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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ..no weather)