It is HEAVY.
I was expecting something larger, but when you realize you can cook using sticks and twigs - charcoal - or as advertised: dried dung, it doesn't have to be large to be powerful.
It seems to have two names, which is confusing. Either it's a ZOOM VERSA, or it's an ECO ZOOM, but it would help if they'd choose one already!
These are being sent to foreign countries (for free) so that those in third world countries can cook. . . . I'm kinda confused here, since they've been cooking for centuries, but whatever it takes. . . They at least have lots of dung and this oven mentions dried dung as one of it's sources of heat. So, there ya go.
For those of you who are not familiar with the uses of this oven, in a true disaster, with no electricity (and the bottle of gas has gone empty on your gas grill), this little baby will fire up using four, 1/2 " diameter twigs, boil 5 liters of water in under 20 minutes, and keep it simmering it for another 45 minutes
The rack is placed up to the fire chamber and your twigs, sticks, or twelve inch long boards of untreated 1x3s are laid on this rack and fed INTO the fire chamber as needed.
Included in the box was a grate for charcoal use, and a large ring (see below) that can be wrapped around any cooking pot, to form a close seal so that there is less heat loss into the air and more concentrated heat for the cooking pot.
THEY THOUGHT OF EVERYTHING!
The 12 inch cooking surface is CAST IRON!
I ordered it through Amazon, as I did the Berkey water filter and I'm thrilled with the service of Amazon, as well as the quality of both the water filter system and the Eco Zoom.
Now I can get back to concentrating on buying single serve veggies, potted meats, as well as single serve oatmeals and grains.
I don't consider myself paranoid or a prepper.
I'm merely moving forward with some common sense where planning for any kind of temporary emergency is concerned.
("Temporary" being the operative and hopeful word.)