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Comments about Esbit Solid Fuel Stove and Cookset:
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.
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