Survival-Pax Blog: January 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

Survival-Pax Multi-Fuel Stove Review

A product that all of us are very excited to show you guys is the new Survival-Pax Multi-Fuel Folding Stove. We have been working on this product for several months and it's finally here!

This stove solves many problems that are commonly associated with camping stoves, while not sacrificing performance. I have reviewed this stove on video and that video can be seen below. With this written review, I am hoping to add more information to anything that wasn't mentioned in the video.

The Survival-Pax Multi-Fuel Stove
is a great solution to cooking in the outdoors!

Problem #1 - Camp stoves & fuel are usually bulky.

While there are some tiny camp stoves on the market that are very tiny, usually the fuel that they use is not. It does not matter if the actual stove is tiny, if you have to lug around a 4 oz or 8 oz metal bottle of fuel around. This added bulk increases weight and space in your pack, something that you do not have much of when you're going on an extended backpacking trip.

The Survival-Pax Multi-Fuel Stove folds into a very neat and small package measuring 8.0" x 5.0" x 0.4" thick. The stove consists of 4 side pieces, all clearly labeled, along with a flat bottom piece. There are also 3 skewers, that fit into slotted holes on the top for use as a support for small cookware, or as a grill. The stove is stored in a quality nylon case that comes in two colors: Coyote Brown and Blaze Orange.

Problem #2 - Camp stoves can run out of fuel.

Probably the biggest problem with standard camp stoves is that they require a specialized fuel that can and does run out. This leaves with with a worthless stove and fuel bottle, which you now have to carry out with you, in your pack. Sure, you can carry a spare bottle, but then you have an even greater increased bulk in your pack.

The Survival-Pax Multi-Fuel Stove will never run out of fuel, as long as there are combustible materials around: wood, grass, paper, carboard, etc. The stove is very efficient in cooking and does not require a large amount of fuel to cook a meal or boil water. In the video above, I cooked a delicious breakfast using only a few small sticks. The ability to use wood for fuel means that you can lighten up your pack considerably and do not have to worry about whether or not you have enough fuel. This gives you a great "Peace of Mind". Hey, that's our company motto after all!

Problem #3 - Camp stoves can be unstable.

May camp stoves can be ustable, because of their tall height and narrow heating area, especially when out in the field and cooking on uneven terrain. This can be devastating, especially when heating up a meal. It can mean spilling your food, something that you usually do not have an abundance of when hiking/camping.

The Survival-Pax Multi-Fuel Stove has a stable, square base that is 4.25" per side and is 6.5" tall. When loaded with sticks and twigs, much of the weight is near the bottom of the stove, which further increases its stability. The heating area is also square, with 4.25" per side, which allows you to easily balance a cooking pot, even as you feed the fire through the large holes on the back of the stove.

The Mult-Fuel Stove can be
fed through large holes in the back.
Problem #4 - Camp stoves require cooking containers.

Most camp stoves cannot be used as a grill, requiring you to cook your food in a container. The Survival-Pax Multi-Fuel Stove can also be used as a grill, with the included skewers that go across the top cooking area.

Problem #5 - Camp stoves can be expensive.

Last, and perhaps most importantly in your decision-making, camp stoves can be expensive. All of the new-fangled jet stoves that you often see can cost upwards of $100-200. This, combined with the other drawback to their performance, can make purchasing one very intimidating.

The Survival-Pax Multi-Fuel Stove is available for an introductory price of $39.99. It is very affordable, and the best part is that it's 100% Made in the USA! Honestly, for the performance that you get, it is worth the price. If I'm ever going to go camping in a place where wood fuel is abundant, you can bet that I'll be bringing the Survival-Pax Multi-Fuel Stove along with me!

Take care guys!

Simon - Survival-Pax Team Member

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Monday, January 20, 2014

UCO Stormproof Matches Review - Best Matches in the World?

Who knows what the most common firestarter in the world is? I know that's a stupid question because you probably read the title of this post. It's a match!

Matches have actually been around in China since 1366, but the modern match as we know it was invented in 1844. Matches are incredibly popular because they are reliable (when dry), each to use, and very inexpensive.

Today, I will be reviewing a type of match that you probably have never even heard of. It's called a Stormproof Match, and it's made by a company called UCO. These matches also come in a Stormproof Match Kit that comes with a waterproof case, so even if your matches are submerged for an extended period of time, they will be dry.

The matchead on the UCO Stormproof Matches
extends about halfway down the match.
When lit, these Stormproof Matches are supposedly windproof and waterproof; essentially you can't put them out while they're burning. These matches work so well because the chemical that is normally found on a matchhead extends about halfway down the match. Once lit, even if dunked completely underwater, these matches will not go out. I know it sounds crazy, but take a look at the video below to see what I mean.

In the video, I also review the UCO Strike Anywhere Matches. These matches are great for lighting off of any rough surface, which makes them especially handy for use in the outdoors.

If you haven't yet, check out the UCO Matches that we offer. They are a very reliable firelighting source, and best of fall, they are unbelievably affordable!

Take care guys!

Take care!

Simon - Survival-Pax Team Member

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