Reviewed: 05 February 2011
SOLID AND DEPENDABLE IF A LITTLE SLOW AND HEAVY.
Stable, easy to use, nothing to 'break down' good sized pots, versatile, cheap fuel, simple effective design.
On the heavy side, pack size is large, slow to boil, dont find the simmer ring particularly easy to use, or that effective, the delightful smell of meths and having to wrap the burner in a couple of plastic bags to prevent it tainting anything else that comes into contact!
This stove is great at a basecamp where you can set it up and not worry about it being easily knocked over. Its simple to use and is great for using with kids - mine love getting it out in the garden for a 'camp dinner' of noodles! The built in windshield works well, but you need to make sure you position the 'breathing hole' correctly.
Boil time is definitely slow compared to modern gas stoves, and this combined with weight and its pack size means its probably not one for taking on a hill walk if you dont intend sitting around for a while at lunch. However, for a wildcamp, especially if there are a couple of you it would be great.
The little kettle is a dream, and its easy to keep a constant supply of brews going. I've only used the frying pan once or twice, but again it has worked well.
If youre not after a small, rocket stove this one will serve you well.