The New Year is off to a great start, thanks. Hope yours has been just as great!
Ah, the trials of the wood flame. Sometimes making/maintaining a fire is an art. Nice report, here are your edits.
See ya' in a couple,
***Point Reyes National Seashore, California: 2 nights; 21 mi (34 km); 0 to 1,407 ft (429 m) elevation; 40 to 55 F (4 to 13 C); sunny to partly cloudy conditions***
Edit - just for consistency add a period at the end.
***Adding pine needles to get the fire re-started made more soot so I tried to the heat high by constantly adding twigs.***
EDIT - so I tried to keep the heat high
--- On Sun, 1/6/13, Nancy Griffith <bkpkrgirl@...> wrote:
From: Nancy Griffith <bkpkrgirl@...>
Subject: [backpackgeartesters] FR- 180 Tack 180 Stove- Nancy Griffith
To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>, "Mike Pearl" <mikepearl36@...>
Date: Sunday, January 6, 2013, 7:54 PM
I hope that your new year is going well.
I've posted my FR for the 180 stove to the test folder. Here's the link and text.
Thanks for reviewing it and providing edits.
FIELD LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
< >Over the Field Test period I used the stove for two overnight and two three-day backpacking trips for a total of six nights.
Sierra Nevada Foothills, California: overnight; 1,900 ft (579 m) elevation; 52 F (11 C) overnight low with clear conditions.
Two Peaks Trail, El Dorado National Forest, California: 2 nights; 6,560 and 8,220 ft (2,000 and 2,505 m) elevation; 28 and 40 F (-2 and 4 C) overnight lows with clear to cloudy and windy conditions.
Sierra Nevada Foothills, California: overnight; elevation 1,900 ft (579 m); 38 F (3 C) overnight low with partly cloudy conditions.
Point Reyes National Seashore, California: 2 nights; 21 mi (34 km); 0 to 1,407 ft (429 m) elevation; 40 to 55 F (4 to 13 C); sunny to partly cloudy conditions
PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
< >After my initial test in the backyard and discovery of how much soot got on my hands and pot, I began carrying disposable plastic gloves in my cook set. I used a grocery produce bag to store my cooking pot. This worked well to keep my hands relatively clean while handling a soot-covered stove and pot. My husband was the clean-up guy so after disassembling the stove, I transferred the gloves to him to use while scrubbing the pot. This also worked great since the disposable gloves held up during vigorous scrubbing. We both still needed to wash our hands but it did greatly reduce the degree of filth on our hands. As the weather turned colder however the soot problem was a bigger issue since I was much more reluctant to wash my hands in freezing cold water. I would much rather keep my hands from getting so dirty in the first place and certainly didn't want my warm gloves to get filthy.
The convenience of using available fuel was nice for keeping pack weight low. Fuel was easy to obtain although I haven't yet used it in soaking wet conditions where all fuel may be wet. Pine needles and small twigs were always readily available and it didn't take much fuel to get a pot of water boiling anyway. I would estimate that a quart bag of wood fuel was what I typically used. So in cases where I am hiking above tree-line I would easily be able to carry my own fuel for short distances.
< >The area of the cooking surface is much larger than what I need for use with my backpacking pot. I typically try to keep the fire in one corner when just heating water. I did use the grates for grilling on the first night out on one trip. I cooked chicken sausage and peppers over the fire which made for a really nice meal.
I used the ash pan to keep the granite from being scarred from the fire. Since the pan holds the hot coals it takes a while to cool down unless I carefully dump out hot coals on the ground. Ideally I just scraped off some rocks and dirt from the surface and built the fire directly on the ground. This way I could pull off the stove for cooling and then simply cover the ashes once they burned down and cooled.
The fire was easy to feed and to keep going but needed attention to get an efficient boil. If I got distracted by other kitchen chores then I would let the fire get too low. Adding pine needles to get the fire re-started made more soot so I tried to the heat high by constantly adding twigs.
Wind was an issue on the last night and morning of the Two Peaks trip. An early season snow storm was moving in which kicked up the wind and temperatures fell below freezing overnight. The breezy conditions made it difficult to get any efficient amount of heat to concentrate beneath the pot. I used my windscreen but it wasn't effective enough to cover such a large stove. It took a long time and a lot of effort to get warm water in the morning which was a problem since we were so ready for a hot beverage. As we were getting our Styrofoam cups out, mine was easy to distinguish since it had black fingerprints all over it.
The 180 Stove is a solidly-constructed simple design for a wood burning stove. It has a large cooking surface and stacks to a compact size for travel.
No fuel to carry
Disassembles to compact size
Made in USA
Pot and hands got dirty from soot
Difficult to block wind
This concludes my Field Test Report. Please check back in approximately two months for my Long-Term Report. Thanks to 180 Tack and BackpackGearTest.org for allowing me to participate in this test.
This report was created with the BGT Report Generator.
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