In the past few weeks I’ve been making some modifications to the gear I carry in my primary bug-out bag. Last week I wrote about the 32 oz Pathfinder Water Bottle and accessories and this week I’d like to cover the stove/pot stand combination that comes with it.
One of the things I wanted to order but didn’t (at the time) was the stove that is designed to work with this set. Dave is a big proponent of using an open fire to heat things up whenever possible and I agree with that philosophy, but there are times when an open fire just isn’t feasible. That’s where the little stove comes in.
The stove also has a grill top that sits on top of the pot stand/stove itself making it a more stable surface for your water bottle or the steel cup. As you can see in the picture below it sits on top of a can of Sterno perfectly.
Dave’s set works like this: you take a standard size can of Sterno and set the pot stand on top of it. It clicks into place reasonably secure and then the grill top goes on the top of that. Light the Sterno and set the item to be heated on the grill top and there you have it – simple, but effective.
How Well Does It Work?
The pot stand and grill top are great. It provides a good solid base to heat water and I really like it, but…
Using the Sterno to heat the water took awhile. I didn’t look at my watch or measure the water exactly, but I figure about a cup and a half of water and nearly ten minutes to heat it up enough to make a cup of coffee. Not exactly stellar results, so don’t think you’re going to be boiling lots of water to purify it using this method; however, when I put the stand directly in the fire and placed the bottle on top of it with the bottle up out of the fire a bit and heated it up that way.. wow!
Check out a few more pics of the stove and stove top below.
Here’s the light I was using in the woods to work by.
Off Dave’s website:
The Pathfinder Pack Stove is the perfect small addition to the common man’s pack using gel fuel canisters available everywhere and produces longer burn times than multi fuel stoves. This stove is the perfect addition to your Pathfinder Haversack when you want a quick hot drink on a hunt or scout without spending a lot of time or creating the noise and disturbance of starting a fire. The Pathfinder Pack Stove is the perfect solution for areas with fire bans and restrictions as well. A great common man addition to any pack! Pack Stove comes with adaptor and 1 can of fuel.
Pack Stove Specs: 3 1/4″ in diameter, 2 1/4″ in height. Stove Ring 1/16″ thick steel that fits around the fuel can. This is a non-stainless steel product.
See it work at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtSoKaZ3Qxk
The only other piece of gear to tell you about is the tomahawk you see in the pictures above, but I haven’t really had a chance to use it yet, so it’ll have to wait for a later time.
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