Although making a campfire is easy, there’s some fine-tuning that can be done to improve its performance. Surrounding your fire area with rocks is a good way to control embers, direct heat, and provide a decent field-expedient cooktop for a small mug or pot. However, as a long-term cooking solution, hot rocks are unstable and inefficient.
In search of a better way to cook and boil water in the backwoods, we got seven mini wood-burning stoves from the big names in the outdoor industry. Each stove has something a bit unique to its design. We were also sure to pick wood stoves from a varying price range that are original designs, not the flimsy knock-off ones on eBay.