prep.

Fun to use

Can boil 2 cups of water in around 7 minutes; of course your mileage will vary depending on the condition of the materials used in your stove.

Efficient – How efficient of course depends on the materials which you are using. – will burn to ash

Like just about everything in life, this stove isn’t right for all conditions and locations; keep that in mind.

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Cons :

Non-intuitive assembly – everyone who I have shown this to has taken time to figure out.

Very tall and eventually you may knock it over; that would be an easy thing to do.

Requires more attention to be paid than with other types of stoves.

Can be a bit unstable if not on completely flat ground.  If that is the case, you can use thin sticks or even tent stakes to hold the pot down so that it is tippsy.

While it is compact there are much, much smaller stoves out on the market

Like all wood burning stoves, it will take a bit of time to master it

Simmering isn’t a strong point for this stove as it burns hot and fast due to the design.

The rectangular hole in the top can is very small, so you can only feed the stove with annoyingly small pieces of wood unless you remove the pot and feed it from the top

Biggest complaint : Not windproof; if in gusty conditions the wind will push the flames and heat out of the size of the top section.  You will need a wind screen in some situations

Could become a lot of work if you were doing a lot of cooking/boiling.



Summary :

Is this the best wood burning stove ever; in my opinion no but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like it because I do.  It’s light, has an interesting design, is fun to use and is compact.


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