I was planning a day out this weekend. I was going to take a collapsible wood stove with me (think Honey Stove, except it's not a honey stove). I've always burned bits of wood in it. Any offcuts or bits from tinkering in the shed are put in a bag and then I take them with me as fuel for the stove. But I see many use BBQ briquettes in their stoves. So I was hoping you may be able to give me some advice on the pros and cons of each. I like using wood. But it can leave a residue on pots and pans. I would sometimes not have noticeable flames. The smoke is a two-edged sword - it can make you noticeable but it also smokes the insects away. The good thing is that heat is easier to modulate. But what about about BBQ briquettes? Here's what I really want to know. Do they produce enough direct heat to boil a pot of water in a reasonable? I can see how they would work using the stove as a barbecue, but what about as a...well, stove? Is there a flame? What about smoke? What about residue on pots? Oh yeah, one last thing: how does burn time compare to wood? If I have a handful of wood bits and a handful of charcoal briquettes which will burn longer? Details of your experiences and preference (and why!) would be gratefully appreciated.