Is Vargo's Hexagon Wood Stove Up To The Job?
Before long, we were able to close the stove's door and add our pot of water to the top. I wasn't feeling overly confident that such a small stove and such a small flame could heat water as quickly as the company claims (they suggest you can have boiling water in about 10 minutes). But I was wrong!!
Our water heated up quickly and within a few minutes it was warm enough to use as wash water and we did indeed reach a full boil within about 10 minutes. And this was with misty weather and on our very first attempt! I am convinced that any first time user would have a similar level of success - it was quick and easy and stress free.
Therefore, while I would hugely recommend it for ultralight expeditions and backwoods treks - or anyone who wants a backup system for their propane stoves - I don't think the Vargo Hexagon is practical for the traditional campground visitor. It would however be a good option for backpackers who occasionally mix camping into their plans and want to carry some basic gear without sacrificing space or weight in their pack. Priced at $60, it may seem expensive for such a tiny piece of equipment, but dedicated trekkers know that you get what you pay for when it comes to quality gear and this is definitely one piece that delivers on its promises of weight, size, and ease of use. It's an investment that would quickly pay off for anyone exploring the deep wilderness where every single ounce counts.
I'd love to hear from you - have you had any travel gear you were skeptical about? Were your suspicions confirmed or were you happily surprised?
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I requested a Vargo Hexagon Wood Stove for the purposes of doing a review and it was kindly provided to me at no cost. This did not influence my opinions and all writing remains my own.