BIO STOVE VER­SUS OPEN FIRE

American Survival Guide - - FIRST WORDS -

For most of my life, I have cooked out­doors on an open flame or oals. The idea of any­thing else seemed ar­ti­fi­cial to me.

These days, fire bans and nat­u­ral re­sources should be con­sidred per­haps more than ever be­fore, and I re­al­ize that I can cook ore con­sis­tently over a small, man­age­able flame and save es­ources for the next per­son.

A large camp­fire has a spe­cial place in the hearts and minds of ost campers. How­ever, a camp­fire isn’t al­ways per­mit­ted; and, in any ar­eas, it is of­ten frowned upon. It also takes a lot of en­ergy nd prepa­ra­tion—not to men­tion skill—to prop­erly build one.

A bio stove is ef­fi­cient and uses a frac­tion of a camp­fire’s wood. n arm­ful of branches can fuel a bio stove for about an hour, and ven just a hand­ful of twigs will start the stove.

For me, the happy medium be­tween a bio stove and a camp/cook re is that there is still ac­tual wood prepa­ra­tion needed to get stove go­ing. So, I still get to ex­er­cise my axe/knife skills and ave the “ro­mance” of a fire. Nev­er­the­less, it is made sim­pler nd more ef­fi­cient.

It’s true that a bio stove won’t pro­vide the heat and cheer­ful low needed in a win­ter camp, but for an eas­ier, has­sle-free cook re, it just makes sense.

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