Brasslite Turbo II-D
Reviewers Paid: $30.00-$32.00
This stove is lovely, and it works. Small and light, simple, effective, beautifully crafted. I like alcohol stoves because I don't have to deal with nastier fuels like white gas, and there isn't the waste of the compressed gas canisters. Plus, stove and pots don't come away coated with soot. Great small stove for one or two people.
- Easy to use
- Clean burning
- Cooks food!
- Enough BTUs for me, but not the most powerful
- Not as stable as some other stoves, but OK
- Hard to see alcohol flame in daylight
This stove is lovely, and it works. It's small and light, simple, effective, and beautifully crafted.
I like alcohol stoves because I don't have to deal with nastier fuels like white gas, and there isn't the waste of the compressed gas canisters. You can spill alcohol fuel all over yourself or your gear, and all will all be fine. Plus, stove and pots don't come away coated with soot.
It's excellent for short trips where carrying a whole bottle of fuel would be a waste of space and energy. A small plastic bottle of denatured alcohol does the trick, and the stove, wrapped in a handkerchief, tucks inside a cup or pot.
I use the stove for simple cooking, boiling and frying, and it works great. Filling the stove is easy, lighting the stove is easy. It isn't quite as powerful as my old Whisperlite, but it does fine cooking for one or two people.
Wind definitely affects function. I recommend using it with a windscreen (not included).
It's hard to see the alcohol flame in daylight, but you can feel it. In the dark it's not an issue.
It doesn't _look_ very stable, but it works fine. I keep expecting to have issues with stability, but haven't. It also _looks_ fragile, to me anyway, but I've found it to be very well made and plenty stout. And it really is beautiful. Everyone should have something this lovely and functional in their kit.
I've used this stove hiking, biking, and camping in the Mid-Atlantic, and in the Pacific NW, in non-alpine endeavors. Not that one couldn't, but I haven't.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $32+shipping
This is a great backpacking stove!!!
I use denatured alcohol and the stove performs as advertised. I've boiled 16 oz of ambient temperature water in less than 5 minutes (given I was less than 3000 feet in Arkansas in July). It has also preformed well (16oz boil time under 6.5 minutes) on the AT in January.
I am very pleased with this stove. I use it to cook for my son and I on our hiking trips. So he carries the stove and I carry the fuel. I highly recommend this stove for its durability, portability, and efficiency when used with a wind screen.
The only drawback is not being able to quickly snuff the flame when finished cooking to recycle fuel.
I highly suggest the use of an ultralight stove when in the back country to minimize weight and waste (empty fuel canisters vs empty plastic fuel bottle).
Price Paid: $30