Lately, I’ve been browsing the net for portable wood BBQs and stoves of all kinds. I love the idea of being able to cook super fast and at (mostly) no cost using twigs and little bits of wood. I particularly like models that have an integrated fan or that are engineered in such ways, that they’re super efficient.
I’m going to share my favorite wood BBQs and stoves here when I have a chance.
Here’s a pretty crazy one that has a huge fan. It reaches ridiculously high temperatures pretty fast. Check it out.
I’d love to try it out. It retails at about USD$150, which is pretty good in my opinion.
It’s well made, and the way it’s made, it spreads the heat across the whole cooking area. It’s not perfect though. You gotta rotate your food so that nothing is burned or undercooked. In other words, the whole cooking area has hot and cold spots.
Despite this small downside, it’s awesome and super fun to use. And it gets very hot, very fast thanks to the fan. Love it!
Another portable stove that I really like watching videos of, is the Biolite Campstove 2+.
You can check it out here:
It’s a small fire pot, that has a yellow battery pack attached to it. The fire recharges the battery pack using a mini-thermoelectric generator. Then the battery pack powers a fan that boosts the fire, making it mostly smokeless and more efficient. It’s a pretty neat power loop. Take note that you gotta charge your pack first, as it won’t charge from zero using fire.
The battery pack also has a USB port you can use to charge your phone. You can also plug in a LED light. One is included with the kit.
You can fuel it with twigs and scraps of wood. Hard wood is best, obviously. You can also use wood pellets. If you fuel it with small bits of wood and small branches, you’ll probably have to add more every few minutes, as it can burn through it pretty fast, due to the fan boosting the fire.
As shown in the first image, Biolite offers a “complete cook kit” that includes a kettle, coffee piston and a cook grill that goes on top of the unit.
From what I could see online, the grill works pretty well and seems to get very hot, pretty fast. As for the WoodFlame, it has hot and cold spots, so you gotta rotate your food now and then to ensure nothing gets burned or undercooked.
When carrying it, the battery pack fits inside the fire pot, which then fits in the kettle. It’s pretty cool. The grill takes more room, though, but it’s pretty light.
All in all, it’s a pretty rad device that I’d love to own. I’m watching it closely, as I believe they might update it sometime in the coming year. That model has been around for about 5 years, as far as I know.
These little stoves look amazing. I got curious and found someone on YouTube who was demonstrating this one:
The idea that you just need little sticks and stuff to cook meals versus an entire fire pit is awesome. I wasn’t really understanding the efficiency part but seeing it in action I get it now. Space age camping toys!
Solo Stove makes the next ones. They’re smokeless fire pits and fire pots that provide you with a quick and efficient fire, thanks to a design that feeds the fire with more air than a regular, standard fire pit.
Here are a couple of pictures of the Lite Camp Stove:
Their camp stoves are rougher around the edges than their fire pits you’ll see below. Among other things, they’re a little cheaper, and you’re able to fit a pot or kettle on it with ease. They’re camping-ready.
The little red one, for instance, will fit on an outdoor table. Pretty cool if you don’t have enough backyard to have an actual firepit. You can safely use it on your small outdoor table.
Solo Stove’s secret, is their design that allows optimal airflow. Here’s how they describe it: Lite’s unique engineering is the blueprint for our famous smokeless fire pits. The double-walled design and superior airflow make for a flame so hot, smoke is consumed by the heat.
Here’s a super quick demo of the Titan Camp Stove. It’s the medium-sized camp stove from above.
I’m probably going to buy one at some point, but I don’t know which one yet. Certainly one of the Camp Stove ones, but I couldn’t say which size yet.
What were the fancy ones you were showing me a while back? The ones that were 300 or 500 bucks? Those ones looked crazy, I want to look them up on YouTube and see what people say about those.
Camping is amazing. Just being able to get away (if you have the kind of job that allows it). I remember the last time we went camping I had to keep checking my phone for emergencies, couldn’t completely detach but it was still a great trip.
As previously stated, the next one I wanted to share is the Biolite Firepit. It’s a big firepit that has a battery pack and a fan. It’s not as small as the previous ones I’ve shared, but it’s still a little on the portable side.
As you can see, the yellow battery pack attaches to the side of the fire pit. It contains a fan, that shoots air below and around the fire, to make it burn hotter and make it mostly smokeless. You can control fan intensity with a button or a smartphone with Bluetooth. It can be quite noisy when using the fastest setting.
This battery pack doesn’t get recharged from the fire, so you gotta make sure you charge it before using it. That’s a downside, here.
The fire pit itself can burn either wood or charcoal, which is pretty cool. The whole thing is made of what they call X-ray mesh, which allows heat to radiate at 360 degrees around it. It’s made to radiate heat as much as possible.
Here’s a demo and review, just a couple of minutes:
Here’s another tiny one, that’s pretty cool, but won’t allow you to cook a steak. But it’s great for marshmallows with a couple of friends. Great, too, if you have little outdoor space, it’ll allow you to have your own little fire, without risks or hassle.
Hey, that’s right, it’s reasonably easy to build a tiny homemade stove that will probably work just as well as most of those we have shared up to now.
This 2 minutes video, here, shows how you can build one using cans you probably have at home:
While you can put twigs and stuff in it from the top for an easy start, you can also fuel it with longer, larger branches through the small can, which gives it way more power and versatility. Pretty neat.
I love that kind of stuff. I’d like to make one this summer, just to see how it goes, and how effective it is.
Another type of portable stove I want to share is the foldable camp stove. Here’s a quick video:
There’s a ton of models of such tiny foldable stoves. Some of them, like the Lixada above, have a side opening, in which you can put longer branches, that you’ll push in further as they burn. It gives this tiny camp stove more power, and less required maintenance to keep the fire strong.
Once you’re done, you clean it up a little, fold it back and you’re good to go. Pretty sweet!