The whole wood burning stove craze of a few years ago rather passed me by. However, watching a few videos on Sarek and the PCT made me think that for wilderness treks, a wood burning stove is a very useful bit of gear.
A few weeks ago, someone advertised a Bushbuddy Ultra for sale on OM. Now, the Bushbuddy Ultra is no longer made (although there is a clone available). So I felt this was an unmissable opportunity to buy what is probably the finest lightweight wood burning stove there is.
Included in the price was a Tibetan 1100 titanium pot, into which the Bushbuddy Ultra fits perfectly. Also included was a fire steel and some Hamaro tinder card (although I actually have a fire steel and some Hamaro anyway).
The weights are 138g for the Bushbuddy and 148g for the Tibetan pot. Reading around the reviews of the Bushbuddy, it needs to be shielded from the wind. I do have a folding Aluminium windshield, which looks ideal, weighing 186g. So the complete set up weighs 472g. For flexibility, I think I’d take an Evernew meths burner (35g). This would bring the total weight to 505g. The meths burner fits neatly into the pot support.
I’m looking forward to using the Bushbuddy in the summer. I don’t think it’s really a stove I’d want to use outside summer as it can’t be used in a tent porch in bad weather.
It’s also dependent on being able to find suitable fuel. Nevertheless, it appeals to the boy scout in me and I can see that I might use it in places like Dartmoor. In true wilderness areas, I can see that it would be very useful indeed.
There’s a lot of high quality second-hand gear appearing on various forums etc., so it’s worth keeping an eye open for bargains. Who knows, I might sell some of my surplus gear!