I guess the idea is that you use the fuel lying around: fine in a dry country, but a bit ambitious in a Welsh winter. But I do think the fan-assisted combustion is a good idea: gasifying log boilers get flame temperatures of over 1,000 degC this way. I'm not suggesting the stove will get that hot, but 3.5kW output is not bad. It's one step on from a Kelly Kettle/Benghazi Boiler.Even dry wood burns slowly, and the energy content in any wood is less than in gas, kerosene or petrol, so one have to carry more weight for the same energy.
The stove without the charging possibility would be just another wood burning stove, and the charging facility is IMHO very low.
What, so 3rd world that they need to spend a fortune on a stove that will charge their smartphoneYou have missed the point. The stove is designed for third world countries predominantly.
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