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Jetboil Personal Cooking System

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4.29 / 5 (35 reviews)

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

Rating: 5 / 5

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

Piezo stopped working almost instantly.

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 )

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 )

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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Jetboil Companion Cup priced at: $54.95
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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 )

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
( )
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 )

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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Jetboil Group Cooking System priced at: $119.90 - $119.99
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 )

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'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 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 )

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 )

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 )

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.


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.

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