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Stratus TrailStove Stoves Review

Stratus TrailStove


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With this camp stove you will never have to carry fuel with you again when you go backpacking. This wood powered stove generates enough power for your back country cooking while being small and light enough to bring with you anywhere. At 15.3 oz (433 grams) it weighs less than any other backpacking stove with fuel out there.


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Review Date
October 17, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
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Reviewed by: MacCairnie ,  Paddler

Summary:
Just tried it out yesterday, and I'm thrilled! Of course, it's not as fast a start-up as a gas stove, but it lit up pretty quickly with pine shavings for tinder. I had to start off with pretty small pieces of pine in the combustion chamber, but in a matter of a minute I could throw just about anything in.

Something a buyer should consider is getting their pot or pan dirty. It puts a pretty good coating of soot on the bottom surface, although the stove itself keeps pretty clean if the wood burns efficiently enough. However, a bit of soot on the bottom of the pan doesn't bother me, and not having to carry fuel will be great.

Customer Service:
The stove arrived a little over a week after I ordered it (I'm in Ontario, Canada). This included Thanksgiving weekend, so all in all, it came reasonably quickly.


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Review Date
December 17, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: cdrysdale ,  Paddler

Summary:
I've used this stove for a while now and love it. couple of tips (1) I use a tin can just smaller than the neck to boil water in. it stows inside and with a small piece of hardware mesh it makes a compact kit. additionally if you pack a couple of tampons with a small bottle of fire gel in a plastic bag you won't need to hunt for tinder.


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Review Date
August 14, 2008

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 4 of 5

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 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Dave Schlewitz ,  Backpacker

Summary:
I found this stove easy to light and maintain. It met my needs-no noise, light, "fuel" is light, heats up nicely. There is a learning curve. I found that the little brass alcohol "stove" that I purchased alone with it where there is no wood works very fine. I only carry enough alcohol for one or two meals. This aspect I only use for when there is no wood, wood is too wet, or I enter a fire ban. So I have the alcohol to get by. All in all it is lighter then my MSR was. If you like new, advance, fancy, complicated, expensive stoves you won't like this. Oh, i also felt it was real nice in it helps keep bugs at bay. Thanks. -Dave S.


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Review Date
June 13, 2004

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 5 of 5

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 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: jimbob ,  Backpacker

Summary:
This is an incredible stove.
It's the most rugged backpacking stove I've ever seen, and it's the lightest too when you include the weight of fuel for a long backpacking trip.
It's made of very high quality materials that won't deteriorate over time. What I love most about it is the simplicity, it just couldn't get any simpler than this. I was a bit worried before I bought it that it would be hard to start or not be powerful enough but it turned out to be very easy to start, and the power output is quite sufficient as well.
The power output is not as high as a gas stove's, someone made a comparison with an electric kitchen stove, and I think that's a very good comparison. It's as fast to boil water as an electric stove, but not as fast as a gas stove.
I recommend this stove highly to anyone.

Customer Service:
Very good, prompt and detailed replies by email even if you have lots of questions.

Similar Products Used:
zip stove


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Review Date
April 1, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Lisa Philips ,  Backpacker

Summary:
This is a very good stove. It is everything it promises to be, it's very light and incredibly reliable. It's not the fastest stove in the world but it's not very slow either. Since it runs on wood it's not the best stove if you want to go above the tree line unless you get the optional alcohol burner that is sold with the stove. I also have some other wood stoves but this is the only one that's really any good.

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zip stove, gas stoves, home made stoves


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