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Initial thoughts: My Frontier stove

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MisSalLaneous Wed 29-Jun-11 22:17:13

Firstly, it's lovely! See here: lit

Door open to show fire there, but when closed, no smoke (or anything) escapes from door or lid on top. Good source of heat too.

Safety wise, I think I am happy to use it in my tent, but will hold off for now. Will possibly do The Cut when summer camping season is over to extend it a little.

In summary, I love it.

Go on now, tell me how lovely it is. grin

chipmonkey Wed 29-Jun-11 23:45:56

Sal, it is indeed a thing of beauty!grin I was actually going to start a thread about your tent-cutting and whether you had braved it! Love the kettle too!

MisSalLaneous Wed 29-Jun-11 23:56:52

Thanks chipmonkey! smile Love it, it's so, ooh, I don't know how to say this without sounding like a 90's teenager, but, well, cool. All the pipe-y bits slotting right back into it's body when packing up. Amazing. My new toy.

I just couldn't bring myself to cut just yet, but I know myself, when it gets too cold for camping in two weeks I'll happily do it.

notwavingjustironing Thu 30-Jun-11 12:58:09

aww Sal its lovely. I too was wondering whether you had made the cut.

Is it heavy?

wrigglytummy Thu 30-Jun-11 13:20:27

It looks amazing, I think I must have followed your link a few weeks ago & seen it. Very jealous, just working out how I can justofy a bigger tent to fit it in & the stove....!

Orangesarenottheonlyfruit Thu 30-Jun-11 13:35:26

oOOH! Have been intrigued about this! It's so funny, your tent looks exactly like ours, even down to the placing of the travel cot! Our bunting is a bit more pastel-y and less impressive tho.

Info please- How easy was it to light? How much heat? How long does it glow for? Can you cook on it? Info please!! Have yet to persuade DH as he is worried about the practicalities of a toddler and 4 yr old but now I've seen your travel cot....

MisSalLaneous Thu 30-Jun-11 22:20:16

Thanks for indulging my obsession(s)! smile

notwaving, no, it's not heavy at all. 10kg, I think, but it's easy to carry, so doesn't feel heavy. I really like the fact that it all folds and packs back "into itself", so no space wasted.

For now, we've left it in the box it came with, but I'm thinking of making a canvas carry bag as that will save even more space. Technically I guess you don't really need a bag / box, as it's very easy to carry (it's got a handle thing you can carry it with), but being a wood burner, it'll soon be covered in soot, so I'd rather cover it with something during transport.

Hmm, let me think about negatives... Oh, you have to clean the flue sections every now and again. Apparently a cheap toilet brush would do, and would be easy enough to do as the sections take apart for storage anyway. The one night did nothing, but I'll keep an eye on after using it for a while.

Ease of use: Very. We had kindling available, and used some pine cones (always take some with to start fire with), so easy enough to get fire started. First log we put on was a bit damp, I think, as wouldn't burn properly. So we put some more cones on and smaller logs, which then worked fine. I think I need an axe though ( grin ). Excitement about having potentially found a new essential item, I do think it will be useful when no kindling available. Actually, my waffling was unnecessary - light fire inside is really no different that starting one in the stove.

I can't really remember how long it stayed warm - didn't really look, to be honest. I think reviews mentioned 3 - 4 hours.

Some more pics here:

http://www.campingsolutions.co.uk/gallery/

Oh, and how to put it together:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs_EqDq65gw

Made me laugh - one of the discussions about ease of set-up said: If you can't set it up yourself, you probably shouldn't be using it!

MisSalLaneous Thu 30-Jun-11 22:21:16

Urgh, proper links:

gallery

setting it up

MisSalLaneous Thu 30-Jun-11 22:23:39

Oranges, sorry, forgot to answer half your questions!

Yes, you can cook on it. Have no idea how long it will take, but some of the 20032 reviews I read mentioned cooking bacon, eggs on it, boiling a kettle, etc. I'm planning on warming milk for hot chocolate, but that's probably about it.

VivaLeBeaver Thu 30-Jun-11 22:43:15

Loos really good.

Some friends of mine have made their own version of this. They've got an empty gas bottle, turned it upside down and cut the bottom (now the top) off it. This now acts as a lid which will balance back on top. Hinged doors have been cut and welded out the sides. Fill it with wood and light. You can bbq on the lid. Oh and it has a false bottom with a grill pan in for grilling and they've fitted a chimmney to it.

Three people I know have one now and I'm desperate for someone to make me one.

MisSalLaneous Thu 30-Jun-11 22:50:03

Ah Viva, yes, I've seen some of those (on net, not real life). Looks great and set to last a lifetime.

chipmonkey Fri 01-Jul-11 23:08:56

What campsite is that, Sal? It looks lovely!

MisSalLaneous Fri 01-Jul-11 23:42:56

Chipmonkey, it's Blackberry Wood, Avalon pitch. Amazing place, I love it there. They're tiny, so unfortunately have to book ahead ages.

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