Mummert Phoenix Wood-Burning Titanium Camp Stove
A show piece titanium stove that is bound to turn…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: £300
A show piece titanium stove that is bound to turn heads at any campsite, though it is very expensive. Best suited to group cooking at a more permanent camp.
Mummert are best known for their titanium knives, so this is a bit of a departure from their core product, but it does not disappoint. It is best suited to group cooking duties or a showpiece fire for people to gather round in the evening as, despite being made from titanium, it is quite large and heavy compared to other wood-burning stoves.
Follow the instructions and the stove is fairly simple to put together (I did not do this to begin with and found out the hard way). It has a pentagonal base, five side panels, a door, and a poker, which I also used for opening and closing the door. It is all stored in an attractive heavy duty cordura bag.
In use, the design funnels the flames to a narrow spot at the top so it burns really efficiently, though I found I needed more wood than usual due to its size and it constantly needed feeding to keep the temperature up. It works best with twigs and wood the thickness of a pencil or just a bit larger. I particularly liked the way the flames licked out of the Phoenix cutouts. This was especially mesmerising at night! I used the stove to cook a vegetable stew (see my youtube video) among other things and it turned out well.
It was fiddly to put together as all slot-together stoves are, but practise makes perfect. Also, it is not the lightest on the market but for sheer mojo alone this stove was worth the $229 plus shipping and taxes (came to over £300 in the end!) so this is a premium purchase!
If you are looking for a unique focal point for your camp setup to cook with wood then this would certainly do the job. Its eye-catching design will turn heads on any campsite. I had a brief e-mail exchange with Mummert and a smaller version was on the design table but cheap knockoffs from China are choking this sector of the market so this has not been released yet.
All I can say is, you get what you pay for. Check out my video of the stove in action on YouTube:
Camping trips to cook meals and heat water.