User Review: Esbit Alcohol Stove & Trekking Cookset CS985HA
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: £45.08
Esbit cs985h-ex cookset, very well made hard anodised with a 930 mil pot and lid.
- Quick to boil when using a windscreen
- Pot is fitted with a heat exchanger
- Not as light as a Caldera Cone or White Box
Here is a photo of the esbit cookset in its stuffsack next to my Optimus Heat Pouch (a perfect partnership!). The cookset weighs 430grams with out the Optimus Heat Pouch. It is a very durable well made cookset and the heat exchanger fitted to the 930mil pot is a very nice touch.
As you can see in the picture the cookset is really quite compact and if you use the Optimus Heat Pouch it fits in with room to spare.
I did two boil tests, each with 500 mil of cold water. The first test was without a windscreen. It boiled at 10.40. The second test was with a Trail Designs 6-inch windscreen the standard one. The result blew me away I got a boil at 7.30 which I am very pleased about that and the rugged dependability of the cookset. The stove set used 26mil of meths to boil the 500mil of cold water. I do find that the burner works best if you fill it to capacity!
This is the bottom of the esbit showing the heat exchanger.