TATO Gear Element Titanium Wood Stove
Reviewers Paid: $55.00
5 oz / 141 g
|Dimensions||4 3/4 x 3 1/4 x 4 1/2 in||6 x 5 1/2 x 3/8 in|
What hiker doesn't enjoy a campfire? With the Element twig stove, a bit of your favorite fire starter, fire source, and a handful of twigs you can cook your food and boil your water without carrying the fuel or stove.
The Element folds flat, doubles as a windscreen for an alcohol stove to boot. At 5 oz. this twig stove is fine for backpacking and is versatile enough to bake and with the addition of a small cleaver titanium grill by Dutchware you can grill small in small quantities.
If you love to play with fire, backpack, or camp solo you might just find the Element a useful part of your kit.
- Made well with quality components
- Not ideal for more that 1
- Must purchase a grill from a 3rd party
After reading reviews of wood stoves, I was undecided which one would best fit my budget and yet-to-be-defined hiking style. Being new to backpacking and leaning toward hammocks I opted to attend a group outing put on by the newly formed Palmetto State Hangers, a hammock centric camping group. That was three years ago and I must say I've enjoyed the journey as well as the meals I prepared with the Element.
After taking in the reviews of various wood stoves I wanted the Bush Buddy, but the price tag was more than I wanted to pay. It just so happened that the TATO gear guy was also attended the inaugural Fall Sprawl as well. Even better, he brought some of his product to sell, and I bought the Element and saved the shipping charge.
The cool thing about a twig stove is here on the East Coast there is an abundance of twigs and sticks, so with a quick walk around most campsites and a small knife at the most you've got fuel.
Assembling the stove is a snap. The base has 4 tongues that slip easily into a slot on the lower portion of each of the 4 sides of the stove, starting with the side opposite of the hinged door and folding the sides around and lining the hinges up and sliding the pin in. There are only 4 pieces: the sides, base plate, hinge pin and 2 risers to create an air gap under the pot.
I've used a Ketalist, 10 and 12cm IMUSA pots on it with no problem. I've had a couple dozen fires and alcohol stove uses and the stove is standing up quite well. There is a little discoloration and warping of the sides, but I'm a little particular about my gear and clean it regularly. To keep the soot accumulation down.
With an accumulation of coals and a low flame I've dry baked with the Element and with the addition of the Flyz Grill I've cooked a few chunks of steak, burgers, and dogs. Select dry hardwoods for minimal soot and unwanted flavors. I've only dry baked on the Element with the IMUSA pots, a 10 cm inside the 12 cm. Since those pots only cost a little over $5 for the pair I don't mind the soot on those.
I haven't really taken the Element out in rainy and soggy conditions. I'm kinda a dry weather guy when it comes to hanging out in the woods. The new Element has a more boxy stance with improved venting and you can buy more than one to create a mini fire ring or toss on a larger grill which quells one drawback of the initial version so now you can cook for two with one fire.
If you cook in the woods the Element just might fit a niche in your pack like it does in mine.
http://www.tatogear.com/product/element-wood-stove/From the product page:
- Assembled – 4 3/4 X 3 1/4 X 4 1/2 Tall
- Folded – 6 X 5 1/2 X 3/8
- 5.oz (141 grams)
Grilled a chicken breast, split it after leaving it on one side too long, took about 15 minutes on the Dutch Ti Flyz Grill. The stove is better suited for cooking with a pot or pan. The grill is too small and difficult to use as the grill slides around while turning food. The grill does fine with hot dogs and similar products.
Also note that charring of the ground is minimal, use foil or stones for best results, but a little scuffing with the shoe and you've almost left no trace with no barrier.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $55