Great lightweight stove that is inexpensive, efficient…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $5
Great lightweight stove that is inexpensive, efficient and compact. The solid fuel cubes burn hot and last quite a while, but will leave a bit of black residue on your pot.
- Burns efficiently
- Galvanized steel has potential to rust
- Black soot residue left on pots
Setup: Incredibly easy: unfold it, put the cube in, and light it.
Ignition: Lights right up, and it burns fairly slow, so it's not scary to light or anything.
Flame control: Lacks here, because the only thing you can do with regards to this is move the pot up or down one setting.
Cooking: Wouldn't be the best for doing much more than boiling water. I guess you could fry on it if you need to, just like any other flame.
Boil Time: I was able to get four cups of water to a pretty solid boil within just a few minutes and still had about a third of the fuel left. I was very impressed by this since I was scared that with so much water, I wouldn't be able to get it to a boil. It was about 70 degrees outside.
Wind: There was a slight breeze when I used it, but it was pretty mild. Only two sides are exposed to the wind, but I imagine that with an extreme wind you might have a bit of trouble without an additional windscreen.
Fuel Efficiency: I was very impressed with this, as I was able to get several cups of water boiling using just one cube.
Stability: Very stable. I had a fairly large pot on it without any issues, and short of kicking the thing, you won't knock it over.
Packability: Very compact. Fits inside the pot I use along with a cup and silverware.
Ease of use: Super easy, and simple. It will leave residue on your pot, so I would either clean it off or have a ziplock for your pot to keep the rest of your gear clean.
Construction & Durability: I have a bit of concern because this is made of galvanized steel, which can rust when around water. I'm definitely going to keep my eye on the hinges over years as this would be my main concern, but with how cheap it is, it can easily be replaced if need be.
Conditions: I've had it for a couple of months and have used it twice.
Tight little stove. Same quality as the Esbit, but…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: about $9
Tight little stove. Same quality as the Esbit, but a couple of bucks cheaper.
- Good price
- Has directions on casing
- Fuel smells like old shrimp
The casing is pocket sized. It will hold almost any pot or pan. The grids adjust and help flow heat in an optimum way. It is silver in color, similar to the Esbit, and its features are almost identical except for the name.
It comes with fuel tablets that are orange, light up well, but smell fishy. You may need to use two tabs to boil more than a cup of water. The stove comes with its own built-in windscreen and can use other fuels such as Fondue Paste pods, wood, small homemade alcohol stoves and the like. The outside casing has picture instructions for use.
I have used this type of stove for years without a single problem. The fuel tablets light well and last for about 10 or 11 minutes. The stove, when open, sits off the ground, minimizing the need to clear vegetation. Because of its adaptability and ease of use, I have one stove package with fuel in each car I own and a 2nd package of fuel I use as a fire starter, if needed.
I also have two at home; one of them I tinker with and experiment with alternative fuels. I have also used it to develop my children's ability to survive by making it a necessary way to boil pond water for drinking use.