Is the vargo ti hexagon the best folding wood stove?

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  1. Detroithiker

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    I am considering the vargo hex but I want your opinion first.
    I need a good folding stove that is light folds flat.
     
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    Its actually the worst. It has no airflow and the coal and ash smother the vent holes on the bottom suffocating the fire. I tried drilling a couple rows of holes around it to get better air like others were doing but it just never was worth using. I tried other plain firebox style woodburners that were essentially just a metal box to light a fire in and never liked any of them. One I did end up liking quite a lot was the bushbuddy/solo stove style woodburner. That thing was great, burned easily and very well, if the flame went out simply dropping in a couple more twigs flamed it right back up. It was just an exponentially easier burn to maintain since the design aids and helps the fire burn, instead of just supplying you with a small container to light a fire.
     
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    Thank you for the help.
    One more question for you, do you like any of the flat folding stoves? Because I have a good cylindrical stove but I need one that folds flat
     
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    Emberlit Ti is my go to wood burner, light weight and compact with assembly that is fairly straight forward. Firebox is well built but heavy( has lots of options) and core four Ti with after burners takes an advanced engineering degree to assemble. Firebox nano small heavy and tippy without solid ground. Don’t like the solo styles due to the small fire box and the need to overly process wood / feed through the little space between the stove and pot but would carry a solo style over the Vargo any day. The Vargo does make for a fairly nice wind screen for a fancee feast burner.
     
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    Firebox nano is a good option. Love mine.
     
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    I have 3 of the vargos and have none of the issues described above. I also have a "Gator grill" & a "Bushbox" stove but the vargos are my go to stoves. I use the alcohol conversion stove in them too so they become a 3 fuel stove. Wood, alcohol & gel/solid fuel bar.
     
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    I don't have the hexagon but a popular mod is adding holes around the bottom for better air flow.

    I have an Emberlit Ti and a Firebox G2 5" stoves. Both are great stoves.
    Basically any hobo stove home made or commercial will do roughly the same thing.
     
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    German. Brennerle
    Or
    Swiss made
    Pico Grill 85 and 239
    Are better light weight folding stoves
     
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    Nice info for all the wood stove. I have been looking at making a wood gas stove
    here is a like of someone making one.
    Prov 27 : 17

     
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    I’ll second the vargo is garbage and i really like the firebox nano. I have both, tested, tried, failed both. And succeeded one.
     
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    I did have a vargo, I sold it. I have a couple of emberlit's they have got the job done so I haven't tested any others.
     
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    I like the Firebox Nano, though admittedly I've only used it for brewing coffee. Folds flat and needs no assembly at all, just unfold and go. It feeds very nicely from the bottom without troubling your pot.

    I've made a few homemade TLUD dual-wall biomass stoves and the Nano is nowhere near as finicky as those. I haven't used any other commercially-made wood stoves.
     
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    I like the Vargo Hex titanium quite a bit. It could be larger though.
     
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    If you are even the least bit handy, have you considered making your own?

    The Nimblewill Nomad pattern has been in the public domain for years, and I always kinda resented that Emberlit makes money on a similar pattern. but i digress.

    I made mine from some sort of sheet metal I bought at a hardware store... maybe 20-24ga? Regardless, the stove weighs 11oz with a leather pouch/envelope/case, probably closer to 9 without the case. I love it.

    This photo will have to do. That's an Olicamp mug sitting on a piece of hardware cloth.
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    So why's it gotta fold flat?

    I made this one out of a coffee can. I've also made smaller and lighter solid-fuel burners from smaller cans (like vegetables and fruit come in.)

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    One of my next purchases is one of the Uberleben stoves.

    For the OP: I too have heard bad things about the Hexagon, but I've never used one myself. I do have the regular Emberlit (stainless) and love it!
     
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    +1 For the Emberlit design. I have the Ti Ant model and it weighs nothing! When I want one that packs flat and small, its the best I have used. It fits and stays in the front pocket of the Maxpedition bottle holder if that gives you an idea.
    Works good with the Trangia as well.
    I have been curious about a Firebox for a while also.
     
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    Bushcraft essentials
     
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    The Vargo is not perfect, but I've made a hundred cups of tea on it and I still carry it in one of my packs. As far as my experience goes the MSP Core is my fave, it take a little practice to assemble but its not so hard anymore.....
     
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    I agree. I gave a C- rating... Not good enough for me.
     
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    If it doesn't need to fold flat, I like using my four dogs Bushcooker LT1. Stores in my Snow Peak 700 with windshield.
    C
     
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