when all else fails, this stove is a great thing to have... the vargo hexagon excels as a windscreen/pot stand for my alcohol/fuelgel stoves, but it also works great with the small wood fuel it was designed for... simple, strong, lightweight, compact, a solid versatile design, the vargo hexagon is an all around winner!
Above comments about hinges are appropriate but with care it seems durable enough. I think. I generally carry a light white gas stove (Simmerlite) for reliability and controlability and use small fires as convenient to extend.
This is a great stove to carry for unexpected delays in your hike. It uses wood fuel (readily available in Maine) and I also carry a Trangia alcohol stove inside a tuna fish can that is used inverted to raise the alcohol flame to the proper height for when wood fuel is not easily available. It's very light and extremely small in your backpack. Great for a backup or when you don't want to carry extra fuel and other burnable materials are readily available.
I got this stove primarily to add the capability of using wood as a fuel for camping. This stove turned out to have far more utility than I anticipated. I can use it as a wind screen for my alcohol stove. It worked really well for that because the floor is elevated about a half inch off the ground and perforated with quarter-inch holes. That allows plenty of air flow. The conical shape helps it not blow over in high winds. Lastly, it packs up into a nice 4-5 inch hexagon that's about a quarter-inch thick and stores in a nice rugged packcloth sleeve with a velcro closure.
I've left my butane/propane fuel at home during my two latest camping trips and took my Vargo instead. I miss the ease of gas, but the Vargo did a good job of heating water for food preparation, and for washing clothes and washing up.
I use it with wood fuel in the evenings to boil water and in the mornings as a windscreen for the alcohol stove to boil water while breaking down camp. If burning wood it needs to be attended to constantly...part of the beauty of being in the woods. After boiling water I dump the burning coils onto my prepared fire for the evening, a great way to start the fire!
this little guy is the solution in a wet climate because it lets you create a jumping crackling fire with wet twigs and scraps on the ground. does however need to be fed every 5 min or so which i dont mind doing for a warm fire.
I loaded this with birch bark, got the coals nice and hot, and just kept feeding it little sticks and twigs. In 20 minutes, I had a liter of water boiling. This is a perfect little backpacking stove.
I have used the titanium version on several overnight kayaking trips. Overall I am pleased. Quality of construction is quite good. After some really hot fires, no sign of warping. The stove did change color, which is to be expected and is ok in my opinion. I think of the Hexagon as a pot stand, wind screen, and a way to support sticks when setting up the fire. I use a small steel pan as a base firepan to leave no trace or scorch on ground. This also solves the problem of legs sinking in to ground and choking airflow, but adds weight. On days with 15+ mph wind I needed an additional aluminum foil wind screen, which I crimped onto the rim of the fire pan. The fire pan makes a stable base, pots are secure.
I've used this two ways - as a wind screen with the Decagon alcohol stove, which works way better than I expected it to work and very quickly boils water. When using it to cook with wood, it is a bit fiddly. You need to collect and then precut a bunch of sticks. You want stuff about the thickness of your thumb a few inches long, and some tinder. Gather how much wood you think you will need, then double it. Dig a little trench a few inches deep and longer than the stove, to improve airflow, then set the stove straddling the trench. The trench is critical. Build a fire, and once it is well established, put your pot on it. Stoke the fire every couple minutes opening and closing the little door with a stick. In about 15 minutes you will have 2 cups of boiling water. Meanwhile, your buddy with a pocket rocket will have eaten and cleaned up before your food is even ready. That said, it weighs nothing, takes up no space and is easy to bring along. I will take it longer trips as a backup, but the hassle factor makes it hard to justify as a primary stove on its own.
1.) Light weight, easy to assemble, and packs flat. 2.) Doubles as a windscreen for an alcohol stove. 3.) My cookware fits fine on this stove without fear of cookware tipping over.
Purchased this stove for our 3 day backpacking trip in High Sierra Nevada Mountains under pretense that we will be primarely using it as a pot stand/wind screen for my Mini Trangia Alcohol stove and as a back-up option in case we run out of fuel. In the mode with Mini Trangia this stove was great and boiling time was improved significantly. In order to test it I decided for one diner to used it as a wood burning stove for boiling enough water for 3 people in my group. Considering that we were above 8000 feet of elevation it took forever to boil 1 Liter-1 quart of water. Also it did take considerable amount of wood to reach the desire boiling point. I used aluminum foil underneath the stove primarily to reflect the heat as effectively as possible and to capture all ambers and ashes for was of disposal, even with all that I didn't see any considerable improvement. Clean-up and storage is superb quality of fabrication is a top notch but if you are counting on using this stove as your primary source for food preparation and water procurement I would be consciences of the factors above mentioned. As an emergency back-up stove where wood is plentiful this stove will be fine. I'm planing to test this stove in near future by using Esbit Solid Fuel to see if this will improve performance, also I will be compering it with another Titanium wood burning stove manufactured in Germany all of the results will be posted.
I bought this for a trip up Katahdin, but was then informed that you can't burn wood on Katahdin... So the stove went back in my bag for a year.
Bought this for a 3-week back packing trip. It's easy to use, even easier with the Vargo Decagon liquid alcohol stove. With just wood, it boiled 5 cups of water in 6 minutes, with the decagon inside, about 4-5 minutes. The only flaw is that the door hinge is a little tight. When the door is open to add more wood, you cant open it completely or you will not be able to close it without having to take off your cookware and using both hands. Overall, highly recommend.
If I could give 0 stars I would. I used this with an outside temperature of 32F. The amount of wood that you have to keep loading in the stove just to boil 1 cup (8oz) makes this stove useless! The base isn't high enough to give good ventilation, so you have to keep the wood loading door open.
It works great but I think it costs too much!! How much would a steel item cost?
Super light weight, comes in a great case but difficult to use. If you accidently bump it, it comes apart which is super frustrating.