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    Mmm... My wife gave me a propane catalytic heater years ago that I used only once. I may take it along on my next car camping trip and see if it has any effect in my winter tarp pitched low to the ground with the doors closed. Just curious.

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    For warmth, absolutely not!
    For ambiance and cooking, sure!

    I like a fire; can't help it! A campfire is as much a part of camping as sleeping in my book. For this reason, I'm a fan of the small wood burning stoves. While it might in fact provide a temp boost temporarily, I use them under my tarp while still in my hammock to make hot chocolate on many mornings. Sometimes when I go to bed, I like to see the glow of a fire. It doesn't have to be big and it doesn't have to burn long, just the fact that I have a fire is comforting. I haven't noticed any flying embers, but that is probably due to the design of the stoves (ie Bushwacker).

    There is risk, sure. However, the risk is minimal with a minimal fire and the reward is contentment.
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    I've been warm to the high 20'sF with a walmart blue CCF, two layers should take you even lower.

    Even with a water bottle, you will need bottom insulation. Bottom insulation is pretty much one of the most important things you can possibly hope to use in a hammock.

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    Those blue CCF pads make a HUGE difference! (Don't be fooled by how skinny they are.) They really work.

    Fire on the other hand, will burn small holes in your tarp, quilt, sleepingbag, hammock, and clothes. Not really a good thing. Synthetic materials are so easily destroyed by the hot embers that float off a wood fire.
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    Can you guys recommand me a "lil wood stove".. im sure you have tried way more than I did.. i would appreciate your recommandation.

    So far, beside the fact that i'll buy a blue ccf or an army surplus equivalent pad .. you can see below my name what kind of insulation I got right now.

    Im 5000% with Cannibal on this.. the fire for warmth is one thing, but the most important thing is the psychological benefit it give me.. it change the whole game when you are deep in the wild..

    You give an exemple with a "bushwacker".. is it what you use ? what about you guys.. (i need to start researching on cooking tools now that the hammock and tarp are decided and ordered.. my wilderness kitchen need a huge makeover.. I like the little coleman solo cook kit I saw on this forum.. im open for anything/any suggestion)

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    The Bushwacker is my favorite of those that I have tried. I've only used a couple under my tarp because if I see embers when I'm testing them, they've got no business near my $100+ tarps. The Bushwacker does a very good job of pulling the heat (and embers) back into the coals.

    I'll see if I can dig up some links to other stoves I've used if someone doesn't beat me to it.
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    Someone recently posted about their hammock tearing and dropping them. Close inspection afterwards revealed a small burn hole from an ember and if memory serves me right the fire had been a good distance away. The hammock was not made from ripstop nylon.

    I love having a fire but nowhere near my gear. All my outdoors wear is made from tech materials, so I have a hard enough time just avoiding burn holes from campfire embers on even clothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DocBurN View Post
    I like the little coleman solo cook kit I saw on this forum..
    It was your post knotty.. http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...highlight=cook just had to tell you that i like your setup for cooking

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocBurN View Post
    It was your post knotty.. http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...highlight=cook just had to tell you that i like your setup for cooking
    Thanks. It's fun playing with cooking setups.
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