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Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove

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4.08 / 5 (26 reviews)

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dan kutcher
( danscapes49 )
Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove on 02/01/2006 12:36:31 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Normally, I reserve the use of Esbit tabs for warm weather. Today, it was 38F with a light wind, and I was itching to try my new "stove".
I set up the stove on the patio table with 2 cups of cold tap water, placed a tab in the holder, and went back to playing with my other gear in the yard.
I lost track of time, but remembered the stove, looked over, and there was steam coming out from under the lid of the 1.3L Evernew ti pot.
My windscreen was the ti foil with holes which I purchased last month with the stove.
Very nice. No more looking for the perfect set of rocks, tramping among the campsite vegetation.
Set it and forget it. I may take it on my Georgia AT section next month (just bought 12 more Esbit tabs).

Edited by danscapes49 on 02/01/2006 12:37:09 MST.

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Bernard Shaw
( )

Upstate New York
Not great for MSR Kettle on 03/09/2006 20:27:54 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 3 / 5

Well made and my own fault for not noting dimensions and specs. That said, fit is marginal at best for MSR titan kettle. I have to bend and grind it to modify it so it would work.

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James Yancey
( jyancey )

Lightweight, not very durable on 03/11/2006 07:05:23 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 3 / 5

I have been using the Ti Esbit stove with a Snow Peak 600 mug. It is lightweight, compact, stable and very effective with a Ti foil windscreen. It would rate a 5, except that the center rivet is apparently just a tad too short. The bottom leg has detached from the stove on several occasions. I have to "fiddle" with it to get the leg back on the rivet, and then handle it very carefully to keep it from coming apart again. I am considering taking the rivet out and replacing it with a miniature SS bolt and nut. If I do, I may just leave the pan off (making the stove even more compact) and using a piece of Ti foil as the Esbit tablet holder.

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David Lewis
( davidlewis )

Nova Scotia, Canada
Would like a smaller version on 03/16/2006 06:11:46 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

It's a sweat little stand / holder... but it's too big for a small cup or my beer can pot. I wish they'd make a smaller version.

p.s. Despite the photo below, I still would never use this stand with a beer can. Too small... unstable... even if bent... in my experience at least.

p.p.s. You can remove the pan without removing the rivet. A bit of cutting and twisting will get it off and leave the rivit in place.

Edited by davidlewis on 12/04/2006 06:00:55 MST.

Al Shaver
( Al_T.Tude - M )

High Sierra and CA Central Coast
Doesn't Fit Foster's Can Pot on 03/22/2006 14:24:37 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 1 / 5

I've used my 1 oz., 15 year old steel wing stove for years with great success. When I took Dr.J's suggestion and switched over to the .85oz. (with lid) Foster's Can Pot (which fits my old stove) I quit using any other pot since all my Ti pots are much heavier.

I never cook a meal greater than the 730ml volume of the Foster's pot. If I'm cooking for 2 people I cook sequential meals. When the first is done (about 7 minutes) I toss it into a .4oz. 1.5 quart Nalgene Cantene with the top cut off (thanks Carol Crooker!)for my partner, and then cook my meal and eat it out of the pot.

Consequently any esbit stove that doesn't fit the Foster's pot (the current 1.3oz. steel wing stove from BPL and the Ti wing stove) are of no use to me.

Edit: I wasn't able to get the stove to fit either the Foster's or Heineken can by bending it. I'll try again or re-set rivet as suggested below if I can get a drill to penetrate the Ti. Thanks to M4 for suggestions.

Edited by Al_T.Tude on 05/29/2006 01:13:54 MDT.

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Michael Moccia
( MadMoe )

The Lone Star State
Easy to Modify for Beer Can Pot on 05/26/2006 11:04:56 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

Nice stove. Too big for beer can pot but I drilled a new hole and reset the rivet. Now its a perfect fit.

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Michael Martin
( MikeMartin - M )

North Idaho
Easily Modified for Beer Can Pot on 05/26/2006 15:06:29 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

If you just bend the arms up slightly, it will support a Heineken Pot cleanly.

Edited by MikeMartin on 05/26/2006 15:07:07 MDT.

Curt Peterson
( curtpeterson - M )

Pacific Northwest
Best of the Esbit Stands on 08/07/2006 11:35:07 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

If Esbit is the fuel choice, this little stand is a fantastic option.

Fits the GSI double boilers well and my Snowpeak bowl nicely.

The real appeal is the ridiculously light weight. I can toss this stove, a fuel tab, and a ti bowl in my pack for a quick 1-boil overnight or a dayhike cup of tea for a load of about 3 ounces.

The Esbit gunk comes off the titanium better than the steel options, as well.

Raymond Evans
( spylan )
Great windscreen/chimney on 08/11/2006 10:39:49 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Works incredibly well with the Titan when coupled with Howard Johnson's windscreen design's_Esbit_Stove_3.0.html

You can eliminate his tent stake support if you are using the legs of the stove to support the pot.

I didn't time it on the trail, but I was getting two cups of water to boil for breakfast and dinner in what seemed like just a couple of minutes with a lot of the fuel tab left.

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( jhaura )

Very nice design, except for the rivet on 08/16/2006 20:03:58 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

Just got mine in the mail and tinkered with it a bit. Like the previous reviewer, the rivet looks very suspect. I will write more after some use.

Drilled the rivet out to remove the pan. The pan weighs 3.4g/0.12oz. Ordered some ti rivets to put it back together w/o the pan. I'm making it duel use for alcohol to by adding a small bowl that will sit in the middle.

Fits my Snow Peak 700 mug great. Very nice product would recommend.

Edited by jhaura on 08/17/2006 19:20:49 MDT.

Michael Neal
( michaelneal )
This thing is genius on 09/29/2006 07:48:45 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

This gear purchase was one of the best I have ever made, it so small and light and works perfectly. I used the BPL titanium foil and had a rolling boil going about halfway through the esbit tablet. I will try timing it next time and will post the results.

I also have the MSR Titan Kettle and didn't have much of a problem using it on the stove. Sometimes you can put the kettle on the stove and its a little off from being perfectly level if you are not precise but it was stable none the less.

Edited by michaelneal on 09/29/2006 07:49:25 MDT.

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Johnny Gish
( jtgish )

Coppell, Texas
Perfect for me on 12/01/2006 13:58:36 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I love this little stove. It fits my SP Trek 700 pot perfectly and I was suprised to find it is very stable. I have had no issues with the rivet. It gets great looks when you pull it out.

Doug Johnson
( djohnson - M )

Washington State
blew the rivet on 12/04/2006 17:17:13 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 3 / 5

Great stove- I use it often and it's great- especially with the new BPL ti kettle/cup. Unfortunately, mine blew the original rivet when I was playing with it at home. I drilled it out, out in a new steel rivet (ti rivets- cool- I want those!!!). Now the thing is perfect. I'm sure I just got unlucky but it shouldn't have broken so easily.

I've returned things to BPL before and it was quick and easy. I'm sure this would have been also (if I tried). For their return policy, I bump it from a 2 to a 3. In use, though, it's a 5.

b d
( bdavis )

Mt. Lassen - Shasta, N. Cal.
Never used it until today on 12/07/2006 18:30:27 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I had never used a fuel tab stove, let alone an ultralight, until just now. I bought the BPL Firelite Esbit Wing Stove (.46 oz./13 g) at the BPL Gear shop:

BPL Firelite esbit stove

It actually worked, which for me is a good sign it is not a 3 or less to start with.

The water boiled in my MSR Titan in about 8 minutes, enough to make my dinner meal of one "main course" by Mountain House, while testing my tent set up in the snow outside the house while my partner runs errands.

The only draw back is I am waithing to see if there is a residue on the pot, but so far it seems not.

This is my "survival stove." Carried with a few fuel tablets, like 2 -6 depending on how far out we are going. So it was great getting to use it for the first time. I have no worries about the construction, as I had heard about for the stove assembly itself.

Here is the BPL Firelite Ti Esbit Wing Stove inside a Bushbuddy, under a homemade grill and an MSR Titan Kettle:

BPL Firelite esbit stove MSR kettle and Bushbuddy

Edited by bdavis on 12/16/2006 13:00:41 MST.

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Eric Blumensaadt
( Danepacker )

Mojave Desert
BPL Ti ESBIT Wing Stove on 01/16/2007 17:50:37 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

I bought my Backpacking Light ESBIT stove as a superlight emergency stove.
I tested it with a cut down MSR windscreen & the included base reflector. The reflector is, to me, more of a safety item to keep the stove off the ground and any flammable duff I didn't clear.
First impressions are that the stove (with a windscreen) is much "mightier" in operation than its diminutive size makes it appear.

**I replaced it with a mini bolt and nut from Lowe's. No problems after that.**

I also made a 1 1/4" "chimney" from an aluminum hair mouse can that just fits around the tablet pan. It directs the flame a bit better but is not entirely necessary.

Primarily this stove will be my backup stove when I carry my MSR Wind Pro or Vargo Jet-Ti canister stove as estimating fuel consumption with canisters is still iffy.
But I have taken it on Sierra Club day hikes where I've cooked lunch with a tab or two. Works just fine and amazes those who don't know about ESBIT stoves.
Also I'd say this ultra light, ultra compact stove and 6 or 10 ESBIT tabs absolutely belong in a survival kit.

For trips where my PRIMARY fuel must be ESBIT I'll carry my Vargo Triad EX alcohol/ESBIT convertable stove because the Triad EX will permit 2 ESBIT tabs to be burned side-by-side for more heat when needed.

All in all the BPL Ti Wing stove is a very good piece of equipment that only needs a better center fastener to match the quality of the rest of the stove.

UPDATE: Having cooked a lot recently with the base from my Vargo Triad XE alky stove using ESBIT/FireLite fuel tabs I'd recommend that the BPL Ti ESBIT Stove have the fuel tray expanded to hold two tablets. I may do this myself soon.

One really needs two fuel tabs for heating larger pots and to get smaller, less efficient pots' contents heated more rapidly.

Edited by Danepacker on 05/10/2009 15:56:30 MDT.

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Greg Vaillancourt
( GSV45 )

So cool for 13 bucks on 02/11/2007 15:43:42 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 3 / 5

I rarely give anything a 5. Really great gear gets 4 from me so the rivet breaking on mine dumps it to a 3.

I too went the nut & bolt routine with a tiny lock washer. No more worries about breaking it.

I think I may remove the pan as others have done. It would save weight and make the Esbit tabs easier to light.

Eric Viviano
( lightweightpack )
Light but.... on 09/28/2007 09:39:08 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 2 / 5

I will admit, this is my first experience with esbit, but I was not impressed at all. For being so small and compact, I wasn't expecting a 6 burner Wolf range, but it let me down. I bought it along with a pack of tabs from BPL. Upon receiving it, took it out back, lit the esbit tab, and placed my snowpeak solo 700 pot and lid with 16oz of tap water. The tab burned out completely, and it wasn't even boiling, I'd say it was about 3/4 of the way. Some small bubbles where just forming along the base of the pot. I'll admit there was a intermittent light breeze, but nothing serious. I will give it another try in the future, but no way do I trust this thing to make it my field stove. Maybe a backup.

The stove

Alexander Ross
( abushcrafter )
just can't beat it on 02/20/2008 03:41:24 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

go to my site to look at how I use it

I have had no problems with the rivet.but I got mine from . Is there a deferents?

Edited by abushcrafter on 02/20/2008 03:44:09 MST.

Richard Gless
( rgless )

San Francisco Bay Area
Light but... on 02/20/2008 23:34:26 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

I've used my BPL Esbit stove for 2-3 day solo trips for two years now. I think its a great compromise of lightweight and efficiency. You do have to recognize the stove's limitations and use it properly. Yes, the rivet blew out while playing with it at home even before I got out on my first trip, but I expected that based on posted reviews and did the normal fix.

I usually use Mountain House dinners or Ramen Noodles so I'm cooking with about 2 cups of water. I get the water to boil with three fourths or so of an Esbit tab then put the pot in a pot cozy (foam sitpad folded over the top with a bandana draped over the pot to form an airspace). I've never had a problem, but you have to use a wind screen around the stove and put a top on the pot (both can be aluminum foil weighing almost nothing). I've done this down to temperatures of ca. 35 Fahrenheit and still get nice hot meals. Occasionally I use the rest of the Esbit tab to reheat it a bit after sitting in my makeshift cozy.

Edited by rgless on 02/20/2008 23:35:01 MST.

George Matthews
( gmatthews - M )
Almost nothing on 03/27/2008 08:20:28 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

BPL's Titanium Esbit Folding Wing Stove is almost nothing. However, the little that it is is a nearly weightless, functional solid fuel burning stove. I bought it because I was intriqued by its design and impressed by its lightness.

So far the rivet on mine has held up. Using the Wing Stove, I have boiled water in a MSR Titan Kettle and FireLite SUL-1100. The wings adequately supported each cook pot. As with all things small and light, you need to be careful where you place it and how you position your cook pot. I use an aluminum foil wind screen.

Another plus is that it is fairly inexpensive especially if you are a BPL member. There is a new version available for 2008.

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Shawn Taylor
( staylor310 )

Great/Simple Esbit Stove on 07/02/2008 14:25:15 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I love this stove for use with pots 20 fl. oz. and under. It supports most pots well. My favorite cook system, when I'm cooking only for myself, is- The Esbit wing, 600ml Evernew mug, homemade aluminum windscreen, and aluminum lid. Everything fits inside the mug, including 3-4 days worth of Esbit fuel. With this cook system I typically get 2 cups of boiled with (1) 0.5oz Firelite Tab.

Esbit wing w/ 600ml Ti-pot

If I will be cooking with a group, we typically go to a Caldera system, using alcohol and/or wood.

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Roger B
( rogerb )

Here and there
Fnatstic stove on 09/19/2008 12:45:32 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

It took me a while to start using the stove but now it is the only stove I will use when traveling light. Its light weight coupled with the ability to use with many different pots makes this a stand out stove for me. Its only competitor in my view is Trail Designs Gram Cracker, but that is designed for a different purpose.BPL Ti stove and Firelite 500

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David Chenault
( DaveC - M )

Crown of the Continent
Fantastic! on 08/27/2009 10:14:37 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

After seeing how well Chris Plesko's worked last fall, I had to have one. The wait for it to come into stock was long, and the price for something so small seemed silly, but it's now one of my all-time favorites.

For solo hiking I've been using it with a Ti Sierra cup and a heavy but efficient MSR windscreen. I usually get two full cups almost boiling on a tab. This past weekend on a trip to the Beartooth Plateau we cooked on fires, but I brought the Ti Wing as a backup. I pulled it out at lunch, hoping it would be adequate to make soup. To my surprise, it easily got 16+ oz of water in a 1.3 liter Evernew pot to a rolling boil and kept it there for a good five minutes. Apparently the larger pot is more thermally efficient, or something of the sort.

I give it a five for lightness, durability (no rivet problems in six months), and an ingenious design.

4/10 Update:
My new solo system is a BPL Trapper's mug, custom lid and windscreen. 4.5 oz system including 3 tabs. Tiny and simple, love it.

Edited by DaveC on 04/24/2010 18:56:47 MDT.

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Jonathan DeYoung
( jdeyoung81 )

New England
Great Lightweight stove on 09/15/2009 05:58:11 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 3 / 5

This great little stove was a hand me down from one of my friends (guess he was sick of cooking for me). I have used it now on a few occassions and have found it to be great for single use. Meaning heat up a pot of water for a warm drink and use the rest to poor over oatmeal or any other "just add water" product that one might take with them on a trip. For extended use or cooking for more then one person I would suggest going with an alcohol stove or some sort of canister stove. For my personal use I love it but it gets a 3/5 for its inability to maintain a flame long enough per esbit for extended cooking.

Zack Karas
( )

Lake Tahoe
Hard to improve upon on 09/15/2009 12:36:57 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

As many previous reviewers have noted, this light stove works well and supports my ti pot well. I only use this in lower elevations and warmer weather, but that is due to esbit not the stove.

I also precut little squares of aluminum foil to place under the esbit tabs to make clean up super easy. I believe this also protects the rivet a bit.

Melissa Spencer
( melissaspencer )

If you are thinking of using w/ the SUL 550 pot, read this on 12/09/2009 09:33:46 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

Last spring, I decided that my alcohol setup was too heavy for my trips under 4 weeks. I had tried Esbit a few times and was disappointed: didn't boil water, stunk, put residue on the pot. But, for the weight (and I liked the idea of not carrying liquid that could leak), I decided that I would give it another try on my Colorado Trail trip. I must say, I somehow bought the perfect combination of items for my cookset and I am SOOO happy with it. My whole set: pot, stove, windscreen and stuff sack weigh in at under 2.9 oz (82 g)!

Here's my kit:
- Firelite Esbit Wing Stove
- Homemade aluminum windscreen
- Firelite SUL 550 pot
- Z-Packs cuben fiber stuff sack
- Coglans 1/2oz. fuel tablets

THE POT: I can bring enough water to a boil to cook a whole box of mac and cheese on 1/4 oz. of fuel- I think the smaller pot and the windscreen are key here. Because the water does not come to a rolling boil, A) You can fill the pot to to the brim (yes, a whole box of mac and cheese) and B) If you fill it to the brim, you will have to use 1/2 oz. fuel OR be patient and let it sit for about 10-15 min to cook in the hot water.

THE WINDSCREEN: I made a little screen out of an oven liner. I made it just short enough to fit inside the pot for transport. It makes all the difference in cook time and efficiency.

THE FUEL: The Coglans fuel tablets are only 1/4 oz. and I only use 1-1.5 tablet for each meal. That means that if I am out for 7 days, cooking only at night, you will only need 3 oz. of fuel, keeping my whole system under 6 oz! They also do not stink as much as Esbit.

THE STOVE: My only complaint with this setup is easily remedied. The 550 ml pot (3.75" diameter) DOES NOT SIT WELL ON THIS STOVE!! It is precisely the perfect diameter to rest partly on the lower part of the stand and partly on the top of one of the arms, making it unbalanced. I went to the hardware store and bought a triangle metal file and filed the arms a little and now it fits perfectly.

One thing I should also add is that one is thru-hiking a trail longer than 3-4 weeks, this might not be a big enough pot, and if a bigger pot is used, you might want to use an alcohol setup or a cone to make sure the water gets to a boil.

Bottom line: I think that the 550 pot and the wing stove are perfect together (after modification), and if you change either one out, you might consider a whole new system.

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