Esbit Solid Fuel Stove and Cookset

The Esbit Solid Fuel stove and cookset is a great choice for heating up water or making simple meals on fast and light adventures in the mountains.
  • $29.95

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  • Hard-anodized aluminum pot and stove are very lightweight—combined, they tip the scales at only 7 oz.
  • Stove is powered by Esbit solid fuel tablets (sold separately); each tablet burns for approximately 12 minutes
  • Tablets easily light with a match or lighter, and they can be extinguished and saved for reuse
  • Stove has a built-in windshield for great performance when you're camped high in the mountains
  • When not in use, the stove stows neatly inside the pot for convenient packing
  • 20 fl. oz. pot has graduations in both ounces and milliliters that you can read from the inside while you're pouring liquid; small spout on the pot eases pouring
  • Folding handles on the pot are coated in silicone to protect your hands from heat
  • Esbit Solid Fuel stove and cookset includes a mesh stuff sack

Esbit Solid Fuel Stove and Cookset

Specification Description
Best use Backpacking
Fuel type Tablet
Fuel Esbit fuel tablets
Auto ignition No
Burn time (max flame) (Per cube) 12 minutes
Average boil time Unavailable
Dimensions 3.4 x 4.4 inches
Weight 7 ounces

Esbit Solid Fuel Stove and Cookset

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Rated 4.25/5 based on 8 reviews
Rated 2out of5
by fromNeat concept, but performance lacks I bought the Esbit stove looking for a way to cut down on weight and storage space, compared to a pressurized fuel canister and lightweight stove and a two person GSI Microdualist mess kit. I primarily cook dehydrated meals and was looking for a source of boiled water. I ran some tests in my home near Denver, CO and realized that it probably wasn't a good fit for my needs. Here are the results of some of my tests: Using pressurized fuel, a small no-longer sold Birton stove and the pot from my GSI mess kit, I was able to boil 16oz of cold tap water in 2:44 (soft boil) and 3:15 (rolling boil). Using the esbit stove, I was able to boil 16oz of cold tap water in 12 minutes at a soft boil. Unfortunately, not enough heat was produced to get it to a rolling boil. Also, while there was fuel left, I was not able to bring an additional 16oz of water up to a usable temperatrure (thinking that in the field, I might want both oatmeal and tea in the morning). The Esbit fuel lasted 22 minutes in my test, but its heat output degraded enough to not be effective for a second boil. Weight wise, I calculated the esbit kit to be about 7.9oz + 1.6oz for three fuel tablets or about 9.5oz total, which is what I would estimate using in one day. In comparison, my GSI kit, pared down to one person, came in at about 15.6 oz + 8oz fuel + 5.3oz stove totaling 28.9oz. I believe GSI sells smaller lighter-weight mess kits which could substancially bridge the wight gap. The other biggest con is the residue left from the flame against the bottom of the pot. Its one of those things that I probably wouldn't venture to clean in the field, but it sticky. I think if time wasn't an issue, this stove could be promising, and I do like the solid fuel concept as it is small. I didn't experiment with tipping the fuel on its side for a greater burn area, nor did I try doubling up the fuel. That might yield different results, though I'm not sure the stove is set up for it. I had read complaints about the fuel smelling on similiar stoves, but I didn't seem to notice.
Date published: 2013-04-08
Rated 5out of5
by fromFood For Thought How I use this stove. Cut off bottom of Campbell soup can to use as fuel tray( it will fit inside stove for transport)Have a MSR 475 ml pot REI number 401131. Esbit pot with 16 oz water, MSR pot with 16 oz water is going to be the lid. 2 fuel cubes on end should get Esbit pot to rolling boil in approximately 12 minutes. Once the bottom pot is boiling remove and place the MSR over the flames. Should already be warm and should get to a boil before the tablets run out. If not, use another fuel cube and extinguish when you get the water boiling so you can use it later. When I try this in a AVERAGE situation it works well. Will try and add pictures to demonstrate.
Date published: 2013-07-31
Rated 4out of5
by fromPrice, Performance and Value Product works as stated. Fuel and instant coffee can be stored inside. You just add water and in about 8 minutes it's done.
Date published: 2013-08-02
Rated 4out of5
by fromNot bad for the money I used this during a four day backpacking in Northern California. Good stuff: this set is light. you get a big pot, a small pot, pot holder, fuel cube holder, a mesh bag and a spirit burner (similar to triangia burner). You get a lot of stuff for the money (I got mine as a gift so I got a LOT for the money :) ). It boils water pretty fast (6 mins or so). Not so good stuff: The pot sits pretty high above the burner. I recommend raising the burner about half an inch closer to using something else ( I cut a can and used it) to reduce boiling time. I wasn't a fan of the fuel tablets either (which needs its own review). I am not a tech gear junkie or too concerned with weight (not to say this kit is heavy, in fact it is relatively light and packs little). Therefore, I am more than satisfied with this kit. It did everything it was supposed to do without any hiccups.I highly recommend it
Date published: 2014-01-16
Rated 4out of5
by fromBest solid fuel stove there is! The "Esbit" Solid Fuel Stove is one of the most compact and light designs one can find for such a low price. The device sometimes has trouble boiling a full sixteen ounces of water with just a single fuel cube. If you are ever using this product, be sure to bring extra fuel to use.
Date published: 2014-04-18
Rated 5out of5
by fromGreat simple little kit I have a very old Esbit stove made in West Germany. It's all I've ever used when backpacking. So, thought I'd purchase this little kit. When used with one tab (and the tab lying flat--not on edge), the flame lasted 21.5 minutes, start to finish. I was able to get 16 oz of cold tap water to a beginning boil in 14 minutes, poured that out, refilled it with 8 oz of cold tap water, which it got hot, though not a boil (flame was gradually dying down). (Of course, a more efficient method would have been to partially pour out 8 oz of already hot water, then replace that, but I was experimenting...) 12 fuel tabs fit easily into the stove, along with matches and lighter. More tabs could be arranged in, if creative. Obviously, this is not a temperature-controllable stove. But you could stomp on it, throw it against the wall, bend it back into shape, and it will still work. All in all, it's a nice stove for someone not needing every aspect of camping micro-adjustable.
Date published: 2013-10-21
Rated 5out of5
by fromGreat stove at a great price. I just bought this stove and took it out for a 15-day trek on the Appalachian Trail. It was light, compact, and perfect for boiling water for my freeze-dried meals. It took an entire fuel cube and 10-11 minutes to boil two cups of water almost every time I used it. My hiking buddy was using a pocket rocket, which boiled her water faster; but I preferred the weight of my fuel cubes to her fuel canister.
Date published: 2014-08-06
Rated 5out of5
by fromBoils in the cold! Used this to boil water and melt snow during a National Ski Patrol Mountain Travel and Rescue Level 2 Course in the Adirondack High Peaks. I added a square of wood wrapped in foil as a base so it would not sink in the snow. I also added a wind screen made of doubled over tin foil. It boiled 2 cups of water (the amount for a standard Mountain House) using about a fuel tab and a half in temperatures around 0 degrees F. Simple: no parts to break, the fuel can't leak or freeze
Date published: 2014-03-17

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