Esbit Pocket Stove

20 reviews
5-star:   10
4-star:   8
3-star:   2
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Specs

Weight—Small (including solid fuel) 6.3 oz / 180 g
Weight—Large (including solid fuel) 12.7 oz / 360 g
Dimensions—Small (closed/folded) 3.9 x 3 x 0.9 in / 9.8 x 7.7 x 2.3 cm
Dimensions—Large (closed/folded) 5.2 x 3.8 x 1.5 in / 13.2 cm x 9.6 cm x 3.9 cm

Reviews

5

Tiny, lightweight stove. Easy to use, easy to pack.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $6

Summary

Tiny, lightweight stove. Easy to use, easy to pack. Best for boiling water for freeze-dried meals and for other liquid drinks and meals. If you are wanting a heavy-duty stove for a group or for cooking things that take a long time or have to simmer, this is not the stove you are looking for.

Pros

  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Fuel smells bad
  • Flame not adjustable

I took this little stove out for the first time last weekend and it was great. After reading other reviews and having the common sense to look at this stove and not expect to cook gourmet meals with it, I was not disappointed at all. It is easily packable and very light. I was only going overnight, and my intention was to boil water for freeze-dried meals and hot cocoa. For these purposes, this stove was just right. 

The solid fuel cubes lit fairly easily, even with a slight breeze. I did set one wood match on top of the cube and then lit another one and held it on the cube until the first match flamed. That seemed to work both times I used the stove.

Once the fuel was lit, it stayed lit and burned at an equal rate until it was almost all gone. With the outside temperature around 45°F, it took about 9 minutes for 16 oz. water to come to a good boil.  When I was heating water for hot cocoa, I was able to get it hot enough in about 5 or 6 minutes, and then add some more water to my pot for another round of hot cocoa, before the fuel cube burned out. The package says the cube burns for about 12 minutes. I only timed until my water boiled, but I would say that is about right.

This is a stove for boiling water and is probably pretty limited in its capability to do much else. I haven't tried to cook or fry anything on it, because I bought it specifically for those times when I am mainly using freeze-dried or hot liquid foods, such as soups, drinks, oatmeal, etc.

It does not come with a wind screen and I forgot to bring anything with me, so I just set up two flat-ish rocks on the sides that were most open and I had no problem with the fuel staying lit.

The stove is very stable as it is a little box that opens and is low to the ground. In fact, I was boiling water on the Esbit and my husband was boiling water on a stove using a fuel canister and the stove my husband was using tipped, spilling the water and making us start over the boiling process. 

The Esbit cooled down quickly when I was done and the fuel tablets pack up in the foldable box. When it is closed, it is not much bigger than a deck of cards. Super simple design and easy to use.

The great thing about the simplicity of the Esbit Pocket Stove, is that there is not much to break or much to go wrong. The only thing would be if you forgot to bring the fuel tablets.

This is a great little stove for minimalists and backpackers who are NOT wanting to sauté, simmer or stir-fry their camp meals, but want to enjoy a easy meal from Mountain House or Backpacker's Pantry.

 

G00SE MODERATOR

Nice review, Amy. It's the hard-to-find nature of the fuel tablets that keep me from trying Esbit stoves. I use denatured alcohol and a homemade catfood can stove.


3 months ago
Ashleigh MODERATOR

Nice write up, Amy! I'd love to see some more great reviews from you!


3 months ago
Daniel Oates

Great review Amy. Seems like the large size could hold a small cat stove in the center and use this for a pot support, may have to try that. Thanks again for the review, it definitely makes me want to try one out!


3 months ago
1

This is a very doable experience for the backpacker.

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $8

Summary

This is a very doable experience for the backpacker. If you plan to cook a good meal but only go backpacking once or twice a year this may be great option.

Pros

  • Really cooks hot
  • Really cooks fast
  • Easy to light
  • Pocket sized with fuel storage

Cons

  • Needs somewhat flat surface, dirt/rocks okay
  • Uses fuel fast, you may need to add during cook

This stove is very storable, pops out quick, and lights with a single match. It is also quiet in operation and is probably easier to clean than most stoves.

Very fast boil in only three minutes, but watch out, you will have to add more fuel cubes during cooking of large meals. This con may make the stove less useful for people planning to cook several meals or on a longer trip because you would have to carry a good number of cubes with you.

The price is still excellent, definitely beating the other backpacker stoves. I have two now and can cook two dishes at once—eggs and bacon or pancakes and sausage. Really went well when I was frying garden burgers for four people last year.

1

The Esbit Pocket stove is overall good quality, as…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: received it as a sample, freebie, or prize (My Scoutmaster)

Summary

The Esbit Pocket stove is overall good quality, as it is very light (12.7 ounces including all of the fuel) and boils water effectively.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Boils fast
  • Cheap/affordable

Cons

  • Starts to smell like fish after use...
  • Gets slightly dirty and may require washing

The setup is extremely easy! Just pop it out of your pocket, unfold it and ignite a piece of fuel. Every single time I've attempted to ignite the fuel, I've done it with a single match. It does not take much effort to light the fuel. It comes with six fuel cubes, so if you're planning to make more than three meals, purchase extra fuel. It works very well as a backup stove.

The burner or how hot the flame is unfortunately cannot be manipulated, just as a real fire. Although, the stove can boil sixteen ounces of water in ten minutes or less with just one of the solid fuel tablets. It is very effective for how light it is, which is about thirteen grams. It can also grill and fry any food. It will also stay lit in the wind but for max efficiency, make a small wind block out of rocks or tin foil. 

It is very stable and safe to set as large of a pot as your heart desires on it. It doesn't come with any kind of pot or cooking tool. All the features work nicely and in normal circumstances never has problems. 

I suggest that you only use the cubed fuel packs, because that is what this stove is designed to best use. It is very strong, light, cheap and very durable. I went on a overnight backpacking trip for Scouts and used this model. I cooked three meals in it and all I can negatively report is an odd, fishy smell from it.

G00SE MODERATOR

Joshua, welcome to TS! Thanks for reviewing. If you're ever needing specifics on the weight of items, it's often listed in the right side bar. In this case, the stove weighs about 180grams. You might want to edit your review (just click on the "Edit Review" button at the top of your review.). I look forward to reading some of your other reviews!


3 months ago
Joshua

Thanks! I will be sure to take a look at the specifications tool next time.


2 months ago
G00SE MODERATOR

Thanks for posting! I hope you'll share more gear reviews with us!


2 months ago
1

Packable stove with excellent heating capability,…

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

Summary

Packable stove with excellent heating capability, fire steel ignition, sturdy stand and replaceable fuel tablets. Works well with canteen cups and mess kits. Light, low profile that's great for backpacks.

Pros

  • Lights easily with match, fire steel or lighter
  • Small and foldable for easy carry
  • Good heat

Cons

  • Tablets smell bad, so use it in open air

I bought this stove at an army surplus store for $5.95. It fits inside my mess kit with fuel tablets enclosed when it's folded. Boils 2 cups of water in 6 minutes. Fuel tablets are available at sporting goods stores.

Best used in the open air because burning tablets smell. Folded, it measures about the size of a small cigar pack. Easy to light and burns hot even in the wind. Stove folds out to create a Stand which can hold canteen cups or mess tin.

Simple and practical, I would recommend this stove to hikers, bush crafters, emergency preparedness kit builders and home disaster kit builders.

0

Very durable Great deal Extremely versatile fuel source…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $10

Summary

Very durable
Great deal
Extremely versatile fuel source

Pros

  • Versatile fuel sources
  • Lightweight
  • Compact

This is great stove that is compact, light, extremely versatile, and is reasonably priced. I liked that it was made in Germany because they make great products, but that's beside the point. It's a great stove that I highly reccomend to all.

0

This is a nice compact dependable cooking stove ,that…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $11.99

Summary

This is a nice compact dependable cooking stove ,that is easy to set up and use! Its design is for boiling 2 cups of water. Great for the cook in bag meal users.

Pros

  • Easy use
  • Dependable fuel
  • Compactability
  • Durability

Cons

  • Not very light
  • Doesn't come with wind screen
  • One tablet only boils two cups of water no more than that

When using this stove in a light wind with a DIY wind screen it was able to boil water in 8 minuets. Heavy wind would mean the use of two tablets as well as more than two cups of water would also. It unfolds great and is very durable, as well it also is small when folded and can easily slide into your cook pot for storing.

This stove is a good backup and a great front runner for you lightweight hikers where space and weight mean everything!

0

Great little cooker. Really great stove this. I got…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: 1 pound

Summary

Great little cooker.

Pros

  • Lighweight
  • Strong
  • Boils water fast

Really great stove this. I got mine from an army kit resellers, so it was a bit dinged about, but even in that state it can do what it is meant to do with ease.

My only reservation is not a con. It is that it does take around two fuel tablets to boil a litre of water, but at least it boils fast.

Really great, I can see why the army uses it!

0

This is NOT a stove to cook a chicken over. It is…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $11

Summary

This is NOT a stove to cook a chicken over. It is a lightweight stove for boiling water. Used for this purpose it is great!

Pros

  • Light weight
  • Compact
  • Boils 2 cups of water in approximately 8 minutes

This little gem is perfect for what it is intended for — to boil water. Need to purify water? Water for MRE's?  Coffee/Tea?

I purchased this stove mainly for my emergency kit when winter hiking.  How good would a hot cup of tea or cup of soup taste if someone is injured on a cold winter day? Two cups of water take approximately 8 minutes to boil.

It is inexpensive — approximately $11. It is lightweight at 3.25 oz. Easy to light the non toxic fuel which you can blow out if you don't use it all (you may need a type of wind block for which i pack some tinfoil).

I usually just pack a tin cup in which the whole stove/fuel fits.  Perfect! 

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rob5073

I have one and it is handy as the reviewer stated. I don't like that the cubes have a funny odor to them and a sooty deposit is left behind on my canteen cup.


2 years ago
0

Pocket stove that works anytime any place Nice way…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $5

Summary

Pocket stove that works anytime any place

Pros

  • Light but sturdy

Cons

  • Four small rocks work too.

Nice way to boil a cup of water, using four stones can do the same thing or digging a small hole in the ground. The stove keeps any unfriendly impact to a minimum. Burns clean with its fuel table, can use military fuel tabs too.

0

I love this stove.  It weighs next to nothing and…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $9.99 for stove and some fuel cubes

I love this stove.  It weighs next to nothing and is fine (3 season) for my freezer bag cooking.  I have resorted to all freezer bag cooking to minimize cleanup, so now I don't always need my Svea 123

If I was on a long trek or in winter conditions I might bring the 123, but I have had no problems with the Esbit boiling a cup of water in five minutes or less.  There is usually enough left over from one solid fuel cube to also boil a cup for a hot drink.  

I was also able to use a solid fuel cube on a very rainy group backpack where we wanted a fire and could not find any dry tinder.  We had dryer lint but it did not keep going long enough to light the tinder. 

Very good stove.

0

Great for boiling water. Due to compact size and ease…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $5

Great for boiling water. Due to compact size and ease of operation, I keep one in the glove box of the car and take one on every hike just for emergencies.

 

0

I wanted a hassle-free, light, compact, and safe stove…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $6

I wanted a hassle-free, light, compact, and safe stove for backpacking and this bad-mamma-jamma delivered. With some help from tin-foil (wind-screen), this stove is perfect if your meal's preparation consist of adding hot water, stirring, and eating. 

With my 4qt. pot and two fuel blocks, I was able to boil enough water to rehydrate two meals (Backpacker's Pantry Beef Stroganoff & Pad Thai) and two cups of hot chocolate (to enjoy while we waited for the meals to "cook"); that's roughly 9 cups, so a little more than 2L in about 12 minutes.  In the morning I heated 3 cups in about 6 minutes with half a fuel block.

I know there are faster, more efficient stoves out there that look high tech with neato colors, but if you're not in a rush to eat, enjoy your scenery while you wait for your water to boil. 

Oh, it packs down to the size of a deck of cards and the fuel fits within; all of which, wrapped in the foil, went inside my pot along with unused food and drinks.  Win.

0

I have been bushwalking for many year on and off and…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: 5

I have been bushwalking for many year on and off and have always have had an Esbit stove. I use it now in combination with shellite fuel stove (optum svea 123R amongst others) to simmer food or maintain the temperature of food already cooked.

While I cook another dish, so I don’t have a train smash and have something that looks like a good meal, and for the coffee on the trail, it’s perfect, you don’t have to muck around with liquid fuels, and if you can find an Aussie Army mess kit the combination is cheap, compact and works well for short hikes.

I can’t speak highly enough of this stove, it’s never let me down, and always will carry one of these stoves. As for time it takes to cook a litre of water, I don’t care, and it’s a waste of information for a keen hiker as time is what you have to enjoy the great outdoors.

0

I got a used one at an Army/Navy surplus store for…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $3

I got a used one at an Army/Navy surplus store for three bucks! A fantastic little stove about the size of a deck of cards and super light weight. The fuel even packs inside. The Esbit brand fuel tabs can get a little pricey but the generic army fuel tabs are smaller, lighter, cost about 2/3rds less and work just as good! The only thing is that the Esbit brand tabs pack in the stove better because they are the correct rectangle shape.

One tab brings one pint of water to a boil. 6 tabs pack in a stove. These suckers get hot, too hot to cook on without having something half raw half burned.

0

Size, weight performance. The krauts used these stoves…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars

Size, weight performance. The krauts used these stoves on the Russian Front during WWII (what else do you need to know)?

Use propane or butane for car camping, but the Esbit can't be beat in the field. Use hexamine or trioxane fuel tabs (get em at surplus store) and don't worry about expiration date.

If you pay more than $3 for an Esbit you got ripped. The leftovers from WWII and the Cold War are still working just fine.

0

I love this stove for the long hauls. I use dehydrated…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $6.99

I love this stove for the long hauls. I use dehydrated meals mostly for long trips and this does the trick! It is light, reliable, easy to use, really cheap and uses safe fuel. It is not the fastest at boiling but hey, I'm in the wilderness and time is what I have!

The only problem I have is with Esbit fuel. It has sort of a fishy smell. I always hang it with the food stuff in bear country. We usually take a different stove on short hikes or winter camping but take the Pocket Stove for a backup! A great product!

0

The most useful stove I own. Weighs almost nothing.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $5

The most useful stove I own. Weighs almost nothing. Fits into (almost) any pocket. Fuel is stored in the stove for convenience. Solid fuel, no messes. Fuel can be used as an emergency fire starter in wet conditions, burns for 10 to 15 minutes per tab.

ONLY downside, a windscreen MUST be used. A piece of tinfoil folded over a couple of times works well. As long as all you're doing is boiling a cup or two of water for rehydrating dehydrated meals, this is the perfect stove.

0

You have to have an efficient setup to take full advantage…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars

You have to have an efficient setup to take full advantage of this design. Use a lightweight "pot" and try and keep it to about 2 cups with one tab. With a windscreen, it can boil up to 2 cups with one tab. More than that and it will take more than one tab. I am using it on the AT (thru-hike) and it gets the job done :)

0

It is not bad as an emergency backup. I had a hard…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $10

It is not bad as an emergency backup. I had a hard time bringing any more than one cup of water to a boil per tablet, so I started building little twiggy fires as the tablet died down.

0

Gets the job done. Not the quickest but at the price…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Price Paid: 6 dollars or less

Gets the job done. Not the quickest but at the price and weight it is hard to beat.

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