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It's a great piece of kit, I've used mine a lot. And bought add-ons for various configurations. IMHO it burns as good (and clean) as a Toaks, is very stable and at least as easy to feed as an Emberlit. Yes, I own too many stoves. 🙄
It's kinda fun to tinker with it and test out what works best, but the setup I use most is: CORE 4 with three afterburners, TLUD plate and optional rocketport, depending on available fuel. For a large group I prefer CORE 5 with two fuel ports and three afterburners - you get a nice campfire with ~no smoke from handfulls of sticks or one "processed" log.
I hadn't heard of the Core line of stoves. I'll check them out and see if they would be willing to work with us. Thanks @YogaBear and @raptelan Good! 😊 They're only sold through their website I believe, so no Amazon reviews unfortunately. Some YouTube and independent reviews exist.
They started with a Kickstarter in 2014 (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/701534061/the-core-multi-function-wood-gas-backpacking-stove for the interested). I've used mine extensively since then, and love it. Some find it fiddly to assemble while others love the customization, YMMV. I give the maker high marks for customer service, design and knowledge.
Just FYI: I have nothing to do with the company, and have never received free stuff or discounts 😉
Thanks again @YogaBear . I'm already in talks with Chad at MSP. Hopefully for the Core 4 with accessories, but no promises. Sounds like they're a fairly small operation, which means it would be a great fit for Massdrop.
Thanks for putting us onto the Core 4 @YogaBear, @raptelan I'm now super excited to try one!
Glad to hear it! 😊 I agree with all your observations.
The Core 5 with two feed ports means that you can "crossfeed" long pieces, and that gives you a very low-maintenance fire. Great for cooking or a "campfire".
I agree that the Toaks is extremely well designed, setting it up is like a magic trick 😊 And it's definitely the best stove I've found for using wood pellets (top-down burn). My main annoyance is that it's tall and skinny, requiring a very flat and stable surface, especially for cooking.