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Zeno Martin
( ananda )
Jet Boil on 08/24/2005 14:09:51 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Likes:
Easy to use.
Well thought out.
Takes up little space.
Fast boil.
Resistant to wind (more than other canister stoves).
Efficient use of fuel.

Dislikes:
Piezo stopped working almost instantly.
Heavy?

Despite it being much heavier than my MSR pocket rocked the "likes" far outweigh the weight savings.

Edited by ananda on 08/24/2005 14:16:03 MDT.

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Carol Corbridge
( ccorbridge )

Locale:
Southern Oregon
Jet Boil on 08/24/2005 14:17:00 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

Agree with previous review. I'd give it a 4 due to (2) piezo failures so far on mine. Had it about 2 months.
Way easy.
Way fast.

Joel Bowman
( joelbowman )

Locale:
Tampa Bay
JetBoil ... Fast, Efficient, Stable, Flexible Cooking System on 08/24/2005 16:45:56 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

This stove is, in my opinion, the only canister style stove to own anymore. At a total weight (including cooking cup) of 15.25 ounces, this is no lightweight but you have to look beneath the surface on this one.

The extra weight is worth it to me and is somewhat offset by it's outstanding fuel efficiency and the fact that you do not need a separate pot for most uses. A 1 liter pot will weigh at least 4 oz so you have to add that to the weight of another system. As far as efficiency it is about 1/3 more efficient than most other cannister stoves. It will boil an amazing 11 liters per 100 grams of fuel. Most other popular models (MSR, Optimus, etc) are around 7 liters per 100g.

So here is my semi-scientific apples to apples comparison between the MSR Pocket Rocket and the JetBoil. Assuming you would need to boil 20 liters of water on a trip, you would use about 2.5 more ounces in fuel with the MSR. Add this to the 8.2oz weight of stove and Titan Kettle to get 10.7oz. Your weight premium is now only 4.55oz. Well worth it in my book!

Don't get me wrong, if I were doing a solo thru hike of the AT, I would likely NOT choose this or any other canister stove due to weight and ease of getting fuel. I would opt for a wood burning or alcohol stove. Where I do use it is on moderate to long solo or group weekenders.

It is very efficient and extremely stable in the high wind and I have not found a faster backpacking stove to set up &/or boil water. Problems have already been noted on the piezo (lighting unit) so I wont comment on that. This is rather minor in my book as a match will light it just fine.

Though I have not used them, the optional pot stabalizer and coffee press seem very functional and well thought out. The companion cup is also handy for a group outing. I love having the coozie around my pot but will advise to have extras on hand for the inevitable replacement.

All in all, i give it a 5 for what it is. Obviously, I wish it were 5 ounces lighter but other than that, this is a great stove.

Edited by joelbowman on 08/24/2005 16:48:05 MDT.

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Bryan Redd
( lucylab )
100% performance so far on 08/24/2005 22:08:01 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I've had my JetBoil since March 2004. Have used it on 6 backpacking trips (2-7 days) and many day flyfishing trips where I want a quick warm meal and/or beverage. Perhaps I've been lucky, but so far my ignitor has not failed once.

Wish it were a bit lighter, but for my uses it is the best option on the market.

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Richard Nisley
( richard295 - M )

Locale:
San Francisco Bay Area
Piezo on 08/25/2005 17:17:35 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

My piezo failed after a couple of days. It took one second to fix it by bending down the ignitor rod to make a slightly smaller gap (1/8" smaller). I then used it in Alaska for 1 1/2 months twice a day in rainy / windy weather and it never failed to light.

Edited by richard295 on 08/29/2005 11:04:05 MDT.

John Pickron
( pre )
Everything you can put into a system on 09/24/2005 14:21:37 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

It's got several features built-in that other setups just don't have.

1) windscreen built into the cup
2) ignitor-mine has yet to fail
3) insulated mug w/ pour spout lid
4) measuring cup/secondary dish
5) Fast, yes muy rapido...

The setup is really easy. All you do is remove the stove from the cup with the fuel cannister and lock the cup to the stove, turn on the flow press igniter button.

Con's--cooking in a cup isn't that great if you like to have skillet creations. The regular pan/pot metal add-on works fine--but jetboil creates an incredible "hot-spot" so you better keep that pan moving if you're cooking a piece of meat. Weight

Robert Miller
( bob.miller@cgi.com )
JetBoils Weakest Link on 11/09/2005 05:39:36 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

Well I am a Canadian and I love my JetBoil. It works well both summer and winter. However if you are going to use it in the winter you must make sure that the canister gas is rated for zero (0F) MSR canisters have that rating. The JetBoil does not work worth a *BEEP* below that temperature unless you have a heater for the canister.

My biggest complaint however is the lid. The lid will crack if you try to take it off when it is at (0F).

So now when it is cold, I do not put the lid or bottom on until I get back home where it is warm.

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Jeffery Cowen
( wirerat123 )
Awesome on 11/17/2005 17:23:32 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Only thing I would ever consider replacing this with is a home made alchohol stove. That's it, and the only reason I would make that decision is wieght, and ease of fuel, BUT convenience wise, jetboil can't be beat. I have the Companion Cup, and the stabalizers as well as a couple canisters of fuel for almost all outings. Bam, barely over 2lbs at worst. Maybe a bit heavy, but well worth it.

Unless you are hopelessly psyco about pack weight you can still carry the Jetbiol, plenty of fuel (on thru hikes just ship extra fuel with your food), a companion cup, and stabalizer kit and keep your essential pack weight under 12 lbs.

I now carry an average of about 22lbs for a 3 day outing. This includes a pillow, clothes, food, Backpack, First Aid kit, Sleeping Bag, Hennessy Hammock, Jetboil stove, Titanium fork and spoon, water filter, and water.

That's a Major improvement over the days when I easily carried over 40lbs worth of gear.

Edited by wirerat123 on 11/17/2005 17:24:22 MST.

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Richard Lyon
( richardglyon )

Locale:
Bridger Mountains
Great niche product on 11/23/2005 08:02:17 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Unless I plan on catching fish the Jetboil is perfect for me - compact, reliable, and quick. The original rig is for boiling only and has a 500 ml/2 cup capacity, which limits its use to one person. But for coffee, tea, freeze-dried meals on solo hikes (or in the ski area parking lot) it's unbeatable. Jetboil offers a converter so that it can be used with a skillet, but this lacks the efficiencies of boiling given by the combination of cup and heat exchanger. The converter parts weigh only two ounces and (like the optional French press) fit inside the cup when the unit is stored. Great system! Jetboil has announced a new GCS (group cooking system) with a larger cooking vessel/heat exchanger that can be used for boiling or frying. But if I use that, how will I be able to use the French press for my needed morning caffeine?
UPDATE October 2007: Jetboil's new accessories make the PCS even better. The frying pan brings heat exchanger efficiency to skillet cooking and it can be stored with the spatula and a plastic bowl easily; together these weigh hardly anything. Nothing beats this combination for solo backcountry fishing trips.

Edited by richardglyon on 10/12/2007 12:30:21 MDT.

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Andrew Skurka
( askurka )
Jetboil - undeserving of the hype on 11/23/2005 22:51:52 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 1 / 5

It is pretty well documented that the Jetboil has limited utility in colder conditions, assuming you have not kept the canister in your underwear all day in order to keep it warm (See Ryan's recent tests on stove performance in cold weather -- white gas and liquid fuel stoves outperform the Jetboil's effectiveness for snow melting by a long ways). You'd be part of the frozen landscape by the time the Jetboil had melted enough snow for your freeze-dried dinner.

So, if Jetboil is to be a superior stove, it must outperform other stoves designed for 3-season conditions. DOES IT?

An entire SUL alchol stove set-up (with a 24 oz beer can pot) can weigh almost HALF of what a Jetboil fuel CANISTER weighs EMPTY. A mere ultralight setup (with a Ti pot) still weighs about the same as just the cannister!

The Jetboil may be convenient and a fuel miser, but I figure that I would need to boil about 43 LITERS OF WATER before the Jetboil's superior fuel efficiency would make up for its inferior weight relative to my own cooking system.

43 liters of water...When I am out I boil 1-2 cups per night, which means I would need to be out for at least 86 nights without resupply before I would ever reach this break-even point. By that point, a white gas stove might be more efficient than both stoves, so even after 43 L it still might not be the lightest stove.

The (presumed) fast boil time of the Jetboil does not weaken my argument: there are about 3-4 minutes between the the times required for a Jetboil to boil a half liter of water and an average performing alcohol stove to boil a half liter of water. In those 3-4 minutes I can be stretching out, starting a journal entry, looking over my maps for tomorrow's hiking, etc. -- the minutes are completely irrelevant.

The Jetboil will never be found in my pack.

Edited by ryan on 11/25/2005 10:23:35 MST.

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Frank P.
( CThiker )
Great stove...don't hate on it! on 01/03/2006 22:40:01 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I purchased the Jetboil very recently and went on an overnight trip on the CT section of the AT. It was around the 30s for the whole trip and I could not have been more pleased with it's performance. Given, I did not take it on any big expedition, but when you can get your water out of a partially frozen creek (you should be able to do atleast this in most locals even in the Winter) it is perfect. When I needed a hot drink to warm my body, it cooked it up right then. And let me tell you, when it's cold and you have nothing better to do then stare at your drink praying for it to get hot, those few minutes saved are worth its weight in anything. Haven't been more impressed with a campstove as far as I can remember.

Scott Peterson
( scottalanp )

Locale:
Northern California
JETBOIL has it's place on 01/04/2006 08:22:23 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I have had a Jetboil for about 3 years. It has never once failed in any way...and generally takes a beating. As far as operating in the wind...I have not done it, but I am pretty certain you could operate the thing in 50 mile-an-hour winds!

Until recently, I was not too sensitive to weight. Now that I am, I recognize that the Jetboil is a luxury item on a summer-jaunt. At 22.2 ounces total for the kit and fuel, it is heavy. So when I go on a 4 day Summer fishing hike, I will take the 3.6 ounce Beer-can Esbit stove and take in more sights with less stress. But if I were going to generally damp or rainy conditions, where I might need to cook in my tent...it's back to the Jetboil. Also, If my pack had to go into "checked baggage" on a flight or endure some other rough josteling, I would count on the Jetboil to survive before any super ultra-light aluminum can contraption. As for snow camping, I gave that up after a couple tries when I was in my teens...so it is a non-factor for me.

I am surprised that the number of positive posts for this item, as well as a general recognition that all hikers do not base all equipment decisions solely on weight to performance ratios did not influence the one negative poster...who probably has logged more miles than most of us. I sense with the ultra-light backpacking "culture" that certain folks begin to feel that their truths (which are highly personal and valid) are the only truths. A big turn-off with Ray J.'s book was when he went on about the lack of efficiency with walking poles. Obviously not open-minded to the fact that saving a fall during a creek crossing...or getting an upper body workout can be more important than efficiency ratios to A LOT of people!!!

Douglas Frick
( Otter )

Locale:
Wyoming
Good for what it was built to do on 01/06/2006 10:55:11 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

The good points are: fast, fuel-efficient, easy, simple, and reliable boiling water. You can hold it in your hand while you boil water, if finding a place to set up a hot stove is a problem in your environment. I haven't tried cooking in the JetBoil since I usually just boil water, but it appears that it simmers well. The drawbacks are that the stove is heavier than necessary and that it may have problems below freezing due to the upright butane canister.

I rated the JetBoil a 4 because it could have been made lighter without compromising the design. I won't fault it for not being an all-temperature performer when most (all?) upright canister stoves suffer from the same problem. If you want a lighter stove, make your own alcohol burner; if you want a winter stove, get a liquid-feed stove. But for a canister water-boiler, this is a pretty good solution.


Edit: This stove worked well in winter conditions at +20F for cooking and melting snow at 11,000 ft. I pre-warmed the canister next to my body and held it in my hands while in use (I didn't have a place to set it down). It started and ran reliably on a half-used canister, although the flame was a bit uneven compared to summer use.

Edited by Otter on 03/08/2006 11:40:40 MST.

Doug Evans
( DougEvans )
Not for fanatics - on 01/31/2006 10:34:00 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

Ok - So it weighs more than a couple of cat food cans. I'd also never take it for use in an igloo.

Mine has been bulletproof. Quick, easy, and multiple days of heavy use on one canister. What's not to like?

We take it along for 3-4 day trips, and 'cook' for 3. Two hots a day, plus coffee, etc all in record time, with ease, inside the tent during torrents of rain.

I love it, and will happily call my self a 'light' backpacker.

Add - Just did a night on a peak that hit 22F with measured 34Mph winds - Cooked dinner outside, breakfast the next morning in the tent. Did sleep with one canister though - Once again, it performed flawlessly.

Edited by DougEvans on 02/14/2006 10:07:39 MST.

T. Sedlak
( busotti )
Compact, reliable, efficient on 02/17/2006 17:18:44 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Very reliable, compact and easy to use. I've calculated that you can boil 2 cups of water up to 20 times using a typical 100g canister ($3-4).

A very clever design makes it very efficient in tranferring heat. Also, the fuel cannister, pot stabilizer and other accessories all store in the cup!

Con: The cup is relatively heavy. A major advance would be the availability of a titanium cup that holds everything.

Edited by busotti on 03/08/2006 15:06:24 MST.

jeff walker
( jjwalk2623 )
Jetboil 3 season + stove on 05/07/2006 19:55:52 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

My input on the jetboil is strictly by my usage with it.
•I can boil 2 cups of water at full power in 2 minutes 28 seconds.
•It does what it is intended to do. Boil water efficiently.
•It utilizes less fuel than my White gas stove, thus meaning less to carry.
•When it is tipped over in my pack, it does not leak smelly fuel,
•It weighs less than my current application needing spare fuel bottle.
• I was looking for something more efficient than my current application and not an ultralight stove as I currently have one of these as well.
•Built in cooking pot
•It is a very smart concept as some of the stoves are more gimmicky and redundant. Oh yea, It uses the same style cartridge I require to fill my lantern. Bonus there as well.
Price should be lower on the GCS pot but, I am alone anyway so PCS is perfect.
I also at times utilize an aluminum can stove, they are not in the same category by any means.
I like it.

Edited by jjwalk2623 on 05/07/2006 21:00:29 MDT.

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Nate White
( backpacker134 )
pros and cons on 09/02/2006 20:15:37 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 3 / 5

pros:::even thou i have been backpacking a few times with the jetboil. i really like, easy on fuel, east to start and end. boil time is like no time. great idea of everything to go into the cup.

i use the cup, not the pots of it. makes it easy to heat up drinks and soups. easy to clean.

cons:::the cups does make it a oain in the butt, b/c you cant really do anything fried, baked, etc. if you let the stove go for a little bit, it starts to sweat really bad on the bottle.

Joe Kuster
( slacklinejoe )

Locale:
Flatirons
Fantastic for most uses on 10/04/2006 20:21:05 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

As always, it depends on your need. If you find other stoves finicky and would like a complete cooking system that just "works", it's possible you'll like the JB.

For trips where the weight isn't super imporant it's convenience is what keeps people packing it. It's got a lot of smart features overall.

The cook pot lid and base cover snap together for a sippy cup. It's got built in measurements in the base as well as in the pot. The pot stand makes it stable enough for wide pans (good for cooking trout) and the system is very compact. While the company probably frowns on it, you can walk around with it in your hands while it's warming up your water. The entire system is very durable as well as it can handle some fair abuse. They even have an official hanging kit, which is great for tent cooking (with proper ventilation) or for climbing use.

If you are using it for car camping, day hiking, climbing, kayaking and such, I agree with everything good already said above.

If I'm worried about packing light above all else and have plenty of time to cook then it's not that ideal at all. While it's compact, it comes in at tripple the weight of my other systems.

Yes, it sucks in cold weather. Don't take it to high altitude either because it sucks there too.

It is however really, really convenient for quick hot chocolate or hot lunches while climbing etc.

As far as weight - I don't get it, people keep trying to compare the jetboil to alcohol stoves but keep completely avoiding the topic of convenience. That *IS* important for a lot of us. The fact that's an itegrated system that you can hold in your hand while it's warming up your water it's really, really nice.

I think Jetboil needs to do some changes but as far as the general use for 1 or maybe two people, I like it. It isn't for groups, but as far as I'm aware, they aren't trying for that market.

Things I'd like to see improved:

*lighten it up with titanium where appropriate as an ultralight edition (they can have both on the market)

*Come up with a more robust Piezo starter or remove it all together!

*Make the pot stand / stabilizer standard.

Edited by slacklinejoe on 10/16/2008 14:30:24 MDT.

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Vlad Putin
( Primaloft37 )

Locale:
Radio Free Pineland
Good solid cannister stove on 11/14/2006 00:21:15 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I have been using this as my primary cannister stove and I like it for several reasons. It is unique in the following respects:

1) You dont need to set up a wind brake around it. The way the stove is designed, it will burn effectively even if there is wind. I know, as I tested it in windy conditions and it worked fine.

That sets it apart from other cannister stoves.

2) It will boil 2 cups of water EXTREMELY fast! Four minutes...five at the max. And I am talking a rolling, extremely vigorious boil like youd get on your burner on your home range. Not a simmer, not a mild boil...this stove makes water very hot.

In this regard, it is good for killing any biological organisms in backcountry water. You can pour water into the thing, boil it vigorously for a full minute and be confident EVERYTHING will be dead in that water.

3) It has a nice aesthetic design...the stove looks cool.

The only thing about it I dont like is the pietzo lighter failed on me and it didnt take very long. Be prepared with your own matches or spark striker...I have used "LightMyFire" spark maker to light it.

Hardcore ultra-lighters will probably avoid this stove, as it is heavier than some other cannister stoves if you use a titanium burner and a titanium mug or pot. However, lightweight backpackers who are willing to carry a little extra weight will probably like this stove and enjoy the reliability and non hassles of this stove.

Again, the built in wind screen is cool.

Vlad

Ryan Welde
( Duece2 )
A 3 for 3 season on 11/25/2006 18:48:40 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 3 / 5

I have been out snow shoeing for the last 3 days in temps from +8-+15 F The stove really struggles to melt snow and boil water. I have been keeping the canister in my parka, and that helps for a little while, but then it starts to spit and sputter. This makes for a long food break that I don't need.

Andy Goodell
( geekguyandy )

Locale:
New York State
Could have improvements on 12/06/2006 08:56:05 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

I've had this since it first came available, and love that everything packs together nicely. The bonus of a cup with a lid is great also.

However, this stove stands so tall on one minicanister with all the weight very high up. It is extremely susceptible to falling over in wind, or the tiniest bump. The stabalizers are a must. My piezo failed after 2 canisters worth, so I just ripped it out and use a lighter. The pot is also too tall for it's width, and it extremely difficult to get a hand in the bottom to clean it. The small canisters are expensive, and overall the stove system is very expensive.

James Pitts
( jjpitts )

Locale:
Midwest US
Does it's job... on 01/08/2007 19:58:55 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

What's with people that review gear they have never owned nor tested in the field? This is a mystery to me.

Anyway, on to the Jetboil.

I bought this because... I had an REI dividend and there was nothing at REI that I wanted. Seriously, it was that lame of a purchase. I figured what the heck, I might find a place for it.

Well, I did. The thing isn't ultralight but it's ultra-convenient. I use it at scouting events and other "backpacing heavy" outings. It's a huge hit on family dayhikes. We can all stop and I can crank out hot drinks (cider generally) for all very, very quickly.

Don't listen to people that complain about crummy cold weather performance. It's a canister stove... they don't work well in the cold. That said, the Jetboil marketing people (who are, after all, marketing people) claim it's a fast snow melter. I found it was useless as a snow melter and this was only in part due to the cold weather performance issues of butane.

I never cook in the mug. I only use it to boil water. That seems to be what it excels at.

It really is a miser with fuel. I took my first small canister of Snow Peak fuel all over, constantly scared it would run out. It kept going and going and going... in fact I think it's still in my closet. I read somewhere that it could easily keep a hiker with boiled water for 8 days on a small fuel canister. I can believe it.

I feel a little guilty reviewing something I only use on a rare occasion and then not for backpacking... light anyway. Hey, it is what it is.

Hey, Hike your own Hike!

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John Haley
( Quoddy )

Locale:
New York/Vermont Border
A bit heavy but works GREAT on 09/02/2007 16:21:11 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I'd been using the JB for almost a year but especially grew to love it on my recent Long Trail thru hike. While others were attempting to get their stoves lit and operating correctly, I was done cooking or making coffee and already eating.

The only drawback is that it's a bit heavy, but the weight does include the pot, which being insulated is really handy.

Although I just purchased a FeatherFire alcohol stove for UL/SUL ventures, the JetBoil will probably remain my go-to stove.

Glenn Roberts
( garkjr )

Locale:
Southwestern Ohio
Jetboil PCS (with cargo cozy & spoon) on 11/11/2007 12:59:20 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

There's a lot to like about this stove. It sips fuel, boils fast, and is well thought out. The cup that protects the base of the pot during transport doubles (triples?) as a measuring cup and a small bowl for fixing oatmeal - leaving the pot for making tea; it's also a serviceable mug for evening cocoa or cider. However, because I can't use the cup as a second pot, I often end up having to drink the beverage before the food has rehydrated. The spoon is designed to fit the corners of the pot; it then collapses to store handily on the side of the pot. The pot cozy makes handling hot pots a breeze.

However, it is heavy - twice as heavy as the Snow Peak Mini-Solo/Gigapower combo I usually prefer. A titanium Jetboil pot would be a really nice idea, though.

The Jetboil's built-in windscreen/heat exhanger does gain it a great advantage in fuel efficiency - meaning I need only one fuel cylinder instead of two on a trip longer than a week.

The unadorned Jetboil is a little tippier than I'd like, but the Jetboil stabilizer kit (less than an ounce) solves that problem.

One caution: the aluminum pot does a very good job of retaining heat: the unprotected rim of the pot will scorch your lips unless you put the plastic lid back on and drink through the pour spout. (Don't ask how I know that.)

The Jetboil PCS is also harder to keep clean. The neoprene absorbs spilled liquid (like sauces or cocoa), and there are lots of nooks and crannies in the plastic lid and the collapsible spoon. Not a big deal on a weekend trip, but it can become somewhat grubby after 4 or 5 days. (For that matter, so do I.) I've learned to make the small extra effort it takes to clean it thoroughly and, every few days, rinse out the neoprene cozy.

Not a bad system, but the weight and cleanliness issues often made it my second choice for a trip, until one cold night I realized something: I eating hot food. Not warm food, like I was used to, but actually hot food. Normally, by the time my freeze-dried meal rehydrates in a titanium pot, it's still warm, but not hot. With the pot cozy, the food rehydrated and stayed hot. This fact cancelled out the heavy weight, in my logic, and made this my first choice for nearly all trips.

Overall, it's like someone watched how I cook on the trail, then designed a stove for me.

Edited by garkjr on 03/18/2009 23:02:24 MDT.

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Albert K.
( archer )

Locale:
Northeastern U.S.
It's My Choice for 3 Season Trips on 01/19/2008 13:37:45 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Likes:

1. Small/easy to pack
2. Goes from pack to boiling water with amazing speed and ease
3. Fuel efficient
4. Bullet Proof (mine has been anyway)
5. Weather-proof - rain and wind have no impact on operation.

Dislikes
1. Weight - at 15.1 oz. on my scale, there are clearly lighter options. That it's doubles as a cup and bowl, and has a 2nd cup helps a little here.

This stove fits my hiking style nicely. I don't get out as much as I'd like to and consequently, I like to maximize my time in the woods (i.e. hike as long as possible, eat, go to bed, get up and strike out again). The speed of the JB (measured in from pack to producing boiling water) gives me a huge advantage over other stoves I've tried.

It's easy enough to use that even a first year boy scout can fire it up without a problem.

It's fast enough to be able to service two people.

That said, if spending time cooking isn't an issue for you, you're a weekend hiker, or you're going in the winter, this may not be your best option.

Derek Cox
( derekcox )

Locale:
Southeast
Does what it's intended to do well on 02/24/2008 21:18:08 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

Easy to use. Lighter can be easily fixed if you read the troubleshooting guide. Boils water fast and uses very little fuel. Insulated and takes up relatively little space. on the heavier side, but ease and speed help to make up for this.

Derek Goffin
( Derekoak )

Locale:
North of England
good could be improved on 02/26/2008 04:22:38 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

I agree with everything everyone has said. All differences are down to different stove needs people have.
I found that it needed a windshield in windy conditions. I shaped the bubblewrap plus aluminium skins that you see to protect car windscreens into a loose tube and hung it by threads from the pot lid. A little flap allows me to work the piezo. if the piezo is in working condition it will light the stove even in strong winds inside this extra windshield. It will often not light in a wind without the extra windshield. The windshield improves the efficiency. I have had no trouble with overheating the neoprene sleeve.
The jetboil has an Aluminium pot. It has been pointed out that the system would be a bit lighter with a titanium pot,I assume with an Aluminium flux ring, as Titanium is not so good at heat transfer. Another reason the jetboil is heavy is it has large bits of oversized steel under the burner. This is ridiculous. Jetboil are not trying. A redesign of this part in slender titanium or even Aluminium, with unneccesary bits removed would save more of weight. I intend to cut some bits of steel away myself to see what I can save.
A lot of the black plastic under the steel is not functional. I have already cut some of that away.

Other threads on this site show how possible it would be to design a remote inverted canister with the jet boil. The pot would then be lower and the second windshield would be easier. It would still be lighter than the present jetboil.
It should then be the best snow melter. Efficiency is really needed most with the amount of fuel needed to melt snow. I imagine it would keep all its existing advantages

Eric Riddick
( 50Miler )
JetBoil PCS outstanding on 05/06/2008 16:23:44 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

I purchased a Jetboil PCS several years ago right after Backpacker magazine gave it an editors choice status. I was very impressed with the Jetboil. While it doesn't boil water as fast as some other systems, it boils water plenty fast enough.

Advantages of the Jetboil PCS over ALL OTHER CANNISTER STOVES:

1) it is extremely wind resistant and reliable in cold, wet, windy environments. You simply will not need any kind of windscreen. No pain in the butt aluminum foil windscreens are needed whatsoever with this thing. Ive used this stove in windy, cold conditons and it simply will not blow out

I don't know why Jetboil isn't marketing this stove more based upon its wind resistance.

Advantages of the JetBoil PCS generally:

1)its self contained, everything fits into a cool looking, compact package that is ergonomic and takes up minimal space in your pack.

2) wont need an external pot, because the Jetboil PCS comes with its own pot

3) You will never get burned because the pot is covered by a foam covering, with an ergonomic handle

4) fast boiling times, even in high wind conditions and reasonable cold

Disadvantages of the JetBoil PCS compared to other cannister stoves:

1) it is a bit heavy, but when you factor in it contains its own cooking pot and the cartridge goes inside the pot while traveling, its only slightly more heavy other cannister stoves.

I realize BPL trashed the Jetboil PCS, probably more because of its weight than any other reasons. However, unless you are a SUL type, the Jetboil PCS will make a fine addition to your backpacking gear list.

The only reason I dont give it a 5 is due to the fact it is heavier than some other cannister systems. Other than the slight weight factor, to be honest I think the Jetboil PCS is the best cartridge stove on the market.

Eric

Edited by 50Miler on 05/07/2008 20:14:11 MDT.

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Reed Jones
( ReedJones )
Even great for UL use on 03/03/2009 14:51:16 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

People keep calling this a heavy stove and I think they are missing the boat. Every time I try to replace mine with any other canister stove set-up, I see savings of AT MOST 6.6 oz and end up with a less usable system in the field.

The JB lid lets you drink hot drinks while they're really HOT (unlike any ultralight single-wall metal pot/mug) while the outer neoprene sleeve keeps them hotter longer. You will need a windscreen with any other ultralight canister stove set-up, while simple precautions let the JB run strong in heavy winds. The JB also uses less fuel, which lets you stretch a small canister over a week long trip with fuel to spare.

I also think comparing this stove to an alcohol set-up is pointless. If you enjoy messing with alcohol stoves, you probably won't be interested in any canister stove for reasons both technical and ideological. I just have hated my experience with using alcohol as a fuel and think most people buying a canister stove probably have had similar bad experiences or else don't even want to go there.

I really think this stove is a great choice for an UL set-up if you value convenience and reliability and don't mind carrying 25 lbs instead of 24. To me, UL is also about functionality "bang for the buck" and this stove nails it.

Jim W.
( jimqpublic )

Locale:
So-Cal
Easy, Safe, Efficient on 03/05/2009 14:10:29 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

4.5/5 for overall performance/weight.


I bought a Jetboil PCS last summer and used it for testing at home, a two week solo trip, and during a few family day hikes. I love the system compared to my past experience with various white gas and older canister stoves such as GAZ and Hank Roberts.

Pros:

+ Elegant system provides ease of use and efficiency of motion. From packed to assembled, filled, and lit in under 30 seconds. After my cuppa, it goes back together and into the pack in just a few seconds.
+ Speed- comes to a boil quickly (~3 minutes for 0.5 liters, ~4 minutes for 0.7)
+ Good pot capacity for my solo needs- works great up to about 750 ml.
+ Safety. Two week's use with a brand new stove, using it 3+ times a day. I never burned myself. The neoprene cozy, rubber lid, and plastic shroud below the burner provide safe places to grip or hold the various components.
+ Efficiency. Three cups water from ice cold (32F/0C) to boiling with under 7 grams fuel. Breezes drop efficiency only about 10%, and I haven't had it blow out even when simmering a very low flame. Cool weather or depleted canister slows it down, but doesn't seem to reduce efficiency due to the insulated cozy and lid. Simmer uses very little fuel- steam baking a muffin for 15 minutes takes only 4 grams fuel. I went 6 nights on 110 grams fuel boiling 6 cups of water and baking a muffin each day.
+ Fuel use less than 20 grams per day with a lot of boiling.
+ Packed ease- With the bottom cup, neoprene cozy, and lid it is a sturdy unit when packed away. I leave the canister attached.
+ Lighter than my old Svea 123.

Cons:
- Sparker finicky, especially when temp is below 40F.
- Heavier than simple canister stove and lightweight pot.
- For above freezing use only unless you take measures to maintain canister temperature.
- Must use small (100 gram Jetpower or 110 gram Snowpeak) canisters if you want to keep canister attached while packed.
- Narrow pot is best for boiling water, not cooking or easy cleaning. It's called "JetBOIL" after all.
- Non-PCS pots require pot support and don't do well in the wind.
- PCS pot capacity is too small for group cooking except in batches.

Notes:
*To fit the fuel can inside of the PCS cup you are limited to Jetboil's Jetpower 100 gram or Snowpeak's GigaPower 110 gram canisters. I have been using the Snowpeak cans due to the slightly greater capacity and lower cost.
*To use any pot other than a PCS cup you must add the accessory pot support.
* Two cup mark on pot is actually 0.5 liter.
* 0.5 liter suggested limit per Jetboil is overly conservative. Up to about 0.8 liters is reasonable.
* Cup releases from bottom of pot just fine as long as you don't turn it.
* Cup/bottom cover (not pot) transmits too much heat to hold in hand when filled with boiling water- not useful as a coffee cup for me.
* Lid seals fine just resting on pot. Do not push it on while cooking, only for drinking or storage. Otherwise you risk problems trying to remove it to check cooking status.
* If transporting with fuel can attached to stove, use a small piece of cloth to protect pot bottom from being scratched by can edges.

Recall note:
Three different models of valve unit have been sold to date. One of those was recalled because it had the potential of leaking when used with certain canisters.

Summary:
I love it. Justification based on packed weight is hard- even with the excellent efficiency it will weigh more than alcohol or UL canister systems for most trips. It lets me stop for breakfast midmorning and dinner midafternoon and easily heat water which makes up for the extra weight.

Edited by jimqpublic on 03/05/2009 14:12:36 MST.

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Robert Bryant
( KG4FAM )

Locale:
Upstate
Good on fuel, weird pot though on 03/10/2009 15:37:28 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 3 / 5

I was able to go for 12 days cooking dinner for two and coffee in the morning before the canister ran out. When I say cooking I mean actual cooking, not boiling water and dumping it in a freezer bag to sit and rehydrate something. I am happy with the fuel consumption.

The pot is a weird shape. The narrow deep pot makes it hard to clean without getting food all over your hand. I don't like this aspect at all.

If you are going on long trips where fuel consumption is a major concern this is a good product, but otherwise there are lighter options. I am currently using a .9L evernew pot with a snow peak litemax stove and save about 10 oz and have a pot that is easy to cook and clean for one person.

Gary Dunckel
( Zia-Grill-Guy )

Locale:
Boulder
An additional feature of JB on 03/18/2009 11:41:02 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Mountain House's Pro Pack meal bags fit perfectly in the PCS cup. After adding the boiling water to the bag, stirring it up, and resealing it, you can empty the remaining water from the PCS, drop the bag into the pot, and replace the lid. The insulation keeps the bag warm while it rehydrates. When ready, open the bag, flip the edges over the lip of the PCS, and go for it. You have a handle, the meal stays warm, and you are very happy. Nice added value to the JB PCS.

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Mary L Tomkins
( mlt )

Locale:
Southeast USA
Fresh coffee makes it sooo worth the weight on 05/21/2010 12:07:49 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I love this stove for the convenience of everything being contained in one unit.

And as the title reveals, the coffee press is invaluable to me. I've dabbled in coffee alternatives such as expresso beans, instant coffee, and canned coffee - but nothing can replace a fresh-brewed cup o' joe. The last time I used it was on the beach watching the sunrise while eating oatmeal and drinking coffee - thanks to the Jetboil.

I've taken this baby on day hikes, overnights, ski trips, boat trips, road trips, and picnics. Very versatile.

On my last ski trip I experienced the typical scenario of a meager flame with a canister stove in the cold - we left the fuel in the cold car all morning.

I tried heating it up in my hands but the canister was even colder than I could stand to hold for very long.

I then realized that the 100 gram canister fits perfectly into the Jetboil's plastic cup. So I took the water that I'd been trying to heat (which was very slightly lukewarm by now) and poured a little into the cup with the fuel canister - and it shot flames like a true jet - so much that it scared me and I added colder water to the cup to cool down the canister.

Water is a great insulator and once I got the right temperature down, the fuel ran consistently for us to have some soup and cocoa for lunch in the typical Jeboil-fast time in 26F degree weather.

Edited by mlt on 05/21/2010 12:11:20 MDT.

Erik Smith
( erik.smith )
Hot Fast and Easy on 06/03/2012 09:12:33 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

By far the easiest stove I have used. Love the canister fuel, no leakage in the bag and works flawlessly in all reasonable weather conditions.

I recently used my Jetboil for a group trip to provide coffee and tea for the staff, 4 days of happiness is what ensued.

I only give it a 4 because I feel outside of water boils and soups I would have a hard time cooking in the provided cup. I have yet to try it with a pan.

scott lewis
( slsai )
Jetboil sol and fry pan on 05/28/2014 08:48:31 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 2 / 5

Jetboil sol.

I would agree with others.
Igniter failed after one weekend.
I do like the concept of the all in one package.
Weight. Not as heavy as most complain when you add up all the "pieces and fuel.
I think it is a personal call on the weight. I would much rather have instant flame and hot water in 2.5 minutes vs waiting for an alcohol stove to heat.
I like the quick hat water/food.
cons.
Igniter failed early on in first trip.

I Think the most disappointing was I Had trouble keeping a consistent hot flame in temps under 40 degrees. Boil times maybe doubled at sea level. although it is advertised to work to 20 degrees. I have emailed Jetboil we shall see what they say. This is my first gas stove but I did expect better performance at those temperatures. above 40 it was awesome.

I bought the fry pan to go with it. at 10 oz a luxury but I like to eat well.
the pan was a total fail. Food stuck bad. even just pancakes. took 10 plus minutes of scrubbing at home to clean up. I conducted a trial at home before taking the pan to the field. I could not see getting a pan clean in the backcountry with the mess I had. I tried different foods even at very low diffused flame it just would not work. I returned the fry pan.

all in all jet boil is a good concept, execution maybe not so good.

At this point I will probably continue using jetboil sol. But I would not depend on it in very cold temps. Maybe canister gas is not the best cold temp fuel, Or I need to take care of keeping canister s warm.


I think Jetboil engineers still have a lot of weight to take out of the stove/burner itself. it alones weighs 5 oz

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