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NLR - Sierra Zip Stove


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Get up to 18,000 BTU/hr from a 1-lb backpacking stove!

SKU: K143

Sierra Zip Stove

Designed by a retired aerospace engineer and manufactured for over 20 years, the Sierra Zip Stove offers power and dependability while weighing in at only 1 lb! The stove burns twigs, bark, pine cones, charcoal, and other solid fuels, providing a safe and simple campfire cooking option whether you're a seasoned outdoorsman in the backcountry or are just getting the kids into camping. This portable camping stove is great for backpackers, cyclists, backcountry horsemen, and campers of all levels.

The Sierra Zip Stove features an adjustable-speed fan that creates a forced ventilation system that provides intense heat and efficient burning, creating up to 18,000 BTU/hr - enough heat to boil a quart of water in four minutes! The fan runs for 6 hours on a single AA battery.

Sierra Zip Stove Accessories

Get the essential accessories for your backpacking stove (available separately above).

  • The Sierra Zip Stove Upgrade Kit includes a metal cross-shaped grate to easily allow fire-tending while cooking, a wrap-around shield for wind protection, and a sample of Zip Fire Firestarters (7 oz)
  • Zip Fire Firestarters are safe, clean, odorless, fire-starting sticks for easy stove starting (10.8 oz)
  • The Windshield Grill provides 9" square of wind-protected grilling space that collapses to just ¼" thick (14 oz)

Sierra Zip Stove Specs

  • Unassembled: 3½" H x 5" diameter
  • Assembled: 6¼" H x 5" diameter
  • 1 lb

Sierra Zip Stove FAQ

Q. How can I make the water boil faster?

A. Keep the pot covered. Use less water. Use dry, dense wood in small pieces. The Wrap-Around Windshield (111B&C Models) can also help contain and direct the fire. A quart of water will boil in four minutes.

Q. How well does charcoal work?

Natural charcoal works well and will give a good fire for an extended period. Some charcoal briquettes may need to be broken in half to improve their burning characteristics.

Q. How do I keep the pot clean?

You can use charcoal. If you use wood, the volatiles in the wood will blacken the pot and thereby wonderfully improve the heat absorption capability of the pot. When you get home, you can spray oven cleaner on the stainless steel kettle and it will become like new. Using liquid detergent or an anti-stick material such as PAM also works. Ash from previous fires, slightly dampened and smeared on the pot, will also help to keep the pot clean.

Q. What can I do with cotton balls and petroleum jelly (Vaseline®)?

For a very effective, lightweight firestarter, pack cotton balls with petroleum jelly in 35 mm film containers. To light a fire take out a cotton ball, pull it apart and put it in the stove. Put some light kindling over the cotton and light the cotton.

Q. What if the fan doesn't work?

Be sure the battery spring is keeping a good contact on the battery. It can be bent to provide more pressure on the contact. You might try another battery. You might try cleaning the battery terminals and both ends of the battery. Are any wires shorting out? There have been very few problems with the motor and the motor can probably be ruled out unless:

  • It has been submerged, or
  • The blower has been liberally coated with oven cleaner so as to degrade the bearings, or
  • The stove has been operated with the battery in backwards and the fire has been sucked into the blower unit

Q. Why does the Sierra Zip Stove work so well?

Fuels burn better with hot air. The air for combustion in the stove is preheated to high temperatures before it enters the burner bowl by circuitous routing within the burner. This gives the good combustion. The air flow has another important function; it cools the burner bowl to assure long life. Under cold conditions, it becomes very important to preheat the cold air coming into the combustion chamber. It may be necessary to use the low speed or cycle the fan on and off to reduce the air flow or to use extra dry wood to get a good fire started.

Q. Is the stove allowed on airplanes?

Yes, the stove is allowed on airlines as long as it is in your checked luggage and not carried on the plane.

Q. Is the stove allowed by the U.S. Forest Service and National Parks?

Both of these organizations consider the Sierra Zip Stove a contained fire and it is allowed anywhere other backpacking stoves are allowed. However, due to local fire conditions some forest rangers may override this decision and not allow any type of "wood burning" stove.

Q. What if the wood I am using is wet?

Wet wood will still burn with the help of a few fire starters. With wet wood your fire will generate more smoke.

Q. Will the stove still work without the motor?

Yes the stove still functions in an emergency, but it will not be very efficient.

Q. What is the warranty on the stoves?

There is a 30-day satisfaction guaranteed policy plus a one-year repair or replace warranty.

This product is shipped from one of our warehouses in Northern California. Orders placed after 12 p.m. will typically ship the following business day. Click here to see an estimate of our delivery times with standard FedEx Ground shipping.

Returns & Replacements
Regularly stocked, non-special-ordered, and non-custom-built items can be returned for a refund within 30 days of receipt if unused and in original packaging. Returns of solar panels, inverters or other large ticket items will incur a re-stocking fee of up to 30%. Freight shipping is non-refundable.

For more, please read our full return policy.

    • Great little stove9/14/2018

    By Anthony

    I have used this stove for years on long canoe trips up in Quetico, backpacking etc. It works very well and puts out a lot of heat. I use Ni metal hydride batteries and a solar charger, so I can go out for a month with having to carry extra batteries. I don't have to carry fuel. The fuel is all over the ground. Just remember to gather a bunch of twigs and put them in a bag, so you have dry twigs to start the fire. After it gets going, feel free to use wet twigs. This is my favorite stove.

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