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Old 02-13-2020, 10:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone using a Kifaru, Lite Outdoors, or other kind of titanium backpacking tent stove? If so, worth the money? Also what tent are you running it with? I'm intrigued to hear of anyone's experiences before my wife kills me for spending the money.
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Old 02-14-2020, 04:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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In a word,

YES.

For something to do the other weekend, I just spent two and a half days by myself, back in the woods, not far from payson lakes. I backpacked in from the maple del area, while also dragging a sled. Winter still being what it is. I think the average temps in the morning and evening were around 20, overnight lows somewhere between 10 and 15. Not too bad.

Once i got that stove going, the inside temp of my tent ranged between 50-60 degrees. I'm using a luxe minipeak XL. It's a 3 man tent, that lux hiking gear advertises as a backcountry hunters tent. After using it this last weekend, I believe them. However, the tent, with its winter liner, the center pole, and the stove, is probably about 9 pounds total. You could probably cut that weight by using a specialized trekking pole for your center pole, and removing the winter liner. The stove, is a flat 4 pounds or so, no matter what you do.

If you go this route, and I have to admit its nice to be able to get out of the cold and cook your food indoors, I have to tell you, your probably going to be spending around 600 dollars on the setup, and you'll be spending half your day gathering firewood once you get to where ever your going.
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Old 02-14-2020, 09:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I use a Lite Outdoors 18" stove with a Seek Outside Cimarron. It can be a game changer on some hunts/backpacking trips. Any specific info your looking for?
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I use a Lite Outdoors 18" stove with a Seek Outside Cimarron. It can be a game changer on some hunts/backpacking trips. Any specific info your looking for?
Can you fit two people in your tent with the stove? I tend to be the person that over analyzes/reviews things before I spend the money. I've basically convinced myself I'm going to get a stove and new tent, just seeking others experiences to help decide which ones. Once I decide I'll try and clear it with the wife😉
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I totally get it on over analyzing things. I do it all the time.



I've been using this tent:
https://luxe-hiking-gear.com/collect...ramid-hot-tent


Paired with this stove:
https://luxe-hiking-gear.com/collect...stove-titanium


They are a game changer. The above tent is listed as 3 person tent, but the stove eats up a lot of room, as does firewood, and your gear. If you want to hot tent it with two people, you might want to be looking at a 4 or 5 person tent.


Look around youtube, you'll find hot tenting videos, that might give you an idea on types, brands, and sizes.
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The Luxe Octopeak Tipi with snow skirts looks enticing. Maybe add in one of their bathtub floors and I don't know that an inner mesh tent would ever be needed, even in the summer.
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The new seek outside U turn stoves are very impressive they definitely demand a look if your looking for light wieght and quality construction. They have a booth at the EXPO this year.

I used a stove for many years in a floorless shelter. It's great not only to be able to dry out your stuff in the late season but a huge morale boost when the sun goes down so early in the evening.

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It's great not only to be able to dry out your stuff in the late season but a huge morale boost when the sun goes down so early in the evening.

Definitely, being able to dry your gloves, boots, or whatever is huge. Espeically during winter. Things that boost your morale, aren't to be overlooked either. I used to rough it a lot more then I do now. As time goes on, I find i'm allowing myself more comforts simply because it boosts my morale. Some things I just get tired of, like cooking my food in rain or sleet. After doing it enough, I figure I've paid my dues enough.


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One really nice thing about a hot tent stove, is being able to cook on the thing. I honestly thought about bringing some elk backstraps with me last weekend. Instead I just boiled snow for water and scarfed down mountain house for dinner.
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Boy, those things are tiny. What, about a 15 min burn? Certainly better than nothing but seems by the time you got your tent warmed up in the morning it would be about as easy to just roll out and build a big old fire outside.
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I didn't exactly hold a stopwatch to it, but I think I got about 3 hours or so of burn time. I used half in the evening, and the other half in the morning. I had a few logs left over and left them there.
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