HEAD TO HEAD: Lightweight carp stoves

HEAD TO HEAD: Lightweight carp stoves

What’s the best fishing stove on the market? Well, we’ve put two of the bestselling lightweight carp stoves together and got our tackle editor Marc Coulson to run the rule over them in this head-to-head review.

 Wychwood (left) versus Trakker

Wychwood (left) versus Trakker

WYCHWOOD TACTICAL STOVE | RRP: £44.99: | www.wychwoodcarp.co.uk 

Wychwood markets this as fitting inside your kettle, which obviously depends on which kettle you use, but is certainly the case with their own, which is a handy bonus.

 The Wychwood Tactical in action

The Wychwood Tactical in action

I really like the folding legs on this stove, which twist after being folded down to make an even smaller parcel.

Once the flex is then wrapped around the body and legs, it’s as compact a stove as you’ll find without it just being one of those that screw on top of a gas bottle.

 It's tiny!

It's tiny!

Those are far too unstable in my opinion, regardless of how much space they might save over one with a flex, like this.

Boil time is a little slower in normal conditions than the Trakker, but it’s a fraction quieter and more compact.

 Boil(er) in the bag

Boil(er) in the bag

It’s a matter of balancing your needs when choosing between the two. Wychwood says that the feeder tube being placed close to the flame increases combustion in colder conditions, but I haven’t had this one long enough to test that yet.

However, it makes perfect sense so I see no reason to doubt it.

TRAKKER ARMO LIFE TRI-STOVE | RRP: £39.99 | www.trakkerproducts.co.uk

A simple three-way fold transforms the Tri-Stove from a stable cooker into a compact package when being put away.

 The Trakker sits a little taller

The Trakker sits a little taller

Being slightly taller than the Wychwood stove it remains extremely stable but this also means it isn’t quite as compact.

That said, it still packs away really neatly and takes up the minimum amount of space, albeit it won’t fit inside your kettle!

 It folds almost flat

It folds almost flat

The fact that it isn’t as compact is offset by the impressive boil time, which is extremely quick, if a little louder than the Tactical Stove.

The Tri-Stove is also extremely light, yet robust and boasts good build quality throughout.

It also features a Piezo-style ignition, which is a necessity in my opinion, especially if you lose as many lighters as I do.

The feed is directly into the body itself, so there is no pre-heating of the gas, which might make for slightly slower boil times in the cold.

Until the winter comes I can’t test that categorically, but if you don’t fish much in the cold it won’t matter.

 The supplied bag

The supplied bag