Biomass stoves seem to be all the rage these days. Here at The GearCaster, we have used the BioLite CampStove, EcoZoom Dura, and Kelly Kettle, among others. Now Italian company Enki Stove hopes to make an impact on the market with their Wild biomass stove.
Like other biomass stoves, the Wild stove enables you to leave the fuel cans at home and instead make use of the organic material you find in nature. The camp stove is designed to run on most any kind of biomass and delivers a smoke-free fire to cook over.
The Wild stove employs a special geometric shape that supposedly improves pyrolysis or the thermal decomposition of biomass in the absence of oxygen. This process transforms the fuel into gas instead of burning it directly and you end up with a clean, stable, and smokeless flame.
The biomass stove is easy to use — you need just a few branches or other dry organic material, the small battery pack (or solar panel), and some fire starter. Insert the biomass into the combustion chamber, then light it using fire starter of some sort. Wait a few seconds, then press the power button on the SmartCable.
You can adjust the intensity of the flame through this SmartCable controller. Low gives you a gentle yet powerful fire, Mid delivers a stronger flame to boil water, and High enables you to grill or boil water quickly.
The stove comes in two sizes — Wild, meant for single or small party use, and the Wild+ for cooking for a group. The Wild camp stove weights 1.3 kg (2.8 lbs) and retails for €229. The Wild+ weighs 2.7 kg (5.9 lbs) and retails for €349. You can purchase both biomass stoves from the Enki Stove website.