This is a high quality wood burning stove with some personality but there are some cons...
Find out what they are in this review.
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I ordered this from scandinacianoutoor.com
with my own money as I am Agenda Free. I ordered it from this site even though it says that it can be exported to the USA or Canada.Price
: 10.oz with bag
“Welcome to the Dark Side of Savotta....Or should I say, Grump Side?”
Forward : Some years back Savotta brought to the market a series of collapsible wood burning stoves and while the designs weren’t overly original they did have a unique factor;
Each stove in the series has a different face, one is happy, one is grumpy, one is big and bad...
Previously I reviewed the Happy stove and today, I am here to show you the Grumpy version. In the future, I will show you to larger Big and Bad version.
Dimensions Setup : 5.5” TALL, 5.5” wide with the pot supports
Dimensions Folded : 6.25 x 6”
A compact and light wood stove. The grumpier version.
A while ago Savotta struck gold with their cartoon-like but 100% practical Happy Stove. That guy would just smile at ya even through the worst flames. Well, here’s his cousin with some anger management issues!
Seriously, though, a wood stove is a clever choice for hiking. All you carry is the stove and a pot - you simply gather its fuel from your surroundings. Thanks to the non-hinged strucutre the stove is light despite its durable stainless steel material.
Storage bag included - made of Cordura 1000D with polyurethane coating
Material: 0,5mm Laser-cut stainless steel.
Additional images display the previous version, but as you can probably believe, this stove does exactly the same tricks.Forward
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.Pros
Setup : For an experienced user like myself, I can set this up in roughly 30 seconds and rock and roll. There is a flip side to this, if you aren’t familiar with stoves like this, it might give you a little trouble....more on this soon.
Design is good - the ash plate protects the ground while the stove still offers good oxygen allowance for your fire to burn efficiently. Also, the way that the stove goes together is just as good as many of the top names out there and is better than some of the collapsible wood burning stoves out there.
There are some bad ones and in fact, I recently reviewed one of them and that was the Small Lixada wood burning stove.
Included pot supports - you would be surprised at how many stoves don’t come with these and their efficiency suffers greatly because of it.
Packs down flat which means that it can easily fit just about any place; backpack, pocket, chest rig, etc.
Good size for one to two people and with small to medium size pots, pans and cups.
Due to the size, it is good for high heat and also simmering
The gauge of the stainless is good; it is thicker than some while being thinner than some others. It’s a good balance of thickness and strength while keeping a good weight.
Free fuel…..which saves you money.
Fun to use
Easy to clean up.
Very stable - can be setup on just about any type of surface and it doesn’t have to be completely flat like with some similar stoves.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. You might have it come apart or have to work to get everything to connect and fall into place correctly.
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.
Stoves like this take work and attention; more so than some other stoves and that needs to be considered. Plus, while fuel is free it has to be collected and it has to be dry enough to burn.
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. There are a ton of stove options on the market with many being less expensive. While this one has emotion there are other companies who are copying this now such as OneTigris and personally I find that to be a bit disappointing as I would like to see them staying original while focusing on improving the designs of their existing wood burning stoves in general. So far with those that I have used and review, they aren’t very good.