After searching for a small stove for those times I don't want to lug the Tentipi firebox or Jetboil around I tumbled upon the Honey Stove from Backpacking Light. It arrived safely packaged and with a free bag of Skittles which put a smile on my face when I opened up the parcel. It's basically a few pieces of stamped metal which slot together to provide a simple but effective stove, big enough for a small pan or crusader type cup. All this makes for a very stable platform for making small meals and it's size allows you to use various small twigs or other bits of wood you find lying around.
So, for a first trial we headed to a beautiful, wild beach in East Lothian and set up the stove in a sheltered spot on the rocks on the beach. From the charring on the sheltered side of the rock it appears we were not the first to choose this spot and from the dark marks on the rocks I guess this place has been used for several hundred years to provide a great spot to cook. The amount of limpets and mussel shells make me suspect this has been a good spot for wild food for many years. However, I brought some contents of an army rashion pack I had left over from my last camping trip.
To get the fire going, I used a bit of cotton wool impregnated with a Vaseline type substance with a Light my Fire firesteel and brought a few pieces of dried kindling. Three pieces of kindling were enough to boil almost a litre of water in around 10 minutes which was impressive. Depending on what fuel you are using (you can also use a meth's burner from a trangia), you may wish to have a lid to cover your crusader cup as with any fire outdoors in the wind, ash can find it's way into your brew! The stove burns very efficiently and the various combination you can make it into provide a way of cooking small meals or bigger courses depending on your needs.
Overall I rate this Honey Stove highly and suggest at around £35 it's a pretty good bit of kit which should last many years.