Makaira Metal Stainless Pack Stove (SPS)
Manufacturer's Comments January 2008
There a few things I would like to address in regards to the testing of the SPS. First I would like to address comments
made by Andrew Mytys. He said:
"In fact, the "value" aspect of this stove is an issue in itself. The
$50 price tag on this stove is certainly justifiable, but I feel that
the majority of this price is centered around the fact that the stove
is hand made, and what the consumer is actually getting for their money
is found in the stove's artistry, labor intensive
craftsmanship, and quality."
The SPS is not hand made, nor was it ever intended to be a piece of
art. The SPS is manufactured in our facility with industrial CNC
equipment. If it were to be hand made it would cost ten times what it
does. It is not a labor intensive process to make the stove. As soon as
a product becomes labor intensive, as a manufacturer the project needs
to be shelved, as no one will be willing to pay for it. I will agree
with Andrew in that there is a great deal of quality and craftsmanship
that make up the SPS. We are very proud of this new stove. Many hours
of engineering and testing went into its design. And it has become an
instant success for Makaira Metalworks.
Burning wood is not for everyone, especially if you have never done it
before. Its a lot different then using a canister stove. It takes a
special set of skills that not everyone possesses or cares to learn.
Burning wood will get soot on your hands and maybe some actual dirt. If
your afraid you might get dirty, or smell like smoke you should
probably stay away from a wood burner.
As a manufacturer we know we can't please everyone out there. Some
people expect to have all the comforts of home on the trail. Others
enjoy nature as it was intended to be. A beautiful, serene place were
one can find themselves and truly enjoy life. A place that's the
opposite of suburbia, no gas stoves with a simmer, no dishwashers with
auto-dry and no "let's have it all and see it all right now" attitude.
Just the good ol' outdoors.
We want to thank all the testers for there time and comments, and
Backpackgeartest.org for arranging the testing. It's greatly
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