Brunton Vesta Butane Stove
The Vesta Butane Stove has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best compressed fuel canister stoves for 2020.
Historic Range: $51.99-$91.25
Reviewers Paid: $60.00-$70.00
I love this stove.
- Doesn't sit on canister
- Can use a windscreen
I have used this stove a little over a dozen times. It uses those common fuel tanks, lights easily, and the flame is very adjustable, but that is all pretty standard.
Where this thing shines is when you are camping in the spring and fall. Since the canister isn't attached to the base you can use a windscreen which is all important on windy days in forests mostly devoid of foliage, and when it's cold in the morning you can flip the fuel canister upside down so you don't have worry about running out of the lighter butane while sluggish propane sits around the bottom of the tank.
This thing's cons and its pros are closely tied. The hose and requirements for a base make it bigger and heavier than other stoves but its size allows it to hold some really big pots and the wide splayed feet keep it steady on surfaces you couldn't put a canister.
Overall it has been great for short backpacking trips and car camping (baking!).
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 60 USD
I've had this stove for close to 4 months now and it's been on one day hike, one 3-day backpacking trip, and one 3-day car camping trip. So far after what has amounted to making about 15 meals I'm only just running out of fuel in an 8 oz. canister.
The stove is very stable as I've placed a four litre pot loaded with pasta on it. I don't think the boil time quoted on Brunton's website is accurate, however I will say it gets a litre ready for instant oatmeal quick. The fuel line is flexible and attaching a canister is easy.
The only reason I'm not giving it a 4.5 out of 5 is they lied to me! The box said it would come with a wind screen, but I ended up making my own out of copper sheeting.
To summarize: powerful, stable, efficient.
Price Paid: $70