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Contributors to this thread:
Bake 23-Aug-20
Rut Nut 23-Aug-20
Grey Ghost 23-Aug-20
Bake 23-Aug-20
Bake 23-Aug-20
Bigsky 23-Aug-20
[email protected] 23-Aug-20
LKH 23-Aug-20
SBH 23-Aug-20
jordanathome 23-Aug-20
BIGERN 23-Aug-20
Dirty D 23-Aug-20
Jaquomo 23-Aug-20
cnelk 23-Aug-20
LUNG$HOT 23-Aug-20
cnelk 23-Aug-20
Bake 23-Aug-20
cnelk 23-Aug-20
Bowboy 23-Aug-20
[email protected] 23-Aug-20
IdyllwildArcher 23-Aug-20
Tlhbow 23-Aug-20
Geewhiz 23-Aug-20
Teeton 24-Aug-20
fisherick 24-Aug-20
Z Barebow 24-Aug-20
jordanathome 24-Aug-20
Kurt 24-Aug-20
76aggie 24-Aug-20
Scoot 24-Aug-20
jordanathome 24-Aug-20
WV Mountaineer 24-Aug-20
wkochevar 24-Aug-20
Nick Muche 25-Aug-20
gil_wy 26-Aug-20
Crosscut 26-Aug-20
Crosscut 27-Aug-20
12yards 27-Aug-20
Beendare 27-Aug-20
Surfbow 28-Aug-20
APauls 28-Aug-20
Native Okie 28-Aug-20
Rut Nut 28-Aug-20
Trial153 28-Aug-20
Crosscut 03-Sep-20
DeerNut 11-Apr-22
Genesis 11-Apr-22
coloradowalt 20-Apr-22
azelkhntr 20-Apr-22
Rut Nut 16-May-22
Rut Nut 16-May-22
From: Bake
23-Aug-20
After 11 years, my old Jetboil is no longer working.

Need 2 recommendations please:

#1. The lightest and most compact backpacking stove. Just to boil water. I’m not fancy. I just need something light and little to boil water. Preferably that uses the same type canister as a Jetboil

#2. A camp stove. Just a one burner that preferably uses Coleman fuel canisters because that is what my mini grill uses.

Thanks!

From: Rut Nut
23-Aug-20
Why not another Jetboil?

From: Grey Ghost
23-Aug-20
11 years is a pretty good run. Why would you buy anything else? When my 15 year old Jet Boil gives up the ghost, I'm buying another.

I don't use a camp stove, so I can't offer suggestions. I find that I can cook just about anything on my mini grill that I can cook on a stove.

Matt

From: Bake
23-Aug-20
I’m not opposed to another Jetboil. But I don’t keep very good track of advancements in gear, until I need to replace something. So I didn’t know if there’s anything better out there. I sure had good luck with my Jetboil.

I’m not sold on a camp stove yet. But thought I’d look as I’m looking for another backpack stove.

From: Bake
23-Aug-20
I’m just glad I tested my Jetboil before packing it. Leave in 9 days . . .

From: Bigsky
23-Aug-20
Alls i know is that kenmore elite are junk... i use the stryker by campchef...i like it.

23-Aug-20
My MSR Pocket Rocket is tiny and works good but, when you add a pot its similar in size and weight a Jetboil and its slower. Advantage is you can bring a smaller pot if you are solo. But, then it's similar to a Jetboil Zip.

I'm probably going to a Jetboil.

From: LKH
23-Aug-20
Cannisters? Do you mean the 1 lb propane bottles? If so get one of the screw on single burners.

From: SBH
23-Aug-20
You’re making me nervous! I think my msr is about that old. Worked last weekend on backpacking trip but man it would suck if it went down in a couple weeks. Bound to happen at some point but hate to replace it when I know it’s worked so well.

From: jordanathome
23-Aug-20
I love the alcohol stoves but a bit scary in dry conditions since you can't really see the fire......and they can tip or be knocked over creating a potential disaster. But light and simple and effective.

I got a jetboil micromo this year, son has the flash. great stoves if you don't mind the bulk and cannisters.

From: BIGERN
23-Aug-20
No question, get another. The rubber o ring probably just disintegrated.

From: Dirty D
23-Aug-20

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I've heard Jetboil is anti hunting, maybe someone else can confirm? Because of that I decided to give MSR (Windburner) my cash. Zero complaints, love this thing!

From: Jaquomo
23-Aug-20
Both good stoves. I have a Jetboil Flash so of course it's better because I chose it, lol! Jetboil used to be sort of anti-hunting but now owned by Johnson, which is not, as I understand it.

I still have my little Optimus 8R I started using back in 1972. Fabulous little stove, still works like a champ. I just don't like messing with white gas anymore.

From: cnelk
23-Aug-20
FYI - due to the statewide Colorado Stage 2 Fire Ban, those little backpacking alcohol stoves are not allowed.

From: LUNG$HOT
23-Aug-20
Brad, does that exclusion also apply to Jetboil? Not alcohol burning but still an open flame.

From: cnelk
23-Aug-20

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From: Bake
23-Aug-20
Huh. I never woulda figured stoves . . . Guess I need to check Wyoming regs. How will I eat if I can’t use a stove or grill?

From: cnelk
23-Aug-20
Blane - anything with compressed gas that has a shutoff is OK

From: Bowboy
23-Aug-20
Dirty D x2. I have the same stove and it's awesome. Wind doesn't effect it and boils water pretty quickly.

23-Aug-20
I believe Jetboil not being hunter friendly was a previous ownership. They have a deal with Realtree for a model now which wouldn't make much sense if they were anti.

23-Aug-20
I’ve had bad luck with Jetboils. They’re fragile. I use a Snow Peak Stove with a titanium pot. Same weight and you can fry meat in it and it’s way more durable and has more uses than a Jetboil, for instance, starting an emergency fire in the rain. One can of gas lasts 15ish days boiling water for freeze dried meals twice a day and I’ve used it for more than 1000 meals over 21 years and it’s still going strong, igniter included.

From: Tlhbow
23-Aug-20
Hope my jet boil doesn't give out on me but a Colman peak (about 20 bucks ) ain't bad either.

From: Geewhiz
23-Aug-20
Msr pocket rocket. Smallest, lightest, can’t beat it.

From: Teeton
24-Aug-20

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I've been running this stove for years. You can get them on Amazon pretty cheap. Comes with a built in light to light the stove.

I run it with a fox maple pot, that makes it work like a jet boil.

U can get the stoves shipped off Amazon for 12-15 buck and the pot 20-25. Order today you'll have it in a day or two.

Ed

From: fisherick
24-Aug-20

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A camp Coleman PerfectFlow 1 -burner stove uses a 1# propane bottle, same as most grills. It can simmer or blow torch and works good in the wind.

From: Z Barebow
24-Aug-20
I bought the same stove as Teeton several years back when my hunting area was under fire ban. No issues.

From: jordanathome
24-Aug-20
Cnelk....exactly why i've reluctantly given them up and moved to the cannister style stoves. Thanks for pointing out the current fire restriction impacts on the cheapo alcohol stoves!

From: Kurt
24-Aug-20
My MSR Pocket Rocket is about 20 yrs old and goes strong yet. A Titanium pot and a couple empty Mt House packages for a wind screen and it works fine. If it quits I’ll get the latest version with the built in igniter and pressure regulator.

From: 76aggie
24-Aug-20

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I've never owned a Jet boil but the concept is solid to me. I want to have the ability to cook something more substantial if the opportunity presents itself. I like this MSR stove. I run it off Coleman fuel. Granted, most of the time I am boiling water for dehydrated meals but I like to also be able to fry up some caribou or moose. I've had this unit for nearly 10 years with never a single issue with it. My son bought a brand new one last year and it was a dud. REI did replace it for him though.

From: Scoot
24-Aug-20
Bake, I did considerable snooping on this topic a while ago and I ended up getting a BRS BRS-3000T. Under $20 and tons of backpackers like them. Not sure if it fits the bill for you, but it did for me.

From: jordanathome
24-Aug-20

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It's so tiny and cute!!!!!

24-Aug-20
I’ve been using one line Tetons for about 6 years. When I cruised timber, I’d cook lunch on it as often as not. Probably 50 times a year. I’ve used the same stove for backpacking every year since then too. It’s still rocking on. I think I paid $8 then. I bought 5 of them. Gave a couple for gifts and, still have two spares. I truly don’t think you could go wrong with one. If you need one, shoot a pm and I’ll get it out to you ASAP. Buy a pot with the heat coil on the bottom. It’ll boil water in about 45 seconds.

From: wkochevar
24-Aug-20
recently bought a Stryker...seems to be comparable to the Jetboils I've been around... happy so far

From: Nick Muche
25-Aug-20
MSR Reactor and the pocket rocket for me.

From: gil_wy
26-Aug-20
Jetboil Zip does everything I need it to...

From: Crosscut
26-Aug-20
MSR windburner for last 3 years has been great.

From: Crosscut
27-Aug-20
MSR windburner for last 3 years has been great.

From: 12yards
27-Aug-20
"I still have my little Optimus 8R I started using back in 1972."

I had one of those too! Used to do some hiking/canoeing back in the late 70s early 80s. That thing was amazing and was small and light. Spun aluminum bottle of white gas hanging from my backpack. I remember selling it at a garage sale to a friend.

From: Beendare
27-Aug-20
I've seen 2 of the Jet Boils...including the newest one melt down on backcountry hunts.

I would not use a plastic stove in the backcountry....so many good all metal stoves...then pair with that Olicamp pot with the fins...you get fast boils and no problems.

From: Surfbow
28-Aug-20
Pocket Rocket all the way

From: APauls
28-Aug-20
I’ve bought about 5 of the stoves Teeton shows up there. Two for myself and some for gifts. Believe it or not I thought I should have one for backup because they were $5 on eBay. Things been going strong for about 8 years. Amazing. Also run the identical pot lol

From: Native Okie
28-Aug-20
I’ve used a pocket rocket and small pot for years w/o fail. I think for 90 % of guys they do what you need. It to do.

I’m not camping @12 plus boiling snow, etc or nit picky about boil times.

From: Rut Nut
28-Aug-20
I’m a JetBoil guy, but gonna try Teeton’s stove/pot combo.(never hurts to have a backup)

Just an FYI- the stoves are up to $14 now! ;-)

From: Trial153
28-Aug-20
Pocket rocket deluxe if am not too high up or melting snow....otherwise I take my MSR reactor.

From: Crosscut
03-Sep-20
MSR windburner for last 3 years has been great.

From: DeerNut
11-Apr-22

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Whisperlite are a bit of an expedition stove, as in you can use a variety of liquid fuels. If you want really light weight, there are tiny things like the MSR pocket rocket that work with gas, plus lots that are smaller and lighter than that. MSR do a gas powered one that has a separate burner which puts your pans lower to the ground ie less likely to fall over. If you can’t get gas tho then it’s the Whisperlite, or I believe Primus might do something similar.

From: Genesis
11-Apr-22
Soto Windmaster paired with any variety pot with heat exchanger on the bottom.I remove a few fins so pot bottom fits very close to burner.Short boil times and a champ in the wind

From: coloradowalt
20-Apr-22
Snowpeak GigaPower stove (manual). Mine is 10+ years old.

From: azelkhntr
20-Apr-22
I always prefer my Scout Kelly Kettle for backpacking. But if fire restrictions are in effect, I fall back to the reliable Coleman single burning white gas.

From: Rut Nut
16-May-22

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I ordered the setup that Teeton recommended above.......................should have it later today.

From: Rut Nut
16-May-22

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The pot went up to $30 now......................but still a bargain compared to most!

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