Rating: 4 / 5
ok, I'm biased cause I got this stove for free- I bought a used Arcteryx Khamsin pack at a swap meet for $5 and it had this stove, still on it's hangtag, inside. Double score! I disagree with several other reviewers on many points: I have no problems filling the stove. Just squirt in a little at a time, let it drain, squirt in a little more, until you have as much fuel as you need. As far as priming the stove, I do what one other reviewer suggested- I put a few drops of fuel in a bottle cap or an empty tea light, set it under the stove and let it heat up and veporize the fuel. This cuts down on primetime and fuel usage. This way you can put in as much or as little fuel as you think you need- enough for a cup of coffee/tea/cider/miso, or enough for your meal-in-a-bag. As far as boil time, I am usually doing something else besides watching my water boil- food prep, taking photos, guying out the tent or tarp. 5-7 minutes to get my water boiling isn't as fast as my Jetboil, my Crux or my Dragonfly, but come on- this is 1 ounce, it fits in my pocket, it burns cheap fuel. And using these techniques, I rarely have fuel left over to pour back into my bottle. I also pack a small square of doubled up Reynolds wrap foil to set underneath the stove to help in the priming, and when I'm finished up, I fold up the stove, wrap it in the tinfoil so no fuel leaks out and stash it in my Snowpeak cooker. Done. No fuel to taint my pot, no mess, no worries. That said, I don't know if I would have paid $30 for this little thing, but it's sweet to have in my pack at all times with a 3 ounce bottle of fuel.