Keep it Simple
Less is more with the Esbit Titanium folding stove.
Why choose Esbit fuel over iso-butane canister stoves or denatured alcohol?
For my purposes, Esbit is light and safe. I can comfortably pack this stove, two or three cubes, fire kit and some kitchen essentials in my Snow Peak Trek 700.
Compact and light.
I don't have to worry about lugging around a big canister/stove and forgetting just how much fuel is left in there. I don't have to worry about denatured alcohol leaking in my pack. The Esbit cubes are individually packed and can be repacked if the entirety of it wasn't used. Esbit is not affected by temperature or altitude- obviously boil times will still be slower- but the tabs will still light with ease as long as there is a wind block. (which is this stoves only CON- easily remedied with some aluminum foil)
Esbit isn't lightening fast, but how many of us are on an adventure race when outdoors? Esbit is quiet. Saunter at sunset and enjoy a hot drink without a jet stove ruining the ambience.
The first time my friends saw me use mine, they were very attracted to it's minimalist design and versatility with a variety of boiling vessels. You won't be able to get too gourmet though. This is a stove for simple soups or dehydrated meals.
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Simple and Reliable
I love how quiet and simple this little stove is. It isn't for the folks who like to race each other boiling water. It is for those of us who have more than three minutes to sit and enjoy our surroundings in the backcountry. Want oatmeal and a coffee but hate waking people up with your screeching stove? This is for you! I have tested this stove twice now. Both times I used an HAE kettle with a full liter of cool (45 degrees or so) water. On a windy day at about 30 Deg it took the entire tablet to get a rolling boil, about 13 minutes. On a warm sunny day with 5mph winds it took about eight minutes for a rolling boil. No fuel canisters, no jet burner noise, and your pack gets lighter as you use fuel tabs. I cannot think of a more perfect way to enjoy a warm meal while hiking.
Weight weenies rejoice
This is a very simple, well made stove designed for the minimalist. The stability is completely user controlled. As long as the pot supports are equally placed apart on stable ground and your favorite mug fits ok on top, you shouldn't have any issues. My Snowpeak Trek 700 is a perfect fit.
As with every other stove of this type, a windscreen is a must in all but perfect weather conditions. You aren't going to be able to cook a huge breakfast on it, either. If you are familiar with the limitations of this type of stove you should be very pleased.
Bottom line: If you like to travel light, then look no further. Anything less and you might as well just take the fuel tablets and make a pot rest out of natural materials.
Awesome lightweight stove
You can't beat this stove for the price and for the weight. It is awesome if you are just looking to boil about 16 oz of water in the backcountry. I got it because my girlfriend wanted a hot meal while backpacking and I didn't want to carry the weight of a stove, fuel, and a pot. But this ultralightweight stove was perfect and the total weight is 1 oz (plus whatever pot you have). The only flaws I can see is the smell of the tablets and it leaves a slight residue on the bottom of the pot. I'm excited to bring it for our next adventure!
PS Put a piece of aluminium foil where the tablet goes so it doesn't leave any residue.
great stove alone or with another stove
I used this stove with three other people and their stove on a four day hike in the Grand Canyon. This stove kept things hot while the others cooked or boiled water.It was great having hot coffee and water on demand while preparing other foods. I will take it on solo hikes with or with out another stove depending on the hike and the weather. All of us were surprised how well it worked. The tablets smelled like fish until they burned down a bit!
best stove for the price and for double
This stove fits like a glove on the REI cookware small. Very stable. The mesh case weighs more than the stove WOW.