Is the Blaze™ Stove Right For Me?
There's nothing quite like the smug feeling of warming up your SoulPad with a Blaze™ stove, and cosying down with loved ones in a snuggly, centrally heated SoulPad. No damp bedding! No getting changed in a damp sleeping bag! No early end to a cold evening!
SoulPadders are advised to take the following FAQs into consideration before purchasing the Blaze™ stove. While some of this information will apply to other camping stoves, our expertise lies in the Blaze™ stove.
Is it safe? What about Carbon Monoxide?
As you'll know, carbon monoxide is a killer and it takes the lives of far too many campers each year. As a company we work hard to help raise awareness, we take it very seriously indeed and it pleases us that our customers do too. Here are some of the safety aspects designed into the Blaze™ stove and Blaze-flue configuration: -
1. The Blaze™ has a purposely small firebox, so can only stay lit if continually fed. It's impossible for the user to put enough wood in for over night use. In fact the most it is likely to stay lit for unattended is an hour or two. This reduces the likelihood of Carbon Monoxide build-up considerably.
2. The Blaze™ is a sealed unit. The door is sealed closed with a fire rope seal and the through flow of air is controlled by a vent on the front of the door. So no back draft of noxious gases when used as designed.
3. The Blaze™ is a wood-burning stove. No other material should be burned in there when using the Blaze for camping purposes. Most of us are aware that charcoal and coal omits a very high amount of noxious gases compared with seasoned wood. In fact most of the deaths associated with campers and carbon monoxide are as a result of the misuse of charcoal b-b-qs. Charcoal carries on omitting noxious gases long after it has cooled.
4. The SoulPads are made from breathable, cotton canvas. This should allow a greater flow of fresh air than a non-breathable material.
What about stray sparks?
5. The Blaze™ stove has a baffler fitted inside. This ensures the secondary combustion of fuel and prevents sparks from going up the flue pipe.
Isn't it safer just to have a campfire outside of the SoulPad?
Is the Blaze™ stove suitable for use around children?
7. That really depends on the child. Its not much fun policing a hot stove with little, little ones around. They can't see that it's hot, and after all sometimes it's not.
8. Children of all ages have a habit of leaning on the central pole and the a-frame at the entrance - this moves the canvas and can affect the stability of the flue kit. Further, with our Inferno-flue (side-exiting and so a far more exposed flue pipe) it can be difficult to keep children from touching the flue pipe (its shiny and they can see their face all distorted in it! Of course they want to get close!)
What if it gets windy?
9. A camping stove should not be used in windy conditions. Wind can affect the stability of the flue pipe when buffeting the canvas. It's a good idea to choose a sheltered spot when pitching and intending to use a stove. The campsite owner is the best person to consult when choosing your pitch, and always pitch your SoulPad with it's back to the prevailing wind.
Will the stove damage the groundsheet?
10. When lit, the Blaze™ stove does not heat up the ground beneath. SoulPadders with domestic wood burners will know the ground beneath a stove doesn't get particularly hot. The same is true of the Blaze™ stove, so it is not necessary to protect the groundsheet from heat damage. However, the user must consider a suitable surface upon which to place the stove to protect the groundsheet from the weight of the stove through its legs, and from stray embers (when opening the stove door).
We have found Chinese floor slate material to be the perfect solution and it can be sourced locally from most tile centres. Whichever material you settle on to place your stove upon, it must enable the legs to get a good purchase for stability. Highly polished ceramic tiles look lovely but are highly impractical. Rough cut slate really is the best.