The Wild Woodgas Stove – Genuine MKIIt is one of our most popular stoves. If you are looking for a lightweight, clean-burning wood-fuelled stove then you can’t do much better than this model.
In this blog, we are going to discuss what the term ‘woodgas’ actually means and show you how you can get the most out of your stove. Read on to learn more about this incredible stove.
What does woodgas mean?
Woodgas stoves are designed to produce a very hot, very clean burn. They work by creating conditions where wood is first heated to release volatile gases, and these are then burned with a second flush of hot oxygen. ‘Primary air’ partially combusts the wood, then pre-heated secondary air is then injected into the top of the combustion chamber, giving rise to a ring of flames, not unlike a gas cooker. The secondary holes in the Wild Woodgas Stove MKIIt are powered by convection, rather than batteries (as in some other stoves). This design is known as a ‘passive-flow woodgas stove’. Less to go wrong – convection never runs out!
Versatility of other fuels in the Woodgas Stove
The Wild Woodgas Stove MKIIt, burns wood more cleanly than any open fire – meaning more heat from less fuel. In addition to wood, the stove will also burn solid fuels, such as Hexamine or liquid fuels, such as FireDragon Bio Fuel in a dish or meths in a Trangia style burner. We also sell wood pellets that can be used with the stove – have a look at the video at the end of this blog to see how we got a 1.5 hour burn time from a single charge of pellets.
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When it comes to getting the most out of your stove a little practice goes a long way. Make sure that you are using dry wood and not overfilling the combustion chamber. You can usually just snap wood with your hands into small chunks to feed the fire, otherwise, a pair of secateurs or small hatchet can be helpful. By practicing in the garden you can become adept at fine-tuning your stove in order to get the most out of it before taking it out on the trail.
How can I find dry wood?
When looking for fuel for your stove, be sure to only use dry, dead standing wood. Never cut anything that is alive from a tree, as ‘green’ wood will not burn as well and will reduce the efficiency of your stove. The best places to look for dry, dead standing wood is not on the ground but up, on the tree itself, or on dead branches that have already fallen off but are sticking up off the floor. You can learn more about how to identify dry, dead standing wood here.
To tell if the wood is dry enough to use simply try snapping it with your hands or standing on it. If the wood audibly goes ‘snap’ then it is dry enough to use. If, however, the wood bends and smells like fresh greens & cabbage then it is too wet to use!
When the wood breaks with an audible ‘snap’ it is dry enough to use.
You can also use fuels such as pine cones or silver birch bark to get a fire going in your stove. We often carry lighting paper which can make getting a fire going in damp conditions much easier.
Different approaches to feeding the woodgas stove
There are two main ways of fuelling your stove with wood and other biomass:
- Continuous feeding
Start a small fire on the grate with kindling and / or a little firelighter and gradually increase the size of fire as the stove walls heat up over a period of 2-3 minutes. It should then be ready to cook on. The stove performs best with chunks of dry wood 1-3cm diameter. Fuel can be inserted under the pot between the pot supports. Introducing too much wood at once will cool the fire and result in temporary smoking.
- Top-lit batch feeding
This method works particularly well with a uniform fuel like small chunks of wood, wood pellets or dried animal droppings. Fill the body with wood pellets, place tinder or firelighter on the top and light. With high-density wood pellets the stove will burn for up to 1 hour, leaving a mass of charcoal which will also then burn for another 30 minutes.Your stove is in ‘woodgas mode’ when yellow flames appear from the air holes inside the top of the combustion chamber.
Experienced users may find they can batch-feed the combustion chamber of the stove with natural wood and top-light it with good effect.
Specifications of the Wild Woodgas Stove MKIIt
This stove weighs in at just 280g and can boil half a litre of water in 5 minutes. The entire stove can pack down so that it fits inside a 775ml MSR pot with enough room left over for fuel and fire lighting gear. The stove is incredibly stable and can support pot sizes up to survival style billy cans, kettles or even ‘family style’ pots.
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1.5 hour burn time
The video below shows how a burn time of 1.5 hours can be achieved from just a single charge of wood pellets. While the video was filmed on the older model of the stove the principle and the function of the stove remains the same.
Cooking on your Wild Woodgas Stove
Your Wild Woodgas Stove is perfect for cooking up a delicious, single pot, backpacking stew or boiling water for rehydrated Firepot meals. Check out our previous blog Clever Cooking Outdoors: Recipes and Techniques [LINK when set up] for tips and recipes for backpacking cooking.