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Makaira Metalworks S.P.S. Stainless Pack Stove

Initial Report - August 2007
Field Report - October 2007
Long Term Report - December 2007

Tester Information:
Name:  Pam Wyant
Age:  49
Gender:  Female
Height:  5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight:  165 lb (77 kg)
E-mail address:  pamwyant(at)yahoo(dot)com
Location:  Western West Virginia, U.S.A.

Backpacking Background: 

Pursuing a long-time interest, I started backpacking four years ago, beginning with day-hiking and single overnights.  Currently I’m mostly a ‘weekend warrior’ and mainly hike and backpack in the hills and valleys of West Virginia, but have section hiked longer parts of the southern portion of the Appalachian Trail (AT) the past two years.  My usual shelter is a hammock but I am currently testing a Tarptent. In general my backpacking style is lightweight and minimalist, and I try to cut as much pack weight as I can without sacrificing warmth, comfort, or safety.

Initial Report - August 2007

Product Information:

Manufacturer:  Makaira Metalworks
Year of manufacture:  2007
Model:  S.P.S. (Stainless Pack Stove)
Advertised weight:  6.3 oz (179 g)
Actual Weight:  6.3 oz (179 g)
Cloth storage sack .4 oz (11 g)

Advertised and actual measurements: 
Width:  4 1/4 in (11 cm)
Height:  4 7/8 in (12.5 cm)
Packed thickness:  3/16 in (.5 cm)

MSRP:  $50
Makaira Metalworks SPS stove ready to fire

Product Description:

The Makaira Metalworks S.P.S. Stainless Pack Stove consists of five plates of stainless steel that interlock to form a firebox with vented floor and walls, along with an integrated pot support.  The S.P.S. can be used to burn wood or other foraged materials, Esbit or similar solid fuel, or used in conjunction with an alcohol burner.  The stove came with a two page set of diagrams and instructions, and a cream colored cloth storage sack with a drawcord top.  One page of instructions consists of step by step diagrams of assembling the stove.  The second page has a diagram showing where to place the bottom plate to use the stove for various types of fuel, instructions on using the stove with wood, and tips and tricks to start fires.

The stove is art-like in appearance, with symmetrical vents on the four sides, small rectangular vents on the top and bottom corners, and a grid of square and rectangular vents on the bottom.  Although I looked at the diagram as I assembled the stove for the first time, assembly was fairly intuitive and simple.  The stove is assembled by sliding the tabbed slots on the side pieces together to connect three sides, then sliding three tabs on the floor piece into the sides at the appropriate level for the type of fuel being used.  The fourth side of the floor does not have a tab, which allows the fourth side piece of the S.P.S. to slide in place once the rest of the stove is assembled.  I assembled the stove several times, and the only thing I have trouble with is keeping all four tabs on the sides of the final piece lined up correctly as I slide it in place.  This usually takes me a couple of tries, as invariably I miss properly aligning one of the tabs and end up having to take the last piece off and re-do it to make sure it is properly seated.

The stove has 3/4 in (2 cm) tabs at the top and bottom that serve as legs and pot support and allows air to flow both under the stove and under the pot.  In wood burning mode, the pot sits approximately 3 3/4 in (9.5 cm) from the bottom of the stove floor; about 2 3/4 in (7cm) from the floor in alcohol stove mode; and about 1 3/4 in (4.5 cm) from the floor in Esbit mode.

Preliminary use:

First firingThe stove arrived the day before I was leaving for a weekend trip to Dolly Sods (in the eastern West Virginia mountains), so after quickly reading the instructions as I packed for my trip, I tossed it in a quart size Zip-lock freezer bag in my pack and headed out the next morning without a chance to fire the stove up at home.  (The manufacturer does recommend testing the stove out several times before using it on a hike.)  I did not feel a need to carry the instructions, as they are simple and intuitive.  The stove packed up easily and could be stuffed anywhere in my pack since it is so thin and small.  I ended up sliding it down the back of the pack in front of my water bladder.

I normally carry a few Spark-Lite Tinder-Quik Firestarting Tabs, a couple of small boxes of wooden matches (including a few waterproof/windproof storm matches) in small zip top plastic bags, and a small lighter in my kitchen and emergency kits, and did not add more fire starting materials to my pack.

Camp the first night was made in a red spruce thicket.  The spruce needles are tiny, and were damp.  I gathered a few of them, some small spruce cones, a few blades of dried grass, some small twigs from dead branches off blueberry bushes, and some other small dead wood I found.  All were gathered from the ground, except the dried grass and dead branches from the blueberries, which I broke off the dead areas of the plants.  The largest pieces were approximately the same diameter as a pencil.  I packed the stove about 2/3 full of the smallest pieces (the manufacturer recommends 3/4 full) and added the larger pieces to fill the stove near the top of the main firebox (see photo at top of this report).  I had a bit of trouble getting a match into the side openings of the stove to reach the tinder without putting the match out in the process.  I had not added any fire starter at this stage.  After a few unsuccessful attempts at lighting the tinder, I pulled the larger sticks out of the stove, removed some of the tinder, and added a fire starting tab, lit it with a lighter, and then added the rest of the tinder and the larger sticks once the blaze was going.  The photo in this section shows the resulting fire and my pot of water as it is being heated.  The water took several minutes to boil (unfortunately I started timing the process once the fire was started but forgot to check the final result, so I will have to report later field results for boil times).

Residue after first burnQuite a bit of unburnt residue was left in the stove after the fire went out, as shown in the photo to the right.

With the stove being made of substantial stainless steel plating, I was somewhat apprehensive that it might take a long time to cool down so I could pack it away, but this proved to be a needless worry.  The stove was fully cool by the time I finished eating my meal.  Since I needed to boil water for breakfast the next morning and rain was threatening, I left it assembled and gathered enough foraged materials for another fire, placing it in my Tarptent vestibule so I would have dry fire materials for the next morning.

Sure enough this worked well in spite of heavy rain that night, and I prepared to fire up the S.P.S. the next morning for boiling water for a cup of instant cappuccino and freeze dried egg meal.  Unfortunately, the stove wasn't sitting exactly level when I added my pot of water to the top of the stove to test for levelness before lighting the fire.  The pot slid off the stove, spilling a cup or so of water onto my nice dry fire materials.  I'm not really a very good morning person, so after a couple of half-hearted tries at lighting the soggy materials, I just gave up and borrowed a canister stove from one of my hiking companions.  I learned a valuable lesson though - if testing levelness, make sure the pot is empty at first (or hold it in place and make sure it's level before letting go).

This was the soggiest trip I've experienced so far, with rain most of the next morning, a short dry spell in the early afternoon, followed by a threatening thunderstorm and more rain before we reached the second evenings camp.  The trail was rocky, and where it wasn't rocky it was muddy, with water streaming down the trail in areas.  After a rough nine miles (15 km) or so of hiking, including some semi-bushwhacking to a lovely vista, I was too tired to hassle with trying to find dry materials in the soggy landscape.  Fortunately I had packed a couple of tabs of  FireLite solid fuel tablets (similar to Esbit) and used that to boil water for dinner and the next mornings breakfast.  The design of the stove meant the solid fuel had plenty of air for combustion and it burned well, bringing two cups of cool stream water to a full boil well before the 14 gram size tablets were consumed.  Below is a photo of the stove being used to burn a solid fuel tablet.

Burning a solid fuel tabletPreliminary impressions:

So far, I find the stove very easy to assemble and carry.  It packs compactly enough in my pack that I can store it almost anywhere; due to its weight it does have a tendency to slide down to the bottom of the pack.  After firing, the stove has a sooty residue, as I expected.  Some of this comes off on my fingers during stove assembly/disassembly, so it will be necessary for me to carry a few wipes or other means to clean my hands after using the stove, and pack it in a separate plastic bag to keep my other pack items clean, as expected.  It also leaves a sooty residue on the bottom of my pot.  In the early firing, I found that once I had used the pot and then set it on the ground, small bits of evergreen needles or leaf litter tend to stick to the bottom of the pot and catch fire the next time I use it, which has not proven to be a problem.  Not all of the residue cleaned off the pot when I scrubbed it with a nylon scrubby at home, but the majority did.

The stove is too large to support my Foster can pot, but works perfectly with my 5 3/8 x 2 5/8 in (14 x 6.5 cm) AntiGravityGear 3 cup (.7 L) cook pot, which I plan to use with the stove for the duration of the test period.

Most of my preliminary concerns about this stove relate to skill.  I find I will need to hone my fire building skills.  I plan to test whether I can actually fill the stove with tinder and fuel and fire it up that way in the future, which will involve learning if I can actually light the stove from the bottom through the small vent holes, or whether I will need to start a small tinder fire which I can light from the top, and add fuel later each time.  I also will need to learn whether I need to carry some dry tinder along, or whether I can find the energy to forage for dry fuel in a soggy setting on rainier trips.  Having the option to use Esbit type solid fuel is nice, but there are lighter Esbit type stoves out there if this ends up being my only solution.

In the early wood burning test, I was slightly unhappy with the amount of partially burned residue left in the stove, and hope to find out whether this is typical or whether adding more tinder and using better, drier sources will result in less residue.

Finally, since small ash and tiny coals drop through the bottom of the stove, unless I am firing the stove in a pre-existing fire area, it may be necessary to carry some sort of fire plan or heavy foil to use in areas that are not already charred, since I try to leave minimal impact on areas I camp.  I'll be testing a few materials to see what works best for this and hope to have a good solution by the time of my field report.

This conclues my Initial Report.

Field Report - October 2007

Field Conditions:

Fire and Water - the SPS in Laurel Fork WildernessIn early September I used the Makaira Metalworks S.P.S. Stove on a 27 mi (43 km) weekend backpacking trip in the Laurel Fork Wilderness in eastern West Virginia.  Elevations were around 3000 to 3500 ft (900 to 1100 m), and temperature in the 50 to 75 F (10 to 25 C) range, with partly cloudy to sunny skies, no precipitation, and moderate humidity.  Trails varied from wide and smooth rail trails, to rough and rocky narrow paths, and occasionally disappeared almost entirely into thick meadows full of waist high grasses, with several creek crossings.  Camp the first night was in a semi-established site (due to our planned site being already occupied by the time we got to camp), with no fire ring, lots of small trees and a lot of dry leaves and small dead branches on the ground.  Camp the second night was in an established campsite with a fire ring, some dry leaves and some dry dead branches.  Trees in both areas were mostly deciduous.

In mid-September I used the Makaira Metalworks S.P.S. Stove on a short (approx. 4 mi/6km) overnight backpacking trip in Watoga State Park in southeastern West Virginia.  Temperatures were in the 40 to 70 F (4-21 C) range.  The campsite was a maintained grassy knoll, surrounded by mostly deciduous trees.

In early October I used the S.P.S. on a 30 mi (48 km) weekend backpacking trip in the Cranberry Backcountry in southeastern West Virginia.  Temperatures ranged from around 50 F to 80 F (10-27 C).  Conditions were mostly dry, although there were a few off and on sprinkles after we went to sleep the first night.  The first night's campsite was a small established site near a stream, with an old fire circle that was partially disassembled.  The second night we camped on a ridge, 'dispersed' style in a non-established area.  Both areas had a lot of dry leaves in and around the site.  Trees were mostly deciduous in the camp areas, although we passed through some areas of spruce or pine trees and rhododendron thickets, as well as a few small meadow areas.

Field Use:

On the Laurel Fork Wilderness trip, I used wood in the S.P.S. for three meals; one breakfast and two dinners.  I used Esbit style tabs in the stove for breakfast the last day.  On the Watoga State Park trip I used wood for one dinner and one breakfast meal, and we used the stove for a 'Leave-No-Trace' style campfire for over an hour before retiring for the night.  On the Cranberry Backcountry trip, I used wood in the stove for both evening meals, Esbit style tablets for one breakfast, and ate a cold breakfast the last day.

I pretty much exclusively limited 'cooking' to adding boiling water to a dehydrated or freeze-dried meal.  The S.P.S. works well for this type of  'cooking' because I don't have to worry about temperature control.  A hotter fire with higher flames just means my water boils faster.  Boiling times have ranged anywhere from a fastest time of about 3 minutes to a longest time of about 7 minutes (measured once a fire is established enough that I feel comfortable it won't easily go out).  Generally it takes about 5 minutes to bring 2 cups (about 1/2 liter) to a full boil once the fire is established.  The time to build an established fire greatly varies, depending on the fuel available, and especially the type of tinder available.  With dry grass or very fine dried plant stalks, the fire will start quickly, but if all that is available is dry leaves, it may take several minutes and a lot of blowing on the leaves and small twigs to get the fire established.

Well burned fuelIn the areas I've camped it has been pretty easy to find plenty of fuel.  I have not found that I can get the stove burning very well when following Makaira Metalwork's instructions to fill the stove 3/4 full of leaves or other tinder and 1/4 full of fuel sized sticks.  What I've found works best is to loosely fill the stove 3/4 full of leaves or preferably dry grass or very fine dry plant stalks and a few very fine sticks, then gather all my fuel, and break it into 3-4 in (8-10 cm) long pieces and place those to the side of the stove.  I then take a piece of Spark-Lite Tinder-Quik Firestarting Tinder Tabs, fluff the ends out, and push it down into the center of the dry leaves, light it, and let the fire get started.  Then I start adding a few pieces of fuel until the fire is well established, add a few more pieces, and place my pot over the flames.  Sometimes the amount of fuel I've added is enough, but often I need to push a few more pieces in under the pot, which I can do as long as they are pencil sized and I'm fairly careful as I push them in.

A small pile of sticks (about two handfuls) is usually ample, although I gather a few extra in case.  I have found that hardwoods burn more completely than softer woods such as pine or spruce, as shown in the photo to the right, where most of the wood has burned except a few sticks I added as the fire was dying down.

The stove has been very easy to use with solid fuel (Esbit style) tablets.  Usually I just flip the stove that I assembled for a wood fire at night upside down, and the floor is then in the proper position for burning Esbit.  I've found these style tablets don't light all at once, so I just pick up the tablet, hold a lighter to one end, and once it's going well I place it on top of the stove and add my pot of water.  In the conditions I've experieced so far, I haven't even needed to add a windscreen.  About 5 minutes or less with a 14 gram tablet, and I have a pot of boiling water.

Impressions so far:

The stove seems to provide ample ventilation to keep the fire burning once it is established, but I have some trouble getting a lit match down into the center of the stove to start the fire, and I would like to see at least  one larger opening in the side of the stove to facilitate this.  I have not had much luck lighting the stove with a lighter.  Even if I hold the stove up and direct a lighter flame at the bottom, it seems to mainly smolder and goes out easily once I remove the lighter.  I've only been able to do without a firestarting tab once, when I was able to find some very dry grass and fine dried plant stalks and the fire took right off with only one match.  A larger side opening would also make it easier to add small pieces of fuel, which I have often found necessary.

As expected, the stove has discolored from the wood fires, picking up sheens of copper and blue colors as well as some black varnish from soot, in spite of the fact I scrub it with steel wool after each trip to remove as much soot as possible.  The discoloration of course has not affected its performance in any way.  The pieces have also slightly warped outward, taking on a slightly cupped appearance when I take them apart and lay them flat.  This has not seemed to affect either the way the stove assembles or its performance.  The extent of discoloration and slight warping can both be viewed in the photo above.

After I've set up my tent or hammock, I usually assemble the stove and use it as a container to gather leaves.  Every once in a while I find it falling apart as I walk about collecting, but fortunately this doesn't happen often.  The stove remains easy to assemble, although once in a while I have a bit of trouble getting the last piece to align properly.  This is usually a matter of just one tab not wanting to go in place properly, and correcting it simply involves taking that side loose and being more careful to make sure all four tabs are aligned before sliding it back in place.  Disassembly has remained very easy.

The stove as campfireWith the hot, dry weather we've been experiencing this fall, I've used a lot of caution in selecting a site to use the stove.  In sites without an established fire ring and the resulting surrounding area of 'dead' cleared soil, I've improvised in various ways to make sure the stove has a safe place to burn.  In the Laurel Fork Wilderness semi-established site, I placed the stove on a large rock at stream side.  In other places such as the grassy site at Watoga State Park and the duff-covered dispersed site in the Cranberry Backcountry, I used a large piece of foil under the stove to catch hot ash and small coals that might drop out.

One of the most interesting and enjoyable uses I've found for the stove in the drought conditions we've been experiencing has been as a campfire substitute, as shown in the photo to the left.  By placing foil under the stove and continuing to feed wood into it, we had a nice social focal point in a grassy meadow where building a campfire would not have been the prudent course of action given the dry conditions.  We were able to keep the fire burning for a little over an hour before the coals got so high we couldn't safely keep the fuel inside the stove and had to let it go out.

Although it has been interesting to test this stove, I have to admit it has not always been fun.  I've found there are some downsides to the stove, mostly what would be inherent with any wood burning stove.  The downsides are really more a reflection on how a wood stove impacts my hiking style than a reflection on the stove design or quality.  First, it takes longer for me to be able to sit down and enjoy my dinner due to having to gather tinder and fuel and get a good fire going.  While eating dinner later doesn't really bother me, this does leave less time for camp chores by natural light as days become shorter and nights longer.  This was a particular problem on my last trip, when it meant finishing our group bear bag hang by flashlight instead of twilight, and I felt badly for inconveniencing others in our group who had to wait on me to finish eating before the food could all be hung.

Second, I find dealing with the soot unappealing.  Although I store the stove and my pot in Zip-Lock freezer bags, I get a lot of soot on my hands from handling the pot and stove.  I've taken to carrying extra wipes to try to clean the pot up a little at least.  Another little trick that has helped with soot control is that I rub a few drops of Dr. Bronner's soap over the bottom of the pot before I set it on the stove.  That way, the soot is easier to remove and there doesn't seem to be as much of it.  Still, I haven't been able to handle either pot or stove without getting at least a little soot on my hands, and there is too much soot on the side of the pot to drink out of it directly as I used to do when I had boiled water left over that wasn't used for dinner.  This means I end up throwing out any unused water instead of drinking it from the pot as I did in the past.  Not a big deal, since this is usually less than 1/2 cup (1/10th L), and I haven't hauled the fuel to boil it, but water IS a precious commodity in the field and I feel a little guilty throwing it out, especially given the current draught conditions.

I'm not much of a morning person, so I've settled into somewhat of a routine of using the S.P.S. to burn wood at night, and solid fuel tabs in the mornings.  Using solid fuel tabs does make it more convenient and faster to get water boiling, but at 6.3 oz (179 g) the S.P.S. is heavy for an Esbit burner.  If I've used my pot over wood then use it over a solid fuel tablet, I have an even worse mess on the pot bottom - soot with gunky residue over it.

Which brings me to another drawback - I don't want to store a sooty smelly stove or pot in my home, and cleaning the S.P.S. and the sooty cook pot adds quite a bit of time to my normal cleanup routine once I've returned from a trip.  Cleanup during a trip is also a consideration - at the least, I need to make sure there will be ample water to clean my hands after handling the stove and pot, which can be a problem during the drought we have been experiencing as water sources become smaller and more scarce.

Still, I think the stove has potential for weight savings on longer trips or trips where I might want more hot water than just enough for a hot meal and a single hot drink at each meal.  I look forward to continued testing as the weather grows colder, to see if the appeal of  more hot drinks or a hot water bottle at night overcomes the drawbacks I've experienced so far.

This concludes my Field Report.  See below for final testing results.

Long Term Report - December 2007

Field Conditions:

In late October and early November, I took the Makaira Metalworks S.P.S. Stove on a section hike of the Appalachian Trail (AT) in northern Georgia and southern North Carolina.  We had originally planned to divide the trip into a 2-day segment followed by a night at a motel (and showers) and another 4-5 day segment, but due to my friend developing severe blisters, and situations at a couple of shelters that made us uncomfortable, we ended up spending 3 nights in a motel and 2 nights on the trail.  Our hike of 56.1 mi (90 km) covered elevations 2660 to 5220 ft (810 to 1590 m), with a lot of ups and downs in between the low and high elevations (often over 700 ft/200 m within 1-1.5 miles/1.5-2.5 km).  The trail varied from short sections of semi-smooth dirt to the more common rocky sections, with plenty of roots crossing the trail to throw in a little variety, and a few rock scrambles.  Temperatures were in the 40 to 70 F (4 to 21 C) range.  The weather was dry for the most part, but there was some fog and condensation some mornings.

Field Use:

Residue left from tablet dropping thru grateDue to  extreme drought in the area, a fire ban had been in place which ended up being lifted (so we were told) just before our trip.  Since conditions were still fairly dry, I opted to bring Firelite brand solid fuel tablets to use with the stove.  Knowing that we would be facing some pretty tough terrain and shorter fall days, as well as being somewhat limited as to where we could comfortably camp by the availability of water, we decided to eat cold foods for breakfast and to only boil water for dinner to keep things simple and allow more time for hiking.

This proved to be a good decision, since we were tired by the end of the day and really did not feel like scavenging for tinder and small branches suitable for the stove. This is particularly a difficult chore in designated camping areas on the AT, since it is heavily used and most sites have been picked clean of small burnable fuel. Using the solid fuel allowed us to have our water boiled substantially faster than having to scout around and gather enough tinder and small branches to fuel the stove.  This was particularly nice the first night, when we reached camp just slightly before dark, and being able to just light a small tablet and wait for the water to get hot was really nice.  On this evening, I placed the tablet directly on the stove and found that it dropped through the stove near the end of the burn, resulting in water that was hot enough to use, but not really boiling.  The photo to the right shows the residue left from the tablet, which dripped onto the rock on which I had set up the stove.

Lighting the fuel tabDue to our planned stay in a motel the next night, and an unplanned stay the third night (due to my friend's blisters which kept her from being able to hike that day), I did not use the stove again until the fourth night of this trip.  On this occasion, I placed a small piece of foil under the tablet on the stove, which kept the fuel from dropping through the grate.  There was a moderate breeze blowing, so I fashioned a wind screen of foil on one side of the stove to block the wind.  I had a difficult time trying to light the tablet with a lighter.  The only way to really do this with foil under the tab is to pick the fuel up, peel a corner of foil back, and light the tab then quickly place it in the stove.  The wind kept blowing the tablet out when I did this, so I ended up laying a match along side the tablet behind the wind screen, which burned long enough to get the tablet burning.  A photo of the stove burning the solid fuel is located below.

Two cups of cold spring water came to a full rolling boil before the tablet burned out.  This was the final time I used the stove, since we also ended up staying off the trail the final night of our trip, due to being uneasy about some food left behind at the shelter we planned to stay at, which some sort of animal had found and dragged off (along with the shelter log) to eat, leaving a few remnants.  Not wanting to end up with a nocturnal visitor if we stayed, and arriving at the shelter fairly early, we opted to hike on to a gap for another night at the nearby motel, cold Diet Pepsi, and a big BBQ dinner.  (Yes, we were woosy backpackers on this trip - very easy to do on this section of the AT!)

Using the stove with solid fuelFinal Conclusions:

The slight warping I noted at the conclusion of the first two months of testing did not become any worse from using the stove with solid fuel tablets.  The stove remained slightly harder to put together than when it was first new, but not significantly enough to be a problem. 

I really like the design of the stove.  The way the pieces fit together, and yet come apart to pack nearly flat is very clever.  The only real improvement I would like to see to the design is a larger opening on one side to allow fuel to be added more easily when burning wood.  Using a bit of foil when burning solid fuel tablets isn't an inconvenience, so I'm not really concerned about the holes in the grate, since they allow better air flow for wood fires.

I did not use the stove to hold an alcohol burner, because although this can be done, to me it really isn't practical to pack along what amounts to a 6.3 oz/179 g pot stand.  Although I did use it to burn solid fuel tablets, this was really only because I was testing the stove and on occasions I did not want to burn wood, either due to the hassle of collecting tinder and fuel or due to dry conditions that I did not feel comfortable burning wood.  Again, the Makaira Metalworks S.P.S. Stove is too weighty to be of much interest to me as a solid fuel tablet holder if that is the type of fuel I plan to use on a trip.

Where the stove really shines is as a wood burner.  Unfortunately, during my testing of the S.P.S., I concluded that I don't really enjoy burning wood to prepare my meals.  For now, I am enjoying backpacking on trips that are a bit of a challenge - either covering many miles or having a lot of elevation change, and I've found that the work involved with a wood stove doesn't fit very well with those types of trips.  I also found that I did not like dealing with a sooty stove very well.  Clearly this is not a fault with the Makaira Metalworks S.P.S. Stove, it is just inherent in the nature of using wood as a fuel.

I do think if I ever decide to start doing trips that are more about camping than hiking, the S.P.S. might be a fun stove to take along.  I could see enjoying the luxury of all the hot drinks I wanted to drink, heating water for a luxury sponge bath, or to wash dishes should I ever decide to really cook (as opposed to my current method of boiling water and pouring it over food in a bag).  It also makes a great little Leave No Trace style campfire container in areas where there is no established fire ring.  But for the foreseeable future, I plan to go with a lighter system for my 'boil in bag' style cooking.

Thanks to Makaira Metalworks and for the opportunity to test the S.P.S. stove.

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