WildWood 1 Backpack Stove
- After reading the post for the testing call I thought I would
introduce myself and give some background information as to how the
WildWood 1 came about.
My name is Jerry Marlin and I am the owner of Makaira Metalworks. We
are a family owned business with 37 years of experience in metal
fabrication and design. We have a great design team, always willing to
try new ideas. We look forward to your constructive criticism and will
try to incorporate any feasible ideas that will help our products
appeal to their intended audience.
How the WildWood 1 came to be I have been planning a hiking trip for
some time now. As with everything I do, I manage the details to death
until no one can stand to be around me. In this process a made my
extensive list of things I would be taking with me, one of which was a
means to cook with. Now being in the fabrication business we do a wide
range of projects, some of which just happen to be in airports. In one
of my many meetings with the managing body of one airport (name
excluded do to a confidentiality agreement) I found out that I would
not be allowed to take a fuel canister on the fight and further if the
stove had ever been used it could not go either. I was quit upset but
understood the reasoning behind that regulation. So now what was I
going to do? I got on the internet and began my search. I found that
my options were pretty slim if I was going to be flying to my hiking
destination. Ok, how do I get around this .what can I take with me
that I don't have to carry fuel? I remembered seeing a wood stove in a
tent at one of the base camps many years ago. No need to carry fuel
with that, just pick it up as needed. So now, why not make a small
version to carry in my pack. I found a few of these small pack stoves
on the net, but they where either out of productions, not available in
the states, or to big to carry (one claims to be no bigger then a
hiking boot, I can deal with weight but space is another thing). So
when I could not find what I needed I decided to design my own. Thus
the WildWood 1 was born.
Now I know there are ones who almost faint when they find out it
weighs 17oz. You know who you are the same ones who cut the handle off
your tooth brush to save a gram. But when you consider that most of
the stoves on the market, when you figure in the weight of the fuel
with the stove weigh more that 17oz it's a wash. But then you still
have to carry a fuel tank even when it's empty. And then what happens
when you're setting up camp and accidentally spill your fuel, or drop
your stove and damage it to the point it will not work. These are all
things we have considered in our design process. One of the main
things I wanted to do was to keep the cost of the WildWood 1 as low as
possible. I wanted to target those who don't get to go out but once or
twice a year (like myself) and the trip is more important then a few
extra ounces. And being that I live in Iowa all my trips require that
I fly, and I'm sure I'm not the only one that has to face this issue.
Now we have not forgotten all you UL hikers. A UL stove is in the
works and when it's ready we will ask for it to be tested, so you'll
get your chance.
I should note that all the former statements are meant to be very
light hearted and in now way intended to come across as being upset or
aggravated with anyone. I have found that some take offense at just
about anything, please note I am not one of them, I'm all smiles at
the mere fact people are actually talking about the stove to start with.
- Thanks for the comments Mr. Marlin,
I think its a pretty cool stove and I'm trying to get an app in before
I leave, between getting my truck running (which I just did) and
writing a paper....
Looking forward to testing it,
On 8/1/06, makaira_metal <makaira_metal@...> wrote:
> After reading the post for the testing call I thought I would
> introduce myself and give some background information as to how the
> WildWood 1 came about.
> My name is Jerry Marlin and I am the owner of Makaira Metalworks.