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Firebox or Bushbox?

Discussion in 'Cooking' started by Klenchblaize, Mar 7, 2016.

  1. Klenchblaize

    Klenchblaize Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Apologies if this has been done before.

    Given both suppliers offer a model of c12X19cm which is of the higher manufacturing standard; offers most flexibility and comes standard with the must-have accessories?

    Oh, and who best to purchase either from here in the UK?

    Cheers

    K
     
  2. Barney Rubble

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    Oohh good question, been thinking about this myself. Would also throw the honeystove into the mix!
     
  3. Paulm

    Paulm Full Member

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    Just taken delivery this morning of a Firebox Generation 2 from the Bushcraft Store :)

    It's to replace/supplement my existing woodgas stove which I find a bit fiddly to replenish with fuel and needs a fair bit of watching/maintenance in use.

    I use a small Evernew titanium stove with alcohol burner that all fits inside a 750ml mug for lightweight carry, but wanted something a bit bigger, as well, for base camp use where a camp fire isn't practicable or available for a quick meal.

    Have also used and sold on a Honey Stove with expansion pack that I found just too fiddly and too much messing around with assembly.

    First impressions with the Firebox were, blimey it's heavy !!!

    Popped it on the scales in it's lightweight cotton bag and came in at a whopping 940g :(

    Second impressions were of a high quality, well made product, followed by how easy it was to unfold and set up which took all of a few seconds :) A revelation compared to the Honey Stove.

    Haven't tried it yet properly to see how easy it is to get going and refuel in use, but from the design of it that looks like it should be a major plus compared to the wood gas stove.

    Haven't tried or seen the Bushbox stove to compare it with so can't help with that I'm afraid.

    Only downsides to the Firebox so far are the weight and the price. I did look around to see if there was a titanium version to address the weight issue but couldn't find one and the price premium might have rendered it unrealistic in any case.

    Hoping to get out this weekend and use it in anger, might even have a play with it in the garden in the meantime just for fun :)

    Cheers, Paul
     
  4. Klenchblaize

    Klenchblaize Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Thanks for that.

    Bushbox offer a titanium version in the same size at £123 so you are right. The weight is much less than the ss Firebox though.

    K
     
  5. kaizersoza

    kaizersoza Trekking Troubador

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    I can only comment on the firebox (Gen 1) I'm afraid, yes it is heavy, but it is worth its weight in gold, it's the most versatile stove I own and believe me I got quite a collection building up, you can cook virtually anything on this stove within reason, I would recommend that if you do decide to splash the cash on a firebox get all the attachments as well because this is where the versatility really comes into its own, I use mine all the time and it is my go to stove as long as its dry, if its wet, I can still use it but only really with a meths burner, so if its a wet weekend I would probably leave it at home and use a gas stove, hopethis helps you to make your choice ATB Kaizer
     
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    Not used a bushbox but folding firebox is the dogs whatsits imo
     
  7. TarHeelBrit

    TarHeelBrit Full Member

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    I have a Firebox Gen 1 so that's the only one I can offer an opinion on. Firstly the weight, yeah it's heavy about 2lbs but the damn thing is built like a tank. It's my go to stove for camping and backyard cooking, so much so that the Weber BBQ is in the corner collection dust. If you go for a Firebox treat yourself to the optional extras, grill plate, boil plate, extended grill plate, adjustable fire grate and a couple of extra fire sticks. That way you be able to cook pretty much anything on it. There's a video on Youtube of roasting a small chicken inside a pot on it's side over a Firebox.

    **EDIT**
    Found it.

    [video=youtube;_O6SYSiypEc]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O6SYSiypEc[/video]

    I want to have a go at this, I just need to get a pot big enough.
     
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  8. Klenchblaize

    Klenchblaize Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    I've found a few YouTube vids and in truth there's little to choose between them but I do like the generous opening for feeding the fire on the Bushbox and that 4 trivets can be stored (rattle free) on the main unit.

    My only dislike is there appears to be but a single importer of the BB and I'm not overly impressed with their approach to pricing and options thereof!

    K
     
  9. Klenchblaize

    Klenchblaize Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    I've found a few YouTube vids and in truth there's little to choose between them but I do like the generous opening for feeding the fire on the Bushbox and that 4 trivets can be stored (rattle free) on the main unit.

    My only dislike is there appears to be but a single importer of the BB and I'm not overly impressed with their approach to pricing and options thereof!

    K
     
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  10. Paulm

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    The newer, generation 2 version of the firebox, has onboard storage for two pairs of firesticks/trivets, the raised slots they sit in when folded flat have been widened to take the two pairs and it works nice and neatly and rattle free as I can testify having just coughed for the second pair rather than just using wire tent pegs because of that same storage advantage.

    While the firebox has relatively small fuel feed slots near the bottom on two sides, it also has a large gap at the top on one side, and also the opposite side if the damper flap is left open, for fuel feeding from the top with a pot in place.

    Cheers, Paul
     
  11. bilmo-p5

    bilmo-p5 Maker Plus

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    Lovely vid & good lookin' grub. Afew greens and it'd be perfect.
     
  12. Tigger004

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    Try using a quail or other small bird, save you getting and carrying a larger pot


    Sent from my AT100 using Tapatalk
     
  13. nic a char

    nic a char Settler

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    my latest rocket stove is a simple right-angle bend of stainless chimney-liner
    earthed-over for insulation
    a grid at the feed end for fuel/airflow
    a slimmer insulated chimney inside the out end
    a few cut-outs round the top for cooking pots + smoke escape
     
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    bilmo-p5 Maker Plus

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    ... or half a chicken.
     
  15. Big Si

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    or a turkey leg!

    Si
     
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    Anyone know what make that folding table is in the vid?

    Ta!
     
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    It looks like a GSI folding micro table.

    $_12.JPG

    About 50GBP on ebay. posted from the states.
     
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    Good idea, Quail or Cornish game hen etc would work well.
     
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    Thanks for that THB.

    A bit more, though, than I'd want to pay for something for occasional use.
     
  20. bilmo-p5

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    Have a look on eBay.
     

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