Monday, November 12, 2018

The Happy Little Hobo - Savotta Happy Stove Review

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Up for review is the little Savotta Happy Stove which is a hobo style wood stove.  Is it worth the money?  Find out now!

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Link scandinavianoutdoor :

Price : $32.65

What we have here is one of Savotta’s Hobo stoves and it has some personality….literally.
With a hobo stove, the benefits are many but so are the negative aspects too…

For an example, the fuel is free and it virtually all around you.  You can burn sticks, twigs, pine cones, paper and so on.  Of course, all of those materials mean little they are soaking wet….

The twig stove comprises 7 laser-cut stainless steel components: three side walls, a bottom, a “happy face” and cooking support in two sections. Once clicked into place, the stove is ready for use. The design of the stove is aimed at a good weight/durability balance. Despite its lightness, the stove can support the weight of a normal coffee pot or a mess kit. The twig stove is supplied with a protective bag made of 1000D Cordura. Once packed in the bag, the twig stove fits into a really small space.

Material: 0,5mm Laser-cut stainless steel.
Overall Dimensions: Height 14 cm, width 14 cm, depth 14 cm.
Firebox Dimensions: Height 9,5cm(12cm without grate), width 10cm, depth 10cm.
Weight: 250 g.

Protective bag material: 1000D Cordura, PUR coated.
Dimensions of the protective bag and packed stove: Height 15.5 cm, width 14 cm, depth 1 cm.
Protective bag weight: 30 g.

Pros :

Packs down flat which means that it can easily fit just about any place; backpack, pocket, chest rig, etc.

Light weight.

If you like cooking small meals for one person on a 2 to 3 litre pot this stove can boil and simmer, packs down to flat and is light, the stainless sheet metal gauge is thin and can bend out of and back into shape

Free fuel…..which saves you money. With that being said, you will have to put more working into using the stove so that should be kept in mind.

Fun to use. – Kids enjoy using stoves like this and is a great way to get them interested in the outdoors.

Easy to clean up.
Very stable.

Cons :
While not complicated by any means, the setup will take a bit more work and attention the first couple of times that you use it; more so than with other stoves.

Pricey for a Hobo Stove…but you are getting an awesome form factor and great quality in addition to a very well thought-out and good performing stove.  I should mention that this isn’t the most expensive of folding wood stoves; emberlit is a good bit more expensive for an example.  They are much cheaper versions as well.

No matter how easy it is to clean up, a wood burning stove is still going to be a bit messy.  This shouldn’t bother anyone but I mentioned it just in case it hasn’t dawned on you.

Another inherit aspect to a wood stove like this is that it does require attention until you are done cooking whereas a canister stove for an example require much less.

Summary :

When it comes to a good hobo stove, there are countless options out on the market.  You can make your own for virtually nothing or you can purchase one.

Tips :

Want a quick burn for fast boil times?  Use small diameter sticks and twigs, around the size of a pencil.

Want a slower burn?  Use larger than pencil size sticks.  Larger burn slower, small, burn faster.

Before you headout on your adventure, make sure that you can use a wood burning stove such as this if you are heading into a park system and so on.  Some locations will not allow fires nor wood collecting.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Luke! The Savotta stoves are well made but the prices are steep. I bought two Lixada stoves from Amazon for under $30 (for both). If I am stealth camping I'll use alcohol or HEET; otherwise natural resources are used. Both are very efficient, lightweight, packable and cheap. I also have two "ancient" Sterno folding stoves I acquired back in the 60's in Europe; one is aluminum and the other is a heavy steel...I mean heavy! With them my fuel of choice is HEET (yellow bottle) in stacked Friskies cans. They are best used in winter camping and a fire is nearly impossible to start due to all the dampness. One full Friskies can will burn for almost 45 minutes, enough time to boil a kettle of water and keep my hands warm.