The top down is a great way to start the stove, but it requires a lot of material.....even in the video and in any like it, there are usually 5-6 newspaper sheets used, several fist-fulls of kindling, and then 3-4 1/8 wood pieces. For me, all 3 of those are in limited supply, so I only use a top down if I need a big fire, immediately, and to hell with how much material I use.
I use a tinderbox method, where I can take 2 pieces of newspaper, a paraffin chip, then surround it with bark pieces (in unlimited supply). It takes a lot of tending in the first 10-15 minutes, but it works and saves material. Then I use a hatchet to wedge shards on top of the burning box and up she goes.
As for stoves, I am an Avalon stove fan. Jotul stoves are pretty amazing from several fiends that own them, but I can get used Avalon's for half the price. On some of those I feel like I am paying for the name rather than rote performance.
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