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A.T.'s review was very thorough. As an owner of a…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $14

Summary

A.T.'s review was very thorough. As an owner of a BRS-3000T as well, I thought I'd echo his comments. If all you need to do is boil water, this is a great ultralight stove for you.

Pros

  • Lightest canister stove I've found
  • Fast and efficient at boiling water
  • Compact and easy to store

Cons

  • Narrow pot stands largely limit it to use with cups
  • Need to fabricate your own windscreen

The BRS-3000T, at 25g, is the lightest canister stove I've found. I also have a very similar stove from Olicamp that weighs 48g w/storage sack.  

The stove easily stores in my 750ml mug along with a foam coffee cup and windscreen. It's tiny. The downside to the size is a relatively narrow pot support diameter. It's been fine for use with Ti cups, but probably sketchy for use with a pot.  

I believe every stove needs a windscreen to 1) maximize its efficiency and, 2) keep it from being blown out. Like many stoves in this category, you'll need to fabricate your own.

I bought it off Amazon for about $14. It's made in China, as is much of the gear we use, and came packaged for the Chinese market.  

WINDSCREENS:

Attempt #1

My first windscreen design was a two-piece design made from two strips of chimney flashing purchased from a local home improvement store. I used two stackable strips curved into a cylinder so the windscreen could be stored inside my 750ml Ti mug.

One concern about this design is the potential for the fuel cartridge to overheat. Another limitation is it doesn't readily fit around the larger cartridges although it could be "opened" to accommodate the larger cartridges. This windscreen weighs 36 grams.

While testing the BRS 3000T with this design I did notice the flame "blooming" in the direction of the cartridge and stopped the test. I had not previous noticed this with my slightly larger Olicamp Ion Micro Ti stove.  

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Attempt #2

My second attempt addressed the concern about the tank potential overheating my replacing the bottom section of flashing with a wire stand (clothes hanger). The original version used a screen fashioned out of a disposable serving tray purchased at the grocery store. This lightweight aluminum screen is susceptible to burning, as evidenced in the pictures, and doesn't hold the wire stand well making it cumbersome.

It does easily accommodate the larger cartridges. Weight is 26 grams. Time to increase 2 cups from 70 to 200 degrees was 3 minutes 20 seconds.


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Attempt #3

My third attempt is a pan-shaped windscreen that mimics Snow Peak's Giga Power windscreen. I fabricated this unit out of a 4" diameter tin can. The design will work with any size cartridge and weight is 30 grams. Time to increase 2 cups from 70 to 200 degrees was 4 minutes 16 seconds. 


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Attempt #4

My latest iteration is an improvement on Attempt #3 by replacing the foil pan windscreen with the flashing material for increase durability and a less delicate assembly. I see no reason why boil times would be significantly different. Weight is 34 grams. My next mod will be to replace the legs with a set made from lighter shirt hanger wire.


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My kit:

My entire kit stores in my Vargo 750ml Ti mug. Weight is 236 grams without the fuel cartridge.


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Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for adding your own comments on this stove, John. It's always helpful to hear if other users have had similar experiences.


2 years ago
Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Great pictures and info too!


2 years ago
AlexT.

Great pictures John. I was initially surprised that #3 required more time to boil but hen after thinking it made sense. There are two major factors that affect heating efficiency aside from direct flame contact: hot air heat transfer and IR radiation. Both would work better if the screen wraps around the pot as well as the flame source. So #3 would not really help with heat efficiency but the wind protection only. I am playing with a conical open shapes made from aluminum flashing as the conical shape is more stable and requires no stand and aluminum flashing can be drilled for holes to increase air flow to help with overheating.


2 years ago
DonP

I have to slightly disagree with John's assessment that it's only good for boiling water. I have in fact used this stove to cook pasta and rice with. I have even used it with a 130mm fry pan/pot lid. Of course as with any Ti cookware, how you use it is key to successful cooking. It's all in the technique. :-) I also use a Toaks 900ml wide pot, and the stove works just fine with it. Still, great review and nice windscreen build. :)


2 years ago
John Foy

DonP makes a good point. This stove does offer fine flame adjustment to allow for actual cooking/simmering vs. simply boiling. With my setup, boiling is all I use if for.


2 years ago
John Foy

With respect to windscreen attempt #1, I suspect the blooming is due to the windscreen's diameter being to close to that of the small gas canister, limiting upward air flow around the stove. One day when I get around to it, I'll make a larger diameter version that fits the larger canisters and see if the blooming is addressed.


2 years ago
AlexT.

I have recently come across this YouTube video that presents an absolutely brilliant (in my opinion) design for a universal wind screen that should also work for BRS-3000 stove. I am going to try and implement it. Enjoy the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAIgzCJEgPg


1 year ago
John Foy

Cool! Thanks for sharing A.T.! I'll have to try that too when I get a chance.


1 year ago
John Foy

A.T. I just got around to making a conical windscreen based on the YouTube video you shared using the same aluminum flashing I made my others with. It came in at 15 grams.


1 year ago
5

The most lightweight and the most compact yet powerful…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $20 CAD

Summary

The most lightweight and the most compact yet powerful backpacking butane canister stove is the only stove one needs for 3-season backpacking trips. It only weighs 25 grams, yes, this is true, and takes virtually no space yet brings 2 cups of water to hard boil in less then 3 minutes, and all those features for less than $15. If you can use butane canister fuel in your conditions, you can use this stove.

Pros

  • Ultra lightweight 25 g and very compact
  • Powerful and efficient: generates 2700 W
  • Boils water quickly
  • Comes with a high visibility pouch
  • Very inexpensive

Cons

  • Short pot support legs
  • Feels a little flimsy

I own and use a few different canister stoves: Primus ClassicTrail, Primus Express, even no name China made cheap one, but none of them can beat the combined features of this BRS-3000T "titanium" stove (the word "titanium" here is in the quotes because this is how the manufacturer describes the fact that they use titanium alloy among other materials in the stove construction).

After I used it once I now use it for all my backpacking trips: so small and lightweight I cannot feel it and yet does the job to my satisfaction.

Features

This stove is best suitable for lightweight backpacking when weight and size are more important than some features.

The stove is extremely compact. It's so small you could lose it in your backpack (may be it's not a plus?). Let's compare its size with some other well known stoves:

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The stove is extremely lightweight. It only weighs 25 g. See the weight comparison with the same stoves as above:

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The BRS stove comes in a little bright green pouch that is highly visible on almost any surface.

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Setup

Super easy. Just flip those pot support legs out and twist the stove on your canister. Tip: make sure the control valve is fully turned off before twisting the stove on.

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Pot support

Because the stove is so compact the pot support legs are shorter than the larger stove's but they are long enough to support both the compact "tall" pots and the wider pots. With the wider pots the trick is to orient the pot so the handle is against one of the legs then it will be stable.

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Packability

Great. The BRS-3000T is so little it will fit virtually anywhere.

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Ignition

The stove does not have any built-in ignition devices to minimize the weight. To ignite you need a source of flame of your own. I usually use a lighter, but others may prefer a piezo device or a spark thrower. Whatever can ignite a butane gas will work. Just turn on a valve a little so you hear a hissing sound and apply a flame source. I suggest to ignite a stove before putting a pot on because it's a bit hard to see what's going on underneath a pot when a stove is so small.

Flame control

Flame is controlled by a nob on a stove's side which when turned against the clock will increase the flame and the opposite. The nob rotates easily and the flame strength can also be evaluated by how loud a hissing sound is. When on full power the stove sounds pretty loud. Because the stove is small the nob is bit too close to a canister and a bit too short so it's close to the flame too so one needs to get used to use it accurately.

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Power

According to a manufacturer the stove generates 2700 W which corresponds to about 9200 BTU/hr. In comparison the Primus Express generates 8900 BTU/hr and Primus ClassicTrail - 10000 BTU/hr. So regardless of its small size the stove should be pretty powerful.

From my experience the little BRS stove brings 2 cups (~0.5 L) of water from a natural source (~15C/52F) in about 2'30" to 2'50" depending on air temperature, water temperature, wind, etc. I mostly use an 1 L wide aluminum pot with a lid and use a small wind screen to reflect some heat. Primus Express stove in the same conditions boils a bit faster: 2 cups of water in about 2'15" which I attribute to a larger burner size.

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Fuel efficiency

This is not an exact science because how much fuel is required depends on many different factors, but from my statistics during an average overnight trip I boil roughly 2 liters of water for 3 meals and drinks for 2 people and this stove burns about 30 g of butane in 11 minutes for this task, which would estimate roughly 36 minutes of burning time for a small 100 g canister and 1 hour and 15 minutes of burning time for a large 220 g canister.

Stability

The BRS stove is very secure on a canister and the pot support legs will not move anywhere. If a canister itself sits on the surface secure there should be no problems. I've had an 1 L wide pot hard boiling for a minute before I attended to it and it did not move anywhere, so I conclude that the little "teeth" on the pot support legs have enough traction with a pot bottom.

Cooking

Even though the flame control is good enough I would not use this stove with a frying pan because the burner size is fairly small and most likely will heat a pan in a relatively small spot. For boiling water however this stove works great for both tall and wide pots and creates fairly large heating spot to boil water fast.

Construction, durability, and conditions

The construction is very simple with just a few moving parts. The manufacturer claims that they use titanium alloy for pot support legs, which is most likely based on the facts that the legs are lightweight but strong, withstand high temperature with no problem, and cool very quickly. Some other parts are made of brass and stainless steel steel.

The design at first feels a bit flimsy, but it seems to work well and so far I've used it for about 6 months on 5 trips and noticed no problems. I used the stove in temperatures between 0°C/32°F to 30°C/92°F.

Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Great review, A.T.! Thanks for taking the time to share such helpful, thorough info and pcis of this little stove.


2 years ago
DonP

Glad to see someone review my new favorite stove. As A.T. says, it's extremely light weight, tiny in the pack and works like a champ. Heck, it's so light weight, I carry two just in case one breaks. I mean, carrying two stoves and you're still under 2 ounces for both, is just insane to me. Good review and I can't disagree with any part of it.


2 years ago
Howard Hayden

The brand of canister-fuel will determine the length of time to boil water. I see the Primus fuel...one of the hottest available, as are MSR and Giga-Power. The cheap, general store canisters are not nearly so hot for cooking or boiling water. High-end gives you greater efficiency nearly always.


2 years ago
AlexT.

Howard, it so happens that Primus fuel is also the most inexpensive in my area. But anyway I refill those canisters myself from generic butane tall cans that are almost two times cheaper so my time measurement is for generic butane not Primus brand.


2 years ago
Jake W

I just ordered one of these today based off your review, looking forward to getting it. Thanks for the helpful review of a product I never would've heard of otherwise!


1 year ago
Howard Hayden

We can debate endlessly about merits and negatives of all products. And the quest for the lightest, the strongest, most reliable, most efficient of any product we use, from packs to tents/shelters, to cooking gear ends up to attain the very lightest of weight that one carries afield. I remember a discussion between uberlight analyst, Brian Baker, and one of our greatest lightweight and outdoor trail-runners, Andrew Skurka. They concluded that total weight carried, from top to bottom, is traditional (of yesteryear), lightweight, aka, backpackinglight, thence to ultralight, thence to uberlight, at the end of which one is almost in survival mode, and has discovered 'stupid light'. All things in life are a trade-off. Seek simplicity; remembering that simplicity is the mean between ostentation and rusticity.


1 year ago
2

If you're looking for a functional, ultralight canister…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $14.40

Summary

If you're looking for a functional, ultralight canister stove, this is your stove. It's extremely light and compact, but sturdy enough to get the job done.

Pros

  • Ultralight
  • Compact
  • Sturdy
  • Sizable, even flame
  • Smooth flame adjustment

Cons

  • Requires wind shield for wind resistance
  • Not self-lighting

I have taken the BRS on several trips with over 100 miles worth of backpacking and have not had any issues that would make me want to look for a different stove.


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The stove comes in a tiny stuff sack and is easy to remove and setup. It has three rotating feet for the pot which all rotate into position once you flip the flame adjustment lever out. For such an inexpensive stove, I am impressed that very little fuel escapes from the canister when I screw the BRS onto the fuel canister. Some stoves seem to shed a large burst of fuel during this process and I am pleasantly surprised at how well the BRS seats and does not lose fuel.

The lever for adjusting the burner is long enough for me to avoid getting burned or fearing the burner and is smooth to adjust. I am happy with the level of adjustment and the flame control goes from an "almost off" up to a roaring flame that isn't out of control but is enough to fight some wind interference.

Since I mentioned wind, I should probably go ahead and mention that if high winds are normal in your area you will need to plan on shielding this stove from the wind in order to achieve your cooking/boil. I have used my pack as a wind barrier and I also carry some aluminum foil that I have used as a wind shield. Remember to be careful shielding your fuel canister stove in the wind so you don't trap all the heat on the fuel canister.

High wind is probably the only real weakness this stove has, but no more than other stoves in it's category such as the MSR PocketRocket. It's just an open stove that needs the flame protected enough that the heat isn't set sideways. I would probably have to be in the Rocky Mountains in a state like Utah or Colorado frequently where both cold and wind were always a concern in order to switch to a Jetboil or some other stove as a concern. Hiking the A.T.? You can manage with this stove. I hiked the Georgia section with it.

If the wind is managed or not an issue, you will have no problem achieving a fast boil with this stove. It's no faster or slower than other high-end stoves in the category (such as Snow Peak or MSR PocketRocket). Fuel efficiency is good; I never had to max the flame out to get a fairly quick boil unless I was fighting the wind (but I still boiled mac-n-cheese despite high wind).

Let's talk stability: I confess the feet on this stove are not particularly wide. At the same time, I have never had an issue keeping my pot on the stove. I would always recommend finding a level surface to use any stove; this stove is no exception to that. The feet have enough texture/grip due to the jimping or filing that your pot shouldn't slide or move unless you are on a slope (just like any other stove/canister setup).

Bottom line for me is that this stove does its job and is ultra small, packable, and as ultralight as you can get for a fuel canister stove setup.

Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Nice review, Joshua! Thanks for taking the time to share it.


2 days ago
JRinGeorgia

Nice write-up, I agree this is a sweet little pocket stove for canister fuel. I would say that another "pro" is it's cheap, can be had for $10-$12 on eBay. Another "con" is that it has a small support area so a wide-bottomed pot has to be carefully balanced. Otherwise it's a pocket flamethrower.


1 day ago
0

This tiny stove is extremely compact and lightweight,…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $25

Summary

This tiny stove is extremely compact and lightweight, yet puts out a lot of heat. Perfect for a small solo cook kit.

Pros

  • Very lightweight—25 grams!
  • Compact
  • High heat output
  • Fuel efficient

Cons

  • Minimal wind protection

I have had this stove for two seasons now and in my opinion, it is a gem of a titanium, ultralight mini-stove! It is a perfect match to a 4-oz isobutane tank and a 500-700 ml pot for a solo cook kit. When folded, it measures barely 2 inches long by 1 inch around and weighs less than 1 oz (25 gr) and it can really put out some heat!

About the only thing I could fault it for is there is really no windscreen vanes on the burner head. I always use my own windscreen made from several layers of household aluminum foil, so it really isn't an issue to me. I also would not use it for heating a larger pot of water, like 1-2 liters (I have an MSR PocketRocket for that). It also seems to be very fuel efficient compared to my other, larger stoves, especially for this purpose. I find the foldout arms to provide plenty of stability for my small 550-ml pot and the flame is very adjustable.

As a side note, there are instructions out there to replace the burner on a Jetboil Ti Sol with one of these which is supposed to lighten the Jetboil by 3 oz. 

Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the review, Doug.


6 days ago
0

Great for the light at heart, but good for anything…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: eBay

Summary

Great for the light at heart, but good for anything camping.

Pros

  • Extremely low price
  • Super small
  • Heats water fast
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Small base, but can be worked with

I have two of these. I had three, gave one to a friend who is a minimalist packer. He never saw anything like it and was completely happy for the gift. These things are less than $13 shipped on eBay.

I found the perfect marriage for this stove.

I bought a 1L Boundless Voyage aluminum pot with the built-in heat exchanger ring and the stove platform fits right within the heat exchanger's inner diameter. Not only does it produce more heat to the pot, but 1L of water boil in less than 4 minutes. It also makes for a great wind break.

Now it does fit tight, so you need to make sure you take it off the stove slowly as it may snag on the heat fins.
The center direct burner does get out of had when cooking. I placed a tunafish can lid on top with small holes drilled around the center as to better disperse the heat. I think it works as I can heat up food in my pot on med heat and not burn it.

I use this for motorcycle camping as I don't have much room to pack much.

As far as working in cold temps? It did OK around freezing, a little slower as to be expected.

The pot works for me, but a cup and this for boiling water is what it's made for. You just need to get creative with it.. I used it a couple times when the power went out.

Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the review, Ramseybella. I'd love to see some pictures of your stove in use, if you're willing to add some to your review.


1 year ago
ronrude

I have the Nomad Life version of this stove. Check the review. I had a canister that didn't work with it due to the fit up with the control on the stove. Always test your canister before depending on it. Great stove overall!


1 year ago

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