J. Falk's
Compact Wood Stove
vs.
Bushwhacker Stove

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Created by: J. Falk , 2000

Here's the difference between my two wood burning stoves ...

The Compact Wood Stove is a conventional vertical draft (hobo type) stove. It burns most small twigs. You load the bottom of the stove with wood, light from the bottom and the flames and smoke exit through the top vent opening. You have to baby sit the fire by adding additional wood (while cooking) to keep the fire going. It will boil 2 cups of water within 12 minutes. This stove is designed for quick cook meals. It's very efficient and requires a small amount of wood to cook.

It requires no wind screen and actually works best in a breeze. This stove does create smoke, but you can keep it down by adding small amounts of wood while cooking. You'll also need to stoke the fire with a stoking tube every so often to keep the fire going. It has no simmer mode, through it's efficient design, after the fire is out, only a small pile of ash will remain. The Compact Wood Stove is an all weather, high altitude backpacking stove.

Specifications: 2 piece stove which nests into itself for storage, 4-1/4" W x 4-7/8" H, weighs 6.5 ounces. Accessories store inside the nested stove. Stove nests inside a light weight 4 cup aluminum mug/cooking pot for storage.

Here's a video on the CWS ...
Compact Wood Stove Demo


The Bushwhacker Wood stove (my favorite) is a wood gas stove. It too burns small twigs. This is a 2 wall nested design stove. You load this stove once with wood, light and walk away. No need to add additional wood after the fire is going. This stove lights from the top and burns down though the wood stack in the stove. Through it's design it re-burns the heated air and fumes creating a smoke free cooking solution. The Bushwhacker has 4 adjustable air intake ports for variable cooking times. It will boil 2 cups of water within 12 minutes. This stove can cook foods that require longer cooking times.

A simple windscreen made out of aluminum foil should be used with the stove. The windscreen can be folded and wrapped around the stove for storage. No stoking is required with this stove. It has multiple setups for different cooking situations. The Bushwhacker has an excellent simmer mode, once the fire dies, there will be a stack of hot coals remaining that will keep your meal warm up to 40 minutes. This is a good all weather, high altitude backpacking stove.

Specifications: 2 wall nested design, 4-1/4" W x 4-7/8" H, weighs 6.7 ounces. The pot stand and accessories store inside the stove. Stove nests inside a light weight 4 cup aluminum mug/cooking pot for storage.

Here's a few videos on the BWS, watch them in order ...
Bushwhacker Wood Stove Demo 1
Bushwhacker Wood Stove Demo 2
Bushwhacker Wood Stove Demo 3 - Part 1
Bushwhacker Wood Stove Demo 3 - Part 2

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