Extremely light, extremely small. The lightest canister…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $45 inc. shipping
Extremely light, extremely small. The lightest canister stove so far. Great for ultralight backpacking using a Ti mug. Lets you simmer vs. an alcohol stove!
- Ultralight weight
- Super compact, ultra stowable
- Ability to simmer
- Small diameter pot supports work best with mugs vs. pots
I tried a couple of different alcohol stoves and wasn't impressed by their ease-of-use and fuel consumption but they were lighter than existing canister stoves. I stumbled across the Olicamp Ion Micro Ti stove on the interweb and for about $45, I gave a shot.
Weighing in at 49g with case (45+4), the Ion Micro is the smallest and lightest canister stove currently on the market. It easily fits in the bottom of my 900ml Ti mug and allows my entire system (stove, windscreen, coffee cup less fuel) to fit in my 900ml Ti mug/lid. I've included pics of the stove and the rest of my kit.
The pot supports fold parallel to the body of the stove to minimize the storage size. Unfolded, the diameter of the pot supports are a bit narrow as should be expected from a "micro" stove but they work fine when cooking (boiling) with a mug vs. a pot.
The gas control also folds up for storage and allows for simmering. In a non-scientific test, boil time was 4:20 for 2 cups using tap water.
While the stove burns fine in the wind, I made my own tight-fitting aluminum windscreen to minimize fuel usage/boil times (similar screen to that I had to build for my alcohol stoves). Olicamp does sell a folding windscreen.
It does not have piezo ignition like some others. I use the lighter(s) that I carry with me anyway. A dedicated piezo adds "single purpose" weight — a no-no for an ultralighter. I didn't list this as a "Con" since it unnecessarily adds weight.
Here's the rest of my system: