Editor’s Note: Living Ready has posted reviews of the EcoZoom Versa before, most notably with this omnibus of the best survival gear and this rocket stove review. But because this is such a great product with legions of fans, it’s worth another review, this time from Jim Cobb. Convinced yet? Get one from the Living Ready Store here.
EcoZoom Versa: A Rocket Stove for the Rest of Us
If you have nothing more than a postage stamp for a yard, if any yard at all, building a nice campfire or firing up a grill might not be feasible or practical. Enter the EcoZoom Versa Rocket Stove.
EcoZoom Versa: Easy to Use
In the box, you receive the stove, a windscreen, and a metal support for fuel. The instructions are pretty bare bones, because really, this couldn’t be simpler. There are two doors on the front of the stove. The top one is where the fuel goes in, the bottom is the damper.
I started the stove using a piece of crumpled newspaper, some dryer lint, and a few small twigs. It took me less than four minutes to go from there to a roaring fire in the stove.
As it burns, you slowly feed larger sticks into the stove through the top door. This is where having that fuel stand is awesome. No need to prop anything up or monkey-rig anything.
Check out the video and photos above to see the the EcoZoom Versa in action.
EcoZoom Versa: Cons
My list of cons for this product is very short. First, it is heavy. One person can easily pick it up by the attached handles and move it around, of course. But, at about 25 lbs., it isn’t something you’d want to strap to your back and go on a 10-mile hike.
The other thing isn’t really due to the stove, but if you are making stew or something, I’d suggest putting a lid on your cook pot. Ashes from the fire do tend to drift up as you add fuel to the fire. When I boiled the pot of water, I noticed a few ashes had settled into the pot.
EcoZoom Versa Final Thoughts & Where to Get It
All in all, this is a wonderful tool for any preppers out there concerned about preparing food off-grid.
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