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Bushbuddy Stove

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Bushbuddy Stove wood stove

Arguably the best wood burning stove around. The main difference between an Ultra and Standard is weight (5.1 vs 6.5 oz), probably thinner construction materials. I have the standard.

Major Likes:

  • Very portable and light. Fits inside my Snow Peak Trek 900 titanium cookset with a Brasslite Turbo II-F alcohol stove inside the BB.
  • Burns a "free" renewable fuel—wood, twigs, dry leaves/grass etc and with efficiency too. Next time you're out for a walk, look under almost any tree and you'll see fuel!
  • Reasonably easy to use, can be a bit quirky at times though.

Major Dislikes:

  • COST, may be the highest for such a small wood burning stove. Reason for not a 5-star rating.
  • Leaves unprotected pots and pans quite sooty.

This is a personal thing, but I just enjoy cooking over the BB—tendering the fire, dancing flames, jet gases burning—just enjoyable to me.

Price Paid: $95

Excellent stove. But, remember, wood-burning stove takes patience. Fuel needs to be gathered. Easiest lit when fire starters are used. It is not easy to get a lighted match to tinder at the bottom.

Advantages: Not a lot of fuel (ie. sticks) is needed. Water can be kept boiling for as long as you have wood to burn. Packs easily because it can be nested into a pot.

as a cook who desires a second burner but not the extra weight of extra fuel canisters.

Price Paid: hey, it's ultralight

Another review states difficult to light from below with a match. These type of stoves are designed to be lit from the top, which means tinder at top.


  • The convenience of always having a fuel source to hand (obvious exceptions) Fire craft is stimulating.


  • Don’t inhale the smoke, even with dry cured wood it’s 400x plus more hazardous particulate than truck emission.

Bushbuddy Mini, by comparison, does away with the ash pan and can be lit from either top or bottom depending on how you’ve constructed your fire. Mini also nests in a smaller pot (800ml) saving significant pack space. Combine with a simple ~15g boot polish tin type alcohol burner, which can be used with just the pot support and small windshield for times when it’s not practical to start up a wood fire.


10+ years

Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $50

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Price MSRP: $110.00
Historic Range: $119.95-$134.95
Reviewers Paid: $50.00-$95.00
Weight 6.4 oz
Dimensions 4 1/4″ dia x 3 3/4″ h (nested)
Construction High quality US stainless steel
Boil Time 8-10 minutes for 1 qt of water
Origin Handcrafted in Alaska
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