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Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove

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4.08 / 5 (26 reviews)

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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.

Price comparison from GearBuyer: MSR Mug priced at: $11.96 - $14.99
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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
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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.

Price comparison from GearBuyer: Outdoor Research Stuff Sack priced at: $8.50 - $17.50
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