The ReadyMan Pocket Survival Stove is the type of item often listed as a “stocking stuffer,” but this tiny survival card is borderline essential. The USA-built, stainless steel item is pocket size, which can be stored and reused in any space big enough for a slim wallet.
The tiny stove helps to focus and protect flames so water can boil quickly, or a small skillet can be heated in no time. The device also includes additional arrows, fishing hooks, snare locks, saw, and a stir stick. This review is geared towards the 4-sided device, but there is also a 6-sided XL option that can be purchased as well.
Who Is ReadyMan?
The company ReadyMan is a community founded by U.S. Special Operations Veterans and various skilled outdoorsman. Together, they created custom tools with the idea of quick and necessary implementation in mind.
Their tools are meant to inspire members of their community to be prepared, despite the luxuries of the modern era. As a company, they offer outdoor survival tactics and gear, home defense techniques and products.
ReadyMan prides themselves on creating exciting content, powerful information, and useful products to help their members be prepared at all times.
A Redesigned Pocket Stove
ReadyMan fans wrote in to give their two cents on the original Pocket Survival Stove, and the company used those notes to create their 2.0 version. Their “Survival Utility” device includes fish hooks, snares, and arrows built into each section. The arrows also reference the order in which to assemble the device for the first time.
Once assembled, the stove burns steady off fuel such as sticks, grass, or bark. At first, the instinct is to fill the item with straw and light it up. But, after the initial fire catches, small, long sticks can be placed through the opening so they burn in the middle. Then, simply keep pushing remains into the center like a manual pellet grill.
ReadyMan Pocket Survival Stove Specs
Created with 301 stainless steel, the Readyman Pocket Survival Stove is 4.5 inches by 2.5 inches, with a weight of 3.5 ounces (100 grams). Therefore, each side of the stove measures 4.5 inches by 2.5 inches in width.
The stove is extremely beneficial, as it is both collapsible and sturdy. As a device, the tool is also clean and easy to understand.
ReadyMan Pocket Survival Stove Review
The wallet-size ReadyMan Pocket Survival Stove currently comes in a reusable container that features the grey and green logo of the company. In addition to the logo, the exterior reads “Pocket Survival Stove And Survival Card 4 Pack.”
On the other side of the packet, there is a picture of the finished stove and a tab to open the product. Inside, the pack opens with three, clear steps as to how to assemble the device:
- 1. Remove tools on the side of the card.
- 2. Slide corner hooks together.
- 3. Remove lower arrows/hooks to feed fire.
In addition to the simple construction, there is also a list of the bonus items included in the set. There are snare locks, fish hooks, spinner bait, saw blades, arrow heads, and a scraper included.
Each individual piece is also wrapped in plastic. Personally, I kept two pieces of the plastic to store loose items (arrowheads, forks, and saws) and the four individual pieces after use.
As you can see in the promotional video above (be sure to fast forward to 00:35 seconds), the four-pack is enough for one person to heat up a cup of coffee, cook an egg, warm up a small meal, or boil water for pasta.
However, under the right conditions, it’s possible that one could use the fish hooks to catch a trout, and then use a small bowl or cup to create a soup or broth. While camping, the food could be stored in a cooler or in the snow. Then, the stove could be used once more to heat up the meal.
While this item is still more “cool” than “necessary,” it’s a great item to pack in addition to other cooking utensils and devices to use in a pinch. It’s also best for one person, but there is a slightly larger version for hiking partners.
During my test run of the ReadyMan Pocket Survival Stove, it was clear the device delivers exactly as described. The only reason it’s not a perfect score is because it does feel a little small for functional use. But it’s perfect as a back-up cooking or warming tool.
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