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  • Generates up to 1400°F of intense heat, providing about 12 min. of usable burn time per cube
  • Does not liquefy when burning, and leaves no ash residue; burns efficiently even at high altitudes
  • Easily lights with ordinary wooden matches, and can be extinguished and saved for reuse
  • Can also be used as a safe and easy-to-use fire starter for campfires
  • 1 box contains twelve 0.5 oz. Esbit Solid Fuel tablets

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than alternatives I love Esbit for cooking simple meals while backpacking, especially with a caldera cone type stove. Simple, light, easy to use, never any doubts about whether you have enough fuel, can't spill and cause problems. With the right stove, I can boil water for dinner and hot tea afterwards. Smelly - yes, slightly. Ever spilled gasoline or alcohol? Ever had a gas cartridge leak in your pack? I have, it's smelly! Biggest drawback is the burned gunk Esbit leaves on the bottom of your pot. Easy to clean off, or keep your pot in a stuff sack or plastic bag.
Date published: 2013-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Doesn't smell unless... I'm not really in a hurry when camping, so these and the stove are great for me. I tuck the stove into a GSI Minimalist set with 6 tablets (4 in the stove) and I'm ready to go. Now, about the smell. Yes, these things smell like shrimp that's been left out in the sun... but if the packaging is secure, there is almost no smell. The problem is that the foil keeping the tablets in the packaging is so thin that practically breathing on it will tear it, and the smell gets out and soaks into everything. I'm going to vacuum seal these things in the future.
Date published: 2011-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hot stuff Up front: the stuff smells like fish. Not much fun to have in your pack. You can smell it through the packaging. My recommendation is to put it in a ziploc bag and keep it away from your food - and don't forget to keep it out of reach of scavengers at night. Once you put it in a ziploc bag, you can barely smell it. Having said that, it works great once you put it to use. It doesn't stink when it burns, and it burns really hot. You can easily boil 8 oz in a Ti mug on less than 1 Esbit bar, provided you are using a windscreen. This is great stuff for freezer bag meals or just cooking up a quick mug of hot water for coffee. You can blow out the fuel when you are done and reuse it later, as it does not liquify like Trioxane.
Date published: 2009-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, but does leave a hard residue These are wonderful. I did want to write a review though to let folks know that the cubes do leave a hard layer of residue in the fuel tray after burning. I had a very difficult time chipping it out so that the next tablet used would lay flat in there. I resolved the problem by laying the cube onto a small piece of foil rather than directly in the tray.
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Work great! Smell not so great Purchased this as a cheap alternative to cooking meals while hiking and camping. Very surprised as to how fast they can cook pasta for two (1.5 cubes burnt and around 10 min, but that's with getting water hot, adding pasta ect). They light very easy, only have to hold the flame to them for a few seconds, once they are going their good till you blow them out or their done. Only reason for one less star, the smell. I knew they were suppose to smell, but whoa. Think of 2 day old fish sitting in the sun. I wrapped ours in tinfoil (doubles as a windbreak when needed) and placed them in a ziplock bag. Their pretty rank and ripe but dont smell while cooking. Very happy with the product!
Date published: 2011-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Convenient Pros: a caveman can do it. No need for fuel canister/container, this is all you need! Lasts forever. Cons: Stinks, and leaves residue on my pot. I use this and an alcohol burning stove. I'll use this if i run out of fuel.
Date published: 2013-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Most Reliable Stove type This is the most reliable form of stove fuel.Fuel has many names, ESBIT/Hexamine Tablets/Solid Fuel.ESBIT does not seem to be a commonly known fuel outside the military. I had used up my fuel and couldn't find this stuff in any of the General or Camping stores in Yellowstone NP.[...] Only found it later in REI at Salt Lake City. Even there, there are employees who do not know what i was looking for (though one employee relished the opportunity to hunt for this obscure camping item).A windshield for the ESBIT stove is a must when there is a wind. Otherwise in my experience it would take two tablets to boil 2 cups of of water. ESBIT will leave black residues on the stove and cookery. Excellent for emergencies. Because the fuel is small, one can just dig a shallow narrow trench to use as a stove.
Date published: 2009-06-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Finicky and May Stink-Up Your pack! I'm surprised bears aren't attracted by this stuff because it [*] stinks! Honestly, it smells like 10-day-old fish and it will make your pack smell like 10-day-old fish unless you double-seal the Esbit tablets AND stove in Lopsaks or some other odor-proof bag.Also, the tablets are difficult to ignite. If it's cold out and there is any air movement at all it may take a dozen matches to get these things to combust (you can always drench them in white gas first, but that kind of defeats the purpose). Once you've finally got a steady burn going you might get two cups of water boiling in about 15 minutes. But mind the nasty black residue the Esbit tablets leave on the bottom of your pot - it stinks too!
Date published: 2011-08-08
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In my experience, the corners of the packaging tears through any plastic bag I try to carry them in. Would it be hazardous to open the packaging and keep them together in a plastic bag or container or are they kept separate for a reason?

Asked by: Melissa
It is possible to keep them in a bag or container without causing harm to the product.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-04

What is the material made of that oxidizes?

Asked by: Michael The Original QA Guy
The tablets are made of hexamine.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Dimensions of an Esbit fuel cube.

Asked by: RainInFace
Each tablet measures 1 1/4 X 1 X 1/2 inches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-05-07

Can you mail esbit tablet svia USPS Priority Mail?

Asked by: Jx2519
For shipping information please give us a call at 1-800-426-4840.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-19

Will airlines allow this fuel to be carried in baggage(in baggage compartment?)

Asked by: Hank
​Please contact your airline directly to inquire about their rules and regulations.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-19

Do the tablets have a shelf life/expiration date?

Asked by: Tina
​The shelf life of these tablets are 10+ years.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-17

Do the tablets need to be stored in a bear canister? Are bears attracted to the smell?

Asked by: Heather5
According to the manufacturer, this product has no history of attracting bears and does not need to be stored in a bear resistant container.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-04
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than alternatives I love Esbit for cooking simple meals while backpacking, especially with a caldera cone type stove. Simple, light, easy to use, never any doubts about whether you have enough fuel, can't spill and cause problems. With the right stove, I can boil water for dinner and hot tea afterwards. Smelly - yes, slightly. Ever spilled gasoline or alcohol? Ever had a gas cartridge leak in your pack? I have, it's smelly! Biggest drawback is the burned gunk Esbit leaves on the bottom of your pot. Easy to clean off, or keep your pot in a stuff sack or plastic bag.
Date published: 2013-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Doesn't smell unless... I'm not really in a hurry when camping, so these and the stove are great for me. I tuck the stove into a GSI Minimalist set with 6 tablets (4 in the stove) and I'm ready to go. Now, about the smell. Yes, these things smell like shrimp that's been left out in the sun... but if the packaging is secure, there is almost no smell. The problem is that the foil keeping the tablets in the packaging is so thin that practically breathing on it will tear it, and the smell gets out and soaks into everything. I'm going to vacuum seal these things in the future.
Date published: 2011-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hot stuff Up front: the stuff smells like fish. Not much fun to have in your pack. You can smell it through the packaging. My recommendation is to put it in a ziploc bag and keep it away from your food - and don't forget to keep it out of reach of scavengers at night. Once you put it in a ziploc bag, you can barely smell it. Having said that, it works great once you put it to use. It doesn't stink when it burns, and it burns really hot. You can easily boil 8 oz in a Ti mug on less than 1 Esbit bar, provided you are using a windscreen. This is great stuff for freezer bag meals or just cooking up a quick mug of hot water for coffee. You can blow out the fuel when you are done and reuse it later, as it does not liquify like Trioxane.
Date published: 2009-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, but does leave a hard residue These are wonderful. I did want to write a review though to let folks know that the cubes do leave a hard layer of residue in the fuel tray after burning. I had a very difficult time chipping it out so that the next tablet used would lay flat in there. I resolved the problem by laying the cube onto a small piece of foil rather than directly in the tray.
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Work great! Smell not so great Purchased this as a cheap alternative to cooking meals while hiking and camping. Very surprised as to how fast they can cook pasta for two (1.5 cubes burnt and around 10 min, but that's with getting water hot, adding pasta ect). They light very easy, only have to hold the flame to them for a few seconds, once they are going their good till you blow them out or their done. Only reason for one less star, the smell. I knew they were suppose to smell, but whoa. Think of 2 day old fish sitting in the sun. I wrapped ours in tinfoil (doubles as a windbreak when needed) and placed them in a ziplock bag. Their pretty rank and ripe but dont smell while cooking. Very happy with the product!
Date published: 2011-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Convenient Pros: a caveman can do it. No need for fuel canister/container, this is all you need! Lasts forever. Cons: Stinks, and leaves residue on my pot. I use this and an alcohol burning stove. I'll use this if i run out of fuel.
Date published: 2013-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Most Reliable Stove type This is the most reliable form of stove fuel.Fuel has many names, ESBIT/Hexamine Tablets/Solid Fuel.ESBIT does not seem to be a commonly known fuel outside the military. I had used up my fuel and couldn't find this stuff in any of the General or Camping stores in Yellowstone NP.[...] Only found it later in REI at Salt Lake City. Even there, there are employees who do not know what i was looking for (though one employee relished the opportunity to hunt for this obscure camping item).A windshield for the ESBIT stove is a must when there is a wind. Otherwise in my experience it would take two tablets to boil 2 cups of of water. ESBIT will leave black residues on the stove and cookery. Excellent for emergencies. Because the fuel is small, one can just dig a shallow narrow trench to use as a stove.
Date published: 2009-06-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Finicky and May Stink-Up Your pack! I'm surprised bears aren't attracted by this stuff because it [*] stinks! Honestly, it smells like 10-day-old fish and it will make your pack smell like 10-day-old fish unless you double-seal the Esbit tablets AND stove in Lopsaks or some other odor-proof bag.Also, the tablets are difficult to ignite. If it's cold out and there is any air movement at all it may take a dozen matches to get these things to combust (you can always drench them in white gas first, but that kind of defeats the purpose). Once you've finally got a steady burn going you might get two cups of water boiling in about 15 minutes. But mind the nasty black residue the Esbit tablets leave on the bottom of your pot - it stinks too!
Date published: 2011-08-08
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Questions & Answers

In my experience, the corners of the packaging tears through any plastic bag I try to carry them in. Would it be hazardous to open the packaging and keep them together in a plastic bag or container or are they kept separate for a reason?

Asked by: Melissa
It is possible to keep them in a bag or container without causing harm to the product.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-04

What is the material made of that oxidizes?

Asked by: Michael The Original QA Guy
The tablets are made of hexamine.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Dimensions of an Esbit fuel cube.

Asked by: RainInFace
Each tablet measures 1 1/4 X 1 X 1/2 inches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-05-07

Can you mail esbit tablet svia USPS Priority Mail?

Asked by: Jx2519
For shipping information please give us a call at 1-800-426-4840.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-19

Will airlines allow this fuel to be carried in baggage(in baggage compartment?)

Asked by: Hank
​Please contact your airline directly to inquire about their rules and regulations.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-19

Do the tablets have a shelf life/expiration date?

Asked by: Tina
​The shelf life of these tablets are 10+ years.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-17

Do the tablets need to be stored in a bear canister? Are bears attracted to the smell?

Asked by: Heather5
According to the manufacturer, this product has no history of attracting bears and does not need to be stored in a bear resistant container.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-04
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