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AluminumBarge
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09/05/2020 04:44PM  
I’m interested in any reviews on this stove. I prefer using the old green Coleman liquid fuel stoves. Just easiest for me as we like to eat well and together. I find it’s easier to cook meals and keep food warm by keeping it in foil tucked behind the burners and out of the wind. But it seems these stoves are getting to be old tech and parts are harder to find, plus the smaller version is almost impossible to find this year. My old one finally died. I have an MSR Dragonfly I use once in a while but just not a fan unless I’m just heating water. The voyageur stove sure compacts down nicely and would probably save some weight as well. I’ve never seen one at a store, seems they’re only available online. Anyone have experience with this stove?

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Jasonf
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09/05/2020 06:49PM  
We switched to this stove for this season and it worked out pretty well. Like you we like to cook meals with pans that don't fit well on the tiny single burner stoves. All of our food is dehydrated and packs down nice but when you cook for 4 or more it just makes sense to have a 12" pan and similar sized pot.
For a review I would say I'm over all very happy with the set-up. It packs down nice and flat allowing it to easily slip vertically into one of our dry packs. The burners screw directly to your fuel canister and hang from the stove in place so when transporting you will need to find a place to keep them safe. For us we were lucky and the burners fit nicely in our kettle. We opted to purchase a fuel hose splitter so that both burners could be run off of one canister negating the need to have 2 partial canisters float around. This hose also fits into our small kettle for transport. The burners provide tons of heat and heat water/food quickly and efficiently. The back and sides have magnetic tabs so that they can be flipped up or down to accommodate cooking with two larger pans side by side. The sides work great for blocking the wind as this has always been a point of contention when cooking with small stoves.
If I had to give a couple negatives it would be that over-all it is a tad heavy for what it is, well built/designed but solid. For me the weight penalty is offset some by how nicely it packs down and stows away. The other negative would be is that the pan supports on the burners are a tad small and similar to using a smaller single burner stove. To remedy that I cut some thin wall aluminum blocks that just sit on the stove when using bigger pans, this keeps the pans stable when trying to flip your re-hydrated stuffed hash browns ;)! These blocks also go in the kettle with the burners and fuel hose when transporting.
Any other questions please ask away.
 
AluminumBarge
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09/06/2020 12:14AM  
Thanks for the review. I agree the fuel hose splitter helps with optimizing the fuel canisters. The flame adjustment must be under the base, is it easy to acces and adjust , and is the base so hot you need to be very careful? Also is there a decent amount of adjustment to the flame? By the way, great ideas to store the burners in your kettle. I guess it would be a good idea to see how stable our pans are on this. Using the blocks is a good alternative. I wonder if I could cut down a grate to fit over the burners to do the same thing. Seems like a lot of thought went in to this stove. I’m inclined to give it a shot. Thanks again for your opinions.
 
Jasonf
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09/06/2020 04:52AM  
AluminumBarge: "Thanks for the review. I agree the fuel hose splitter helps with optimizing the fuel canisters. The flame adjustment must be under the base, is it easy to acces and adjust , and is the base so hot you need to be very careful? Also is there a decent amount of adjustment to the flame? By the way, great ideas to store the burners in your kettle. I guess it would be a good idea to see how stable our pans are on this. Using the blocks is a good alternative. I wonder if I could cut down a grate to fit over the burners to do the same thing. Seems like a lot of thought went in to this stove. I’m inclined to give it a shot. Thanks again for your opinions."

Yep the flame adjustment knob is where the fuel line hooks to the burner underneath and there is no heat down there, not even warm. I'm pretty sure the valves are just needle valves so the flame adjustment works good and can be dialed way down.
We thought about taking a grate from an old stove as well but it came down to having to figure out where to store it so we opted for the blocks. I still may redo the blocks in different sized so they nest and store even better.
 
Savage Voyageur
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09/06/2020 08:57AM  
Very interesting stove unit. I’ve never seen one like this. Our groups could have benefited from the convenience of this stove.
 
09/06/2020 12:17PM  
I looked at the Voyager Stove when it was shown at Canoecopia. Interesting idea but simlpy 2 Primus Classic Trail stoves in a folding metal stand, similar to the case of a Coleman 2 burner. I decided to try a WindTamer and one or two of the stoves I have (I collect MSR and experiment with others, probably 25 total). Either of these is oversized for my solo preferred travel. I do a lot of vehicle based campground cooking and racetrack weekends and the WindTamer has worked very well.
The stove cover adds some versatility to the Voyager, handy for baking o just keeping stuff warm.

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Waterboy
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09/11/2020 12:47PM  
I'm the owner of Voyageurs Outdoor Gear and designed the Voyageur Stove. I'm happy to answer any questions you have on the stove.

When I designed the stove, I talked with many outfitters to get advice on the overall design and the burner options. A few key recommendation they had were to keep the controls separated from the flame & pots for safety, reduce the number of parts in construction (integrated hinge design) and go with a simple, bullet proof burner (many specifically recommended the Primus for simplicity and good simmering capability).

Another item mentioned in this thread is the fuel splitter. The idea for this came from Quinn at Bearskin Lodge & Outfitters. Quinn was looking for a way to reduce the number of partially used fuel canisters coming back from the trips they outfitted. As a result, we came up with our Fuel Saver Adapter.

In addition to our website, we sell the stove at various canoe and camping shows including CanoeCopia, MW Mountaineering Outdoor Expo and the Boundary Waters Expo. Piragis in Ely also carries the stove in their store and in their Boundary Waters Catalog. A handful of outfitters along the Gunflint Trail also have this for rent as a stove option.

If you live in the Minneapolis area, I would be happy to meet for a quick demo.

Happy to answer any other questions you have.

Thanks,
Joe Fleming
Voyageurs Outdoor Gear

 
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