Well my Backcountry Boiler has just arrived (Christmas eve) and I bummed mostly because I won't have much time to fiddle with it over the next few days. The new sleeve casing/cover looks like a great enhancement so I'm pleased that I chose this version instead of the regular neoprene sleeve.
The laser etching on the top of the stove looks great and as you can clearly see from the photo below, I have Kickstarter #16.
The new stopper is nicely made too and fits perfectly. I did notice that the inside edge of the filling hole is very rough and burred up, not at all what I had expected. The biggest surprise was the quality of the bottom fire cup. Take a look at the photo below and you'll should be able to see how badly finished the hole on the side of the cup is.
You can see that the edge of the cut out is seriously gnarly looking, in fact its full of razor sharp burrs and is not even a very neat circle. There are two sections of the cup's rolled under lip that are missing chunks of metal - that is not shown here. The overall quality of this piece is not acceptable. I'll fix the burrs on the inside of the filling hole, but this cup will need to be fixed.
I'm hoping that this was just a one-off bad sample of the cup and that the rest of the production pieces are not as unfinished as this one. I'm pretty dissapointed in the initial quality of the Backcountry Boiler partly due to the fact that there were delays in production while tweaks and improvements were being made - so I'm not sure how this slipped past QA.
I'll reach out to Devin at Boilerwerks and see what he has to say about this. Knowing him, he'll have this rectified in no time at all and will be even more horrified than I am about this. I'll be holding off using the Boiler until I've had an opportunity to speak to Devin about this.
Brian is a Charlotte based backpacker, gear junkie, runner, and CrossFit(er). Originally from Southampton, England, Brian has lived in the US for over 20 years, finally settling in North Carolina. He spends as much time backpacking as his busy work schedule and family life will allow.