Toaks Titanium Backpacking Wood Burning Stove (small)
Current Retail: $44.95
Historic Range: $44.95
Reviewers Paid: $49.99
5.4 oz / 151 g
3 .75 x 3.75 in / 94 x 94 mm
3.75 x x 7.25 in / 94 x 183 mm
Super light titanium wood gas stove, this is the smaller version, and fits nicely into a Toaks 750ml pot making a 250 g cook kit that you don't have to carry fuel for. Will burn twigs, sticks, pinecones, almost anything you're going to find on the forest floor.
- Don't have to carry or worry about fuel
The stove is made up of three piece and is simple to assemble.
Some people can go stove-less, I, on the other hand, almost always carry two stoves. Usually a wood stove that I don't have to worry too much about fuel with and I'll typically also carry an alcohol stove for backup. I don't always get to have a campfire so it is nice to have a wood stove and get a little taste.
It folds down very compactly at 94 mm X 94 mm (3 3/4" X 3 3/4"), the stove weighs 151 g. and fits smartly into a Toaks 750 ml titanium pot. It comes in a tough nylon stuff sack, that helps to keep any soot out of your pack. Once you get the stove going and up to temperature and it starts to burn the wood gas (5 min roughly), it will boil 500 ml of water in another 5 minutes.
They do make a larger version for those with bigger groups.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $49.99 USD
Lightweight, efficient-burning twig stove.
- Efficient combustion
This wood-gassifying twig stove from Toaks is a smaller, lighter-weight alternative to some of the other products available on the market.
However, it doesn't sacrifice effectiveness at all.
The sections nest inside each other into a small package, which makes it easy to pack, even nesting in some relatively small cook pots (e.g., Toaks Ti 1100ml pot).
When packed, some alcohol stoves (e.g., Fancee Feast) and their windscreen can be nested within the stove.
It comes with a lightweight sack, which is nice when nesting inside a cook pot, to keep the cook pot clean.
It's as easy to light and maintain as any other wood gassifier I've used. I employ the top-down fire method, which has served me well with every one.
The side opening for feeding the fire is nice when it's needed, but this stove burns so efficiently, I rarely need to feed it after the initial ignition. Granted, I'm typically boiling a pot of water or cooking some kind of backpacking meal, neither of which takes a really long time.
It hasn't caused me any problems yet, but this stove is taller and more narrow than any other I've used previously. Consequently, it has the potential to be less stable, depending on the level of the ground on which it is placed or the size/weight of the pot used thereon.
I've used a number of wood gassifier twig stoves over the past several years. This one matches them all in terms of performance, and has the added benefit of being lighter-weight and more packable.
Source: bought it new
A brilliant and simple 'gasifying' wood burning stove that slots together quickly and stacks inside the Toaks Titanium pot for a simple, lightweight, and compact wood burning cook system.
- Slots together simply and quickly
- Makes use of an abundant and free fuel source
- Not suitable for some areas, eg upland areas
- Gets sooty
- Unstable—needs level ground
- Not great in windy conditions.
I have many wood burning stoves and this is one of my favourites. I can have it set up with a decent flame in seconds using birch bark or a recycled inner tube tyre as tinder and a few twigs. It is much quicker than waiting for an alcohol stove to 'bloom' and, provided the wood is dry, fuel can be collected whilst walking or on arrival at camp. Thanks to the gasifying effect, only a few twigs are needed.
Once lit and the pot placed on top, a couple of cups of water will come to a rolling boil in about 6-8 minutes depending on the weather conditions. A wind shield is a good idea (I have a titanium one that wraps around it to give shelter from the wind which works well).
It is really best for boiling water for hot drinks and dehydrated meals. Whilst it is a clever design which makes use of gases produced in the combustion process, the centre of gravity is high thus it is unstable. It is possible to cook more complex meals, but this should be taken into account.
The disadvantages are that not all areas allow fires (including wood burning stoves) and it is not suitable for upland areas where there is no wood readily available. Wood could be carried, but this defeats the object. That said, I find used corks and pine cones are excellent fuel and do not weigh much. The stove gets quite sooty, though it has a stuff sack to keep the soot from making marks on other equipment, but do expect to get dirty hands.
Overall, I really like this stove and I find it is the one I keep reaching for when heading out for a walk. Despite its instability the design is simple and very efficient. I believe it has won design awards and I can understand why. Beware of cheap imitations from the far East; you get what you pay for. It is aimed at solo camping—a larger version is available for bigger groups.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: £50