It’s been a few months since we first took delivery of our Mummert Phoenix wood burning stove and due to a very kind winter, as in virtually spring-like since Christmas, we’ve had ample time to put it to good use. With the real spring right around the corner, we feel it is time to give the Phoenix a proper mid-term evaluation. Before we dive into the performance details, it’s probably best to start with a proper introduction to the stove itself.
Marc Mummert of California is first and foremost a master craftsman dedicated to the art of making fine knives. He also creates unique tools and just recently launched his Phoenix wood burning stove. Constructed of 6AL/4V titanium, the Phoenix is a lightweight, seven panel stove that folds flat for easy transport. To say it folds flat is a bit of an under statement. With all seven panels stacked tightly together the entire package might be 1/8th inch thick. On our scale it also came in at just under a pound. As wood burning stoves go, that’s impressive but not all together unusual. What is exceptional is the strength, size, and features of the Phoenix. With a wide base and five “winged” pot supports, the Phoenix is capable of shouldering any size pot with a maximum weight of ten pounds. The five-sided structure includes one panel with a generously sized door to facilitate easy access to the flame within, and the elaborately shaped vents keep the fire breathing for an optimal burn.