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01-14-2010, 15:00
I'm seriously considering buying a Caldera Cone W/Inferno wood burning conversion for winter camping.

In places like some parts of Yosemite that forbid burning wood I'll use my MSR Dragonfly multifuel stove.

My reason for looking at the C.C. Inferno is its efficiency,light weight and only needing to carry tinder but no fuel. PLUS, the company will make it to fit my 1 L. JetBoil pot that I like for melting snow.

BrushBuddy v.s. C.C. Inferno:

Yeah, the BB is a bit more efficient than the Inferno in combustion of wood. But the C.C. design is much more efficient in the use of its heat. Thus I'd even venture to say the Inferno may be more efficient overall.

Comments pro or con?


01-14-2010, 15:03
You ever heard of the fire bucket? I like the one I made for my snowpeak 1400. Never had the bushbuddy though.

I remember you said you weren't an alcohol user. But I use this for wood burning and then have a small amount of alcohol (5oz) for backup if need be.

01-14-2010, 15:04

01-14-2010, 15:41
Try the Caldera Cone W/Inferno wood burning conversion.

01-14-2010, 18:09
Here is a clip of the CC Inferno in the snow :

http://hikinginfinland.blogspot.com/2009/12/video-trail-designs-ti-tri-inferno-in.html (http://hikinginfinland.blogspot.com/2009/12/video-trail-designs-ti-tri-inferno-in.html)

01-15-2010, 00:28
Thanks Franco,

I hadn't seen this newest Hendrik production on the C.C. Inferno. That on-snow demo not only confirms my decision but the cheeriness of the Inferno at night even adds charm to its overall usefulness.

I'd have to keep it away from my nylon tent and watch the wind but maybe a 1/2 cm. mesh hardware screen lid (after cooking chores) would keep sparks down) and still let the flames through. I may need to have a "handle" of screening for that lid to cover the CC's vertical slot as well.

01-15-2010, 01:09
Kelly Kettle can't melt snow, but its hell on wheels once you have some water, and you can use the water to melt more snow. Still working on a winter hobbo stove also, or something like the caldera cone maybe. Kelly Kettle still no good for drying socks, though after you have made tea or oatmeal or soup you have some great coals for building your small drying fire from. Maybe a cone or tube for over that fire that unrolls flat. Also, some sort of insulated platform for when you need to build your fire on snow. Branches over tinfoil maybe, but some welders cloth might be nice.

Lucy Lulu
01-15-2010, 07:59
I have the BB, but have not used the Caldera. It is a good little stove, and I've always been suprised at just how hot it burns, and how quickly it boils water. The only annoying thing is the messiness w/ the soot sometimes, but I guess that is to be expected. I also don't use it in very dry areas, ie. southern California, etc.