While killing time at Wal-mart tonight, I came across a Sterno portable folding stove. What really piqued my curiosity about this little stove is that it was under $6 dollars. I know, I know, that’s more than $5, but it’s close. Recently a friend of mine purchased the Vargo Titanium Hexagon Wood Stove for a little under $50.00. Now that is a really nice little stove but it is a little pricey. The quality of the Vargo portable stove is second to none. For the price, though, I think this Sterno Portable Folding Stove will work just fine for now.
This stove is constructed from aluminum, and is made in America. While folded, this stove is less than 3/4 on an inch thick and is approximately 6.5 inches by 6.5 inches in size. First, you remove it from its cardboard sleeve and unfold it. You basically fold up the pieces and lock it all together. Instructions for assembly are provided, but really aren’t necessary. It’s a very simple setup. When you’re finished, you have an enclosed cube with a hinged door in the front. The top of the cube is the cooking surface. When you open the hinge side, you can add your heat source and then close it back up. This protects your heat source from being interrupted by the wind since it’s completely enclosed.
This stove was made to be used with the Sterno Fuel Gel Canisters which are also sold at Wal-mart. Alternately, you can use wood or even candles. There is no reason why you can’t use some Fatwood and some other small pieces of wood to heat your water or cook your food on the trail. Charcoal would be a good choice, too. This is what I actually wanted to do with this stove. My curiosity will get the best of me; I will be testing this stove very soon, both indoors and outdoors. Of course, the indoor cooking will be done with some type of safe fuel source like a candle or the recommended fuel source. This type of portable folding stove can come in handy during a power outage or on a camping trip involving light cooking. I’ll post the performance details of this little stove soon.
Have any of you used this for camping or as a backup during power outages?
Image courtesy of Cabela’s.