Welsh Mountain Biking with the EcoZoom Versa Rocket Stove October 22 2013
Cooking on the EcoZoom Versa before and after a day of riding trailsWith this in mind we headed out last weekend into a doubtful weather forecast and I took along my Ecozoom Versa rocket stove to give it a shot amid the gloomy forecast. Mountain biking is a high energy sport and excessive calories are needed to keep you going and to keep warm. This translates into a morning fry up and gallons of tea in preparation for our ride. We set up the Versa on a log and got a fire going. I'd taken a bit of dry kindling to start the cookstove, but quickly moved on to wind dried sticks out of the damp forest. Bingo! A steady hot blaze got us right up into the mood and a day of swooping singletrack ensued, mightily fueled by an EcoZoom rocket stove. That evening we were able to pull into a lesser known beach front spot. A stunning place under a full moon but with strong winds due to the exposure. A camp fire was out of the question as the sparks would have gone everywhere, and would have kept us looking for new wood all night. The Versa on the other hand was in its element. Set up on a camp table between a couple of vans acting as wind breaks, the controlled fire (from bleached driftwood) kept us cooking and warm right through the evening.
Scouting out the trails for another day of riding after fueling up on a wood-fueled EcoZoom Versa.With gas camping stoves or spirit burners outdoor cuisine is usually a quick fuel saving boil up of some carbs (eg packet rice), followed by a cup of tea, then bed (to keep warm). With the EcoZoom Versa cooking style you can be bit more luxurious....... fuel never runs out. You can spend a while in food preparation. We made a delicious green Thai curry using stir fried vegetarian ingredients, and simmered in coconut milk to perfection. Cooking for hours, it gives time for a very leisurely and well deserved beer. Afterwards I even managed to get a hot water bottle into my sleeping bag…5 star luxury! Thanks to the little packet of heat that is the Versa rocket stove, a real fire can be at hand. After another EcoZoom breakfast and full day of riding on the Nant Yr Arian trail, I was just about cooked. Fully fed, fueled and fatigued, Wales had worked its mountain bike magic once again. I’m really happy to commend the EcoZoom Versa rocket stove for its morale boosting support to a great weekend. As a base camp warmer in a damp, cold place, it’s a winner all the way! Looking for where you can buy EcoZoom in the UK, email Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Amazon UK EcoZoom page. About the Author: Tom Pritchard is an EcoZoom employee and likes to cook outdoors with his EcoZoom rocket stove on camping trips or sunny days. You can email him directly at email@example.com.