Review of the Bushbuddy burner (+video)
In this article I review the Bushbuddy burner. No, it is not my friend, it is a burner, a wood-gasburner.
A bushbuddy is a wood-gasburner which is taking care of a clean and hot combustion when burning twigs.
Because it is double-walled it has a burning chamber in the center and a surrounding air chamber to pre-heat the air for secondary combustion. The air which is pre-heated is rising to ventilation holes and is injected in the fire. This provides a fire that is as clean as a candle and free of smoke. The exhaust gases that naturally emit from burnt wood is allowed to mix with preheated air. This mixture of gases is able to be burnt by the fire in addition to the wood in the fire chamber. The double-wall design also works as a “damper” to limit the amount of oxygen fed to the fire and allows for a more efficient burn that consumes fuel slowly.
I like it very much that the bushbuddy is handmade (which in many cases is absolutely better) and is very light (±6,4 oz./175 grams).
There is also a newer Bushbuddy ultra light (UL), as I do not have this one I can not tell how it is but the site says this one weights 5.2 oz/150gram.
There is no electricity in it so no chance of failure or nasty sounds and has a very good packsize.
The Bushbuddy burner is heat shielded meaning that the radiant heat from the firebox is shielded from the ground, preventing scorches still I wouldn’t recommend to use it on a not heat-resistant surface or lightly flammable surface. As with al burners, it is better to protect the area from starting to burn. The burner becomes hot when it is in use but can most of the times already be hold after one minute after the fire died.
The bushbuddy fits inside different pots like the Eta power 1L (which I have), the Snow Peak 900, Evernew ECA522 Pasta Pot M, Evernew ECA267 (lid will not close, must be set on top and placed in a stuff sack), Evernew ECA402, Evernew ECA265, MSR Titan Kettle (lid will not close), and other similar sized pots. This makes it very easy to take it along on trails. In fact, I always have it with me.
I have been using this burner for over the last 5 years now and never had a problem with it.
It does even burn in rainy weather with wet wood.
- Weight: 6.4 oz./175 grams. There is also a newer Bushbuddy ultra light (UL), as I do not have this one I can not tell how it is but the site says this one weights 5.2 oz/150gram.
- Dimensions: 4-1/4″ dia. x 3-3/4″ h. (nested)
- Construction: High quality US stainless steel.
- Boil Time: 8 – 15 minutes for 1 liter of water.
Besides the Bushbuddy burner, other stoves/burners on the market are; the Biolite stove and the Solostove
A very tiny downside of the bushbuddy (and other woodburners) is that people do not understand that they are quite the same as gas-burners and are safer as benzine-burners. This has led to some discussions on legal campsites. In most cases I was allowed to use the bushbuddy after explaining how it worked. In one case I had bad luck and wasn’t allowed to use it.
The video review about the bushbuddy burner below is made when I had the Bushbuddy for 2,5 years and will give you an impression of the usage of the Bushbuddy and the pro’s and con’s. It also shows you how long it took me to boil water with two different pots.