Benefits of Using Different Fuel Sources

When we designed StealthFyre, one of the most important considerations for us was the ability to use various fuel sources. We wanted our stove to be as versatile as possible, and the many different features found within our panels reflect that consideration.

Not only did we want to burn wood in these stoves, but we also wanted them to work with any other kind of fuel you may have on hand.

Some of the many things we considered were:

  • The ability to place your fuel at the proper level for efficient cooking. The many horizontal slots found throughout our various panels are there to give you the right surface for your fuel whether you are using wood or solid fuel tablets.
  • The ability to fit pressurized fuel canisters and use StealthFyre as a windbreak. Our smallest stove is roughly 4 5/8” square by 9” tall, making it the perfect size to place your ultralight jet burner stove, solid fuel tablets, and liquid fuel burners inside of on windy days.
  • The ability to have access to the fuel control knob on your jet burner. Our tunnel openings on both the small and large stoves are also roughly 4/58” square, a size that we determined to be optimal for adjusting the flame on ultralight jet burners.
  • The ability to use large propane burners. Our larger stoves like the Origin have a cooking surface of 81” square, which is large enough to house large ground-based propane burners.

But what exactly are the benefits of each type of fuel, and how do you use them properly with your StealthFyre stove? We’ve compiled a list of the most common types of fuel available and explain the benefits you can expect from each, to help you decide how you’re going to use your StealthFyre Modular Survival Stove.

Wood and Organic Debris

Wood and debris are by far the most commonly found form of fuel in the outdoors and definitely the best choice for anyone that spends a lot of time cooking in the great outdoors. The biggest benefit of using a natural fuel source such as this is that it is most often freely available at or near the place you choose to camp. And for the purpose of cooking, you need very little of it. It can come in the form of twigs and branches, processed chunks of larger wood, leaves, and underbrush, or even cow dung if you’re so inclined.

This fuel can be easily gathered with very little effort, and it will provide more than enough heat to cook most anything you wish. Some tips though if you choose to rely on this type of fuel. Always use dry wood whenever you have the chance. Wet wood will smoke, snap, and throw burning embers across your camp as the water boils out. That is if you can even get it lit. If at all possible, make sure you remove the bark from larger branches and logs that you feed your fire. The bark is much softer than the inner wood and tends to act like a sponge. This makes it a very good natural fire protection for trees and drastically inhibits the wood’s ability to catch a flame, while at the same time increasing your likelihood of dealing with smoke.

Build It Properly

When built properly, natural wood fires can produce a long-lasting, very hot bed of coals. This is desirable for cooking all foods and especially meats and fresh vegetables. Keep your flame low in order to avoid scorching and burning your meal. A proper fire is always begun with a bit of tinder and kindling. Your tinder should be fine and dry, able to catch a spark readily. As your fire begins to burn, slowly add your kindling and let it catch. As your fire grows, it will begin to get hotter and be able to consume larger fuel. The large fuel will be where the bulk of your needed coals come from. Let this burn low until little to no flame remains, and you’re ready to cook!

You can use this fuel at the base of your StealthFyre stove with great efficiency. But if you need more heat, you can also install a few horizontal panels at roughly the middle of your StealthFyre stove in order to raise that coal bed up about 5” from the floor of the stove. Build your fire in the stove, or shovel your coals in when they are ready. This will enable StealthFyre to function much like a barbecue, which we’ll cover next.

Barbecue Briquettes and Charcoal

Barbecue briquettes and charcoal are great solid fuel sources with the high heat output and long burn time. Unfortunately, they are not as easy to come by in the outdoors, so you will most often wish to bring them with, use them on day trips, or camp out of your vehicle. In order to use them with StealthFyre, you would follow the instructions laid out previously for installing horizontal panels to raise the coal bed, and then follow the instructions for igniting your brand. We like to use natural lump charcoal briquettes, and our method utilizes a charcoal chimney. Once your briquettes are glowing, simply dump them into your stove and cook over them as you would a normal barbecue.

If you like using charcoal and briquettes, StealthFyre can easily aid you in making your own. By constructing a Dakota Fire Hole with your modular stove and placing it in a trench, you can make a nearly airtight fire pit that can be filled with chunks of wood, set ablaze, and then sealed overnight to let the fuel smolder. This low oxygen environment that you create will produce a good amount of useful charcoal for things like grilling meats or for feeding a potbelly tent stove to increase its heat output.

Solid Fuel Tablets

Solid fuel tablets are by far the lightest weight fuel sources you can find on the market. These fuel sources can burn anywhere from 10 minutes to nearly an hour depending on the brand and size you choose. They come in several sizes, and all of them can be broken up into smaller bits for smaller chores. They can be used as fire starters to build larger fires, or you can cook directly over them to save time and effort. This makes them great for ultralight camping or camping in areas with no available organic fuel, but especially great for emergencies and survival situations.

Not Ideal

They have a few drawbacks though. You are severely limited on what you can cook over these little miracles of survival technology, as they produce toxic smoke and vapors that make them unsuitable for grilling fresh foods. And while they may burn for a very long time, they will never burn with enough heat to be a viable source of cooking large meals of any kind. This means the best fit for these fuel sources is in an ultralight situation where you really only need to boil water for dehydrated foods or to make it potable. But it’s always a good policy to keep a few in your bag if you don’t know what to expect from your chosen campsite before you get there.

In order to use solid fuel tablets with your StealthFyre stove, start by installing a few panels horizontally in your fire tower in the second row of slots from the top, or roughly 2” below the top surface of the stove. This will be your fire pan. If you are using our small rocket stove configuration, one tablet should be sufficient for preparing any canned or dehydrated foodstuff you may wish to eat. When using our larger rocket stove configurations, 3 or more tablets are suggested for even heating with larger cookware.

Pressurized Fuel Canisters

Pressurized fuel canisters, also known as Isopro, are a great source of consistent, controllable heat. There’s a lot of different types of jet burners made to attach to these canisters. We kept them all in mind when designing StealthFyre. These fuel sources create intense heat much as you find on home-based propane and natural gas burning stove-tops, with the ability to adjust the size of the flame.

They work exceptionally well in outdoor situations. They generally provide one to three days worth of cooking heat before they’re empty. There are two big frustrations you’ll face when using these burners. The first is the top-heavy nature of the little towers they create. And second is the loss of heat from under your pot on windy days. In each of these cases, StealthFyre comes to the rescue. It creates a sturdy cooking surface for large pots to rest on and a great windbreak as well.

BE CAREFUL!

This pairing of stove and fuel does not come without warning, though. You should know that jet burners quickly create intense heat. You must take some precautions when using your StealthFyre stove in this manner. Firstly, this configuration DOES NOT work with burners that have piezoelectric ignition switches or other plastic features attached. Do not try it. You WILL ruin your jet burner in short fashion.

Use ONLY ultralight jet burners with ALL METAL construction. And when doing so, never turn the flame higher than you need. The heat produced can and will make it’s way down towards the bottom of the stove. This can be hazardous to the pressurized fuel canister at the base. Lastly, if you wish to adjust the flame control knob or turn it off after it has been burning for a time, do so with a multi-tool or make sure you have sufficient hand protection.

Liquid Fuels

Tiny liquid burners such as the Trangia Spirit Alcohol Stove, or the homemade versions from soda cans are great. And they can be refilled and used over and over again. These fuel sources produce much the same intensity of heat as solid fuel tablets. They’re generally 3-4” in diameter and most do not stand much higher than 3”. These burners are not really much good for large meals and grilling fresh foods. They aren’t too bad for heating canned food and boiling water, though.

They can still be a great addition to your cook kit when using our small stoves like the Bush Runner or Deuce. The ability to pack a small, lightweight burner is a perfect match for your StealthFyre. You can use these fuel sources with StealthFyre quite easily. Simply  install a square panel in the same slots you would if you were using briquettes. This will bring the flame up close to your pot in order to minimize the heat loss. The surrounding stove acts as a windbreak to keep your heat where you need it.

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Favorite Camp Meals from the StealthFyre Crew

We love cooking camp meals over an open flame! And owning a StealthFyre modular camp stove has only made that love grow deeper. As we’ve tested out this amazing stove over the years, we’ve tried out several different camp meals in several different configurations. We’ve made delicious breakfast camp meals on a cast iron griddle, grilled steak, burgers, and kabobs, and even cooked ourselves up several stews, soups, and chilies. And through it all, we ended up developing some pretty special recipes for the foods we love most!

We’ve been asked on several occasions what foods we enjoy cooking the most on our StealthFyre stove, so we decided it was time for us to share some of our favorite secret family recipes. We thought long and hard on this subject too, because there are so many delicious camp meals we enjoy cooking that I fear we may write a full-fledged cookbook if we aren’t careful!

Instead, we’ve decided to keep this simple and share three tasty camp meals with a spicy Southern twist to give you a full day of delicious cooking on your outdoor adventure. So, if you’ve been wondering what kind of mouth-watering mounds of magnificent morsels you can prepare for yourself over your own StealthFyre stove, then read on!

Get your embers glowing good and early in the morning and make sure you have a large skillet handy because we’re starting the day with a hearty and flavorful dish I like to call

The Bomb Diggity Cajun Breakfast Skillet.

We love this particular camp meal breakfast dish because it’s, well because it’s bomb diggity, yo! We also love it because it’s just so easy to make. And it’s hearty breakfast to fuel up your body before that brisk morning hike to explore your surroundings, or hit up that trout lake just up the mountain from base camp. What’s more, it’s easy to modify to your liking by switching out the sausage or bacon for ham, or adding bell peppers or mushrooms! If you can’t keep fresh foods cool, try using prepared dehydrated veggies and cooked meats. Just modify the cooking methods accordingly! Here’s what you need:

  • 3 Mild Italian Sausage Links
  • 1 c Water
  • 4 Slices of Bacon
  • 1 Small Onion
  • 1 tbs Minced Garlic
  • 2 c Potatoes O’Brien(use prepackaged frozen potatoes or prepare your own)
  • 4 Large Eggs(fresh or prepared powdered equivalent)
  • Coarse Ground Black Pepper – to taste
  • Cajun Seasoning – to taste
  • 1 c Shredded Cheddar

Add sausages and the water to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Bring to boiling, cover, reduce heat to simmer for about 10 minutes. Julienne the bacon slices and onion. When sausages are done, remove from skillet and set aside. Drain remaining water from skillet, return to heat and add the bacon. Cook until almost crisp, then add onion and garlic. When the onions begin to sweat, add the potatoes O’Brien.

While potatoes brown, slice the sausages thinly and add them back to the pan. Season with pepper and Cajun seasoning and cook until potatoes are browned to your liking. When potatoes are well browned, push everything to one side of the pan and add the eggs. Scramble and stir into the skillet. Once well blended, top with cheese, remove from the heat, cover and let sit until cheese is melted. Feeds one, possibly more if the cook is feeling generous.

Street Tacos

So you’ve made it to that trout lake and back in time to prepare lunch. If you played your cards right, you’ve prepared the bulk of your lunch ahead of time so you won’t need to do too much in order to enjoy another one of our delicious camp meals. Get that fire stoked and pull out the grill because we’re making Carne Asada street tacos! You need to let that meat soak in its marinade for a good long time though, so it’s best to prepare this meal the night before. What makes this recipe unique is that we use flat iron steaks instead of the traditional flank or skirt steaks. This makes for a melt-in-your-mouth tender piece of meat! In order to cook this meal at camp, here’s what you need:

  • 1 lb. Flat Iron Steak
  • 1/3 Cup White Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Limes, Juiced
  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil

1 tsp each of:

  • Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Ground White Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Chili Powder
  • Dried Oregano
  • Ground Cumin
  • Paprika

Lay your steak out on a cutting board and pound it thin with a meat tenderizer, or just poke it full of holes with a fork. In a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegar, soy sauce, 4 cloves of garlic, juice of two limes, and olive oil. Season with salt, black pepper, white pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, oregano, cumin, and paprika. Whisk until well blended. Pour the marinade into a large zip-lock freezer bag, place the steak inside, and seal the bag with as little air inside as possible. Place the bag in the refrigerator overnight. Remove the steak from the marinade and place it into another bag for transport to camp.

Back at camp, lay your grill over your StealthFyre stove once those coals are nice and hot, and the fire has burned down. Let the grill get hot, and start grilling! If you’ve got hot coals, you’re going to want to flip this steak a few times so you don’t char it too badly. But don’t worry about a little blackening, that’s where the flavor is! We usually give the steak about 3-4 minutes between each flip, and we flip our steaks a total of 3 times. A good measure of when the steak is ready to turn is when it lets go of the grill.

Pico De Gallo

Once your Carne Asada is cooked to your liking, pull it from the fire and let it rest for about 10 minutes. This is a good time to prep your Pico! Again, if you’ve done a bit of your prep work the night before, this process will go much quicker. But in my honest opinion, Pico De Gallo is the best when it’s fresh, so I like to bring fresh vegetables and prepare this garnish at camp. This is what you need in order to make fresh Pico:

  • 2 Roma Tomatoes, Diced
  • 2 Jalapenos, Minced
  • 1 Small Onion, Diced
  • 1 tbs Minced Garlic
  • 3 tbs Cilantro
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbs Lime Juice
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Pepper

I always find it easiest to prepare all but the fresh onion, tomato, and jalapeno the night before and place it in a small, tightly sealed container if I’m making this delicious garnish at camp. If you’ve done this, preparing the rest is a relatively quick task. Get those veggies prepared, and then dump the liquid portion over them and mix them well. Set them aside to rest until you’ve got everything else ready. Go back to the meat and chop it into tiny little bits of juicy, smoky goodness.

Place your Asada in a bowl next to your Pico and toss a few tortillas on that StealthFyre. Don’t be afraid of a little blackness on those shells, though. Again, that’s where the flavor is. Once you’ve got yourself a small pile of tortillas nice and warm, you’re ready to eat! Better find yourself a nice shade tree to relax after this treat, because you’re gonna want a siesta!

And hopefully, you don’t sleep the rest of the day away, because you’ve got some Renegade Chili con Carne to enjoy as the sun goes down. This delicious Chili is our family’s favorite and one that we’ve been perfecting for nearly two decades! What really sets this bowl of beans apart from the rest is the sweet and smoky flavor imparted by a small helping of barbecue sauce. You read that right. Barbecue sauce.

Renegade Chili con Carne

This has been our family’s closely guarded chili fixin’ secret, until now. This is another one of our camp meals that can easily be prepped ahead of time in order to make the meal easier to prepare in the bush, but it’s not too hard to do regardless. The only thing you really need to worry about is keeping the meat fresh until dinner time. Again, we use flat iron because it’s such a delicious and tender cut. But you can use what you like. Here’s what you need in order to prepare our favorite Renegade Chili con Carne:

  • 2 lb Flat Iron Steak, Cubed
  • 1 Large Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Large Green Pepper, Chopped
  • 3 Jalapenos, Diced
  • 1 1/2 tbs Minced Garlic
  • 15.5 oz Can of Kidney Beans – Drained
  • 15 oz Can of Tomato Sauce
  • 14.5 oz Can of Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 tbs Fresh Cilantro, Minced

These items are best to mix together ahead of time in a small container!

  • ¼ c Chili Powder
  • ½ tsp Paprika
  • 1 ½ tsp Cumin
  • 1 ½ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne
  • 1 ¼ tsp Oregano
  • ¼ tsp Pepper
  • 1 tbs Lime Juice
  • 1 tbs Olive Oil
  • 1/3 c Jack Daniels Master Blend BBQ Sauce(Or your favorite brand)

We like to build a small tripod out of local wood when available, and hang our pot over the fire so we have better control over the heat when cooking this dish. If you wish to cook your chili in this manner, make sure you have a good sturdy pot with a bail handle, and make sure it’s a big one. A Dutch oven works great!

Brown the cubes of steak in your pot with 1 tbs of olive oil. Add onions, peppers, and garlic. Cook them until the onions are translucent. Open and add all canned goods to the pot. Don’t forget to drain and rinse your beans. Add spices and lime juice, stir well and cook for about an hour, stirring frequently while keeping the coals hot but the fire low. Add BBQ sauce and cook for about 30 more minutes. Serve topped with leftover Pico De Gallo, sour cream, cheese, or whatever other garnishes suit your fancy. Fresh picked wild onions are perfect if you can find them near the camp.

Now you’re ready to kick back, relax next to your fire and enjoy this delicious dinner as much as you enjoy that gorgeous sunset! While this is only a small sample of the amazing camp meals you can prepare over your StealthFyre, an entirely new realm of cooking adventures awaits you on your next trip into the great outdoors with the world’s only modular camp stove system! Get out today and see what you can do over your StealthFyre stove!

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When you purchase your new StealthFyre Modular Survival Stove, you’ll be doing more than getting a great deal on one of the coolest new outdoor products this side of the 21st century. You’ll be doing even more than supporting a small American business. You’ll be helping to bring a revolutionary new era in outdoors adventures to the entire world.

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Outdoor Cookware Essentials

Cooking with StealthFyre can be incredibly fun and easy, especially when you bring the right outdoor cookware. Thanks to the many configurations you can assemble with our modular stove system, you can easily adapt your stove to suit the outdoor cooking products you wish to use. Whether you’re using a simple Billycan or a folding camp oven, you can be sure that StealthFyre will supply the heat you need to prepare delicious meals anytime and anywhere.

Small Stoves

The Deuce
The Deuce supporting a coffee percolator and a cook pot.

Our Bush Runner And Deuce stoves are the perfect match for the solo camper’s outdoor cookware with a cooking surface of more than 20 square inches. This opening is able to support most small outdoor cooking products like the Billycan or Boy Scout and Military style mess kits. You can even find small Bushcraft grills that fit perfectly over the surface. They’ll allow you to cook a single burger, a small steak, and grill fresh vegetables over an open flame.

Big Stoves

The Origin
Preparing an authentic stir fry over an open fire on a large rocket stove constructed with the StealthFyre Origin.

If you’re looking to work with larger pots, pans, and grills, stove configurations like the ones found in our Origin kits will fit the bill nicely. In its flagship configuration, The StealthFyre Origin provides a cooking surface of 81 square inches. This is large enough to provide heat and support for a large Wok. There’s nothing more fun than cooking an authentic stir fry dinner over an open flame!

If you’re feeling adventurous, the Wok can even be filled with oil to create a deep fat fryer. This will make some tasty fried camp snacks. StealthFyre can also be used with cookware like the folding camp grills found in most stores that sell outdoor cooking products. You can also fit a cast-iron griddle on top of this stove for preparing breakfast, and grilled sandwiches.

REALLY BIG STOVES

The StealthFyre Guerrilla Master
The StealthFyre Guerrilla Master with a frying pan on the chimney. It also contains a warming tray on the side and a folding oven on the belly of the stove.

When it comes to the heavy-duty cooking tasks like cooking for a family or baking, our StealthFyre Guerrilla Master stove shines above all others. This massive modular stove kit can be used out of the box to provide TWO potbelly stoves with 9-inch tall chimney’s.

Each provides a cooking surface large enough to use a cast iron griddle while at the same time providing the small chimney as a second surface for cook pots. You can even use a folding camp oven on this stove.

That will give you the ability to bake bread, muffins, cakes, and even pizzas and casseroles. You’re sure to have enough space to cook large meals for small armies with StealthFyre!

Really Great Food

No matter what you like to cook in the great outdoors, StealthFyre can and will meet your expectations. Making sure you pair your stove with some great outdoor cookware is key. Pancakes and eggs and grilled ham and cheese sandwiches. Burgers and fries, stews, soups, or even grilled meats and veggies. Everything’s on the menu when you’re packing StealthFyre.

Are You Ready To Join The Revolution?

All of our stoves are made in the United States on a small scale, and that means the utmost quality. Each kit is made of durable 304 Stainless Steel sheet. Cut, not punched. StealthFyre is not a mass produced product by a massive corporation. It’s the innovative ambitions of an American family wanting to make this wonderful new idea available to the world.

When you purchase your new StealthFyre Modular Survival Stove, you’ll be doing more than getting a great deal on one of the coolest new outdoor products this side of the 21st century. You’ll be doing even more than supporting a small American business. You’ll be helping to bring a revolutionary new era in outdoors adventures to the entire world.

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Cooking Fire Safety: Using StealthFyre In The Back Country

Cooking Fire Safety in the Back Country 

StealthFyre may be a revolutionary idea in survival stove technology, but some things will never change. Like the safe use of fire, for instance. Regardless of how you’re using your fire, you still need to take certain precautions in cooking fire safety. Thanks to the concept of the Dakota Fire Hole, which our stove system is based upon, StealthFyre may well be one of the safest ways to burn wood and organic material in the wilderness. But there are still many things you must consider when deploying your stove.

We may find every opportunity to encourage you to deploy your StealthFyre as a Dakota Fire Hole because we are passionate about its versatility and efficiency in such a configuration. That, and we just love using the Dakota Fire Hole everywhere we can. So, it’s only natural that we find another opportunity to bring it up in the context of cooking fire safety.

That’s because this unique fire lay keeps your flame below ground and away from flammable surroundings when built right. The nature of its design means that it can effectively use the fuel you feed it to create a nearly smoke-free fire that produces very few sparks. Fewer sparks mean fewer chances of wildfire. And once you’re done using your fire, you can simply fill in the holes and bury the ash and embers, killing the fire and leaving no trace behind.

But you still need to practice safe use of fire and never take anything for granted. Here’s a step by step method of using your StealthFyre survival stove to safely deploy a Dakota Fire Hole and get the full enjoyment out of it without burning your world to the ground.

Establishing The Location of Your Fire Hole

The first and most important part of building a safe fire in the back country is to establish a good location. Some things to consider are the presence of wind and it’s direction, surrounding foliage and underbrush, and soil conditions. You will always want to locate your fire in an area protected as much from prevailing winds as possible. This will make it much easier to start and maintain a fire, but it will also cut down on the distance traveled by any created sparks.

You do not want to build your fire near anything that can easily catch fire or be damaged by fire. That means if you have low-lying underbrush very close to your chosen site, you should try to find a better location if at all possible. Generally speaking, you should try to stay about fifteen feet away from anything that can be flammable.

But because most often it is the underbrush and dense trees that provide the wind protection you need, that also means that any sparks you produce will be traveling away from your windbreak, making the downwind burnable material more important to be concerned about than those upwind.

Look For Good Soil Conditions

Soil conditions are also very important to consider when thinking about cooking fire safety. When choosing your spot to dig, try to make sure you are as far away from tree roots as possible. Not only do they make it difficult to dig a hole, but they may be able to catch fire and smolder long after you’re gone. Sometimes though, it is not possible to find a place to dig without running into tree roots. StealthFyre is an ideal way to eliminate the dangerous possibility of a root fire when it is deployed properly.

You will also have to consider some soil conditions can themselves be very flammable. Choose your location wisely. Once you have chosen your fire location, make sure that you dig your trench a bit larger than your stove, so that it sits well in the middle of the hole with two or three inches of space on all sides. This will keep the root-ends away from the flames that could ignite them, separated by a barrier of steel and soil.

Digging Your Hole

Assemble your stove in the configuration you intend to use and place it where you will be deploying it. Then, using a stick or your shovel, trace an outline in the topsoil around the stove to establish the location of the hole. If you have a lot of dense grass in the location you are deploying your stove, you will want to cut this out as a much larger shape than your stove and save as a sod plug before digging. Leave at least six inches of bare soil between your stove and the organic material surrounding your hole. 

Cooking Fire Safety
Digging a trench in preparation for StealthFyre deployment.

The next step will be to dig your hole. Dig it to a depth of approximately eight inches so that you may leave a small portion of the stove protruding above the surface once it’s deployed. This will serve as a solid cooking surface for any cooking utensils you may be using.

Remove any roots and cut them to the very edge of the hole. If there are rocks at the depth of the floor that creates an uneven surface, remove them and fill in the created holes with soil. Tamp down the floor of your hole with a rock, a log, or your feet to create as level a surface as possible for your StealthFyre stove to rest on.

Deploying Your Stove

Building a Dakota Fire Hole with StealthFyre
Deploying StealthFyre in the trench.

Now you’re ready to deploy your StealthFyre stove as a true Dakota Fire Hole. Gently lift it up and place it in your pit. Center it and make sure you leave an even amount of space all the way around it. If you have anything under it that causes it to sit unevenly, wobble, or come apart, remove it and make sure the floor is level.

A Dakota Fire Hole built with StealthFyre
The Dakota Fire Hole configuration after being buried.

Now begin filling in the pit around the air intake tunnel to hold the stove in place, and then fill in the spaces around each tower. Line the inner walls of longer stoves with stones when working in loose or sandy soil. This keeps the walls from caving in.

Starting Your Fire

By now, you should have a nice little Dakota Fire Hole with enough buffer zone around its edges to prevent any fire from creeping out of its boundaries and getting out of control. There are two ways to have and maintain the fire in this type of pit. The Bottom-Up fire, and the Top-Down fire. 

Bottom-Up Fire

A Dakota Fire Hole
A bottom-up style fire in a StealthFyre Dakota Fire Hole.

Make sure you have all the firewood collected that you will need. Then begin your fire by making a small tinder bundle and igniting it by any method you choose. Drop this flaming bundle into the fire hole and immediately begin feeding it kindling. This is the best method for maintaining a small flame that can be concealable while at the same time being controllable. In order to keep your flame small, you shouldn’t overfeed this type of fire. You will find that with very little effort you will have created a hot burning fire. And the more you feed it, the larger and more visible your fire will be. 

Top-Down Fire

The Dakota Fire Hole
A top-down style fire, also known as a Swedish Fire log style fire. Built inside of a Dakota Fire Hole.

In order to begin building this type of fire, start by packing your firewood into the fire hole. Then place your flaming tinder bundle on top of the firewood. Filling your fire hole with sticks standing on end creates a Swedish Fire Log style fire. This is an effective way of creating a thick, hot bed of coals for grilling meats. But will also create a tall flame for several minutes.

This method can produce uncontrollable results in some situations, but with a Dakota Fire Hole, you will be able to control it by restricting airflow through the air intake tunnel. In this way, you will be able to slow down the burn somewhat, but you will find that the flame is still much harder to control than with the previous method. The top-down fire is a great way to get a prolonged burn with sustained heat out of your stove, but it comes at the cost of a large, noticeable flame.

Maintaining A Safe Fire 

Your coals will indeed remain below ground in this fashion. But there’s a few things you need to be concerned about when it comes to cooking fire safety. Chief among these is making sure that you ALWAYS use DRY firewood. Wet wood not only produces a lot of smoke that actually contains a large percentage of steam. The moisture boiling out from burning wood is the actual culprit in the snapping and crackling of fire.

It also sends burning embers into the sky and large chunks of coals across your campsite. Never use wet wood or living material in your fire if you want to avoid these scenarios. If your fire should get too large, you can possibly smother it by placing something inflammable over the fire. But it’s always a good thing to keep water and a shovel nearby.

Properly Putting Out Your Fire

StealthFyre Modular Survival Stove system
A double barrel Dakota Fire Hole recently pulled from the sand after cooking Chicken Fajitas on the Gallatin River.

Water is always the best option for safely putting out your flame. But it can sometimes be too valuable to waste unless it’s an emergency. When using your StealthFyre stove as a Dakota Fire Hole, you may want to pull it up and move on before the fire dies out. You can easily pull the stove up out of the soil with a couple of strong sticks.

When you pull your stove up, the soil will fall in to cover your coals and smother the fire. You can then set the stove to the side and finish off the task of burying the fire. Do this by filling in the hole you dug with the soil you put to the side. Tamp this soil back into the hole with your feet to pack the ground. If you have a sod plug to replace, do so and tamp it into the ground as well.

Congratulations! Cooking fire safety is critical to a successful meal in the great outdoors. You have just safely deployed your StealthFyre stove, cooked a great meal, and left no trace of your passing!

Are You Ready To Join The Revolution?

All of our stoves are made in the United States on a small scale, and that means the utmost quality. Each kit is made of durable 304 Stainless Steel sheet. Cut, not punched. StealthFyre is not a mass produced product by a massive corporation. It’s the innovative ambitions of an American family wanting to make this wonderful new idea available to the world.

When you purchase your new StealthFyre Modular Survival Stove, you’ll be doing more than getting a great deal on one of the coolest new outdoor products this side of the 21st century. You’ll be doing even more than supporting a small American business. You’ll be helping to bring a revolutionary new era in outdoors adventures to the entire world.

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Configuring Your StealthFyre Advanced Survival Stoves For Any Adventure

Configuring Your StealthFyre Stove

 

There’s a lot of different ways to enjoy the outdoors. And there’s a lot of ways to harness and use fire, too. Whether you’re into simple day hikes or preparing for the apocalypse, there’s a lot of advanced survival stoves available for your particular need. But none of them are going to be suitable for every situation you face. Small pocket stoves can’t supply the heat and space needed for large duties. And you aren’t going to lug around a giant barbecue just to boil a small pot of water.

You’ll need to have several types of fire harnessing tools if you partake in all of your outdoor options. And you may be the type of person that has already spent several hundreds of dollars on stoves. And now you have a shelf full of stoves that you rarely use. If you need all the storage space you can get, you’ve probably struggled with the decision to give up certain gear. After all, you have to make room for other stuff and consolidate your space. Through this heart-wrenching process, you’ve probably wished there was a better way.

There Is.

StealthFyre introduces a revolutionary new way to make use of your fire. With a unique style of tabs and slots, we’ve radically changed the way you think of your advanced survival stoves. Unlike any other of the advanced survival stoves on the market today, StealthFyre is a truly modular design. This means that StealthFyre survival stoves are literally building blocks for fire. Think about that for a minute.

Our modular system allows you to build any style of stove with one kit that can be expanded at will. You can build a simple fire ring or windbreak, a small rocket stove, or a barbecue. You can also build a Dakota Fire Hole, a meat smoker, a potbelly stove, and even a rocket mass heater. And each of these can be as big or as small as you need.

That’s a lot of options for one small device that takes up about as much space as a book. And with that many different choices, you may be wondering how to make the best use of it. For instance, how would I configure my StealthFyre stove for ultralight camping and backpacking? Or what if I wanted to use my StealthFyre stove for long-term cooking at base camp? What if I need to configure my stove to keep a low profile while I’m stealth camping? How do I use StealthFyre in a survival situation?

These are all great questions. Let’s answer them.

Backpacking Configurations

Backpacking is the perfect way to experience the great outdoors. But because you’re carrying everything you need on your back, weight becomes a big issue. There’s a lot of adventures to be had in the wilderness. Things like day hikes to hard to reach waterfalls, or extended camping in the backcountry with friends. You’ll want to consider the weight of everything you carry on your back for times like these. With StealthFyre, you can access a tiny rocket stove that works with several fuel types and weighs around a pound.

This stove can be constructed with several of our kits. If you are in a small group of backpackers headed to the wilderness, you can easily split the weight of any configuration. Then when you get to your destination, combine each collection to build a larger stove for group cooking. This cuts down on individual pack weight and makes life more enjoyable for everyone. 

There are three ultralight options that StealthFyre can provide for cooking during day hikes, and each of these has a few variations that can also be made. The first, a single-tier rocket stove is our lightest configuration and works with any fuel you have on hand. It weighs about a pound and works great for boiling water and cooking single-serving meals.

The second is a two-tier stove that weighs about 2 pounds. The panels can be fairly divided between a hiker and their companion(s) and will construct a small stove that provides two cooking surfaces.

The third is a tiny Dakota Fire Hole, which is great for the solo hiker and can be used above ground or buried in a small trench. This stove configuration will also provide two cooking surfaces when constructed above ground without the connecting tunnel.

Long-term Base Camp Cooking

Perhaps you’ve set up your base camp for a hunting or fishing expedition. Or you’re spending several days in the woods scouting out new exploration opportunities. You’ll inevitably find yourself in need of several types of cooking surfaces. You’re not going to want to live on dehydrated foods alone, after all. Small pocket stoves simply aren’t suitable for cooking a wide variety of food, so you’re going to need something a bit larger and more versatile.

StealthFyre has several types of pit style stoves that work great for long-term cooking needs. These configurations are all based on the Dakota Fire Hole, and they work the best when buried in a trench. Depending on the size of the pit you construct, you will be able to prepare several types of food. When built properly, a Dakota Fire Hole can do just about anything you demand of it.

Many Ways To Cook

Build a tripod out of sticks to hang a stew pot and you have a quick easy method of making a delicious meal nearly anywhere. Toss a grill over the fire pit and you have a great way of grilling meats and vegetables. Or build a long-pit and fit a cast iron griddle over top to make pancakes, eggs and bacon for breakfast, or grill up some yummy ham and swiss sandwiches for lunch!

If you’ve brought enough StealthFyre panels with you, you can quickly and easily build a potbelly stove that attaches to the top of your Dakota Fire Hole. This will give you two cooking surfaces, one of which can be big enough to support large pans or more than one small pot. With enough panels, you can build a chimney to use this stove inside of a hot tent or primitive shelter.

When you’re ready to pack up and head home, this configuration can be easily lifted out of the ground and buried, leaving no trace that there was ever a fire in that location. This leave no trace aspect of our advanced survival stoves makes them uniquely suitable to situations in which you may not otherwise be able to have a fire at all.

Stealth Camping

There are many reasons to stealth camp, of which we don’t need to go into. If you are aware of what it is, you most likely understand its importance. To stealth campers, the single most reliable method of building a concealable fire is the Dakota Fire Hole. But because it relies on ideal soil conditions to build successfully, most stealth campers opt for carrying bulky liquid fuel canisters and their ultralight burners instead of saving weight and making use of their surroundings.

We made StealthFyre with this in mind if nothing else. Designed to be used in any soil condition and allow you to build a Dakota Fire Hole anywhere, this configuration is again the suggested method of using your StealthFyre for any type of stealth camping you find yourself doing. All of our stove kits will allow you to build this amazing fire pit in nearly any size you need.

The Dakota Fire Hole configuration will give you everything you need for stealth camping. It produces an intense heat focused at the cooking surface. The Dakota Fire Hole makes a fire that produces little light when kept below ground. It gives you a nearly smoke-free fire that doesn’t give off your location. It’s a design that can be quickly packed up and leave no visible evidence that you were there. And it gives you an efficient burn that means less time spent gathering firewood and less fuel used.

Using StealthFyre For Survival

It’s been said that “The more you know, the less you need”. It’s true, but you can still have a bad experience in a survival situation. What if you found out you need something you don’t have and can’t easily make? This is perhaps the best example of why multi-tools have become so popular. Having one compact unit that can perform several tasks is an incredible advantage to have.

Whether it’s a Swiss Army knife or a Leatherman, these items have long been a staple in any smart survivalist’s arsenal of gear. StealthFyre has now been added to that list with the incredible amount of versatility this design offers. As a fire harnessing device, StealthFyre is the only stove on the market that will offer you a plethora of different styles of advanced survival stoves.

But there’s more to it than just harnessing fire. Because of the nature of our panel design, you are also able to build several sizes and shapes of containers for moving and storing things. And you can use these shapes without a bottom to create molds for making bricks out of clay, adobe, and snow. 

A Truly Advanced Survival Stove

This opens up a wide array of capabilities for the would-be survivalist facing off against the apocalypse or just left alone in the wilderness. By building containers out of your StealthFyre kits you will be able to store necessary items, make a washbasin, move dirt while building your survival shelter, and even make a drinking vessel using a small watertight bag.

By leaving the bottom out of these same containers, you will then have the perfect size mold to make bricks from several available materials, and in several shapes and sizes. These bricks can then be used for building a more permanent fire pit, for making a kiln or a brick oven, for establishing more permanent shelter, or even constructing a forge to unlock the next level in your survival experience.

Whether you’re a day hiker or the last among us after the apocalypse, StealthFyre has what you need to stay alive in your fight against the elements. That’s because it has dozens of different stove designs you can build, all without owning several dozen advanced survival stoves. And with the ability to use the panels for tasks other than harnessing fire, it’s hard to deny that StealthFyre is going to be the stove you want for whatever comes your way.

Are You Ready To Join The Revolution?

All of our stoves are made in the United States on a small scale, and that means the utmost quality. Each kit is made of durable 304 Stainless Steel sheet. Cut, not punched. StealthFyre is not a mass produced product by a massive corporation. It’s the innovative ambitions of an American family wanting to make this wonderful new idea available to the world.

When you purchase your new StealthFyre Modular Survival Stove, you’ll be doing more than getting a great deal on one of the coolest new outdoor products this side of the 21st century. You’ll be doing even more than supporting a small American business. You’ll be helping to bring a revolutionary new era in outdoors adventures to the entire world.

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What Fuel Should I Use for my StealthFyre Multi Fuel Stove?

A Multi Fuel Stove For Multiple Options in The Wilderness

When designing the StealthFyre stove system, there were several aspects we considered. Chief among them was the ability to function using the concept of multi fuel. Being that the original design was based on the Dakota Fire Hole, the best(and freely available) fuel is definitely wood and organic debris like twigs and leaves.

We chose our panel dimensions to support a wide variety of ultralight liquid fuel burners and their tanks. The horizontal slots in each panel were added to accommodate the inclusion of our add-on grill accessories that allow for the positioning of your flame to suit other fuel sources. These two considerations combined with the concept of the Dakota Fire Hole make for the single most versatile survival stove on the market today. 

Wood And Organic Debris

BUSH RUNNER BASED MULTI FUEL STOVES

Multi fuel Camp Stove
Deuce Potbelly Stove

Small sticks, twigs and other organic debris work best for these configurations, making the Bush Runner and Deuce kits ideal for the adventurer that doesn’t carry large cutting and chopping tools. These kits can make between 2 and 4 small rocket stoves that can be used simultaneously. The small rocket stove configurations are all fed through a small entry on one side of the stove. The horizontal slots provide a staged combustion process which helps cut down on the smoke produced and increase the heat output.

If you want a long lasting burn, deploy your StealthFyre multi fuel stove as a Dakota Fire Hole. Then you can pack it densely with upright standing sticks and have a Swedish Fire Log style fire. You can then pile your tinder on top and light it. Your fire will burn down instead of up, which will moderately conserve your fuel and prolong the burn.

ORIGIN BASED MULTI FUEL STOVES

Pit Style Camp Stove
Dakota Fire Hole style fire

Our Origin based stoves are much larger than the smaller Bush Runner designs, with the flagship design offering at least 81sq inches of space to build your fire. This allows for the use of much larger pieces of wood. While the tunnel opening provided by the Origin tunnel wall panels will accommodate small branches up to 4 inches in diameter, deploying your Origin stove as a Dakota Fire Hole will allow for even larger chunks of wood. And depending on the length you build your pit, these sticks and branches can be up to 18 inches long.

Barbecue Briquettes

BUSH RUNNER BASED MULTI FUEL STOVES

Multi fuel Camp Stove
Barbecuing with the Bush Runner

The easiest method to use briquettes is to deploy your multi fuel stove as a Dakota Fire Hole. Build a small fire in the bottom and gradually feed the briquettes into the pit until they begin to burn. Then pack the pit full. This will function very much like a charcoal chimney. Alternatively, you can simply use a charcoal chimney to start your briquettes. And then dump them into the pit once they are all glowing.

ORIGIN BASED MULTI FUEL STOVES

Being that the Origin based configurations are so much larger than our Bush Runner based designs, a different method must apply for using briquettes. When using the Origin panels in above ground assemblies, you can easily use two or more rectangular panels with unbent dovetail tabs to create a raised bed for the coals. All you need to do is insert them into the third row of horizontal slots from the top of the panels.

The horizontal slots found throughout our panel system will provide enough oxygen to keep your coals hot. We suggest you use at least one set of tunnel wall panels to provide a sufficient air intake at the base of the coals. If you have upgraded your kit or purchased the Origin Deluxe Special Edition kit, you will have access to our grill accessories which will provide better airflow and air intake control when deploying your stove as a Dakota Fire Hole.

Lacking our accessories, you can still have a properly raised bed for your coals. Products like the Expedition Research brand Bushcraft Grill can be used both on top of our stoves, and inside. We’ve successfully created a raised bed for coals by using small stones placed along the edges of the pit. We secure them with packed soil and create a channel down the middle to the tunnel opening. And then we place the Expedition Research Bushcraft Grills over top. 

Ultralight Liquid Fuel Burners

Caution

Liquid burners can be used with many of our configurations. But make sure you have a method of reaching in to adjust or turn off your burner. The chamber and anything inside of it will be hot. A needle nose pliers is generally a suitable option.

BUSH RUNNER BASED MULTI FUEL STOVES

Multi fuel Camp Stove
Brewing coffee with our smallest stove

Our Bush Runner series of multi fuel stoves is nearly the perfect size for most alcohol/isopro/white gas-based canister stoves, with the 8oz isopro canisters being the ideal size to fully fit inside your tower. StealthFyre functions as a windbreak when used with liquid fuel burners, making it ideal for focusing that much-needed heat in windy conditions. 

Please be aware though, many of these ultralight burners have piezoelectric ignition systems that contain plastic parts. We’ve experienced catastrophic failure with such burners, and thus advise choosing a simpler, lighter weight design that lacks plastic parts if you wish to use your stove in this manner.

ORIGIN BASED MULTI FUEL STOVES

Our larger configurations can still function with your ultralight burners exactly the same as with our smaller stoves. The added benefit here would be in the increased surface area which will support much larger pots and pans, and a chamber large enough to heat them. It is even possible to find larger, hotter burning propane burners much like those that Volcano Grills offers for their amazing multi fuel grill that will fit and work in a Dakota style deployment.

Solid Fuel Tablets

BUSH RUNNER BASED MULTI FUEL STOVES

We took solid fuel tablets into consideration when designing our stove as well. And the series of horizontal slots found on the surface of each panel reflects that. The set of horizontal slots found just under the StealthFyre logo are intended specifically for using solid fuel tablets.

By assembling the rocket style stove configuration and installing a small square panel horizontally in this location, you create a solid surface area to place your tablet just a few inches below your cookware. This type of fuel is great for boiling water for dehydrated meals. But is not suitable for grilling fresh meats and vegetables, and in fact, may be toxic. 

ORIGIN BASED MULTI FUEL STOVES

These stoves are honestly too large to be conservative with solid fuel tablets, but you may still wish to use them in this manner. If so, the same rule should apply as with the Bush Runner series, except that you will use TWO rectangular panels to create your raised surface. You will be able to support larger pots and pans with this setup, but you will also need to use more tablets to generate enough heat. We suggest three to five tablets for these configurations.

Are You Ready To Join The Revolution?

All of our stoves are made in the United States on a small scale, and that means the utmost quality. Each kit is made of durable 304 Stainless Steel sheet. Cut, not punched. StealthFyre is not a mass produced product by a massive corporation. It’s the innovative ambitions of an American family wanting to make this wonderful new idea available to the world.

When you purchase your new StealthFyre Modular Survival Stove, you’ll be doing more than getting a great deal on one of the coolest new outdoor products this side of the 21st century. You’ll be doing even more than supporting a small American business. You’ll be helping to bring a revolutionary new era in outdoors adventures to the entire world.

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Which Modular Stove is Right For You?

WHICH STEALTHFYRE MODULAR STOVE IS RIGHT FOR YOU? 

With all of the different options to choose from when it comes to StealthFyre modular stove technology, you may be wondering, “Which one of these modular stoves am I going to have the most fun with?”

Thanks to StealthFyre’s unique stove design, we’ve been able to establish a tier-style product line that allows you to start out small, build your kit, or switch up the whole system if need be. With that being said, the first thing you should know when deciding which stove to purchase is that you’re never restricted to just the stove you see on the front of the box.

The Flagship Isn’t The Only Modular Stove You Can Make

Each of our kits has its own “flagship” stove design, but it also allows for several other types of stoves as well. This means that no matter which stove you own, you only ever need to carry the panels you plan on using and nothing more. Not only that, but you can combine them with other StealthFyre stove kits for expanded versatility as well.

With that in mind, which stove do you really need? Let’s run through each of our kits and describe in detail the benefits of each stove for different kinds of outdoor activities.

BUSH RUNNER

The Bush Runner
The Flagship configuration of the Bush Runner Modular survival stove.

The Bush Runner is our smallest available modular stove. It’s by far the best choice for solo campers and ultralight backpackers. As with all of our flagship stoves, the panels in this kit will allow you to build a Dakota Fire Hole. It weighs a little more than 3lbs. and gives you at least a half dozen different stove options.

In effect, you get two working stoves in one kit. This is the case with all of our stoves. As for the Bush Runner, you can carry as little as 16 oz. worth of panels and have a functioning stove. This little four-panel stove still provides more than 20 square inches of cooking surface. 

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THE DEUCE

The Deuce
The flagship configuration of the Deuce modular survival stove.

The Deuce kit takes its name from the fact that it is simply two Bush Runners in one package. This modular stove is for the more adventurous. While still being great for the solo camper and ultralight backpackers, this stove not only gives you all the versatility of our Bush Runner kit, but it also adds functionality by allowing you to build a small potbelly style stove with a short chimney.

This makes the stove stealthier, but also allows you to use it inside primitive shelters with our ultralight chimney accessory add-on. Bush crafters, stealth campers, and wild campers will find tremendous use out of this kit due to the dozen or so different stove designs. 

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THE ORIGIN

The Origin
The Original design, our large Dakota Fire Hole style camp stove.

Our original design. This full-size Dakota Fire Pit is great for family outings, group camping, car camping, and other styles of camping that include groups of four or more people. Being four times as large as our Bush Runner flagship configuration, it still functions much the same, only on a larger scale. 

You can produce two wood burning modular stoves large enough to cook four hamburgers each or to support skillets larger than 10 inches in diameter. And it gives you nearly a dozen other options of stoves to boot. One of our favorite configurations with this stove is the potbelly style assembly that allows us to place a cast iron griddle on the surface for cooking breakfast foods and restaurant-style lunches.

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THE ORIGIN DELUXE

The Origin Deluxe
A deluxe StealthFyre Origin kit that includes the ability to build Bush Runner stove configurations.

By adding four additional panels to our Origin stove kit, we were able to nearly double the different styles of stove you can build while only adding an additional 16 oz. to the package. Weighing roughly the same as our Deuce kit, this stove is ideal for anyone that does a wide range of camping and outdoor cooking activities. 

Because two of the added panels are our small square tunnel wall panels from the Bush Runner and Deuce kits, The Origin Deluxe gives you all the configurations of the Bush Runner and the Origin kits, plus a few others you can’t find in either of the two. That makes this modular stove a perfect fit for anyone that just loves cooking outdoors.

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THE GUERRILLA MASTER

The Guerrilla Master
The Guerrilla Master is our largest available kit. It can build more than 3 dozen different stove designs.

Our largest stove offering, this kit isn’t for the faint of heart! Maybe you’re the kind of person that would rather sleep under a canopy of stars than a roof. Or you’re always dreaming of new adventures, and you suffer from wanderlust. This is definitely the kit for you.

Since doubling down on the Bush Runner and creating the Deuce worked out so well for us, we did it again with the Origin Deluxe and made the Guerrilla Master. This monster survival stove kit weighs nearly 12 and ½ lbs. And contains 48 panels! But that doesn’t mean you have to lug all that weight with you everywhere you go. It does mean that you have every single stove we have to offer you, and then some. 

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Build Anything, Anywhere

Build any stove you can imagine with StealthFyre. But don’t restrict yourself to Fyre alone. Did you know you can use these panels to create storage containers or molds for brick making? Need a garbage can or a bucket for moving fuel and debris? Go ahead and build one with StealthFyre! Feeling industrious? use a few of our panels to create a mold for making bricks, and start building the amazing Bushcraft shelter you’ve always dreamed of!

This stove system is designed for those untamed souls that blaze their own trail and seek their own way to survive the elements. It’s for those of us that want to tinker, think, hack, and master the elements. But more than anything, it’s for anyone that just plain wants to have some good old fashioned fun with Fyre. 

Increase Your Stash And Increase Your Fun

We’ve discovered more than THREE dozen different styles of stove we can build with StealthFyre! But there’s so much more to discover, and we’re leaving that excitement for you. Don’t be afraid to combine any of our kits with one another, because they’re designed to work together. This means that the more panels you own, the more fun you can have! If you can build 3 dozen different stoves with one Guerrilla Master, just imagine how much fun you’ll have with two!

ONE STOVE, ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES

Are you a Bush Runner or a Guerrilla Master? Stop building adventures around what other stoves allow you to do. The choice is now yours to make. Find your perfect stove and carry only what you need. No matter where your adventures lead you, StealthFyre is an ideal addition to your kit and the perfect way to stay warm, eat well, and have a great time doing it! No matter the choice you make, you’ll never be left out in the cold with StealthFyre.

COMPACT AND PORTABLE

 We probably shouldn’t fail to mention just how insanely compact our stove system is. Our panels are designed in such a manner that they pack up very easily and take up very little storage space. Even our Guerrilla Master takes up less space than a college dictionary! Can you find another potbelly stove that packs up so small that you can stow it under your truck seat?

Are You Ready To Start Playing With Fyre?

StealthFyre really is the most fun you can legally have with Fyre. Packing more versatility and functionality than any sane product should, you can’t go wrong if you’re looking to have a great time playing in the outdoors. Get yours today!

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The Origins Of The Dakota Fire Hole

A Short History of The Legendary Dakota Fire Hole

The Seven Council Fires
A map of the ancestral lands of the great Sioux Nations.

The Dakota Fire Hole takes its name from a group of Native American tribes collectively known as the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ. Or in English, “Seven Council Fires”. Today we know them as the Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota Sioux Nations.

We believe the people populating the American plains developed this technology. They probably did so to combat the incessant wind and prevent prairie fires while following the Bison herds. These nomadic people spent much of their time on the move. They followed the ever-restless herds of American Bison across the rolling plains. Most assuredly, they required a reliable method of maintaining fire without creating disaster or alerting their prey. Little did they know, they designed one of the most versatile survival stoves and fire lay ever imagined.

The Dakota Fire Hole is an extremely hot burning, nearly smokeless fire lay. The fire remains hidden below ground. And it needs very little fuel to produce superb results. Perfect for stealth camping, survival, and outdoor cooking.

The Dakota Fire Hole Is An Ingenious Design

The Dakota Fire Hole can do all of this because of its unique, common-sense design. It’s nothing more than two shallow pits dug into the dirt, and then connected via a small tunnel between the two. When you build a fire inside of one pit, the heat rises, creating a draw on the tunnel. This draw pulls in cold, fresh air from the other pit and into the base of the fire. 

With a constant supply of fresh air and a well-insulated combustion chamber, the heat from the fire has nowhere to go but up. This self-perpetuating flow of air provides enough oxygen to burn nearly 100% of the organic material you feed it. That translates to a nearly 100% smoke-free fire when burning dry fuel.

A Modern Adaption of the Dakota Fire Hole

The Dakota Fire Hole
An image excerpt from the U.S. Military Field Manual FM 21-76

This survival stove type of fire lay has proven so useful that the American Military has been teaching it to our soldiers since the beginning of the Vietnam war. The many benefits that come with this unique fire proved to be the perfect thing for our brave young soldiers caught behind enemy lines.

The Dakota Fire Hole requires very little fuel to produce useful heat. It produces little to no smoke. And the bright, attention-getting flame can remain hidden below ground, where it gives off less light for onlookers to detect. This is why the Dakota Fire Hole became the go-to method of cooking and drying out clothing for the unfortunate souls trying to remain hidden in the jungles from the Viet-Cong.

To this day, it remains a favorite of survivalists and wild campers the world over. This is mostly because it closely resembles a rocket stove in form and function, but can be built in nature, virtually anywhere you have proper soil conditions.

Only on the Plains…

Rainbow on the plains
Picture of a rainbow after a storm over the Yellowstone River, south of Fairview, MT.

In spite of the overwhelming benefits that come from using such a unique and efficient fire lay, it has a rather significant disadvantage…

Soil conditions. The Sioux Nation lived in a blessed land of rolling hills and grassy plains. One could dig for several feet in any given area and find rich, firm soil. It was, of course, the ideal location for such a magnificent primitive technology to evolve. Such innovation wouldn’t have happened along the rivers that flow through the mountain valleys or under the dense overgrowth of the world’s jungles.

It can be nearly impossible to construct a Dakota Fire Hole in rocky, sandy, frozen, boggy, or heavily forested soil conditions. Because that technically makes up a very large portion of the planet, this has become known as it’s one glaring drawback to being declared the best fire lay you can build.

From the inventor of the Stealthfyre Stove:

StealthFyre Modular Survival Stoves
A compilation of potbelly stoves mounted to Dakota Fire Holes.

“I grew up on the plains of Montana and North Dakota. I was introduced to the Dakota Fire Hole around the time I was a Boy Scout, and fell in love with its usefulness and efficiency, but especially in the lack of smoke in my face while I was cooking over the fire.

Then I moved west into the Rocky Mountains and quickly found my favorite fire wasn’t so wonderful anymore. That made me sad…And then it made me think. What if I could have a structure to add to this fire pit to keep it together in any soil condition? I would have the ability to build it in this rocky soil, and nearly anywhere else for that matter.” 

Fyre. Re-invented.

StealthFyre Modular Survival Stoves
A compilation of several Dakota Fire Holes made with StealthFyre.

So, we set to work designing that very structure. After many years and many renditions, we finally settled on what can very honestly be explained as an accidental discovery. Our original device had hinges and was only intended to give structure to a Dakota Fire Hole. When we decided to scrap the hinged design and go with something that would be easier to manufacture, something amazing happened. 

By removing the hinges and replacing them with a unique tab and slot design, we not only solved an age-old problem with the legendary Dakota Fire Hole, we also discovered a method of making a modular survival stove device geared towards fire harnessing tasks of all sorts.

What we effectively created was a toy for playing with Fyre. Not only could we use this stove as a simple Dakota Fire Hole, but we could also assemble it in nearly endless manners just like the plastic building blocks we played with as kids. What began as an attempt to solve a problem ended up being an amazing toy that lets us play with Fyre and have tons of fun doing it!

There really is nothing else like it in the world.