The Firebox is a folding stainless steel portable campfire. It is an American made beast of a stove; by far the strongest tested but also the heaviest. Don’t let the two pound weight deter you; this stove will take a lifetime of use. There really is no assembly as its all one piece excluding the ash pan and the sticks. A few flips and the stove is ready for use. Usually I don’t like hinges on stoves, but the material is 18 gauge stainless and the thickest of all the stoves I have tested.
For a portable stove I was greatly surprised that I could stand upon the stove without it collapsing into a pile of twisted scrap that used to be a stove. A dutch oven or heavy pot would be as nothing to this stove. The extras make the stove much more versatile, I would suggest just getting the master combo kit and then you can add a zebra pot kit to make an oven. I did just this so when the power goes out for a week due to a snow storm, ill have not a worry in the world. Tea and a hot meal make for a better outlook even on the dimmest of days. I did cook on my wood stove but I didn’t have an oven for it, and the rounded top of the woodstove isn’t very conductive to using an oven, now I do but I still like to do some things outside. For my purposes I like the sturdiness of the firebox, I don’t like having things go to crap when you need them so the extra weight is not an issue, as I am not an ultralite backpacker.
Cooking on the firebox is rather easy, and a steak cooked over wood coals can’t be beat. A few flips and lock it together put the grill plate on and build up the fire. After it burns to coals lay the steak straight on the grill plate and flip it after it hits what you consider done. For me that is about a slow fifteen seconds to a side then off the fire. Any pot or cup will work with this stove and as it keeps the fire contained it will help keep unintended fires to a minimum.
There are many accessories available from Firebox for this fine stove, making it able to grill, boil, fry and even bake with a reflector oven. It will handle anything from a small can to a Dutch oven, at five inches square it makes for a rather stable base. If the fuel is cross layered a fire made with the top burn down method will burn a long time. Testing consisted of bringing 18 ounces of water to a rolling boil in a water bottle 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 inch in diameter were used for fuel during testing. Boil time was a zippy 5 minutes. I’ve heard this stove referred to as a portable campfire, that’s a great description.
Firebox 5 inch Folding Firebox Campfire Stove Specifications:
|Packed Size, inches:||L 7.5 x W5 x H 0.37|
|Assembled size, inches:||H 7.5 x W 5|
|Construction material:||18 gauge stainless steel|
|Boil time, 18 ounces:||5 minutes|
|Made in USA|
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