Fire Maple Blade 2
The lightest remote canister stove I have found at under 5 oz. Good build quality with titanium and aluminum construction. Suitable for inverted canister use for cold weather.
- Low price
- Light weight
- Good quality
- Cold weather capable
- Stable design
- Easy use of windscreens
- Repair and replacement parts not readily available—if at all
I needed a good remote canister stove for my two grandsons and the Fire Maple Blade 2, with its vaporizing tube for inverted canister use, was a good choice for two teenage boys. As most adults know, teenagers are the most careless people on the planet. A stable stove is what these boys need.
Additionally I got them an MSR heavy duty foil windscreen. Both stove and windscreen are very robust and "teenage proof" to a large degree.
The stove's remote canister attachment/regulator valve rotates for use with an inverted canister for cold weather use down to about 10 F. or so. As well the Fire Maple Blade 2 model (as different from the original Blade) has a vaporizing tube to handle the liquid fuel from an inverted canister. Also this stove has a wide burner that avoids center hot spots which can burn food.
Fire Maple is a Chinese company and I purchased this stove through AMAZON with my Prime account, thus the low price and lack of shipping fees. These days many high quality backpacking goods come from China. My Tarptent gen. 2 Notch Li DCF tent is now made in China and is of excellent quality, even better than the US made gen. 1 version.
The cold weather capability of this stove is nice B/C my grandsons will be backpacking in the Sierra Nevada at altitudes above 8,000 feet, where morning temperatures can often be below freezing and an inverted canister is needed. Plus with growing length of fire seasons canister stove are often the only fuel type permitted for backpackers by government agencies.
I discovered that, with the rotating valve assembly, canister inversion is simply a matter of rotating the canister and leaning it on the assembly. That's it.
This stove is MUCH lighter than my MSR Whisperlite Universal in canister mode.
I wish MSR would make a light stove like The Fire Maple Blade 2. With MSR's reputation for quality it would sell very well.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $69
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Current Retail: $69.95
Reviewers Paid: $69.00
135g / 4.76 oz
Titanium Alloy / Stainless Steel / Aluminum / Copper
Unfolded 145 x 75 mm / Folded 75 x 89 mm