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CS585HA Cookset for Solid Fuel

rated 3 of 5 stars This kit is very lightweight and durable. It is also very compact. I have had this kit for a few years now and have used it on more than one section hike. I do like the kit, however, if there is any chance of windy conditions, I wouldn't recommend it. I do like how small and compact the kit is. It really packs down small. It is very lightweight. I added a few things to the kit. Made the most of the empty space inside and only added a few ounces. I still use mine, however, for me I use it primarily… Full review

Alchohol Burner

rated 5 of 5 stars Light, efficient, cheap. A couple/few years ago, when returning to backpacking, I rapidly realized that I needed to both modernize my equipment and lighten my load. This stove was part of that move. So far it has been a success. I was initially moved to try an alcohol stove by a book about equipment used on the Appalachian Trail. The book was done by giving and collecting surveys from hundreds of successful AT hikers. I was astounded to learn that of the hundreds of hikers, no one person with an… Full review

Pocket Stove

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Aargh... I was going to say something like: "Throw this POS into the creek." That would have been a mistake. Never throw garbage into the out of doors, neither into water nor on land. Smash it with a hammer and throw it into the metal recycling bin. Who has not seen these in places like Wally World? Of late they have developed a reputation of sorts among the fast and light crowd, but for what reason is beyond my comprehension.  The fuel is expensive. The fuel is hard to find. The fuel stinks. The… Full review

CS585HA Cookset for Solid Fuel

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Other reviews summarize it, so I won't rehash things (much)... Has mini fry-pan/cover, larger pot, stand, alcohol burner, tablet stand. Both pots have coated butterfly handles. Everything nests together in a mesh bag. The tablet stand seems to place the flame at pretty much the right height and the alcohol burner is a Trangia-type alcohol burner, but unlike Trangia the ESBIT has a foldout handle on the simmer ring to help adjust the opening to control flame/heat while in the pot stand. Everything… Full review

Pocket Stove

rated 4 of 5 stars This product is a good alternative to alcohol stoves and butane stoves. It packs up about the same volume as the other stoves, although its shape I think makes it pack better. My first use and impressions of the Esbit Pocket Stove are mixed. In some ways I think it's better than a butane stove and burner or the alcohol stove. Weight is not so much of a factor either way. Meaning, the Esbit stove is light enough, but the solid fuel blocks add up in weight, as realistically you've got to carry one… Full review

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