User Review: Jetboil Personal Cooking System (PCS)
Price Paid: $65
This little piece of cooking equipment was well worth the weight. During a week long backpacking/canoing trip to Canada with several other guys we ate a lot of freeze dried meals. The Jetboil would out boil the other guys' stoves and be ready to make another run before most of them ever even got the water very hot. The way it packs down into a very small and convenient package had a few more experienced campers who already owned stoves to take a closer look at the Jetboil system.
The efficiency is next to none, I was very wowed by the performance of the Jetboil even in windy conditions. I was also very happy to find that the stove worked with other types of fuels (even though the warning says not to). I also tasted nothing in the food as Aluminum goes, I was afraid I would get contamination at first, but I got nothing.
I found that the pan adapter is hard to use well without creating a hot spot in the middle of your pan. I have not used the Jetboil pan so that might work better. If you use a 220 ml can you wouldn't be able to pack it up the same but it will still work. It can become a little unstable when full (2 cups, don't do much more, it WILL boil over) and at a rolling boil. If you plan to make eggs over easy, bacon or pancakes, look into the pan or another system, if you're making lots of that freeze dried stuff (which can be quite good) you can't beat a Jetboil stove.