U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- While conducting seminars at the recent Great Northwest Outdoor Expo I met the Uberleben guys. They had a booth set up and something that caught my eye was their Uberleben Stoker Flatpack Stove. I’m not a world renown hard-core backpacker but I love to backpack and am always looking for compact, lightweight items to enhance my backpacking.
I’ve got a couple of super lightweights, collapsible stoves but this one stood out because it is stoutly built and well-designed stove. More so than any of my previous ones. It is made out of HD 304 stainless. And, the designer put some thought into it. All the side & bottom panels unsnap and are separate. The bottom panel is perforated to allow for airflow and the heat draws the oxygen up through the bottom and out the top creating a draft much like a chimney. The side panels also have slots at the bottom to allow for even more airflow.
The front panel has a 2 ½” circular hole so you can feed more fuel into the fire. It comes with a cross brace on top which is made of two cross pieces which allow you to heat smaller pots. Like with building any fire, you want to put the kindling on the bottom and then put twigs on top of the kindling or fire-starting material. I always carry a few Trioxide bars in case I encounter wet wood, rain or extreme winds. I carry matches but also some cheap lighters. If necessary, I can break one and pour the fuel over wet wood. Or, Uberleben makes a fire-starting rod.
In dry conditions where you’re worried about forest fires, the Uberleben Stoker Flatpack Stove would be great. Or many times if I’m off on an all-day hike while elk hunting it is a slice of heaven to have a hot meal and a hot cup of coffee. Throw a small Army mess kit in your pack to heat up water for coffee or, I’m testing some Bushka’s Kitchen freeze-dried backpacking meals right now. They are great for a quick, easy gourmet meal while up in the mountains.
The Uberleben Stoker Flatpack Stove comes with a nice canvas pouch so you don’t lose any of the parts. Uberleben says you can also use the pouch to gather twigs and other fire-starting material.
On their website, I got a unique idea. They show one of their customers frying an egg on a flat rock. While AmmoLand owners Fredy & Brian were out here backpacking a couple of years ago we ate at a Boise restaurant that is famous for serving ribeyes on a 600-degree “hot” rock. Afterward while camping we cooked some freshly shot grouse on a river rock that we had thrown into the middle of the fire. So I know this would be a good way to cook certain items.
I think it is a great little durable stove with an MSRP of $38. And as is usual, we will close with the specs off of the Uberleben website.
Made of the highest quality HD 304 stainless, the Stoker weighs in at only 14.6 oz packed flat (including the canvas sleeve). The perfect balance of durability and weight. If you can't find fuel for this, you're going to need more than a fire to save you.
- Fueled entirely by organic matter (twigs, bark, pine needles, etc.), this stick stove/bio stove will keep you going indefinitely. No more fuel canisters.
- Simple 5-panel assembly allows for low profile / flat pack stow.
- HD 304 grade stainless steel is anti-corrosive and extremely strong.
- Includes unwaxed canvas sleeve (wax or leave breathable, according to your climate/preference).
- Canvas Sleeve doubles as a tinder bag.
- Weight: 14.6 oz. (including canvas sleeve)
- Assembled Dimensions: Height – 6.5”, Width – 5.5”(at base) and 4.5” (at top)
About Tom Claycomb
Tom Claycomb has been an avid hunter/fisherman throughout his life as well as an outdoors writer with outdoor columns in the magazine Hunt Alaska, Bass Pro Shops, Bowhunter.net, and freelances for numerous magazines and newspapers. “To properly skin your animal, you will need a sharp knife. I have an e-article on Amazon Kindle titled Knife Sharpening #Ad for $.99 if you're having trouble.”