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Wood Burning Stove

Post by keepa » Dec 06 2018 6:55 pm

What is your opinion on using a wood burning stove for an AZT thru-hike? There are only two places, as far as I know, where it is not allowed, Saguaro National Park and Grand Canyon National Park.

Wood should be readily available for the entire length of the trail. It certainly would save on carrying fuel. It is not as fast as a gas or alcohol stove, but it would not add that much more time. And a fire is always a great thing to have.

I am leaning toward this. Any comments would be appreciated.

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Re: Wood Burning Stove

Post by nonot » Dec 06 2018 7:30 pm

Wood burning stoves would be prohibited when certain fire restrictions come into effect. Most years this seems to happen around Memorial Day, give or take a few weeks, and typically lasts until July. If you do not plan on being on the trail it seems viable. Since much of Arizona is dry grass and desert you will have to take care to extinguish it thoroughly at all times of the year.

I don't like them even for regular backpacking since everything gets too sooty. Clean water to wash your hands completely clean is sometimes hard to come by and pretty soon all your gear is sooty.
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Re: Wood Burning Stove

Post by chumley » Dec 06 2018 7:43 pm

As a point of clarification, wood fires are permitted at Manning Camp in SNP.
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Re: Wood Burning Stove

Post by keepa » Dec 07 2018 12:48 pm

Thank you. Good know about Saguaro.

I have a Ti Tri stove by Trail Designs, which can use alcohol, wood, solid fuel tablets or gel packs.

I can certainly try it at the start of the hike, and switch to alcohol if need be.

I don't think soot will be a major issue, but we shall see.

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Re: Wood Burning Stove

Post by big_load » Dec 07 2018 12:53 pm

keepa wrote:I can certainly try it at the start of the hike, and switch to alcohol if need be.
Alcohol stoves are also prohibited in the fire bans. They want something that has a fuel shut-off valve.

ETA: I sympathize, though. I use an alcohol stove whenever conditions permit. The Caldera Cone is my favorite.
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Re: Wood Burning Stove

Post by te_wa » Dec 07 2018 4:20 pm

I use a 12" iron skillet, and a huge fire. for those who think it's heavy... a simple fix: leave your tent behind. sleep under a bush like a real man.

anyway, I have neglected my firefox stove for too long. I used it about 15 times in the past. just the pleasure of sitting in front of it, feeding twigs is always relaxing. however, if I was to do a big trail like the AZT I think big miles would restrain even the practice of using such a finicky stove. i'd prolly hike from dawn till dusk, and not much time to fiddle around with twigs. that being said, esbit is the lightest alternative for cooking if you are out for more than a week. but man, they stink. and hard to light. so, go with woodburner. mine is 7oz, and the fuel is free. just some thoughts.
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Re: Wood Burning Stove

Post by rcorfman » Dec 07 2018 4:59 pm

Or just don't use a stove... That worked for me for 132 days on the PCT.
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