While conducting seminars at the recent Great Northwest Outdoor Expo I met the Uberleben guys. They had a booth set up and something that caught my eye was their Uberleben Stoker Flatpack Stove. I’m not a world-renowned hard-core backpacker but I love to do it and am always looking for compact, lightweight items to enhance my backpacking.
I’ve got a couple of super-lightweight, collapsible stoves but this one stood out because it is stoutly built and a well-designed stove, more so than any of my previous ones. It is made out of HD 304 stainless — and the designer put some thought into it. All the side and bottom panels unsnap and are separate. The bottom panel is perforated to allow for airflow and the heat draws the oxygen up through the bottom and out the top creating a draft much like a chimney. The side panels also have slots at the bottom to allow for even more air flow.
The front has a circular hole so you can feed more fuel into the fire. It comes with a cross brace on top which is made of two cross pieces which allows you to heat smaller pots. Like with building any fire, you want to put your kindling on bottom and then put twigs on top of the kindling or fire-starting material. I always carry a few Trioxide bars in case I encounter wet wood, rain or extreme winds. I carry matches but also some cheap lighters. If necessary, I can break one and pour the fuel over wet wood. Or, Uberleben makes a fire-starting rod.
In dry conditions where you’re worried about forest fires the Uberleben Stoker Flatpack Stove would be great. Or many times if I’m off on an all-day hike while elk hunting it is a slice of heaven to have a hot meal and even a cup of coffee. Throw a small Army mess kit in your pack to heat up water for coffee or, I’m testing some Bushka’s Kitchen freeze-dried backpacking meals right now. They are great for a quick, easy gourmet meal while up in the mountains.
The Uberleben Stoker Flatpack Stove also comes with a nice canvas pouch to carry all of the parts in so you don’t lose any of them. Uberleben says you can use the pouch to gather twigs and fire-starting material.
While on their website I got a unique idea. They show one of their customers frying an egg on a flat rock. While Ammoland owners Fredy and Brian were out here backpacking a couple of years ago we ate at a Boise restaurant that is famous for serving ribeyes on a 600-degree rock. While camping we cooked some fresh grouse on a river rock we threw into the middle of the fire so I know this would be a good way to cook certain items.
I think it is a great little durable stove and I plan on using it this fall while hunting.