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      Vargo Titanium Hexagon Backpacking Wood Stove

      Shave even more weight off your load by leaving the fuel at home. With the Vargo Titanium Hexagon backpacking wood stove you can use sticks and twigs to cook your meals.
      • $59.95

      Item # 829302

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      • Lightweight titanium design weighs only 4.1 oz.; titanium panels stand up to regular use and hot temperatures without damage
      • Stove folds flat for compact storage in your backpack; unfold the hinged panels and snap the stove together when you're ready to cook
      • Conical shape focuses heat upward for efficient cooking; notches at the top of the side panels allow the flames to spread out around your pot (sold separately)
      • Hinged access door can be opened or closed to control the amount of air that reaches the fire; door also allows you to add more sticks to the fire
      • Vargo recommends cooking with a pot no larger than 1.5 liters (50.7 fl. oz.)
      • The Vargo Titanium Hexagon backpacking wood stove includes a nylon carrying case
      • Remember to practice responsible Leave No Trace principles by only burning downed sticks; gather wood from a wide area away from your camp and scatter any unused wood


      Vargo Titanium Hexagon Backpacking Wood Stove

      Specification Description
      Best use Backpacking
      Fuel type Wood
      Fuel Wood
      Auto ignition No
      Burn time (max flame) Not applicable
      Average boil time Not applicable
      Ultralight Yes
      Dimensions (Open) 5 x 4 / (collapsed) 5 x 0.5 inches
      Weight 4.1 ounces

      Vargo Titanium Hexagon Backpacking Wood Stove

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      Rated 4out of5
      by fromI dig it I use it with wood fuel in the evenings to boil water and in the mornings as a windscreen for the alcohol stove to boil water while breaking down camp. If burning wood it needs to be attended to constantly...part of the beauty of being in the woods. After boiling water I dump the burning coils onto my prepared fire for the evening, a great way to start the fire!
      Date published: 2014-08-07
      Rated 4out of5
      by fromUltraLight yes, fast no Purchased this stove for our 3 day backpacking trip in High Sierra Nevada Mountains under pretense that we will be primarely using it as a pot stand/wind screen for my Mini Trangia Alcohol stove and as a back-up option in case we run out of fuel. In the mode with Mini Trangia this stove was great and boiling time was improved significantly. In order to test it I decided for one diner to used it as a wood burning stove for boiling enough water for 3 people in my group. Considering that we were above 8000 feet of elevation it took forever to boil 1 Liter-1 quart of water. Also it did take considerable amount of wood to reach the desire boiling point. I used aluminum foil underneath the stove primarily to reflect the heat as effectively as possible and to capture all ambers and ashes for was of disposal, even with all that I didn't see any considerable improvement. Clean-up and storage is superb quality of fabrication is a top notch but if you are counting on using this stove as your primary source for food preparation and water procurement I would be consciences of the factors above mentioned. As an emergency back-up stove where wood is plentiful this stove will be fine. I'm planing to test this stove in near future by using Esbit Solid Fuel to see if this will improve performance, also I will be compering it with another Titanium wood burning stove manufactured in Germany all of the results will be posted.
      Date published: 2014-09-11
      Rated 4out of5
      by fromTest at home first (a lot) I got this for Christmas. I just tried it in my backyard with wood and tried to boil 2 cups of water. It is about 30 degrees outside. I probably made many mistakes. I never got the water to boil, after trying for more than an hour. And I've been a pyro my whole life, lol! The water was on the verge of a simmer, but stayed that way for probably 1/2 hour, just didn't get up enough heat to hit that boil. The stove didn't come with instructions. I should have read the other reviews first. Here's what went wrong: I placed the wood stove directly on bare ground. No lifters, no hole underneath for ventilation. This wasn't really a problem until I put the pot of water on. 2nd problem - I loaded it up with much wood, and burned up some embers, before trying to boil the water, thinking that there would be more heat to keep the fire going, but the solid stack of embers (1" deep) also prevented air flow once I put the pot on. It was burning fine without the pot, and with the door open, although I was constantly fooling with it (which I don't mind doing). With the pot on, the lack of air kept killing the flames, even when I blew on it, it wouldn't say lit. The ashes built up under the holes in the bottom, next to the ground, making the air flow even less. A nice thing was, I was able to take the pot off, tilt up the stove using a stick, and used another stick to scrape the ashes out from under the stove. Helped a little, but not much. But amazing that with the stove properly assembled, I could tilt it and do that, it seems pretty sturdy to me. I let the embers die down, scraped out the ashes from underneath, and tried to use smaller diameter sticks to see if they would stay lit. No luck. I still wasn't able to keep an active flame going. I will try using some rocks to raise the stove off the ground, and see if that helps. Although I was hoping for a stove that would work without adding "enhancements". I also have the mini Trangia alcohol stove, and I will also test that out one of these days, with the Vargo stove, to see if I can boil water with that combo. I am still glad to have the Vargo Hex stove, it is fun to build a small fire in it. For making a hot cup of tea and relaxing next to my GAR Tarp Tent, it will be perfect. I might try making a #10 tin can into a stand for the stove, for car-camping...but kindof seems at odds with a Ti piece of equipment! I definitely need more practice with mini-fires! (I added a picture of the man who invented the GAP Tarp Tent, in case you haven't heard of it.)
      Date published: 2015-01-09
      Rated 2out of5
      by fromPoor Manufacture and not reliable. The only useful function for this design is as a wind screen for an alcohol stove. This is what I use it for - only!!!The skeletal design as it is constructed, is too flimsy to take serious outdoor abuse, and does not align well.The hinges are poor, the heat relflection is poor, the bottom "feet" are too thin, and really this stove can't be easily used in the Winter.Vargo is now making a stainless version. Wise choice, since the metal will distribute heat better, and will stand up to a little more abuse.Providing the manufacturer endows the new model with better manufacturing ethics. There is no value to this item other than as a wind screen. You can find better designs for wood stoves by viewing [@] on line. You'll see the real deal.I own quite a few outdoor backpacking stoves, so I know what works and what doesn't. For less money you can get more that really works properly.A # 10 can (hobo stove) does a better job than this one does. And that's a reality we will all have to learn to live with.Good luck with yours (Vargo) and happy cooking!!
      Date published: 2012-03-21
      Rated 5out of5
      by fromA great backup system This is a great stove to carry for unexpected delays in your hike. It uses wood fuel (readily available in Maine) and I also carry a Trangia alcohol stove inside a tuna fish can that is used inverted to raise the alcohol flame to the proper height for when wood fuel is not easily available. It's very light and extremely small in your backpack. Great for a backup or when you don't want to carry extra fuel and other burnable materials are readily available.
      Date published: 2013-04-08
      Rated 4out of5
      by fromAn Effective Stove I've left my butane/propane fuel at home during my two latest camping trips and took my Vargo instead. I miss the ease of gas, but the Vargo did a good job of heating water for food preparation, and for washing clothes and washing up. The Vargo is very easy to start. I use a little bit of paper and some twigs and the air currents and shape of the stove get things burning fast. I use a 1.1 litre MSR stainless steel pot, which is about as big as I would use on this stove. A Snow Peak covered mug would work great, too. Unlike with butane/propane, the bottom of my pot got covered with carbon and residue very quickly. It's kind of a mess and hard to clean off, so this might bother some people. I just keep my pot in a bag to keep it away from dirtying the rest of my stuff. The stove is designed with a hinged door to add fuel to the fire, but I found it easier to just lift my pot off the stove and add fuel from the top. The Vargo stores flat and then you fold it together to use. The stove is very light and the manner in which it fits together feels a bit flimsy. Hence, it seems a little unstable (at least as compared to a conventional butane/propane stove), although I haven't had a pot tip off yet. It took about 7 minutes to get 2 cups of water to a good boil, and about 12 minutes to get 3 and 1/2 cups to a simmer. I added fuel several times to keep the fire going briskly. If you're trying to reduce weight and volume, the Vargo is ideal. I'm not ready to completely replace my butane/propane stove, but I like using the Vargo for heating water for cooking and washing, and using gas to heat a quick cup of water for coffee.
      Date published: 2013-07-23
      Rated 5out of5
      by fromvery well designed and useful I got this stove primarily to add the capability of using wood as a fuel for camping. This stove turned out to have far more utility than I anticipated. I can use it as a wind screen for my alcohol stove. It worked really well for that because the floor is elevated about a half inch off the ground and perforated with quarter-inch holes. That allows plenty of air flow. The conical shape helps it not blow over in high winds. Lastly, it packs up into a nice 4-5 inch hexagon that's about a quarter-inch thick and stores in a nice rugged packcloth sleeve with a velcro closure. I have used hobo stoves as well as wood gassification stoves. The wood gassification stove is more efficient but requires a good wind screen to keep it from blowing out. Also, neither of these options fold up, which means they can be accidentally crushed, and they are heavier. So, I think this stove is better because it's lighter, more durable, easier to stow, and can be used as a windscreen. One thing I discovered with both the hobo stove and this stove is that you have to have a little more fire-making skill to make a good micro-fire efficiently, i.e. with using a lot of matches or your alcohol. The easiest way I have found is to split/cut up one of those fire-start sticks to where they are as long as a match and about 3 times as thick. Put a cotton ball under one end and make a teepee of pencil-diameter dry sticks over it. Then, you can use flint/steel to put a spark into the cotton. OR, you can just make a teepee, light the fire-start stick with a lighter, and carefully push the lit stick into the base of the teepee. HTH
      Date published: 2012-09-28
      Rated 4out of5
      by fromA new mainstay in my pack As with any new product, I decided to test this stove out at home prior to taking it into the field. I tested the stove out on a pot (4 quarts) that was above the range suggested of 1.5 quarts. The stove performed amazing. Even with a larger pot sitting on top, it was still able to perform. If this is going to be your only form of boiling water, it will require a lot of TLC to keep it going. If you use it as a secondary (have a fire going and put coals into it) it works amazing. I only have one con with the design but it was easily overcome. With the front door being opened to add fuel and the vents on the bottom, I noticed the stove had a dead spot directly across from the door. I added two holes (a little smaller that the bottom holes) on the far wall. With the holes added, the dead spot was gone.
      Date published: 2014-02-16

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