Camp Chef Stryker 100 Isobutane Stove
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This is a lower cost alternative to the JetBoil stove.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $60
This is a lower cost alternative to the JetBoil stove. It has the same setup, good efficiency, and saves you enough money to buy a bunch of fuel canisters.
- Boiled 1/2 quart of water in 2 min 37 sec
- Good wind protection
- Piezo ignition
- When packed with the gas canister inside, it can be a little noisy. Any small soft item fits in and silences it.
I kept on bouncing back and forth between buying a JetBoil or an MSR Windburner. I had finally decided to pick up the MSR when this stove showed up in a Google search. I spent some time researching it and couldn't find any negative comments. Mostly positive, and about $40 cheaper, so I figured I'd roll the dice.
I'm glad I did. I'm sure I would have been happy with the MSR (I have an MSR PocketRocket that I love), but I haven't had a problem with the Stryker and it was significantly less expensive. By necessity, I have had to learn how to squeeze the most value out of every dollar I spend, so while I often buy the high-dollar, high-quality items, I will press my luck now and again. It doesn't always work, but it did this time.
The stove setup is straightforward. It has a snap-on stabilizer that fits on the gas canister and provides more stability. It has the burner, the pot (with handles and neoprene cover), and a lid. The gas canister nestles inside the pot along with everything else for space conservation. It fits a little on the loose side, but I put my micro-towel in there and problem solved.
The Piezo ignitor works fine and the flame starts on the first try every time. It boiled 16 oz of water in 2 minutes and 37 seconds (this was my best time — all times that I monitored were below 3 minutes). There are baffles around the bottom of the pot that protect the flame from the wind. One item to note though is that when I turn the stove full open, it sometimes seems like the flame sputters a little. I turn it down a tiny bit and it burns true and hot.
I haven't cooked food in this yet because I mostly do freezer bag cooking on the trail. The flame is adjustable so I have no concerns about it running too hot if I was cooking in it.
I could have spent the extra money on the bigger name, but I have not been the least bit disappointed with this stove and I have no concerns about it failing on the trail.
This is a quality product at a budget price. It has…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $42
This is a quality product at a budget price. It has a built-in starter and weight wise it is light and user friendly.
- Price for the masses
- Carry bag
- None so far
Setup is easy and with the built-in lighter it fires right up. Flame control is pretty good, but simmering is not the greatest. Its strength is heating water, if you purchase the simmer plate it gives you more control over just using the flame.
The stove is pretty good in the wind and boil time for 1 or 2 cups of water is about 2.5 minutes with excellent fuel efficiency. Darn, my spouse was even impressed with this stove and that is saying something.
This product is fairly new to us but our "real world" use so far is great! We have camped, car camped, hiked and have found this to be one of our best purchases. Quality product that performs like a champ.