Quickest way to boil water for tea?

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  1. Worroll

    Worroll Been here awhile

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    Camp stoves have been discussed at length I'm sure. I love my MSR Dragonfly for most things, but was wondering what's the easiest/smallest setup that will simply boil water for a cup of tea?
    I've become hooked on tea, I think it may have come with buying a British bike? During day rides I like to stop occasionally to stretch and would love to have a small setup that can just make a cup o tea.

    It should be cheap, with easy/no mess setup, and small enough to fit in a tank bag.
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  4. Warin

    Warin Retired

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    Quickest way?

    Boil your water at breakfast. Put it in a thermos. Now you have hot water ready for a cupper when ever you stop. If it is not hot enough then simply put the hot water on the stove, less time to heat something up that is already hot.
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  5. Bowser

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    Its not the fire its the kettle that will make the biggest difference, a kelly kettle has a massive internal surface area to be heated and will boil very quickly.
    If you must get a new stove the msr xgk is designed to turn snow into boiling water faster than any other cooker, its rubbish for cooking on but A1 for making boiling water however expensive, a small kelly will give you what you want at a fraction of the cost.

    I know this is a uk e bay link but it will give you the idea.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Kelly-Ket...g_CookingSupplies_ET&var=&hash=item4d06034328

    or for a US version have a look at this site

    http://www.theboilerwerks.com/about/
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  7. WoodButcher

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    +1. Fast and easy. Great for anything that needs hot water.
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    swedish army surplus 1 man trangia is a neat indestructible little setup. NOT fast though!
    my 29- system trangia with butane burner conversion will boil a pint of water in less than 3 mins though
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  10. istephens

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    +2 on the JetBoil - we use ours a lot for making tea and Starbucks instant coffee.

    Ian
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    I must be a bit of a stove nut because I seem to have a bunch of them ranging from alcohol and wood fired to white gas and canister stoves.

    It isn't the smallest, lightest or cheapest by a good margin but for outright quickly boiling water without worrying about burning your hands or burning down the tent it is hard to beat the Jetboil.
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    A MSR Reactor will kick a Jetboil's ass and take its lunch money. :wink:
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  13. bikerfish

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    a proper tea break should be made with no hurry. Are scones involved?
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  14. Jim K.

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    +1 on the esbit folding stove. As mentioned, it's not quick, but I've never seen anything else that's as small , light, simple, & safe.
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    Short of the mains-powered 'instant water heaters' running off an inverter on your bike, it's a Jetboil, hands down, no contest. This is faster than a gas hob on a house cooker, or even an electric kettle.
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    +1 on the scones
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  18. Worroll

    Worroll Been here awhile

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    I should have titled the post "Easiest way to boil water?". Speed isn't really the concern, it's mostly simplicity.
    It would have to be something that uses contained fuel, so the jet boil is nice for that. But the price and size of the Esbit stove takes the prize. Spec is 14 minutes to boil a liter, but a I'm sure just 2 cups will boil in a more reasonable time, and for $10 it's well in the cheap.

    I've only had a scone at Starbucks, it was a pumpkin spice I think. it was really good. Tell me more about these scones?
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  19. bikerfish

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    Jet boil: $99.00

    MSR Reactor: $179.00 :eek1

    You do the math.

    80 bucks is 80 bucks. It's boiling water, not making fillet mignon.

    Jet boil is the clear choice. :deal 80 bucks difference will buy lots of scones!
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