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Old 08-27-2013, 09:39 PM   #1
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Jetboil and other small stoves

Im looking to purchase a small propane stove for boiling water. I like the jet boil but does it require special jetboil canisters*or can I use regular propane canisters?

Also are there any cheaper alternatives to the jetboil? I need something rugged for military use.
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Old 08-27-2013, 09:54 PM   #2
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The jetboil uses a standard thread canister and any of them will work fine.

In comparison to many others the Jetboil is bulky. heavy and a bit expensive but I don't regret buying mine and it gets hauled along more than the others just because it's very easy to use.
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:01 PM   #3
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jetboil

I've used a jetboil for years, did 260 miles of backpacking a few summers ago with my kids. Worked great for sometimes 5 of us sharing one stove.

The propane/butane mix works well in higher elevations/colder conditions than straight propane in the Jetboil.

For snow camping I use a white gas powered MSR. The snow peak stoves are nice and light especially the TI one.
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:02 PM   #4
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:12 PM   #5
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I've got the jetboil, and don't mind carrying it since I only boil water with it. However, I was turned onto this stove from another inmate and may purchase one if I decide to carry a mess kit.

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Old 08-28-2013, 05:35 AM   #6
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Hi!
I borrowed a Jet Boil for my last trip and I liked it a lot, except that the valve wasn't precise when I tried to put it to the minimum. It get closed (or not enough gas for a flame) and I had to adjust it every few minutes.

Is this a problem of my unit?
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:53 AM   #7
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I carry a Jetboil on my motorcycle and mountain bike. They are a bit on the bulkier side, but super easy to use and boil up quick--no fuss no muss. If you're a caffiene junkie, get the french press lid accessory and bring your favorite grind. It brews a great cup o'joe. Use white gas stoves in the winter, the butane doesn't do well in colder temps.
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:30 AM   #8
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Another idea: this is one, but there are several variations on the theme of small, folds flat, burns debris:
http://wildernessinnovation.com/surv...folding-stove/ I'm looking at getting one for simplicity, though I've been using the MSR Whisperlite for over 25 years. Same one.


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Old 08-28-2013, 06:43 AM   #9
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I really like my swedish camp stove. Ten bucks.
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:39 AM   #10
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Im looking to purchase a small propane stove for boiling water. I like the jet boil but does it require special jetboil canisters*or can I use regular propane canisters?

Also are there any cheaper alternatives to the jetboil? I need something rugged for military use.

They were/are extremely popular with troops in Iraq and Afganistan.

Check out jetboil.com for some really good camp recipes for the jetboil. My favorites are 'oink-oink cooscoos' and upside down peach cobbler. Simmering can be fussy but do-able.

The bigger cannister costs like a buck more - won't fit in the pot but lasts and lasts and lasts.

IMO they're the best invention ever. From 15% efficiency of a regular stove to 85% efficiency with the flux ring jetboil. They just work fantastic. The inventors should be rich!
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:52 AM   #11
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:55 AM   #12
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MSR Pocket Rocket

Just to throw one more idea out there, I use the MSR pocket rocket. It is just a few ounces, fits in a little triangular container a few inches long and is essentially idiot proof. I've used it on several back country camping trips as well as some of my longer rides in the past two years. Uses standard Isopro fuel available at walmart and lights very quickly. At $40 or so, it's hard to go wrong with it!

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Old 08-28-2013, 01:07 PM   #13
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Yes, it uses a different canister. Its not a propane device per say. JetBoils and other compact stoves use a butane fuel mix. I burn iso-butane with propane mixed in. Its a good all weather mix. Walmart has the 220g canisters at $4.88 per and I've found the fuel blend works well year round. If you shake the canister before using it the fuel stays blended a bit more. I burn mine till its all gone even in freezing weather.

Walmart also has a compact stove for $28, use it with the Stanley 24 oz mess kit at $15 as a cheap and useful alternative to other $80 devices. Slide a $4 18 oz stainless cup over the Stanley and it makes for a nice piece of kit. Stove fits inside with tea, coffee etc..

There is also the Stever stoves that burn Yellow bottle Heet and weigh almost nothing. Sold right here on the forums.

I do go back to my Coleman butane stove the most on the bike because the added weight doesn't matter and its still plenty small to pack. If I'm back packing I prefer the ultra light Stever set up, the more you use it the lighter the load. Fuel bottles are very light weight.
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Old 08-28-2013, 04:18 PM   #14
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Love my jetboil. However, I find its either on or off. So, it brings stuff to a boil fast. Perfect tool for making hot water you can use: coffee, tea or anything you add hot water to when making it like instant oatmeal. The small bottom of the jetboil canister means the heat is concentrated and its easy to burn anything thick like beans or chilli. Google alcohol stove for cheap camping stove. I like my jetboil though. I can set it up, dump water in it, boil the water, pour it through a coffee filter and have coffee in like 90 seconds. And it cools down instantly and can be packed back up immediately. Nice!
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:58 AM   #15
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I have the Primus Eta Express stove which is very similar to the jet boil. The main difference is that the pot is larger in diameter and shorter allowing the standard size canisters to pack up in it. It's also a bit less expensive than the Jet boil. It's worked very well for me, boils and cooks quick and is easy to manage the flame for simmering or slow cooking.
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