Jetboil and other small stoves

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by thesurvivalist, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. thesurvivalist

    thesurvivalist Backcountry Rider

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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.
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  2. mookybird

    mookybird Gramps

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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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  3. Pokey66C23

    Pokey66C23 Been here awhile

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    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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  4. steveWFL

    steveWFL Long timer

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    lovin' the jetboil [​IMG]
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    Hikertrash Long timer

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  6. Carluset

    Carluset Adventurer

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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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  7. nonamehorse

    nonamehorse Concrete Jungle

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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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  8. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    I really like my swedish camp stove. Ten bucks.
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  10. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    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! :clap
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  11. groop

    groop So much to ponder

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  12. Farkler

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    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!

    Just my 2 cents.
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  13. sagedrifter

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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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  14. fatboy

    fatboy Been here awhile

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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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  15. MCMXCIVRS

    MCMXCIVRS Long timer

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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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  16. Ceri JC

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    Trick is add more water (it'll boil off, so don't worry about it going soggy) and stir the contents constantly once up to temp. You can do pasta and all sorts in it this way.
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    This is the setup I use. Burns denatured alchohol. No moving parts. Works good.

    Stove purchased on ADV. Stanley pot purchased at Wally World. Wind screen made from a can of beans. The stove fits inside the pot and if you dont need both cups then you could store fuel in there as well.

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  18. nucular

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    The jetboil, pocket rocket, and even those inexpensive ebay/amazon ones are all decent stoves. The quality of my amazon one (pocket rocket) is not the greatest but it works. The arms snag on each other when opening it up, etc.

    The real downside to all of the above stoves if you want one for military or survival use is that you have to buy the isobutane/propane fuel specific for camping stoves. One of the multi-fuel stoves may serve you better (something like an MSR whisperlite universal, etc). You can burn anything in them - the isopro type fuel, white gas, kerosone, or even gasoline.
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  19. Law Dawg (ret)

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    Like fatboy, I use mine to boil water only (tea, instant oatmeal, etc). There are better butane/propane combo stoves for cooking on but the only other thing I normally use the Jetboil for is heating a can of soup and that works if watched. It is the go to stove for this rider because it is complete and compact enough considering that my other stoves need a kettle or pot. I use the small fuel canister for storage (in the bug out bag) but will carry a larger one to actually use on trips.

    BTW the French press attachment works but barely...we use a GSI Personal Javapress instead. The Titanium Jetboil is my preferred kit as it does not retain the tastes of anything cooked in it. If I want to reduce weight, reduce the flame, or find fuel just about anywhere the kit is an alcohol stove, like this, with full on White Lightning for fuel (multi purpose don't ya know).
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  20. 2aRover

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    I have a JetBoil and love it, but my Optimus Crux out performs it, especially in cooler weather. Get the kit with the pot for maximum efficiency.

    I've used a JetBoil, Crux, and Asoto Microregulator at Philmont Scout Ranch, and the Crux worked best overall.
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