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2-position design permits a low flame for controlled cooking or a direct flame for a quicker boil time
Powered by Esbit® solid fuel tablets (6 included); each tablet burns for approximately 12 minutes,
Non-toxic fuel is environmentally safe, has no ash residue and is nearly odorless
Its small size and stable fuel source make this stove a great addition to your emergency preparedness kit
Additional fuel tablets sold separately
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by Hikin' JimfromThink hard about Esbit.Used Esbit stove on Mt. Waterman (8038') on 1/12/2008. Brought my Esbit stove to melt snow and make hot chocolate. Results: failure.
Goal: melt enough snow for 0.5 L of water.
Conditions: 55 F, clear, moderate wind. I started with approx. 0.25" of liquid water in the bottom of the pot and then added snow.
Results: After using four fuel cubes over a 30 minute+ period, I was able to melt the snow, but it was just slightly warm and was no where near the boiling point. The water temperature was not even suitable for tea or hot chocolate let alone cooking.
1. Fuel cubes difficult to light in moderate wind.
2. Takes a heck of a long time to heat water (low heat output).
3. Relatively difficult to load additional cubes to keep fire going (without getting burnt).
4. Required four cubes just to get slightly warm water in a relatively small amount.
5. Since stove sits directly on whatever pad you're using to prevent melting down into the snow, the pad gets melted even when covered with double alum. foil.
Maybe an Esbit stove would be OK for making hot chocolate out of already liquid water on a day with little or no wind in moderate temperatures. Perhaps one could use them for cooking in summer.
Moral of the story: For winter use, stick with cannister or white gas/multifuel stoves.
Date published: 2008-01-13
Rated 2out of5
by VernmanfromBest in summerGood in the summer. At 30 degrees, snow, 1000' and about a 20mph wind one tablet did not boil 18oz of water. With the wind out in the open it was hard to light and took several matches. I use a bivy so don’t have a vestibule to keep the wind out when cooking. I dug a slight hole to set it in and im sure with a little more tinkering one could make it more productive. If cooking on snow you need to put something underneath it because it would melt the snow.
Overall I think that its best in the summer or mild conditions ill still be taking my gaz stove during the winter to cook and speed things up so im not sitting outside the bivy as much.
Date published: 2007-11-30
Rated 2out of5
by PlinyfromThe only advantage is weightI have used this for bivouacs, for backpackng, and heating cocoa on a winter day hike.
It is light weight, but only about 8 ounces more than a canister stove w/ an empty canister. It is somewhat difficult to clean the black gunk of the bottom of the pan after cooking with the Esbit Stove. The Esbit is more effected by wind than a canister stove. The Esbit seemed to take a long time and in windy conditions, even with a nice wind screen, it did not get a pint of H20 near to a boil. There are many convenient things about a canister stove such as they can be controlled for simmering and you don't use more fuel than you need. In the end, if you calculate it out for a long trip you don't save much weight,if any, using an Esbit stove, and it is such a fuss to use I don't recommend it. In winter it could not get the water above lukewarm because of wind and freezing temperatures. I really liked the IDEA of the little Esbit, but IMHO it was a fun experiment, but it didn't prove practical for more than that.
Date published: 2010-12-20
Rated 2out of5
by llegozfromJust not that goodThis thing really only works in absolute perfect conditions. You really need a windscreen to keep this thing going. Lighting the tablets can be hard and even worse is trying to put another in while the flame is still going.
It's mainly for boiling water, not for cooking. But even bringing water to a boil is difficult. The temprature is impossible to control and even the smallest breeze can bring your flame waaaay down. It usually takes about 20 minutes just to get the water warmed up and thats in dry warm weather, so you better stock up on those cubes because to boil water takes at least 3 of them.
This thing really does make a mess too. It's really hard to clean out the gunk on the bottom and it burns or melts whatever your cooking on. So if your cooking on the snow, watch out! Also the tablets stink!! They smell terrible!
I would only bring this purely as a back-up because it's just not worth it. You may save some weight and room, but I'd rather have a heavy yet reliable stove than something that just cant do its job.
Date published: 2011-06-24
Rated 3out of5
by CKLfromVery lightweight & compactI used this stove at 5,000' elevation during the summer and I fashioned a crude wind screen out of aluminum foil. One cube burned for 12.5 minutes, as described. The package says it'll boil 1 pint of water in 8 minutes. In my test of cooking a 6-oz box of flavored cous cous, after 12.5 minutes, the water was very hot & steamy, but not boiling. The salt in the flavor packet likely affected the boiling point. The water was hot enough to cook the cous cous with.
I'm impressed enough by it's small size that I'd take it on a backpacking trip as long as I don't need to bring things to a rolling boil.
Date published: 2007-09-15
Rated 3out of5
by KetchikanfromStove Works Well, But The Fuel Stinks!!!The stove works well to boil water. The only downside is the Fuel Tabs STINK!!!! The smell is horrible!!! The stove is great for ultralight backpacking and survival lits.
Date published: 2008-02-02
Rated 3out of5
by thetomgfromGood but not GreatI was interested in the stove because I've been trying to lighten-up my pack and simplify my gear. This stove looked like a good alternative to a cat stove or MSR-type stove and has received several good reviews.
Good: The price, it is compact, lightweight, easy to use and quick to cool.
Bad: One fuel cube did not bring 2 cups of water to a boil - it just simmered. Flame was weak and required a foil wind screen.
All in all, I gave it a 3 out of 5. You can't beat the price and the size; but it didn't really get the job done for me.
Date published: 2008-07-13
Rated 3out of5
by geobugfromThe most basic & cheapest $ stoveWhile having no previous stove, I picked this up while browsing and it has served its purpose for the last 5 years while car camping and day hiking. Mainly used to boil water with my small pot for freeze-dried foods, 1 tablet has boiled 2 cups in about 5-8 minutes.
The only thing I did not like about it is when the tablets burn underneath it can sometimes leave an ugly mark on the ground. This type of fuel tablet also gets the bottom of my pot more sootier than a natural flame IMO, have to wipe off the bottom before putting pot away if you don't use a stuff sack or other gear near it gets black.
What I think I will do is invest in the Snow Peak Giga Power Stove, my first upgrade, and keep the Esbit stove tucked away as backup. I want to have controlled flame and heat, for cooking more than just water, which the Esbit can't do. However this stove is the most simplest of design/concept & cheapest thing you can use to boil water with on a budget, if you don't mind cleaning up the sooty mess it leaves behind.
Date published: 2008-11-01
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