Honey Stove Review
When Podcast Bob offered me the chance to review his new stove, the Honey Stove, I jumped at the chance to try out what is offered as a multi-fuel, multi-cooker, multi-pot stove. Part of the purpose of the review is to iron out design issues, so if any of my comments are negative, they are offered in a constructive manner.
It arrived today and, though I haven't had a chance to use it 'in anger', I had a look at a few configurations on the kitchen table this evening.
It comes flat packed in a small canvas bag, and weighs about 350g, so not ultra-lightweight, but not too heavy. (Excuse the hairs on the bag, my cat got onto it!)
The stove itself is made of .7mm stainless steel, which looks at first sight to be rather flimsy but, once the stove is assembled, it does seem very sturdy (packing flat does have its advantages). It has six side panels, which assemble into a hexagon shape [hence the honey(comb) name], and three 'shelves', together with a mat for catching ash and protecting the ground from scorching, plus a set of instructions.
The stove slots together, and initially seems a bit fiddly but after assembling once or twice, it does get quicker and easier. The middle shelf has a circular cut-out which looks like it is made for a trangia burner, but is too small for my SA trangia to sit in (and the SA trangia sits too high on top of the shelf), so I used the bottom shelf for placing the SA trangia burner. Clearly I need to try using this, but I had to assemble the burner into the stove so lighting may be a little tricky, and I'm not sure how I would get the cap on afterwards in order to extinguish the burner.
The crusader cup will sit on top of the unit, though the edges are a bit high and the handles of the cup mean that the cup doesn't sit completely flat. However, you should be able to use a round billy, either sitting on the rim, or inside it.
The position of the middle shelf is such that you can use solid fuel tablets (army hexy in my case).
The stove is also designed as a wood burner, so I'm hoping to get out fairly soon to try it with the trangia and hexy and, of course, with wood so I'll report back once I get to do this.
My first impressions are that it looks interesting and, if it works well enough for meths, hexy and wood, it would mean that I only need to carry one stove with the flexibility to use whatever fuel is appropriate at the time.
"An old forager is a good forager, that is why he is an old forager."