Accessory & Sizing Descriptions:
- We use the full size Alaskan with our 4+ man tents and the Alaskan Jr. for our 2-man tent.
- Side Table: We use 1 side table on all of our stoves and find it invaluable for additional cooking/ reheating space.
- 2nd Side Table: A 2nd side table would be useful for elaborate meals and/ or big groups.
- Adjustable Elbow: This will depend on your tent configuration. Snowtrekker tents generally require an elbow as the pipe exits on an angle. Vertical pipes exiting the roof (eg. Tipi-style tents) will not require an elbow;
- Spark Arrestor/ Wind Screen The spark arrestor portion tends to clog up, so we modify these, by cutting out the spark arrestor, and just using it as an adjustable windscreen to prevent back-drafting on windy days. Vertical pipe installations (w/o elbow) will NOT need a wind screen.
- Stainless Water Tank: We have not used the stainless water tank before, but can see how it would be useful to clear up stove top space for big group cooking. We’re testing on in 2018!
Protecting your Stove Bottom
Kni-Co recommends that you lay 1″ of sand or dirt in the bottom of your stove to protect the floor, which isn’t particularly practical for winter travel. Many people have recently started asking us about false bottoms. We don’t find that sand or false bottoms are necessary.
Instead, we lay a bed of logs or split wood in the bottom of the stove, and light our first fire on top of this layer. By the time the bottom layer of logs has burned through, enough insulating ash will have built up to adequately protect the stove bottom. We have always found that the tops and sides of a stove take more abuse than the bottom anyways. In fact, because we like to bake underneath our stoves, we often find ourselves digging a bit of ash out of the bottom to get more heat reflecting downwards. A radiant sheet of metal (and some other insulating materials like a hearth or boughs) then goes underneath the baking dutch oven, to reduce snowmelt under the stove.
The Alaskan stove is 5″ longer and 4lbs heavier than the Alaskan Jr. The Trekker is smaller still and another 4lbs lighter. Full comparison specs are below.
We use the full size Alaskan stove with our 4 man tents and the big Snowtrekker Yurt (7+ people) and it has no problems heating these tents, or holding a fire with softwoods for 3 hours overnight.
The Alaskan Jr. is suitable for 2-man tents or solo rigs. It could heat larger spaces too, if you’re looking to shave weight a bit and not concerned with keeping a fire overnight.
The Trekker is the smallest stove we carry, outfitted with 3″ to 4″ reverse tapered pipe. This is a great fit for the smallest snowtrekker tents which are typically outfitted with 3″ stove jacks.
Alaskan Stove Specifications (Our larger alternative)
|• 20″ high, 12″ wide and 24″ long.|
|• Storage size: 12″ x 12″ x 24″|
|• Fire box size: 11 1/2″ x 10 3/4″ x 22″|
|• Made with 22 gauge cold rolled steel|
|• 5″ stove pipe hole (works with our 5″ tapered pipe)|
|• Weight 18 lbs
Alaskan Jr. Specifications (This stove)
Trekker Specifications (Our smaller alternative)