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dan kutcher
(danscapes49) - F
Esbit fuel tabs on 02/11/2005 09:41:14 MST Print View

Obviously, you can cook with them (best for solo, boil only meals).

I'd been carrying around fire starters of one sort or another for years.
After trying Esbit and adopting it as my favorite go-light fuel, I reasoned "Why not take it as back-up fuel or as a fire starter when using another stove? - I can't cook on the firestarters, but I sure can on the Esbits"! Carrying the Esbits insured that I got my hot cup of coffee when I was on a section hike of the A.T. with my son, and the Pocket Rocket ran out of fuel the last night out.

Yukio Yamakawa

Locale: Tokyo,JAPAN
Re: Esbit fuel tabs on 09/13/2005 18:14:33 MDT Print View

Thank you!
I also use TRIOXANE instead of ESBIT.

Pot is not Stained Dirt

This When a fault opens, it is easy to evaporate. Since it is an aluminum pack, it does not need worries, in being common.
When you leave a remainder by the half, be careful.

Bernard Shaw
( - F

Locale: Upstate New York
Re: Re: Tiroxane on 03/05/2006 08:04:34 MST Print View

Thanks for the ideas. As I have been told they do have some advantages. On the other hand I read a listing of BTU output of various fuels and it is quite allot lower than Esbit fuel. If this matters it may be a consideration to go with Esbit fuel.

Vick Hines
(vickrhines) - F

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Re: Re: Tiroxane on 03/05/2006 12:06:31 MST Print View

Trioxane has a lower heat output and gives off nasty fumes. It is polymerized formaldehyde. After you open the packets, it deteriorates - and outgasses formaldehyde everywhere.

There is a good reason all that trioxane is surplus. Soldiers wouldn't use it.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Esbit fuel tabs on 03/06/2006 17:23:37 MST Print View

I keep a couple Esbit tabs in my essentials kit for fire starting or cooking. Cheap and easy.

The ultimate fire starter is a road flare, but they are too heavy for packin'. I figure they would scare off a bear or cougar if you had the chance to get hold of it and light it.

(ASMjackson) - F

Locale: Orange County
Bears scared by highway flares? on 10/26/2007 15:45:16 MDT Print View

I always thought the scariest part of the flare was lighting it. If you took just the brown igniter blob and the cap with the striker, you would probably get two or three good strong sparks with a lot of noise. Granted, some could get on your hand, but a second degree burn is easier to treat than a bear or cougar bite.
Come to think of it, you wouldn't make as much noise, but a knife and sparker/fire starter may be unsettling enough to make the animal think twice. As long as you stamped out any sparks on the ground afterwards!

Sorry, I got off subject

Edited by ASMjackson on 10/26/2007 15:46:26 MDT.

Jon Rhoderick
(hotrhoddudeguy) - F - M

Locale: New England
Re: Bears scared by highway flares? on 10/26/2007 17:59:01 MDT Print View

well fire is what stopped those darn sabre toothed tiger stealing our meat many moons ago so I spose that would make perfect sense, and if you had two you could throw one.

Corey Miller
(coreyfmiller) - F

Locale: Eastern Canada
Esbit Tabs and Slingshot on 03/03/2010 17:48:56 MST Print View

Esbit tabs and a slingshot? Lightweight multi function cougar flaming machine! Eat cooked couger to leave no trace!

Brian Ahlers
(bahlers7) - F

Locale: Idaho
Re: Esbit Tabs and Slingshot on 05/27/2010 21:29:37 MDT Print View

Now that's funny!

Jerry Cagle
(xclimber) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Re: Esbit fuel tabs on 09/20/2011 19:43:40 MDT Print View

In my admittedly limited experience with them they appear to go out quite easily in the slightest breeze... I have a fairly sizeable stash, but hate the odor... If someone in the Tucson area wants them I'll let them have them for the low price of FREE...!

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
ESBIT & the CC Inferno Gassifier stove on 11/18/2011 21:09:16 MST Print View

I too use ESBIT as tinder for my Caldera Cone Sidewinder ti Inferno woodburning stove.

But... I also take the Sidewinder's ESBIT tab holder, the "Gram Cradcker", just in case I can't get a wood fire burning during an all-day rain.

That Sidewinder setup is so efficient that I use at least 1/3 less ESBIT fuel than befor with my Vargo Triad stove base & MSR foil wind screen.