A short while back, I attended the Utah Prepare Conference & Expo and described Why You Should Attend Preparedness Expos. While I was there, I had the opportunity to get to know various vendors, and look for some great survival and preparedness products coming to market.
One product really caught my eye. The Emberlit Stove. I’ve seen many collapsible camp stoves before, and always figured they were more fuss that they were worth. I couldn’t see how packing around a metal box would be any better for cooking over just making a small fire. Regardless, I was intrigued by their awesome booth and decided to have a closer look.
I did some quick research from my phone before talking with the folks from Emberlit. I came across a video that I thought explained the stove pretty well. If you saw the Why You Should Attend Preparedness Expos post, you may have already seen the video.
The video made me laugh, and I was intrigued, so I walked up to the booth and started listening and checking out their product.
Not only was Troy, the sales ninja I was talking to, a cool guy, but he also had some input that started to curb my preconceived notions about these camp stoves. Here is our exchange (based only off memory):
Me: Why is this better than a small fire?
Troy: Even a small fire in open air can require a wind-break or larger logs to keep it hot, and the flames focused enough to cook with. Wind can blow embers around making for higher fire danger, and lastly, you have to either put your put/cup/can down in the coals, or find a way to suspend it above the fire-pit. With the Emberlit Stove, it’s enclosed focusing the heat on your pot. It allows you to use everything from small leaves to twigs to larger branches to feed the flames. You don’t need much fuel to cook a can of Ravioli! The enclosed design limits the embers flying around, and also gives you a convenient rest for a pot or can on top.
Me: Yeah, but at the top it’s only a few inches wide. You can’t really cook your family meal with something so small, right?
Troy: The sides of the Emberlit Stove lean in making the top narrower than the base for stability. I use a 10″ dutch oven on this thing all the time! Stand on it… It wont even flinch. (it didn’t.)
Me: Well, that’s cool, but I still have to pack the thing around and assemble it every time.
Troy: The Emberlit Stove folds thinner than an iPhone 5, weighs only 11 ounces, and and setup only takes a few seconds.
Me: I’m tough on gear… What kind of warranty does this thing have?
Troy: Lifetime, baby! You aren’t going to wear this thing out.
So, after such an exchange, I grabbed the Stainless Steel version of the Emberlit Stove and headed out on our 6 day Elk hunt with the Emberlit Stove in tow. I trekked with it through heavy woods and never even noticed it was in my pack. It wasn’t an annoying, rattling thing distracting me or scaring off the Elk. Both a plus.
One day, I took coals out of our larger fire and dropped them inside the Emberlit Stove, and cooked up a small can of beans with no fuss at all. Another day, I boiled water in a large pot just to see how stable it would be.
I was impressed in both instances. The Emberlit Stove was remarkably stout, stable, and efficient.
My favorite things about the Emberlit Stove:
- Made here in Utah, USA!
- Less fuss to make a small little fire to cook a can of food vs making/maintaining a larger fire.
- In the high elevations we were in, the smoke from the fire was annoying. The small stove really helped limit the amount of smoke flying around.
- Very light, remarkably quiet in a pack.
My least favorite things about the Emberlit Stove:
- The case it comes in just feels cheap. Although I haven’t broken it yet, It sure feels like it’s going to fall apart. Really, at this point I feel like I’m nitpicking, because this in no way detracts from the stove or it’s performance, I just felt it worth mentioning. I think I’ll have my wife sew up a better pouch for it.
At $44.99 I find the price of the Emberlit Stove to be quite fair considering the going rate of other similar camp stoves on the market.
How to get one:
You can grab the Emberlit Stove from Amazon here.
All in all, I must say that I am pretty impressed with the Emberlit Stove!
Would I say it’s an absolute survival necessity? No. (but in fairness, Food, Water, Air, and Shelter are the only REAL necessities for survival, right?)
Will I add it to my camping/hunting gear and/or bug out bag? Yep! It’s too convenient not to, and the light weight/small size wont be a problem at all!
Would I recommend this to anybody who will listen? Yep!
After using it myself for 5 consecutive days in a rugged camping/hunting environment I’m convinced that it’s a solid product, it serves a real need, and I appreciate the convenience it provides. I like it so much, I think I may grab a couple to add to my bug out bag and keep in my RV.