Why You Need an Emergency Stove In Your BOB
Everyone has their own opinion of the “ideal” survival gear, I know I certainly do. The problem with having an idealistic view of survivalism is that no survival situation is ever ideal.
Your “BOB” (Bug Out Bag) or your “Go Bag” becomes your best friend in an emergency situation. This is especially true if you’re away from home or you are forced from your home. When on the move, you still need to eat and at times refill your water supply. Therefore, having a portable emergency stove is important for many reasons, the most important of which is for purifying your water.
Coghlan’s Emergency Stove for Home and Bugging Out
I have, in my short life, lived through several disasters that called for differing skill sets and survival gear. The Mount Saint Helen’s Volcano eruption in 1980, the North Ridge Earthquake in California, the 2003 Blackout of the North East, and various tornadoes in the Midwest.
Through all of this, I have learned that no two situations are ever the same. You must always be prepared because you often have little or no warning. At some point you will most likely be on the move with nothing but your “go bag” or BOB full of survival gear. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a quick, easy way to boil water and heat food?
While on the move you often do not have the time, energy or the inclination to spend hours of time and loads of energy setting up a camp that you will be leaving as soon as you wake up or finish eating. There are also times when you do not wish to draw attention to yourself. The bigger the footprint the more you get noticed.
This is why having an emergency stove in your “BOB” is so important. Carrying a stove with you can be an overwhelming idea, as most portable stoves are heavy and require bulky fuel tanks.
My first thought was a gas camp stove,but that just sounded heavy and cumbersome, besides, fuel is heavy and leaks. Nice for camping but, not something I want to carry for any distance. There are small propane and butane stoves that work well also, but these require specific fuels and the fuels are not light. Propane is 4.24 pounds per gallon!
Testing the Coghlan’s Emergency Stove
I was given to test the lightest and most compact stove I have ever tried. This stove is offered by Coghlan’s. It is a lightweight, strong, compact, no liquid, no priming, no wicks and no pressure stove. It comes with 24 Hexamine fuel tablets.
Hexamine is a light clean burning fuel tablet that will burn for 9 minutes. The Hexamine tablets fit inside the stove when it is folded up. The entire stove and it’s fuel store in a 4 5/8” X 3 ¾” X 1” space. That is just slightly larger than a deck of playing cards and close to the same weight.
Now to be honest, when I saw this stove I was skeptical at first. It seemed too good to be true. Here was a light weight, small stove that sold for under $10.00 and it was supposed to work too? As you can see in the video I am a convert!
I now have this stove in my “Go Bag”. It took only 4 minutes to boil water from near freezing. A person could stop, cook something, eat it and be on their way in 15 minutes or less with this stove. I highly recommend it for emergency kits, BOBs, and backcountry camping.
Best Features of the Coghlan’s Emergency Stove
- Boils water in 4 minutes! Fast and even heating.
- Compact size measures just 1.2 x 5.9 x 3.8 inches. (Slightly larger than a deck of cards)
- Sturdy yet lightweight at 10.1 ounces.
- Requires no liquids, no priming, and no wick.
- 24 Fuel Tablets included and ability to purchase additional tablets.
- Uses any solid fuel such as Hexamine, Trioxane or Sterno.
- Economical, multi-use stove.