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Esbit CS585HA Cookset for Solid Fuel

photo: Esbit CS585HA Cookset for Solid Fuel solid fuel stove


Price MSRP: $29.99
Current Retail: $29.99-$35.95
Historic Range: $9.83-$35.95
Reviewers Paid: $23.00-$35.00
Weight 223 g
Volume 585 ml
Size packed 111 x 86 mm


7 reviews
5-star:   0
4-star:   1
3-star:   4
2-star:   2
1-star:   0

Simple little lightweight camping stove. Does not put out a lot of heat though.


  • Lightweight
  • Simple to operate
  • Packs down small


  • Not a lot of heat output
  • No control over flame

I have used a bunch of different backpacking stoves and while I was drawn to this one for its simplicity it is not my favorite.  

I like the design and how everything packs down inside the pot for storage. It makes for a nice small footprint in my backpack.  

I like that the Esbit fuel is stable and you can store a bunch of the tablets inside the pot as well. Better than a fuel bottle.

But I found that when trying to boil water with this pot it requires two Esbit fuel tabs to make it work well. In my testing under ideal conditions it took about 10 minutes to boil water. The burning chamber has a small opening where you are able to access the tray for the fuel.  

In my opinion the tray is placed too low. I think if it was a half inch higher less heat would be lost and the pot would boil quicker. The opening should have a little door to reflect in the heat as well. I ended up using a tin foil wind shield around this pot to try and keep the heat in better. I have found that the pot will get sooty from the fuel but that is to be expected and can be cleaned off with a sponge and a little scrubbing.  

Here are a few pictures of the soot on the pot.  You can see the cook stove itself is the original color of the finish.



What I do like is that aside from using Esbit fuel I can also feed in small twigs into the opening and burn them for fuel. This is a nice feature since you are inevitably going to need more fuel to get your meal to temp.  

Overall, for the cost, it is a nice little compact stove. I like the included pot which has graduated measurements on the inside. The anodized finish is nice too.  And of course the Esbit fuel is inexpensive and has a crazy shelf life. 

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $23


Never used Esbit fuel. Thanks for the review. (Any pics?)

6 years ago

The Esbit fuel isn't bad, it just didn't burn as hot and as long as I had hoped. I used it this past Feb on a backpacking trip up Hunter Mtn in NY. I ended up using several cubes to heat up my dinner. Didn't help that it was REALLY cold and windy. I will break out the stove and take some pics this weekend.

6 years ago

Thanks for the review, GCap. I'll look forward to the pictures too.

6 years ago

Thanks for the pics!

6 years ago

I own this same kit the best thing you can do is toss the bottom piece and buy the esbit titanium stove. One tablet works fine the and you save weight. It becomes a very capable system then

6 years ago

Thanks for the pics!

6 years ago

As an ESBIT fanboy for years I have used a Trail Designs ti Sidewinder cone stove and the Brian Green (BGET) modified ESBIT tablet holder with a 3 cup aluminum pot. So far this is THE most efficient ESBIT setup known (for this capacity pot). But your Cookset looks interesting and good for a day pack cookset, especially for a hot soup lunch in winter. Not as efficient as my Sidewinder but close and a much smaller "pot".

3 years ago

For an ESBIT forum thread that seems (and is) endless go to Backpacking Light in the main "Gear" forum and search for the "ESBIT Burner Testing" thread. Funny, informative and, as I said, never-ending. More ESBIT burner info than you will ever need. And yes, some of us may be a bit ESBIT obsessed.

3 years ago

This kit is very lightweight and durable. It is also very compact.


  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Compact


  • Not very wind resistant
  • Not 100% dependable

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 as a backup. It is not my primary kit. It is well made and functions well, that is why I gave 3 stars. I made my own wind screen and it helps control the flame in the wind but not the best. 

My video review of the product:

My video review, boil test with the product:

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: unsure


Thanks for the review and info, mrgriff82.

3 years ago

The Esbit Solid Fuel Cookset (model CS585HA) is a portable, lightweight cookset that will heat up to 16 ounces of liquid using a solid-fuel cube. It's great for a solo tripper who wants to brew up some coffee or heat up a tin of beans or some soup. Nice to take along on a longer trip as a backup stove.


  • Small and lightweight
  • Well constructed
  • Heats and warms foods in about 10 minutes


  • Does not boil the water
  • Must use the Esbit brand fuel blocks, which are not as widely available as other fuel types

I have edited a video review of the Esbit Solid Fuel Cookset. Please have a look:


I do a lot of backcountry camping, but this is a new piece of equipment for me so have only used it a handful of times, but so far it seems be a good choice for warming and heating simple meals.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $30

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.


  • Wide cheap/ accessible fuel possibiltiies
  • Lightweight
  • Nice hard anodizing
  • Not expensive set
  • Ounce and millimeter marks stamped into big pot that's readable from inside


  • Longer heat/cook times
  • I'm afraid of scratching the finish
  • One pour lip on big pot that's awkward if you're left-handed; wish it had one on each side.

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 nests together.

I pack it by wrapping the burner in a cloth potholder inside the tablet stand (inverted), both inside a mesh drawstring bag inside the pots so there is no metal-on-metal contact (I want to preserve the anodized surface for as long as possible). My lighter and a few tablets are also in my burner bag and I might have room for a small (4 oz) bottle of alcohol too. 

I might seem paranoid about the surface, but that's just me, not the set. It's a good surface and seems well done and should hold up quite well. I also use nylon utensils for the same purpose.

That said, I chose this set for its ease. Alcohol can be had almost anywhere (unlike blended canisters). Alternatives can be used in a pinch (HEET from auto parts stores, antiseptic alcohol, even Everclear drinking alcohol). The set is as bullet proof as one can get, lightweight, and for my needs fits the bill. Sure it takes a bit longer to heat/cook something, but I'm in no rush and besides it's absolutely silent, no screaming jet of a burner.

Definitely best for a solo someone or possible duo that's in no rush or intense about 'getting r done' in their trip.

I wouldn't use for twig burning in the pot stand, even if it looks like it could. But again, that's just me.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $35 +/-


Welcome to Trailspace, j miller! Thanks for the helpful review. Do you have any pictures of your esbit setup you could show others in your review?

3 years ago

Esbit stoves are awesome...however, this version is not great.


  • Hard anodized aluminium
  • Solid fuel tabs
  • Pot size for solo camping
  • Easy to light


  • Weak heating for pot size

I have been a fan of Esbit stoves for years. I still have an Esbit folding stove from the '80s that I use all the time. I bought this stove several years ago and have used it many times. 

This stove set up is awesome. The pot is fantastic. It is the perfect size for solo camping. Folding handles are functional. The pot is easy to clean and has a little pour spout. I love this pot (but I don't want to marry it) and it I could find a silicon lip protector I would use it as a mug.

The burner is great and stores easily inside the pot. You can also store 4 or 5 fuel tabs inside for transport.  This is an Esbit stove so don't expect flame control, fast boil time, or anything else associated with more expensive stoves. It is for boiling water. I mean look at is a no-brainer, easy to use product. 

The problem: the stove cannot boil a full pot of water. The pot capacity is a pint/16 oz/about 400 ml. It will get the water hot enough to make coffee or ramen. However, if you needed to boil water as treatment it is not effective. I am not sure why it has this problem.

The Esbit folding stove will boil 16 oz of water on half of a fuel tab in an IMUSA pot with no lid. It could be the distance between the pot bottom and flame is too far. I am not an engineer and have not played one on television so I cannot give you the adjustments needed to make this more functional.

I will use this stove for making hot drinks with enthusiasm. Recently I used it in the parking lot at my local high school football game to make a fresh thermos of coffee for the game. 

When this stove is all packed up and in its mesh bag it is so cute that you want to pinch it cheek. It will fit easily in your pack.

Comparing this to a similarly functional stove, Trangia Solo Set, go with the second.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $25


I feel the same way you do, great pot, bad stove. I found out a way to use this pot efficiently. Throw away the bottom stand and purchase the tiny titanium Esbit stove. When you do that, and use a foil wind screen, this great pot can boil water with tablet to spare. I think the old stand pulls away too much heat and also doesn't allow the flames to lick the sides of the pot decreasing potential surface area the flame can hit. Do yourself a favor and get the titanium burner.

7 years ago

Not a very good stove.


  • Nice pot with a lid


  • The design puts the fuel too far below the pot
  • One Esbit tablet will not bring water to a boil
  • The nesting stove stored in the pot messes the inside of the pot

The design of this stove is its weak point. Esbit fuel works as expected. The pot is well made with a good lid. The stove does not work. The fuel is too low to boil water. I tried wind screens, a DIY sliding door to close the side port, all to no avail.  

My overall impression is one of disappointment. The stove is SO close to workable, but it fails to do the one thing it is made for, heating stuff.

I was going through my equipment and supplies this afternoon for the upcoming year and I threw the stove part in the trash. I will use the pot on a Vargo stove.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: about $25


Thanks for the review, Curtis. Too bad the stove didn't work out. Do you have any pictures of it you could add to your review to show others its issues?

4 years ago

Too bad on the design. I hate pitching gear!

4 years ago
Curtis Evans

I did not take any pictures before I got rid of the stove portion.

4 years ago

I bought this more as an impulse buy and a curiosity with Esbit and this design. I am a bit disappointed.

First of all Esbit is well known and respected and they do have tried and true designs. I am a backpacking, looking always to go lighter, and so I thought I should at least try this.

The Good: The pot is great and the nesting design really encouraged me to buy. The stand looked great, solid, and seemed to have a good wind-screen design built it.

The Bad: It is messy (ok some tweaking can minimize this), and the boil times...well don't watch it try to boil. Add a wind screen (piece of foil will do) or prepare to use extra fuel and wait longer).

The pot is well worth it and the stand is pretty good, but the fuel is messy, stinky, and once tablet on a warm evening using 60f water took over 12 minutes to boil (at 700ft).

I was disappointed. I was left with a less than confident feeling. If I really had to purify my water how long would it take? How many tablets? My friends say they often use two at once but I went with the instructions. Gotta use a wind screen.

Bottom line: Great idea, great pot, great nesting, love it all. Use a piece of foil to prevent soiling the stand. Use a piece of foil as a wind screen. Be prepared to isolate the stand from the pot when nesting to avoid contamination ans smell, be prepared to wait or use extra fuel.

I decided to put this system in my 'ready bag' as back-up or will use for more car-like camping. Love the pot, not lovin the fuel.

Price Paid: $30

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