Situation: We are a family of three and I want to do some hot tenting in 0F temperature this winter without upgrading the whole familyís sleeping system (20F). I also do NOT want to wake up more than once during the night to refill the stove. This is critical, I want to fill the stove before going to bed, close the damper and go to sleep for as long as possible without getting cold (donít forget the 20F difference, if not moreÖ). Iíll cut my own firewood from where Iíll set up camp.
Current equipment: We all have 20F down sleeping bags with Exped Downmats (we also have ridgerests to go underneath as well). Weíll haul all the gear using snowshoes, pulks + backpacks.
Gear to acquire: tipi tent (6 or 8P Iím not sure yet) + woodstove
My research indicates that there seem to be 3 ďclassĒ of wood stoves (my own classification):
- Class A, what Iíd qualify as collapsible ultralight stoves, ranging from 1.5 to 10 lbs: Titanium Goat, Ruta Locura, Kifaru, Four Dog, Seek Outside, etc.
- Class B, what Iíd qualify as ďlightĒ stoves, ranging from 10 to Iíll say 36 lbs: Snowtrekker, Riley, Kni-Co, Sims, Four Dog, etc.
- Class C, the heavy stoves, 36 lbs + which I havenít researched much for obvious reasons.
Class A stoves seem to be able to keep the heat for 1h top. The only exception, is the Four Dog ownerís claim to be able to reach 3-4h. Anyone here experienced otherwise? Evidently, Iíd be more than happy to spend the extra bucks on ultralight stove if they keep me warm for several hours, but that doesnít seem to be the case. So Iím really looking about confirmation or invalidation here.
Class B stove seem to be the way to go. Iím looking for that delicate balance between weight and the amount of time the stove will be able to hold the heat at night. All things being equal, Iím theorizing itís better to have a bigger stove than a smaller one, so Iíve calculated the Volume by total weight ratio (including pipes, damper & spark arrestor) and I cross-matched the result with each manufacturerís burn time specifications if available. Putting aside all class A stoves, the clear winners are the Sims Sportmans, closely followed by the Kni-Co Alaska and Snowtrekker Large. This is followed by each companyís medium size stove. So I think itís safe to assume itís a matter of choosing between models, especially since Kni-Co actually manufactures both the Alaskan and Snowtrekker stoves. Iíve discarded the Sims Sportmans stove because I havenít found a single review.
- Has anybody compared the two ďbrandsĒ, I should rather say models between Kni-Co and Snowtrekker?
- Can anyone comment on these stoves ability to hold the heath? I was told between 4-6h for both!
- Iím concerned that both stoves do not have a baffle.
- All the math & logic is pretty cool but did I miss anything, do you have a comment?
- Ideally I could go for a smaller size stove for weight purposes, would that be possible in my scenario, say a Snowtrekker Medium or Kni-Co Alaskan Jr. (or even smaller)?
- There has to be other design differences besides the Snowtrekkerís snow float legs. I mean the Snowtrekker Large goes for 24.5lbs including a shelf while the Kni-Co Alaskan standard package goes for 24 lbsÖIíll call Kni-Co to find out.
Thanks a lot for reading and commenting