Most camping stoves just give you a few minutes to cook and you never know when you might run out of propane. Coleman and all the other similar stoves are just variations of the same old thing, leaving you with a canister to dispose of, and millions end up in dumps or "land fills" every year. Little Wolf Energetics has solved the problems of propane fuel to give you a great experience with a real wood stove. With propane you have no choice but to keep buying their fuel, but with this new technology you can enjoy a wood fire to cook with or just lounge around without annoying smoke. So if you essentially can get a gas fire for free or fraction of the cost then you have solved your main problem forever. Never buy fuel again unless you buy the inexpensive and convenient wood pellets, which I heartily endorse for this stove. Even then, you pay only 1/10 the cost of propane for the same amount of heat.
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If you have never experienced the amazing difference to your camping or other outing experience, you just have to try our stove. We are offering you free trial for one week, so there is no reason not to give it a go. You will be amazed at the functionality and sheer beauty of this stove. Although it is not a back packing stove, it is still small enough to take with you to most anywhere you go except maybe on top of a mountain. You can now cook with a gas created from wood which is free and inexpensive wood pellets, then barbecue with the resulting charcoal. It is so efficient that it even burns up the smoke. This advanced technology even has charging power for your iPad and cell phones which could save your life one day. It is designed with your present and future needs in mind. This is an absolutely amazing smokeless innovation that you will want to use every day and huddle around in the chilly evenings anywhere, even your deck or even ice since the base of the stove does not heat up.
Sometimes we don't know we have a problem until we see a solution to it. The iPad is a good example. If we explained what it is, and its benefits, we still have to understand how it can solve our problem. That's how it is with new technologies. The Little Wolf stove solves a number of problems we don't think are problems. Propane, for example is expensive and your stove is just a piece of metal without it. You can't sit around your little propane stove in the evenings and sing cowboy songs, or whatever your fancy, but you can with our stove. When there is a natural or man made disaster, a propane stove may work for a while but in the end it is useless. With Little Wolf you can use wood, and wood pellets can be stored in water proof containers, and they are very affordable. Mass production and consumption is giving way to sustainable solutions to our problems of maintaining our ecologically challenged planet.
Have you ever thrown damp or green wood on a fire? You probably noticed that either the fire went out or you had a lot of smoke. You have cooled the fire down by forcing it to spend heat energy to dry the wood instead of burning it. So, a cold fire means smoke; but what if we increased the heat with some kindling and added some air up higher where we want heat; what would that do? The result is less smoke. Now let's make it really hot with lots of secondary air. What might happen is this: the smoke may completely disappear! That is partly how the Little Wolf Stove works, but there is more to it. There is actually a chemical reaction going on and it can be made efficient with the correct configuration. Many years ago, coal and wood were heated for the gas they contained. Sometimes a catalyst was used to make the process more efficient. London was lit with coal gas before electric lights. This "producer gas" could be used much like propane or natural gas for many applications such as light, heat, and even internal combustion engines. In WWII this gas was used to stretch scarce gasoline. My wife's uncle drove vehicles during the war in Finland that were powered with wood gas. It was used on relatively level ground and the gasoline was added on hills. The reactors were big, like our water heaters tilted slightly. This illustrates the usefulness of this gas that powers our stove, and how it is an established technology just waiting for us to come along and use it in a portable wood burning stove! All this translates to greater enjoyment of the experience of why you are lighting a fire outdoors. You will immediately understand that this stove is more than a cooking tool: it is a fire that goes back to our ancestral fires that kept us warm, kept predators away and were our constant companion. How much better can it get?
It makes the best natural barbecue you could ever want. It is particularly suited for the outdoor person that prefers not to rely on availability, expense and non-sustainability associated with fossil fuels. It is ideal as a disaster relief and survival stove by virtue of its ability to burn wood, pellet and other available biomass fuels. As a small fire pit you essentially have a small safely contained bonfire using waste wood if possible. Waste is endemic in our culture, and we must change, and this is one small way we can all contribute to sustain our planet: by not using fossil fuels for anything but what is absolutely necessary. Our company, which I founded in 2010 (biologist/engineer Osmo Joronen of White Rock BC ) is a leader in the field of this method of using the biomass we waste for everyday use. The difference between our solution and other similar products is that It is ruggedly built and designed for frequent use. It is ideal for outings, backyard and patio in well ventilated areas, and must not to be confused with the much smaller back packing stoves designed for occasional use. Certainly, we plan to introduce small models too, but this one will always be our flagship model. So it has to be well constructed of the best materials possible. My background in Mechanical/Civil Engineering means that you can be sure of quality, as most of my experience spanning 3 decades has been in Quality Assurance in the highway (construction management/QA) and bridge (seismic upgrading) engineering field. Compare our stove's benefits with anything out there and you will see that ours stands as the most innovative and useful for its intended purpose: standard every day use, not just camping and hiking.
It makes sense from a practical and environmental point of view to have a versatile, dependable renewable energy stove that works without propane, burns clean and never runs out of fuel. We have been switched from wood that is free, to propane that is not, and when you run out, you have to build a wood fire anyway. Propane as a camping fuel has served its purpose as new green technologies are being developed in all sectors. The best green fuel today is biomass: wood is everywhere and it is free. Where is the future of camping stoves? You will probably see propane stoves for a long time, but wood is clearly a viable choice. From what we've experienced, wood burning is in big time and we invite you to join the growing crowd enjoying wood fires.
Propane stoves may end up who knows, in museums as new green carbon neutral efficient and clean burning wood stoves take center stage.
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Little Wolf offers arguably the best portable wood stoves that cook and barbecue with wood. It is a major source of frustration to always be running out of fuel and you end up buying the stove over and over again from the cost of the fuel. It's like your printer, where it is cheaper than a color laser but you end up paying just as much if you use it a lot. (razor & blade business model) You will use this type of stove more. I will guarantee that you will use a wood/wood pellet stove twice as much at least, and enjoy it ten times more than some propane unit. In your back yard, on the porch, on car trips to the beach, everywhere you go you will want to take it with you, along with a little pail of pellets that are so cheap you wonder how they can sell it and make money. Never dispose of a wasteful propane canister again; burn clean, try Little Wolf, it will surprise you.
[Barbecue with the charcoal you created in your stove]
The technology is very simple. The claim of "smokeless" should be addressed first, and it is quite amazing to see. How can this be when everyone knows that burning wood causes smoke? What causes smoke is not just "inefficiency" but the wrong concept. The point of good stove design is to not burn the solid fuel as such, but that fire should be for only one reason: pyrolysis to produce a special gas that your stove burns cleanly. Hard to believe? Pyrolysis is an extraordinary, highly studied and documented chemical reaction of the products of combustion with charcoal, the catalyst. Our top down burn is perfect. High energy hydrogen is created when water vapor splits to O and 2H under high temperature in the presence of charcoal, which then recombine to H2O releasing heat. When commercial charcoal is made, all that gas is wasted, you just get the charcoal. Little Wolf's two-phase system uses it for cooking, then for a real charcoal barbecue, with great tasting food as the result. No more fake charcoal!
You begin by removing the two grates. You can put whatever fuel you like (I use pellets mainly) into the burner unit and light it from the top using whatever method you choose. I use shredded wax milk cartons cut into 1/4" strips, but birch bark strips and even cotton balls soaked in vegetable oil will work. You should only use strips as large objects interfere with the uniform formation of gas. You can keep them dry in ziplock bags. The cooking grate is put in place. In a few minutes the top of the pellets or wood will be on fire. As the heat increases, the main fire switches to the secondary air holes pointing inward just under the cooking grate, leaving only a small primary combustion fire on the fuel. Each air hole, there are almost one hundred of them, will have its own flame and the stove is ready for cooking. This lasts about 1/2 hour or more per pound of fuel. The flames will gradually die. The main heat source switches down to the fuel which has turned into charcoal. At this time you have a choice: continue cooking or remove the cooking grate and install the barbecue grate in place. Just before or after the flames die, you may add some wood chips of your choice slowly if you plan to barbecue. You can buy them at half price after August. Here are a few suggestions for wood chips or blocks that you can use to barbecue or smoke. Soake them first for 1/2 hour if you want smoke:
Coffee Table Fire Pit by Tony Costa:
tcosta (at) jawroughtiron.com
The stove fits into the table.
The cooking grate is inverted into the burner for storage. The barbecue grate is placed on top, and everything fits snug into the bag. The carrying bag is a high quality nylon OutboundTM compression bag that can carry your stove and still has room for bags of pellets and anything else you wish to put in there. Other bags are also available.
BTU rating: Fuel dependent. Pellets=8,000 BTU per pound. 3 pounds=24,000 BTU total heat, gives you 10,000 - 15,000 BTU at medium. With wood, the BTU rating can be reduced significantly by excess moisture.
The stove holds maximum 3-4 pounds pellets but only a little over 2 pounds of kindling, and burns for at least 30 minutes per pound, plus the same amount in the charcoal phase - still giving plenty of heat. You will seldom use more than one or two pounds of pellets to cook an average meal, so a $5 bag of pellets will give you 20 - 40 burns, and if you add wood, it will last a long time. You will wonder why you didn't switch sooner. On cold evenings, Little Wolf can be a wonderful little stove to hang out around, a great focal point and conversation piece.
What other animal better embodies the spirit of wilderness than the wolf? The wolf is in perfect balance with nature, and it's function is to help maintain this balance. When we return to nature, we too can be a balancing force by returning to burning wood straight from nature. A rule in living in balance with nature is never take away what you cannot give back, and never leave anything that you brought behind. Propane is carbon resurrected from deep within the earth which the ecosystem must deal with, meaning that it is more difficult because we are destroying forests that consume this new carbon. By burning wood , we are a link in the carbon chain, never adding to the atmospheric carbon from the underground storage vaults deep in the earth, but recycling what is already here. We can begin the journey of our ancestors and recapture the spirit of the natural human we were meant to be, but lost along the way. "Little wolf" is my family name in the ancient Finnish-Karelian language, so we believe that it originates from ancient Northern European Nordic wolf clans.