Cooking Outside in Winter February 08 2014
Even some damp wood eventually heated up and burned nicely after using an EcoZoom Ignite Disc to start our fire.As the Versa Lite continued to burn our sticks we couldn't help but notice that the snow around the base of the stove was not melting away. When we touched the sides of the stove, it was cold to the touch. The outside temperatures were around 25 degrees and the insulation of the stove was helping keep the combustion chamber hot while allowing the stove to not lose excess heat through its body. As any good insulation, what we wanted to stay warm was warm and what we wanted to keep cool remained cool. While our sticks continued to burn in the combustion chamber a light amount of snow was falling. Each flake that came into contact with the cast iron top immediately melted, but those flakes that made their way into the combustion chamber did weaken the flames a bit. This problem was easily solved once we put our pot on top of the stove which stymied snowflakes from falling directly into the combustion chamber. Once we did place our pot on the stove, the strength of the flames given our level of fuel was up to normal standards. One thing worth noting is that if you are going to be cooking outside during the winter months with your EcoZoom or taking your EcoZoom on winter camping trips, it will take longer to boil water or heat up pots or pans simply due to the outside air temperatures. This is an element of cooking outside in the cold that is inevitable no matter what type of stove you are using. This means that you will likely need a little more fuel than normal compared to cooking on a sunny day. Bringing our EcoZoom Versa Lite out into the snow was a really fun experience. One of the biggest takeaways from the experiment was that the EcoZoom Ignite Discs are very valuable to have. They are water resistant and can be stored for years without having their performance affected. It makes lighting your EcoZoom stove a breeze and they provide a strong burn for up to 20 minutes. What is even better is that they proved to be able to ignite wood and sticks that were somewhat wet by providing a consistent burn that eventually dries out wet wood enough to ignite itself. Once again the EcoZoom rocket stove proved its versatility in any condition. They make for great stoves for camping, emergency preparedness, winter or summer cabins, or just for some fun cooking on your patio. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.