The Bushcraft Micro is a true Every Day Carry stove. Touted as the world’s smallest Hobo stove, it literally fits inside your wallet. It easily fits inside an Altoids tin with room for flint and steel, char cloth, line and hooks. The Micro is not a stove for beginners though, as it takes constant care to keep a fire going in the firebox. It is surprisingly well built for its size, very strong and easily assembled. It does look funny under an 18 ounce cup, and boiling this much water is at the edge of its capacity requiring constant attention to keep the fire burning. However carefully feeding sticks and twigs into the fire, then blowing into the firebox when the fire slowed kept it going great. A stainless steel straw keeps you back away from the smoke and heat yet allows you to keep a stream of air going right where you need it. A ready supply of twigs broken up ready for use will keep the fire steady.
The forge effect of blowing into the firebox brought the cup up to a light boil in a surprisingly short amount of time. Testing consisted of bringing 18 ounces of water to a rolling boil in a water bottle’s stainless steel cup. Starting water temperature was 60 degrees F with an ambient temperature of 75 degrees F at 1,030 feet above Sea Level. Pine and Cottonwood approximately .75 of an inch in diameter were used for fuel during testing. This brought 18 ounces of water to a light boil in 8 minutes, very impressive.
I took the time to split up some osage orange, a very hot burning wood, into matchstick sized pieces an heated a can of ravioli for grins to see what it would do. I ended up with a boil over of hot tomato sauce as it burped out like an angry volcano. Then it burned the bottom ravioli on the bottom of the can. That will teach me to see how hot I can get it.
The forge like roar of this little stove with a stainless steel straw is really kind of cool but cooking a meal on this little titanium stove would take the appeal away pretty fast. The upside is with a little practice it’s very usable and takes no space, so it is easy to keep as part of your EDC. Plus it only weighs 2.7 ounces!
Bushcraft punched all the pieces to fit a small biner so that it can be easily carried on a strap or belt loop. It even fits in a wallet nicely, ensuring that it will always be ready when it’s needed. I was impressed by this little stove and it is already in tucked away in my EDC kit. An alternative use for this is holding a tea light to keep a cup of tea warm. I am not sure I would want to use this on a regular full time basis but it does work great.
Bushcraft Micro Specifications
Packed size, inches: L 2.5 x W 1.8 x H .2
Assembled size, inches: H 2.5xW 1.8
Weight, ounces: 2.7
Construction material: Stainless steel
Boil time, 18 ounces: 8 minutes
Made in Germany
Manufacturer: Bushcraft Essentials www.bushcraft-essentials.com
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