This arrived at the start of the week and i had a quick play with it earlier in the week. Today i gave it a proper testing, i popped down to the beck with Thomas and collected a bag full of wood, i took about 2 minutes and dry wood was easy to find even though the ground was damp.
When looking for wood you should be looking for 3 types of wood size, tinder (thin twigs/dry leaves), thicker twigs and finally bits of wood no fatter than your finger to keep the fire going once its up and running.
I prepared 3 piles of twigs and prepared a cotton wool ball coated in vaseline, the bushbuddy was taken out of it Snowpeak 900 pot and set up on firm flat ground.
The cotton bud and tinder was placed on one side of the bushbuddy inner and it lit first time, i burnt my tinder for a minute then moved up to the medium sized twigs, two minutes later there was sufficient embers in the base to put the pot support on and get the water on the boil. It’s also at this point when the flame gets clean and the gas from the wood starts to ignite.
I did not time the boil because thats all a bit anal, who cares, the main reason i bought this was to chill at the end of the day by building a fire and getting my food cooked. I have a jetboil for times when i want to boil water at speed. Anyway it took about 10 mins to get the water at a rolling boil from starting the fire.
Job done, perfect at the second attempt. Anybody could easily use a Bushbuddy, which is a very well designed and made but of kit. Things to consider for anyone thinking about buying one…..
- Dry wood is the key, be careful in your wood selection
- The exchange rate will affect the purchase price, you can only order it direct from Canada
- The ultra is easily dented and you will need a suitable pot to store it in, i chose the Snowpeak 900L pot which the bushbuddy was specifically designed to fit inside
- Your pots will get a covering in soot
- Apparently a windy area is not suitable for the bushbuddy, i will be testing this out over the winter months.
- You will never have to worry about buying fuel again
Very pleased with the quality of construction and ease of use. Its super light and its good fun to use. More to come on the Bushbuddy, i will be using over the winter months and let a few others try it out as well.
Update June 2010
I used the BBU as my primary stove on the TGO Challenege 2010, backed up by my mates Jetboil. I adore this bit of kit and the whole idea of using wood as a fuel. I would recommend a backup option like a small meths burner for long haul trips, more to come on this. I learned not to over fill the BBU with wood and that its perfect for one person to cook on. If you decide to boil over 500ml of water this brings about some small issues which can be tackled with experience. Dont be scared of buying a wood burner, half the fun is learning how to get the best out of it.