The Littlbug Blog
Keith Whitehead, Lead Bushcraft Instructor
How do you know if a piece of kit is good? It’s a question that is often asked and simply answered: it’s good if you find yourself using and carrying it in preference to the other options. This decision is often unconscious and comes about if the item in question has shown itself to be practical, resilient, simple and reliable over a significant period of time. The Littlbug Junior has proven itself to have all of these qualities and as a result, accompanies me pretty much everywhere.
The way in which we use this stove the most is in combination with a sealable alcohol burner and 12cm Zebra Billy Can. The stove and burner both fit into the can with room to spare for brew kit and fire lighting equipment and provide a versatile outfit which can be up and running in seconds.
Once burning, it is silent and virtually scent free which means that it fits well with the environments in which we work and is ideal for watching wildlife.
I also have the piece of mind that if I run out of fuel, it’s a simple matter of flipping over the pot stand to provide an economical wood burner which is stable and far superior to other stoves in this class.
In the field, I use this combination as a personal kit for cooking meals and boiling water when I’m out for a few days. On shorter walks, I can boil water for three or four people to have a drink during a break and find that it’s so quick and discreet that others often don’t even realize that it's up and running before they have a warm brew in their hands. If you combine these uses with the fact that it’s tough, light and small, you will understand why it never seems to leave my pack.
Twig stoves are all the rage these days. My final gear recommendation is the Littlbug. It is the granddaddy of twig stoves, both because it's been around for years and because it is the biggest.Last summer, I did an eight day Quetico trip, and I did not carry an axe, saw, or gas stove, just [...]
Disaster Preparedness Boiling water is acknowledged as the safest method for treating water. Refined fuel will be hard to get in an emergency but with a Littlbug wood burning stove you don't have to ration your fuel or your water. The Littlbug Senior Stove is the superior choice for disaster preparedness. SHOP NOW Use a Littlbug Stove to [...]
Camping with Friends Camping with friends is fun and a great way to build and strengthen friendships. Oftentimes, it’s the simple things that will be remembered, like huddling around your Littlbug Stove with friends to boil water for coffee while watching a magnificent sunrise through the cool morning mist. SHOP STOVES NOW Social Camping Links and Resources Reserve America Go [...]
Family Camping Camping is one of the few activities that allow families to really connect. One activity families often share together is cooking. The Littlbug Stove is a great addition to the campsite not only for cooking, but also for providing parents an opportunity to teach their kids about self-sufficiency and stewardship. SHOP NOW Family Camping Links and Resources Camping Blogger The Frisky Love [...]
Leave-No-Trace Camping Littlbug Stoves are a natural fit for campers trying to adhere to the Leave No Trace camping ethic. When used with the optional Fire Bowl, Littlbug Stoves help you minimize the impact made from campfires, they also make it easier to abide by the LNT principle of pack it in, pack it out. SHOP [...]
In an era where we go camping with enough food and gear to support a delegation for weeks, the idea of survival camping may sound scary at the least.However, modern camping is always about going out there with nominal items and trying to wing it. It is an exercise, a test for our outdoor skills and an opportunity to [...]
In this collection of posts I am presenting 20 considerations that are important when choosing your wood burning backpacking camp stove and showing how these considerations are dealt with in four different stove designs available on the market today. In this post I will discuss the complexity, Leave No Trace capability, available accessories, company values, [...]
In this collection of posts I am presenting 20 considerations that are important when choosing your wood burning backpacking camp stove and showing how these considerations are dealt with in four different stove designs available on the market today. In this post I will compare the pot supports, wind and cold weather performance and the [...]
In this collection of posts I am presenting 20 considerations that are important when choosing your wood burning backpacking camp stove and showing how these considerations are dealt with in four different stove designs available on the market today. In this post I will compare the weight, stability, boil time, size and accessibility of the [...]