Since the launch in 2008, The Honey Stove has grown in popularity in all areas of the outdoor community.
Hikers, backpackers, bushcrafters, kayakers, cyclists, riders and travellers around the globe have enjoyed the simplicity of the design, combined with the reliable functionality, which results in cooking over a stove which is virtually carbon neutral.
There’s no escaping the fact. This style of cooking will transport you back to a simpler time, and increase yours pleasures when living outdoors.
I wanted to design a stove which would be unique. No moving parts, just a simple solid reliable construction, which when linked together would provide maximum strength either in the square or hexagonal configuration.
One which will burn organic matter, esbit/hexamine tablets, night light candles, ANY make of meths (denatured alcohol) stove, Greenheat Fuel Cells and even the standard Trangia gas burner, or other similar variations.
By simply sliding two 3mm pegs through the horizontal holes in the mid points, your pot (less than 12cm dia) will be lowered and supported inside the perimeter walls, and therefore trap more of the generated heat, reducing the time taken to boil.
There are no hard and fast rules, as to which slot you use, or which way is up! It is entirely up to you and your needs at that particular cooking moment!
Honey Stove Cooking
Assembling the square configuration
This is the most compact stove setting, and it may be all a ‘lightweight’ backpacker, cyclist, bushcrafter or kayaker will ever need.
Option 1: Take a side panel with the prongs facing upwards, and slide down on each side two further panels. If you are burning organic matter, place the square plate in either of the two lowest slots, then slide the door on ‘upwards’. This will allow you slide fuel in through the door slot.
Option 2: If you are using a coke can stove, esbit/hexamine tablet or Greenheat place the square plate in the mid slot and then slide on the door. This allows easy lighting of the tablets and better air flow.
Option 3: However you may wish to make the fire completely enclosed. Therefore instead of sliding on the door, use another side panel. This will enclose the fire completely.
Option 4: You may also prefer to use the standard Trangia Burner. The slots in the side panels are designed to hold the rim of the burner securely.
Therefore, slot the rim into the mid slot of the three panels and then slide the door into place.
This slot provides the optimum burner to pot height, to achieve maximum heat performance.
NB: You are also still able to access the simmering ring through the door.
Assembling the hexagonal configuration
To burn organic matter/charcoal BBQ briquettes
Option 1: Take a side panel and hold it with the prongs facing downwards. Slide on two other side panels either side and place the base plate in either of the bottom two slots (air flow).
Make sure the rear of the base plate sits in the central panel slot.
Slide on a fourth and fifth panel on alternate sides, and then while holding those two panels between your thumb and forefinger, ease the fire door into place.
NB: As the metal is freshly laser cut, this will be a tight fit initially, so may require positive, but not excessive force. This will quickly become easier.
For pots smaller than 12cm, slide two 3mm pegs through the slots at a height of your choice.
Or cook directly on the grill placed on top of the final assembly.
To burn esbit/hexamine tablet
Option 2: Assemble as above, but raise the base plate to the second slot.
For pots smaller than 12cm, slide in two 3mm pegs through the slots at a height of your choice to make the most of the heat generated. Or cook directly on the grill placed on top of the final assembly.
To use a Trangia Burner
Option 3: Assemble as above with the base plate in either of the two lowest slots. Prior to fitting the door, slide in the Trangia plate into two opposing mid slots. Then ease the fire door into place.
If your pot is greater then 12cm, place it on top of the stove.
If your pot is less than 12cm slide in two 3mm pegs through two upper holes as support. Or use the grill on top of the assembly as support.
However, for maximum wind protection, you have the option to assemble the stove with the Trangia plate lower down, and therefore the base of the pot is enclosed within the perimeter of the stove for maximum wind protection.
To use Trangia Gas or other Trangia Fitting Multifuel Convertor
Option 4: Assemble as above but start with the prongs facing upwards on the first panel, so the door fits on last with the wider section at the top of the stove. This allows the fuel line to exit the unit without obstruction.
Which wood to burn? They use this old woodman's poem ….
Logs to burn! Logs to burn!
Logs to save the coal a turn!
Here's a word to make you wise
When you hear the woodman's cries.
Beechwood fire burn bright and clear;
Hornbeam blazes too,
If logs are kept a year
And seasoned through and through.
Oak logs will warm you well
If they're old and dry,
Larch logs of pinewood smell
But the sparks will fly.
Pine is good and so is yew
For warmth through winter days
But poplar and willow, too
Take long to dry and blaze.
Birch logs will burn too fast,
Alder scarce at all.
Chestnut logs are good to last
If cut in the fall.
Holly logs will burn like wax,
You should burn them green,
Elm logs like smoldering flax,
No flame is seen.
Pear logs and apple logs,
They will scent your room.
Cherry logs across the dogs
Smell like flowers in bloom.
But ash logs, all smooth and grey,
Burn them green or old,
Buy up all that come your way,
They're worth their weight in gold.
Hard woods for roasting
Apple, Ash, Beech, Birch, Sweet Chestnut, Hazel, Holly, Hornbeam, Larch, Oak and Willow.
Soft woods for boiling
Alder, Aspen, cedar, Hawthorn, Horse chestnut, Lime, Pine, Poplar, Spruce, Sycamore.
To expand the unit in size for group or more social use please see our Hive expansion kits.
Write a Review and share your opinions!
Thursday, 11 July 2019 | John
Fantastic product, small, light and is going to provide many years of enjoyment. Also would like to say the service from Back Packing light is superb. It came with a lovely handwritten note to accompany the product, excellent communication and arrived next day..Now that's Customer Service!!. Thank you
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Monday, 2 April 2018 | Robert
2 handfulls of twigs to make a brew best invention ever i love it ingenious design british great piece of kit for any outdoorsman love it well done who invented it 5 stars
14 of 18 people found this review helpful.
Bob designed it a good few years back and we are proud to say it is laser cut just down the road in Tewkesbury. Glad you are enjoying it!
Monday, 5 March 2018 | Richard
Not used in the field yet but have built and dismantled a few times. It goes together easily and packs down to nothing. Looking forward to using it properly.
5 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Thursday, 26 October 2017 | Robert
Works well with my Trangia burner and provides a stable and versatile cooking space. Slightly fiddly to put together, but it's getting easier - and I like the fact you can choose to build the tiny pocket stove if you only want a quick brew. Takes up no space in my pack too!
16 of 28 people found this review helpful.
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 | Chris
Awesome product and a great price skittles tasted great putting it together,
16 of 35 people found this review helpful.
Monday, 19 June 2017 | John
I like this stove. Easy to put together in the various formats. I'm unconcerned with boiling times (camping is relaxing, not rushng), but it's fairly quick and if I gather enough twigs, I can make bean soup that takes an hour and a half. While maybe not as efficient as my wood-gas stove (but who cares), the open door is much more convenient for monitoring and feeding the fire. Only imperfection is that the grill tends to slide around, but I'll fix that with some wire ties. Highly recommended.
13 of 31 people found this review helpful.
Thursday, 2 March 2017 | Charlie
Excellent service, ordered this and the hive expansion, delivery was on time, service was excellent and the skittles were tasty.. highly recommended
21 of 42 people found this review helpful.
Thursday, 2 March 2017 | Larry
Very nice. Well made. Just the right thickness for the task.
19 of 47 people found this review helpful.
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 | Thomas
14 of 37 people found this review helpful.
Thursday, 10 March 2016 | John
Ok, I cheated and started it off with piling small twigs on the base and then a big lump of Dragon Fire alcohol on top. The alcohol would normally have got my brew made but with a constant resupply of twigs this would keep going indefinitely. As such, it got 1 pint of tea made, followed by cooking my dinner, followed by making another pint of boiling water for my flask and then boiling the washing up water. As a purist you can use dry tinder but if you are in a hurry take some hexamine, alcohol gel, meths, household fire starters and you will have the best little bushcraft stove ever. It cooks really well and there is just something comforting and warming about the sight and the smell of burning wood. And it's not made in China. Brilliant.
22 of 39 people found this review helpful.