@ Gary --Brrrr...the extreme gear testing conditions have continued. I guess when it comes down to it I am not that hardy of a gear tester ;) Though I will be trying to avoid freezing my ass off today 'testing' my backcountry skiing transitions (warmer gloves slow everything down!). Let me know how the esbit test goes though, I am curious about using the esbit for an emergency snow melting kit.
Open question to the community: how winter worthy is esbit? Its listed on the elk mountain grand traverse required gear, but I hadn't heard of people using it in the cold, particularly for melting snow.