It should be noted that there are not so many mass-produced models of folding compact wood-burning stoves, both in domestic and foreign manufacturers. Rather, they are practically nonexistent. As a result, according to the results of a short search, comparison and reading of reviews, a Vargo Hexagon Backpacking Wood Stove folding camping titanium furnace from Vargo was selected and purchased.
The operation of the already available folding wood stove proved its necessity. And great efficiency. Compared to a regular bonfire when boiling water or cooking. But the great weight (about 600 g.) And the inability to use it without additional accessories with small dishes, such as a small mug or a pot, made us look for a more acceptable option for such a compact wood-burning stove.
Vargo Hexagon Titanium Compact Folding Camping Camping Wood Stove with Titanium Features, Description, Overview and Performance.
Key Features of the Vargo Hexagon Backpacking Wood Stove Compact Titanium Wood Camping Stove.
Plate thickness 0.8 mm.
Sizes of the disassembled 12.9х12.8х9 mm.
Dimensions collected 12.7 (diameter from below) x10.2 (height) x7.6 (diameter from above) cm.
Weight with case 130 g.
Weight without cover 110 g.
Protective Nylon Case.
This lightweight, almost weightless and compact wood burning stove liked immediately. Its conical shape, according to the manufacturer, allows you to focus the heat up. Making the heating process more efficient and as a result increases the productivity of the Vargo Wood Stove stove. Vargo also recommends the use of cookware with a maximum volume of 1.5 liters with this titanium furnace..
The process of bringing the Vargo Hexagon Backpacking Wood Stove titanium furnace to working position and disassembling it is extremely simple. And it takes a minimum of time. To provide the necessary rigidity in the assembled state, the two Vargo Wood Stove side plates have narrow rectangular slots. They fix the protrusion and the spring lock located on the hexagonal base.
The small upper diameter of the Vargo Hexagon Backpacking Wood Stove titanium stove allows you to place dishes with a bottom diameter of 8 centimeters on it. If you need to put something narrower. For example, a small volume metal round bottle-flask. That is, the ability to do this with the help of additional devices in the form of two metal pins. The design of the stove allows this. For the convenience of loading firewood during the operation of the stove, it has a door suspended on hinges.
The tongue located on the side of the door of the Vargo Hexagon Backpacking Wood Stove stove makes it possible to open and close it even with unprotected fingers. In addition, the door allows you to adjust the intensity of the air flow into the furnace. This compact titanium stove is heated by branches, small chips, bark, dry grass. The drier the fuel, the greater its productivity. In particularly wet weather or in the absence of dry firewood, it is recommended to heat the stove with birch bark. Otherwise, the process of boiling water can drag on.
Features of the device of the compact titanium stove Vargo Hexagon Backpacking Wood Stove, some of its weaknesses and strengths.
The process of boiling water on this titanium stove can be seen in a short video below. 19 minutes, without a doubt, is not the best time to bring 0.5 liters of water to a boil at an ambient temperature of plus 5 degrees. But you need to make a discount on the fact that this was the first experience using the Vargo Hexagon Backpacking stove. After analysis and subsequent use of the Vargo Wood Stove woodstove, it became clear that it was more productive to heat such a stove with thick branches up to 1.5-2 centimeters in diameter. They burn out more slowly and give more heat. This has a positive effect on the time of boiling water. In particular, 1 liter of water in a pot with a lid later boiled for 23 minutes.
As an added bonus, the possibility of using the Vargo Hexagon Backpacking Wood compact titanium stove as an improvised windshield for a gas burner can be considered. Although in this quality the stove covers a little more than half the diameter of the burner and its height is clearly insufficient for effective wind protection. As a last resort, it’s still better than nothing..
Advantages and disadvantages of the compact titanium stove Vargo Hexagon Backpacking Wood Stove.
The advantages and disadvantages of the Vargo Hexagon Backpacking Wood Stove and the like compared to gas burners are obvious. Moreover, there are clearly more shortcomings. Gas is better than the stove in that it ignites instantly, heats up faster and brings to a boil. Do not smoke or stain dishes. Water and food on a gas burner can be warmed inside the tent. If the tent becomes cold, you can quickly warm up by turning on the burner inside the tent. At the same time, having relied on gas (gasoline), you automatically become dependent on its availability. The weighed weight of the gas burner and fuel to it, in comparison with stoves like Hexagon Backpacking Wood Stove more than several times. Moreover, this excess can be calculated even in kilograms. Still, perhaps you can add saving money.
More attractively compact stove Vargo Hexagon Backpacking Wood Stove looks compared to a bonfire.
1. Allows you to abandon the fire in general.
2. Saves time compared to a bonfire. Due to higher efficiency.
3. Saves power. Does not require a large amount of firewood.
4. Less fire hazard, does not burn the soil.
5. Can be used in places where bonfires are prohibited..
6. It is useful in terrain with a lack of sufficient firewood..
Some of these points, namely No. 1 and 3, will not matter in the cold or rainy season. When, in order to heat and dry clothes, a fire is made and maintained in any case. Then it will just be meaningless to deploy and launch the compact Vargo Hexagon oven specifically for cooking. After all, all this will be possible to do on the same fire.