Esbit Solid Fuel Stove and Cookset

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Esbit Solid Fuel Stove and Cookset
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Esbit Solid Fuel Stove and Cook Set.
Esbit Solid Fuel Stove and Cook Set is great for heating water or food on the trail, such as a quick cup of coffee, tea, or soup. This is lightweight, self-contained complete cooking system is constructed from hard-anodized aluminium and works with solid fuel. The stove fits in the pot, which has folding handles and a small pour spout, making it space and weight efficient for hiking and backpacking. The pot's folding handles have silicone grips for protection from heat and it all fits in the included mesh stuff sack. Esbit Solid Fuel Stove and Cook Set are ideal for backpackers and campers who like to travel extremely light.

Key Features.


  • Constructed from extremely light, hard-anodized aluminum

Weather and Wind:

  • Solid fuel stand and wind deflector can be used with Esbit solid fuel cubes (not included)

Traction and Grip:

  • Pot has volume indicators in liter/oz. and 2 hinged, stainless steel grips


  • Esbit Solid Fuel stove and cookset includes a mesh stuff sack
  • 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
  • When not in use, the stove stows neatly inside the pot for convenient packing
  • Folding handles on the pot are coated in silicone to protect your hands from heat
  • Stove has a built-in windshield for great performance when you're camped high in the mountains
  • Stores in convenient mesh bag
  • Tablets easily light with a match or lighter, and they can be extinguished and saved for reuse
  • 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
  • Includes 585 ml pot, lid, solid fuel stand/wind deflector
The Esbit Solid Fuel Stove and Cookset is a self contained complete cooking system that works with solid fuel. Space and weight efficient for hiking and backpacking. Durable and light 585 ml pot included.
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Auto ignition:No
Average boil time:Unavailable
Burn time (max flame):(Per cube) 12 minutes
Dimensions:3.4 x 4.4 inches
Fuel:Esbit fuel tablets
Fuel type:Tablet
Size:Height 3.5"; Diameter 4.5"
Weight:19.78 oz.

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Esbit Solid Fuel Stove and Cookset Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Great little stove set!

This is a great little stove setup. The pot holds enough to boil water for most bag meals and just the right amount of coffee for one person.

I made an alcohol stove from a cat food can and it fit well on top of the tablet holder. The flames were close enough to give good heat but not be smothered. The tabs that come with it do a pretty good job as well, it just takes a little longer. The tabs can be extinguished and re-used, so you don't have to worry about wasting fuel on a trip. The nice thing about it is that you can also make a twiggy fire and keep feeding it from the side as needed. Sure beats losing heat by lifting the pot to add more twigs.

This has served me well on many, many trips over the last 8 years or so and is also a great backup stove for emergencies. It's very durable and easy to clean if you do put food directly in the pot.

It now is in our minivan as an emergency stove with 2 packs of fuel tabs, a mini bic lighter, HD aluminum foil windscreen (for heavy wind conditions) and a bandana for use as a pot lid lifter/cleaning rag... it all fits inside the nested pot kit.

Overall, it's worth the investment if you want to have multiple options for cooking methods (tablets, DIY alcohol stove, twigs).
IL Scoutmaster at Campmor on 12/12/2013

Great 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.
EddieS at REI on 10/10/2013

Not 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
bikesandchips at REI on 01/01/2014

Food 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.
Once Upon A Time at REI on 08/08/2013

A great little stove

I was on an Adventure Motorcycling ride through Washington Back Country and my riding buddy brought his Esbit along to try in the field. Since we were only going to boil water for freeze-dried package meals, we didn't need anything more. This little stove impressed me! One fuel tablet + 2 cups of water + 8 minutes = boiling water. It has a built-in windscreen that does a great job, it's surprisingly light and easily packed in even the smallest of bags.

When I got home from the trip, I jumped on Campmor and ordered one for myself. This will serve as a backup stove in case my canister runs out of fuel while camping, and will live in an emergency bag in my vehicle.
Adventure Rider at Campmor on 09/09/2013

Decent stove, lousy fuel

If you need to boil 2 cups of water or heat 2 cups this kit isn't a bad little option. The weakness of it is the Esbit fuel. I just finished boiling 2 cups of water for a Mountain House meal to test this little kit. The first Esbit tab got it warm and burnt out. So, instead of wasting another knowing it wouldn't boil, I took half a tab and put some small to pencil sized kindling in the opening of the stove. This creates a mini fire that is controlled and easy to handle. It worked like a charm. So, cool stove, but I'd use kindling to cook/heat with. Cheaper and more effective.
adaman04 at Campmor on 08/08/2010

Great stove

This is a good stove within its limitations. It's designed for solid fuel tabs only and gets the job done (although Esbit now has a model for alcohol and fuel tabs). The cookset is slightly too large for a single fuel tab setup causing a slow boil time, and the distance from flame to pot is perhaps a bit too much. One answer is to use two tabs at the same time while blocking some of the vent holes. This allows for temperature control. Do not use an alcohol burner as it isn't designed for this model stove. I plan on buying the new Esbit dual fuel stove soon.
Mountain Man at Campmor on 05/05/2012

Amazing little stove

This is an amazing little stove---it works great in situations when you just cannot find fuel--you couldn't bring it on the plane, and when you arrive, lo and behold they don't have just the right pressurized fuel you need, presto you brought a few pellets along, and you are good to go. Great for hot drinks, or easy one pot meals.
Chella at Campmor on 10/10/2010

Great for my Uses.

Love the fact that I can use twigs etc. as fuel. Haven't used the Esbit fuel with it yet altho I have ordered and received some of this fuel. I will probably just use twigs etc. most of the time in which I use this item. Lightweight and small which is great for traveling, camping, backpacking etc.
Me, myself and I. at Campmor on 01/01/2012

nice little stove

nice little stove ....the pot is a little small other than that it's great. I boiled water in 7 minutes with the lid on (inside weather)
herb at hiker at Campmor on 02/02/2011

Negative Reviews:

Neat 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.
Wandering Colorado at REI on 04/04/2013

Forget AGS alcohol stove

Bought Stove/Cookset and the AGC alcohol stove at the same time. The alcohol stove sits too close to the pan and goes out immediately. I drilled out the rivet holding the metal tray for the Esbit tab.
Still not enough room. The tabs alone don't burn long or hot enough to use. I'll try twigs next time.
Rick the hicker at Campmor on 12/12/2010

Stove Too Small For Burner

Stove is way too small for alcohol burner...burner doesn't work in stove...Customer Service said that company rep said equipment works together...what the company rep said is not true...even with cutting out bottom of stove...burner fits poorly...and fails to burn easily in such a small space
BWS at Campmor on 10/10/2010

Does not work very well.

Poor stove
Goldie at Campmor on 11/11/2010