User Review: Jetboil Flash Cooking System
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $100
A great, compact cooking system that has continued to perform well many times over several years. The Flash is ideal for solo backcountry use, or a couple quick cups of coffee.
- Compact fit
- Reliable piezo ignition system
- Not enough volume for a 2 serving dehydrated meal
- Can't find individual parts by manufacturer
The Jetboil Flash is a great cooking system that is very compact when using the small fuel canisters. It sets up with ease, and all parts fit conveniently in the pot. I personally like the cup that doubles as the protector for the heat exchanger on the bottom.
The piezo ignition system has worked flawlessly down to freezing temperatures (all experiences with this stove at relative low elevations/<6,000 feet). The adjustment for flame control works as designed, however I have never had the need to really adjust below full throttle.
The fuel efficiency appears to be very good. I find the specs on Jetboil's website to be accurate. I only use this stove for dehydrated food and coffee, everything else I bring doesn't require cooking. Boil time is very good, I also find the cozy with the temperature gauge a plus. I have had little difficulty with the flame blowing out from wind; proper positioning and wind protection being a necessary skill for any backcountry cooking. The stove system is pretty stable, however proper care is needed when boiling over .5 liter (over max line!!!).
I have used this stove system on about a dozen trips over the last two years, and has not given me any problems. I would recommend using a larger capacity, perhaps the Sumo for backpacking trips with two or more people.