As with all things, practice makes perfect.  Therefore, getting the best performance from your PACK STOVE will take some patience and time.  There are several variables that you must take into account when using any form of bio-fuel stove: wood selection and moisture content, elevation, ambient air temperature, humidity, and wind.  With all of these noted, here is what we suggest:


  • Start Small and Build Slowly

    • ​Completely clear area beneath stove 

    • Begin with small twigs (pencil thick or smaller)​​

    • Once there is a sustained flame, start adding bigger fuel

    • Feed in accordance to consumption.  Too much fuel will actually weaken the burn

  • Take Time to Experiment 

    • Trial and error is the best teacher.  We have been trialing the stove for over a year and are still learning the subtleties of the design.  ​For example, depending on the tinder, we either position the feed window into the wind (less optimal tinder) or away from it.  By doing so, the wind acts as a natural bellow to enhance the burn and dry out the marginal fuel

  • Create A System That Works For You

    • Simply put ... go your own way.  If something works well for you, then go with that!


    • Use the stove inside or in a closed environment ​(this includes tents)

    • Leave the stove unattended


The PACK STOVE has a durable and sturdy design.  This does allow cooling measures that other stoves simply cannot handle.  Additionally, the patented locking system provides for an almost instantaneous setup and breakdown.  However, here are some Simple Theory best practices:

  • First and Foremost ... CAUTION

    • The PACK STOVE will get hot!​ No matter the fuel you use. We highly advise that you have gloves or pliers on hand for any adjustments or movements needed and for the removal of the burn plate  

    • Always ensure that your fire is out.  Coals may look extinguished, but in fact, are still burning. Therefore, thoroughly douse the burn area

  • Quicken the Cool Down

    • Because the PACK STOVE has a single structure design, you can use water to help speed up the cooling process without the fear or warping.  Of course we recommend allowing the stove to cool naturally, however, if time is an issue, pouring water over the stove slowly to expedite the process will not harm the stove  

  • Breakdown

    • Once stove is sufficiently cooled, wipe down any remaining dirt/soot and you are good to pack away the stove as you wish