Old 03-01-09, 07:12 PM
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I checked carefully and the Littlbug doesn't have a fire pan - so you are burning on the ground. Great! What wonderful wilderness ethics. Fire rings are one of the most ubiquitous impacts in the backcountry.

I repeat, the Littlbug may be great for New England, but it is highly inappropriate for the West - illegal in many places like most wilderness areas and Pacific Crest Trail. In theory they sound quite environmentally responsible, but in popular places, scrounging for wood for an entire season by many people will strip a location of duff and dead wood - essential for many insect species.

People from the East are utterly unaware how quickly a fire can grow in arid areas of the West. To give you an idea of the low humidity levels - in Nevada in the summer, you can take two slices of bread out to make a PB&J sandwich and by the time you have spread both PB and J on the slices the other side has the consistency of toast.

A wood-burning hobo stove in such an environment is irresponsible. It only takes one boo-boo.
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