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Sometimes known as gasifier stoves (though they are often fan-forced) ...

Having been messing about with an original Biolite, it's sparked [see what I did there?] my interest in wood stoves, especially the wood-gas type. Much like the Bushbuddy or the Solo.

My question is, do they actually work as claimed? I've seen many a review on YouTube, but more often that not the reviewer treats them like a regular twig stove, that is with a bottom up fire, stuffed with fuel. I've yet to see a vid with the reburning hot gas happening. Is it all to do with the fuel loading, or do they just not work as well as claimed?
 

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Sometimes known as gasifier stoves (though they are often fan-forced) ...

Having been messing about with an original Biolite, it's sparked [see what I did there?] my interest in wood stoves, especially the wood-gas type. Much like the Bushbuddy or the Solo.

My question is, do they actually work as claimed? I've seen many a review on YouTube, but more often that not the reviewer treats them like a regular twig stove, that is with a bottom up fire, stuffed with fuel. I've yet to see a vid with the reburning hot gas happening. Is it all to do with the fuel loading, or do they just not work as well as claimed?
I have one, but haven't used it yet. I often think about it, but then go mountain biking or something. I have seen video of them working. It takes a little while (like 5mins or less) to get some heat in the jacket then the hot air rises through. I tend to use things for a purpose, not just going out and making coffee for the fun of it. I would take it on a bike tour for example, along with a fixed blade knife. I'd use the knife to baton finger diameter sticks into appropriate lengths. You don't want to carry too much on a bike. I'd also use it if we were camping out of the van, although then I'd take my hatchet or repurposed cleaver :) I wouldn't take it on an extended walking trip though - I've discovered the freedom of no stove on long walks where I invariably end up doing a day or two of 14 or even 16 hours. It's nice to not have to cook sometimes. I will use it and I like having it because just like the recent shortages of some things I like to be prepared - it seems a good backup. If the lights went out at night time I can also lay my hand on several torches, not including the ones in my day pack. There are also a few vids on making your own.
 
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I use a titanium lixada wood gasifier stove when doing long distance hikes, much lighter than carrying a gas canister and stove but less convenient. It works great as a wood stove, but to make it work properly as a gasifier had had to add a titanium disc in the bottom of the burn chamber with smaller holes to restrict airflow to slow the burn time. I also made another titanium disc to set the stove on as I accidentally charred a park bench once from the transferred head (even though there is a one inch air gap).
 

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I use a titanium lixada wood gasifier stove when doing long distance hikes, much lighter than carrying a gas canister and stove but less convenient. It works great as a wood stove, but to make it work properly as a gasifier had had to add a titanium disc in the bottom of the burn chamber with smaller holes to restrict airflow to slow the burn time. I also made another titanium disc to set the stove on as I accidentally charred a park bench once from the transferred head (even though there is a one inch air gap).
funny you say that - the first hobo stove I made burnt a hole through a deck :oops: fast and furious.
 

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I have a solo stove which I've used a little. When you pre-load it with fuel and properly stuff it you get the gas reburning and it boils things a lot faster. It's been a while since I used it but don't remember it beings as effective if you just use it as a twig stove.
 

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After far too many hours of watching Youtube reviews, I pulled the trigger on this Toaks knock-off/clone.
From what I could tell, the taller pot stand section gives the better results for heat, compared to a Solo or Bush Buddy.
We'll see.
 

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After far too many hours of watching Youtube reviews, I pulled the trigger on this Toaks knock-off/clone.
From what I could tell, the taller pot stand section gives the better results for heat, compared to a Solo or Bush Buddy.
We'll see.
Yes, that could make sense - taller jacket, air gets warmer and increased velocity! With portable stuff there is always a compromise with portability and efficiency. The length of rifle barrels for example :D, or even this, which is made for efficiency.
 
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