ooking up a feast in the great outdoors is an experience unlike any other. Imagine you preparing a sizzling breakfast as the sun rises from the east, a nourishing soup after taking a long hike, or simply a hot brew on a chilly night in the mountains – perfect. These are the moments worth living for. But of course, all of this is impossible if you don't have the right camping stove in your stash. Even worse, your stove is from a non-reliable brand, and when you take it out from the car, you notice that an entire side of the burner has gotten defective. What will you do then? We doubt shouting help in the wild will do much. That's why we always recommend purchasing a reliable stove – like the Iwatani Fired Burning Camping Stove (ABURIYA).
In this article, we will take a look at why Iwatani's Fire Burning Camping Stove is one of the best in the market, and certainly one you can rely on for your outdoor adventures to replicate restaurant-style grilling.
First things first, let's talk about its size because that's the first thing you notice when you unpack it. It has a width of 16 inches, a depth of just under 8-1/2 inches and height of 5 inches. This unit is rather small. But small in a good way. It is compact, portable and weighs just 5.29 pounds, not as much as other camping grills do. Therefore you can move it around the place with relative ease, whether using it indoors or outdoors. The size of the barrel is 11 inches by 7 inches – just right to ensure an easy cooking experience. The brackets also fold down in order to hold the grate in one place during transport (or when not in use), further reducing the size. You can store it in one side of your car carrier and go camping without having to worry about the stove taking up all the space of other essentials.
Now, this may come as a surprise to some people, but unlike the previous model "CB-RBT-W," the "CB-ARB-1" is the latest edition and made entirely in Japan. The body of the stove is constructed from a steel plate, with a powdered coating for more durability. The Grill net is made of stainless steel. It is durable and weather resistant. You can leave it outdoors – though we wouldn't recommend it. Similarly, the skewer stays, water tray and the U-burner are also made of stainless steel. The U shape of the burner helps it cook on the entire width of the surface. What makes stainless steel construction better than other materials is its resistance to rust and other elements. Lastly, its instrument sewing knob is ABS resin. It has high tensile strength, strong resistance to heat, and doesn't scratch as easily as other materials. The durability of all these building materials prolongs the lifetime of this camping stove. It's very safe to say that the Japanese don't compromise on build-quality.
For fuel, the burner utilizes butane gas cassettes. Unfortunately, the package does not include fuel, so you will have to shell out some extra bucks to start cooking. Now, the instruction manual is very clear and loud about only using the Iwatani butane Cassettes, which are somewhat costlier than the standard ones. The standard butane cassettes work fine but may have some performance issues with the flow as conventional gas gets stuck in the burner. One cassette burns for approximately 90 minutes on continuous high fire combustion at 20 to 25 degrees Celsius. What's better, the gas refills are very affordable and readily available in the market and can be easily picked up from Amazon or Walmart.
It uses the Piezo ignition. This means you don't have to worry about external electric connections or to carry a match stick all the time to flare up the stove. The automatic piezo electronic ignition takes care of that. Besides, the propane connection is magnetic. All you have to do is line up all the notches while making sure that the butane canister and magnet are seated together, close the fuel door, and turn the knob clockwise to ignite. As per our experience, the ignition system takes some getting used to. Some users may initially have some issues with flaring it up as the front burner doesn't burn as quickly. However, after repeated use and when you get the hang of it, the issue clears up. In addition, the stove offers a pressure-sensitive safety device that helps prevent any untoward situation.
Like all camping stoves, it has uneven heating with central parts getting more heat. This is because the burner doesn't burn around all of the rings. But, here's our expert advice on how to deal with it. You need to use the top cover. Because the top cover has a heat diffuser that can displace all the gas enough to ignite the entire burner instantly. Please note that the diffuser will discolor due to the intense heat. But don't you worry. Discoloring is normal for steel at these temperatures. The stove does make a lot of smoke while cooking so make sure the room is properly ventilated if you are using it indoors. For outdoor use, the performance suffers in windy locations. This is because there is no wind protection to cover the grill once it is on. You will have to find a cover on your own. A good thing about this product is that the fire is very stable. You don't have to worry about unstable flame, which is a common complaint with cheaply built and low-quality outdoor stoves.
Cleaning up the stove after you have finished cooking is one of the major issues, and should be a primary consideration for everyone before purchasing a stove. Thankfully, cleaning this Iwatani burner is super easy. You can remove the top parts for separate cleaning. You can even put the drip pan and top grille in the dishwasher for a quick cleanup. This camping stove houses a collection pan that sits right under the burner. Just add some water to it before you start cooking and rinse it afterwards with soap. Water also eliminates the danger of flare-ups, reduces smoke, catches the grease and keeps your item clean. If you are still having an issue with grease splattering all over the place, then here's an expert tip. You can also line the collection pan with some aluminum foil. This way, the tray collects whatever you drop during the cooking process and keeps the mess to a minimal. Cook your favorite chicken thighs, when some of the ingredients drip over the edges and under the pan, simply pop the grill apart, use some soap and clean the mess away!
Outdoor stoves cost anywhere from $50 to $250 depending on the quality. This one comes at a very affordable and midrange cost. Compared to Iwatani's regular hotpot stove, though, the average user will find the price of this model slightly high. Similarly, if you have been using other cheaply constructed and poor quality stoves, you will find its rate on the higher end of the spectrum. However, when you consider its useful features, high performance, and durable Japanese quality-build, then it offers excellent value for the price in the long run. In fact, we are confident that it will be the best money you will spend this year!
To sum it all up, camping means roughing it up – at least slightly. Yet no one needs to live only on beans and biscuits. The Iwatani Fired Burning(ABURIYA)Camping Stove is an excellent purchase. Take it along and enjoy a sumptuous meal, even in the wilds of Florida. Durable enough to last a very long time, it can become your best traveling companion. Using it, you can conveniently grill steaks, hotdogs, burgers, sausages, sirloin tips, and pretty much anything else you can think of. Because it is small, don't expect it to cook for more than four people at a time. Nevertheless, due to compact size and less weight, it is very easy to carry on camping trips. It ignites instantly without needing any outside source and is straightforward to use. To top it all off, parts of the stove are dishwasher safe. So you can conveniently toss it in the dishwasher for a quick clean up or simply use water in the collection pan. Keep its limitations in mind, and you won't be disappointed with this purchase. That's about it for now. Do you have something to add? Let us know in the comment section down below!
• Made in Japan and manufactured with durable rust-resistant materials
• Piezo Ignition makes lighting up the stove very easy
• Perfect for grilling small things, or tabletop BBQ on the patio
• Straightforward to use
• Excellent value for the price
• Super easy to clean
• Because it is rather small, it cooks food for only four people at a time
• The instruction manual is entirely in Japanese. You will have to use a translator
• The stove doesn't come with a carrying case