The Firefly stove is an ultralight, compact, multi-fuel stove made by Qi Wiz UL Gear. I’ve had the opportunity to spend some time with the stove in its basic wood-burning configuration, these are my thoughts.
- Titanium 5-piece interlocking design
- Total weight is just over 2 ounces
- Fire box holds 42 in3 of twigs
- Esbit and Alcohol kit is available as an option
- Suggested Retail Price – $58.00 base model, $80.00 as tested
Like some backpackers, I own several stoves. Each of them are suited to different situations, so which to take depends on the circumstances of the trip. I admit to having been a little shy of multi-piece designs in the past, however I like the simplicity of the Firefly. The stove can be supplied with or without a Tyvek envelope to keep it all tidy, as ours’ was. It’s a small, flat, and simple package. The craftsmanship is good, each of the sides are uniformly and precisely cut.
Assembly is easy. The sides interlock with each other by means of alternating slots/tabs (this video demonstrates it). There is nothing to think about, just put the pieces together. The bottom screen snugly pops into place which bolsters the rigidity of the stove. None of the pieces are ever folded so there is no unfolding, bending into shape, etc… and nothing is loose when the stove is assembled.
There are a couple of fuel port options available. The basic fuel port is nothing more than a hole punched in one side to feed fuel into. The ‘Flex Port’ (which we opted for) is the same idea and incorporates a hinged door that can be left closed if necessary. Top feeding twigs is always an option, of course. Since the stove is not self contained, it may be necessary to place a piece of aluminum foil under it to prevent whatever it may sitting on from being scorched (and more importantly to prevent forest fire). We found with the Flex Port that some of the longer sticks being fed in tended to catch fire outside the stove. Not a big deal as long as you’re aware it might happen. Feeding shorter pieces is probably a better way to go. There are a couple of optional floor pieces also which are intended to restrict drafting too much air when using a stove with a fuel port. We used the notched titanium floor, and in one case in an unconventional way, as you will shortly see.
Starting a fire is simple enough, having a side fuel port makes accessing the tinder easy. On a recent day hike I brought the stove along, intending to brew hot tea… but forgot my kettle! So in this case I used found fuel, and found pot 🙂 The titanium floor actually made a suitable pot rest for my improvised beer can pot.
So, what can I say? The stove works, and I had my tea. I’m just sorry someone actually had to drink that silver bullet to make it possible!
- Breaks down into a very compact package
- Sturdy and light weight design
- Affordable price
- Made in USA
Not So Much…
It’s really hard for me to find anything to complain about with the Firefly. The following gripe pretty much pertains to all wood stoves…
- Handling it without getting soot on hands is difficult
Famous Last Words
The simple, sturdy profile and compact broken down size should make the Firefly an appealing package to anyone hunting for a light-weight wood burner. Hike It. Like It.