Emergency Cooking with the Flamelite BurnBox

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
Emergency Cooking with the Flamelite BurnBox

Having all of the food in the world is not going to help you if, following an emergency, you have no way to cook it. Heck, even during a short term power outage, having the ability to boil water becomes important.

In my own home, I have a wood burning fire pit, propane stove, charcoal grill, and three different rocket stoves.  Since they all work great, why even bother with another method to use for emergency cooking?  The answer is form-factor, versatility, and portability.

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Let me introduce you to the Flamelite BurnBox, the coolest little stove I have seen in a long time.

Not only does it work great, but it breaks down to just under 6” x 4”, weighs less than 13 ounces, and stores in its own pouch that is only 1/4 inch thick.  It can be fueled by twigs, wood, and various types of alcohol, plus, if it is used with a Flamelite alcohol burner, and denatured alcohol, it can be used indoors!

All of that is good but the best part?  I have one to give away along with a couple of Flamelite alcohol burners, and an alcohol storage bottle.  But first, let me show you how the Flamelite BurnBox Box works.

Setting Up the Flamelite BurnBox

Set up is a cinch.  You remove the parts from the pouch and slide them into place.  The instruction book shows a layout of how they fit together and I found that it was useful to lay the parts out in the same manner before putting it together.

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Flamelite Burnbox Setup - Backdoor Survival

After the first time, set-up took less than 1 minute to put together.

Using Twigs and Wood to Fire the BurnBox

We keep buckets full of twigs and biomass set aside for emergencies so all I had to do is grab a handful to get things going. I also keep Vaseline-soaked cotton balls on hand to assist in getting a fire started and so I used one of those as well.

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As you can see, we got a nice fire going and since I had a hankering for a cup of coffee, I decided to brew a pot using an old-fashioned percolator.

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Using six cups of water, the pot started to “perc” after 20 minutes.  We let it perc for 10 minutes before pouring and let me tell you, the coffee was hot.  And delicious.  The surprising aspect of all of this was that once the twigs were alight and we added a more substantial piece of wood, the fire took very little tending.

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Using Alcohol and the Flamelite Alcohol Burners

The Flamelite Alcohol Burners come in two sizes.  For my testing I chose to use the smaller burner along with 2.5 ounces of 91% isopropyl alcohol as fuel.  Apparently it is best to use denatured alcohol because it burns cleaner and hotter but since I did not have any, I made do.

The alcohol burners consist of a felt like material in a tin.  The felt material acts as a wick and can withstand heat up to 1800 degrees. The way it works is that you pour the alcohol inside, slip the burner into the BurnBox opening, and light it up.  Easy peasy.

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For this part of my test I decided to make a pot of rice using inexpensive backpack pots.  Once again, the Flamelite did not disappoint.  I set 1.5 cups of water in the pot to boil.  After 6.5 minutes, the water was bubbling like crazy so I added the rice and gave it a good stir.  I popped on the lid (actually, a second pot that was part of the set).

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Totally winging it, I let the pot of rice boil for 6 minutes with the lid on, then put the cover back onto the alcohol burner to put it out.  I left the pot of rice alone to steam and continue cooking while I went to do something else.

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Fifteen minutes later, I returned to find a nice pot of fluffy rice.

The Official Specs

As you know, I am not a cut and paste type of gal, but to keep things simple, here is the official description and specs on the stove:

The Flamelite BurnBox is a multipurpose, multi-fuel survival stove that is perfect for hikers, campers, preppers and when used with the Flamelite Hiker or Ultra it makes a perfect emergency backup stove for your house if the power and/or gas goes out.

It can burn wood very efficiently and its large front opening allows you to load longer pieces of wood instead of having to constantly cut and load small, short twigs to keep the fire going. It also works great with all of our Flamelite alcohol burners as well as most 3rd party alcohol burners including Trangia alcohol burners, the original large Swiss brass alcohol burners, homemade soda can stoves and any alcohol burner whose diameter is less that 3.65 inches and no more than 2.5 inches tall.

Its 5-5/8″ square cooking area allows you to use much larger cooking pots than most other camping/hiking stoves with out fear of your pot falling off but the internal cross braces also allow you to use even the smallest pots. The equally wide bottom insures a sturdy base of support that works well indoors and out.

The Flamelite BurnBox is 5-5/8″ wide x 3-6/8″ tall and weighs 12.3 ounces.  Plus, it is manufactured in the US, in Houston, Texas specifically.

The Giveaway

The nice folks at HowlingRaven.com are holding a Flamelite BurnBox Stove. two Flamelite alcohol burners (one of each size) and an 8 ounce leak-proof Nalgene bottle for storing denatured alcohol.  This package will be awarded to one lucky Backdoor Survival reader.

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The Final Word

I  would be remiss if I did not mention a few more things about the Flamelite BurnBox.  First of all, the price point is immensely affordable.  The second thing is that it has a lifetime warranty.  Not that anything will go wrong but still, that is nice to know.

The last thing, and perhaps most important, every question I have sent to the company (Howling Raven) has been answered promptly and thoroughly.  I work with a lot of companies to bring these giveaways to BDS readers, and believe me, sometimes I never receive an answer to my questions.

If you are looking for a lightweight, portable, and budget-friendly stove that can be used for emergency cooking, this is it!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin:  Below you will find links to the items related to today’s article.

Flamelite BurnBox – Multi-Fuel Stove:  This is a great little stove with a fantastic form-factor.  It can be used with both wood/twigs and alcohol, including denatured alcohol of isopropyl. It burns hot and fast and includes a storage pouch.  It will take up almost no room at all in a bug out bag.

Flamelite Hiker Alcohol Burner and Flamelite Ultra Alcohol Burner:  These alcohol burners are optional but in my experience, extremely handy.  They can be used over and over again your Flamelite or other alcohol burning stove such as the Solo Stove.

Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee Percolator: Here is a link to my own percolator.  Without question, it makes great coffee.  I also own this manual coffee grinder:  Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill.  Note that whole beans store well when sealed in a Mason Jar (see How to Use a FoodSaver for Vacuum Canning).

Outdoor Pot Pan Cookware: I purchased this cookware specifically for this review and could not be more pleased.  In spite of what some of the reviews say, I found the handles to be sturdy.  The pots easy to use and easy to clean plus they conducted heat well.  If I had to do it all over again, I would probably get this four piece set instead.

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter:  The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2 oz.  making it perfect for the prepper. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.


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102 Responses to “Emergency Cooking with the Flamelite BurnBox”

  1. What is baseline for food preparation in an emergency – depends on the emergency. However, in my own preps I am looking at nutritional needs for my age, resources available to meet the majority of my caloric needs, likes/dislikes, and portability. And finally, financial. It does me no good if I can’t afford it – starting slow and building up my stores works best within the bounds of the previously mentioned things!

  2. I really need to get one of these portable bio-fuel stoves. A free one would be great for taking the kids out hiking!

  3. Love that it is light weight and portable. Would be great to win and try it out, thanks for the chance.

  4. This is great! I want to teach my little boy how to make a simple dinner for himself if the electric goes out in our neighborhood. This would be a great addition to our packs for deer camp.

  5. I would definitely say the baseline would bt to know how to start a fire. Knowing how to cook over an open flame is great, but if you cant even start the fire youre still out of luck.

  6. They need the knowledge to light a fire and cook over an open flame. Proper food storage is also a must.

  7. You would need to know how to cook over a fire you have built yourself. You would need to know about nutrition & where to find “wild” food.

    Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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