The stove is fairly small, and certainly lighter than our current coleman setup. If you've got to pack your fuel with you you'll quickly add the weight back though — of course, you won't have to pack spent fuel cartridges back out either.
After reading the directions, we gathered up some fuel:
- a napkin and a half stick of fatwood to get things started
- 2 fruitwood sticks about the size of my thumb cut into 3-4 inch lengths
- 2 fruitwood stick about an inch in diameter cut into 3-4 inch lengths
Within a minute, the amount of smoke had been reduced to almost nothing. At that point, we put a pot of cold water on to boil. Even with this small amount of fuel we were able to boil 3 cups of cold water (the amount my son and I usually use for a dinner) in about 6 minutes.
The stove continued to burn for another 15 minutes or so. We could have easily heated up more water for a drink or dishwater, or we could have turned the fan to low and used the stove to warm our hands.
All in all, we had a good first experience, and are looking forward to using our new stove 'in the field', maybe even this weekend.