Why We Chose It: Small packed size, simple design, lightweight, effective.
We’re constantly hearing about new fabric innovations, backpacks with all kinds of gizmos and so on, and don’t get us wrong, we like all that, but sometimes it’s the simple stuff that we all fight over here in Outdoors Magic towers. Simple stuff like this little ‘hobo stove’ by Savotta.
It’s a simple design but it’s done well, and Savotta have added a bit of their own style to it as well. What we’re obviously referring to are the ventilation holes which give you the option of having a jovial, friendly-looking stove, or one that has the face of a football fan who feels the referee has made a bad call. We haven’t known this Finnish brand long, but we’ve quickly realised that they like to make serious kit, but have a bit of fun with it as well – go and check out some of their ‘tough testing’ videos on Youtube.
“If Ikea made stoves, this would be what they’d look like.”
This is a wood burner, don’t expect it to manage any other types of fuel. You pile your sticks and leaves all inside, spark them up, let the air holes create some nice convection and then plonk your kettle or pot on top of the cross bars and wait.
If Ikea made stoves, this would be what they’d look like. In other words, it’s a flatpack. Completely disassembled and stowed into its little pouch, it’s about the size of that letter your bank sends you when they want you to sign up to a credit card account, and it’s not much smaller than a Boden catalogue. We appreciate that for a non-UK reader that last comparison might be a little too niche, so here are the actual dimensions of the packed away stove: height 15.5cm, width 14cm, depth 1cm. When it’s assembled – a process that’s quick and easy by the way – it measures 14cm in height, 14cm in width and 14cm in depth.