Northern Lights Alpha Ti
Historic Range: $42.90-$49.50
Reviewers Paid: $25.00-$50.00
Like the other reviewers, I think this stove is great. One of the smallest and lightest stoves you'll find. I mainly use it on backpacking trips to heat up water for hot drinks, dried foods and soups. Not as efficient in windy conditions, but most stoves are not without some type of wind block or windscreen.
I don't believe this stove sells any longer, but Snow Peak now sells a stove just like it without the piezo ignition called the LiteMax.
Price Paid: $25 on ebay
I love this stove! I take it with me on every outing. It is so easy to use, super compact, and light weight. No lighter is needed to fire up this baby.
Just be sure and recycle your used fuel cannister when it runs out of gas.
Fuel efficient and boils reasonably quick (less than 5 minutes). Hard to beat the size and the hard plastic carrying case. I have used it flawlessly a few dozen times over two years. Looking to buy a second. Only knock on the unit is that it doesn't have a wind screen.
Update: August 15, 2006
Just wanted to convey fuel usage of this stove based on 6-day, 5-night trip. Used less than an 8 oz canister of fuel to heat water for two backpackers for breakfast (oatmeal and hot drinks), lunch (rehydrate food packs), and dinner (rehydrate food packs and hot drinks). Probably had 15 to 20% of a canister left. Mating pot was a MSR 775 ml (about 16 oz) stainless steel pot with a lid, which we heated two pots full at breakfast and dinner and one pot full at lunch. I own two of these stoves now.
Update: December 7, 2007
Great customer service is hard to find these days. I put in a call to the folks at Detours because my screw that held the three pot supports had become loose and I lost it unknowingly. Without any hassle they forwarded a new screw in the mail in time for a nice weekend outing. I am very impressed with not only the stove, but the company supporting it!
Price Paid: see above reviews
Great stove. Powerful, relatively quiet, fuel efficient and incredibly adjustable flame. I love it, travel with it, and use it for all of my warmer (>30 degrees F.) trips. The piezo lighter is a great touch too. High quality product for a great price.
Price Paid: $50