Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Jetboil
Manufacturer Jetboil
Page By JScoles
Page Type Mar 24, 2004 / Mar 24, 2004
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Jetboil is the first in a revolutionary new line of Personal Cooking Systems that offer a fast and simple solution to cooking in the outdoors. Whether you're backpacking, climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, boating, hunting, fishing, adventure racing, or involved in rescue work, Jetboil is the best way to provide hot, satisfying nourishment on the go. Integrating burner and cookware, Jetboil’s design relies on a fast and efficient proprietary heat transfer system. Gone are the days of tippy stoves, clunky campware sets, and choking down gorp for days on end. This light, compact, and expandable system allows you to quickly adapt to the situation whether you're going solo or with five of your friends.

90 Second Boil Time! 2 cups
One 110g. Jetpower micro-canister boils 12 liters of water.
Jetboil includes all the elements required for outdoor cooking in a single unit. Burner and cooking cup are integrated into a single package. Assembly and priming are not required.
FluxRing™ technology makes Jetboil a faster boiler than competing stoves. This speed, coupled with minimal setup, makes it the quickest way to get hot food into your stomach.
FluxRing yields fuel efficiencies of over 80%, compared with the 30-40% typical of standard stoves and cookware. Save weight and money, a canister of fuel boils twice the volume of water. A single 100-gram Jetpower canister boils 12 liters of water.
With the diameter of a Nalgene® bottle and less height, Jetboil stows in places standard cooksets won’t go, like your fanny pack or side pocket. At 14 ounces, Jetboil rivals the very lightest titanium cooksets and micro-canister stoves.
Jetboil’s functionality and ease of use are unparalleled. The base and cooking cup snap securely together during use. Piezo electric igniter lights quickly and easily. Heat level can be dialed in to meet your exact needs.
After heating is complete, the cooking cup unsnaps from the base and the contents stay insulated. For stowage, the base and canister nest inside the cup and the lid seals it closed to form one compact unit.



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Chuck P - Aug 20, 2004 6:50 pm - Voted 5/5

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This is my third stove and it far outperforms anything I've seen. The integrated configuration means that your entire cookset fits into a compact package. It has its own igniter and heats up water like a microwave. The plastic bottom doubles as a cup but is hard to remove. I trimmed some of the plastic and it slides off now with little effort. The intergrated igniter is great but it looks exposed when the stove is in its packed configuation. I solved this by cutting out a ring of plastic which I fit around the igniter, keeping it from being squashed against the lid when I transport it in my pack. This is my new favorite toy.

hmronnow - Jan 24, 2005 4:58 am - Voted 3/5

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Used this stove on Mount Massive, Colorado at 11600 ft in about -5F = -20C.

While it boiled water very fast at home during test, the above condition must be close to the working limit. It was difficult to ignite the stove (kept pressing the igniter about a minute till it caught fire), and it burned at very low flame taking several minutes to melt snow and other several minutes to boil.

My previous stove was liquid fuel (MSR dragonfly - got stolen), so I don't know if problems in cold wether is generic to gas-stoves. I used MSR gas canister as I could not find jetboil canister in the stores. this is another minus, since only with the small jetboil canister can it all fit inside the cup for compact packing.

Thus, for winter mountaineering stove I give it 3 stars. For lower altitude and summer stove it would probably perform very well, and for such use achieve 5 stars.

Crux105 - Feb 27, 2005 3:03 pm - Voted 4/5

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Pros: Great light weight stove set. Boils water very quickly in ideal conditions. It should be noted to the post below that canister fuels are not ideal for below zero conditions. Good for those trying to reduce weight in not only the cookset, but in weight. The stove does not need to burn as hot as other stoves, there by decreasing the amount of fuel one needs to carry. I highly recommend the product.

Cons: Just know the limitations of your stove. This is for small groups and those preparing prepackaged meals. Gourmet chefs beware; as you cannot use other pots with this stove than the one that comes with it. The piezo ignitor on top of the stove prevents setting other pots on the stove top.

Also keep in mind that you should watch the pot carefully when cooking with the insulator. I allowed my water to boil down too far and melted the neprene the first time I used it.

Washing Machine - Jun 4, 2005 8:21 pm - Voted 5/5

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The Jetboil is a gift from the gods! I have used a friend's on multiple trips and had to get my own when going out to Mt. Ritter. I still have fuel left in a 110g canister after boiling water and melting snow for 3 people over the course of 4 days and 3 nights. The only drawbacks are that it isn't made to cook things other than water, and the safe boiling level is marked at 2 cups (kind of a pain when trying to fill up 2 qt Nalgenes). Other than that, it's amazing! Boils in under 2 min, works in wind and altitude, and is light! Also, easy to clean, and is very fuel efficient.

martin020 - Jun 30, 2005 1:44 pm - Voted 4/5

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I recently bought this stove at a sale in REI. I took it with me on a trip into the Olympic National park in Washington. It wasn't very cold there, but extremely wet and the stove preformed better than any other stove I have used.

Pros: This stove is lightweight and has the ability to pack into itself. Also, it sips fuel, barely using half of a small cartridge in 4 days. Rainy conditions did not put a damper on its abilities either, as it churned out enough hot water to 4 people faster than most stoves. Also it is pretty light, and various additions such as a companion cup and coffee press can be purchased.

Cons:As some of the other reviewers have stated, the Jetboil's main flaw lies in its flexability. Yes, it does churn out A LOT of hot water in a short time in the areas I have used it (wet temperate conditions), but I am not so sure about its abilities at high altitude and in freezing weather. Also, it is mainly designed for a small group of people, probably 2 and best for the soloist.

Overall a great stove for the soloist or ultralighter, and I am assuming it to be ideal for lower elevation, higher temperature. I would definately get this stove if you match any of the above listing. A good overall investment.

Corax - Aug 14, 2005 6:07 pm - Voted 3/5

Pretty good for shorter treks & climbs
It is a great system, but there is one huge minus - the mini-size gas canister. Impossible to find on many parts of the world and if you go for longer climbs, it's not very weight effective to bring all these small ones.

The second minus is the built-in igniter. Did not work very well on higher elevations.

The positive aspects, other submitters have already described.

The bottom line as I see it:
It's great for shorter climbs and hikes in the west. If you're going for a long time expedition, winter mountaineering, especially in the third world, go for another stove.

jschellberg - Nov 10, 2005 10:32 am - Voted 5/5

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I am very happy with this stove to date though I can't really say I have truly tested it. On shorter winter climbs it has worked flawlessly, heating water extremely fast. I also am in love with the integrated cup feature. The fact that it locks to the burner is great and makes using the stove very easy. Also the cup serves as storage for the stove making it a relatively small package.

Dean - Nov 20, 2005 10:13 pm - Voted 5/5

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Since I don't do any cooking that requires more than boiling water, this one is a sweetheart. It weighs more than my MSR Pocket Rocket but that weight gain incorporates the pot and the gas cylinder. I like the way it takes up minimal room in my pack and its ease of use. A no brainer. It did have a problem on Mt. Shasta near 10,000 feet as the piezo starter wouldn't work but that is the only time I experience problems with this stove in well over a year and a half worth of use.

Would I buy one of these again? Yes indeed.

nartreb - Jan 21, 2007 8:38 pm - Voted 4/5

Great at its job
All it does is boil water, but it does so amazingly quickly. For short winter trips where freeze-dried food is OK, anything that reduces the time you spend standing in the cold waiting for your stove is a huge asset.

I was skeptical that the JetBoil fuel canister (half normal size, it fits inside the container) would contain enough fuel to last more than a day or two, but I was wrong. This is an amazingly efficient stove.

I read an online review where the reviewer saw poor performance from this stove in windy conditions. That was emphatically not the case for me, even without any kind of windscreen.

I too trimmed a bit of plastic off the edge of the cup to make it easier to remove. You can also exceed the recommended amount of water (two cups) by at least 50%, no problem - you just have to watch it closely to avoid boil-overs.

EDIT: starting a few months after purchase, the piezo has been somewhat unreliable. Not a big deal, just keep a lighter handy and watch out for flare-ups.

I have since run this side-by-side with a friend's MSR Reactor. The Reactor is the better stove: superior wind resistance, faster boiling times, and more controlled simmer. The Jetboil remains a decent choice, with lower cost, weight, and bulk.

Dean - Jan 26, 2007 3:50 pm - Voted 5/5

Goes with me everywhere
What a great concept this stove is. All contained and easy to slip in my pack. Since I don't do any cooking anymore, all I need is boiled water and this puppy does the trick well. I've used it on all my backpacking treks and it is super dependable for what I need it for. So far, so good. This replaced the MSR Pocket Rocket that I used to take and I love the simplicity. It weighs a pound altogether but I don't mind since I'm not doing the Pacific Crest trail where every ounce counts. As mentioned by another, do not go over the 16 ounce line when you put water in or you'll be dealing with a boil over. Would I buy another one of these stoves if I had to? Absolutely. My vote would now be 5 stars after using it for two years.

Casey Bates - Jan 28, 2007 3:19 am - Voted 5/5

I have owned a Jetboil for over a year now and I have been extremely satisfied.

Advantages: The compact size and built in ignitor are great features. The java kit is excellent for coffee. The pot-balancer kit works well, but I feel the stove is best for hot drinks and single-pot meals. Great in wind. You can simmer quite well. Boils before I can even get my coffee grounds ready! The stove is so efficient that you can almost hold it and warm your hands without burning them...almost.

Disadvantages: I did warranty my first Jetboil because the ignitor broke.

Muddeer - Jan 29, 2007 4:39 am - Voted 4/5

nice, but...
Boils water faster than other cannister stoves I've used. Worked fine for me at temperatures in low-teens (F); built a custom wind screen which fits pretty tightly around the stove, which keeps the cannister from becoming too cold. I used two 220g cannisters (1:9 propane:isobutane) during 12 days on Aconcagua (including 5 days at Camp 2 - 19.2k ft) and this included several pasta dishes. I don't use the piezo ignitor: don't work well at high altitudes and you have to release/use too much fuel to light with it (just use a Bic lighter). I also have the 1.5L GCS pot, but the stove is nowhere as fuel-efficient and fast as with the PCS cup. It is probably the vertical design of the cup which is most responsible for the stove's famed efficiency, and not the flux ring or the neoprene cozy.
The burner part of my Jetboil disintegrated from corrosion: try to avoid too many boilovers.... I am not planning to replace it with another Jetboil. Currently using a MSR PocketRocket, which is not as fuel-efficient as Jetboil but makes up for it with the lower weight and smaller size. I'm also looking at MSR's new Reactor and Primus' new ETA Power for use in longer trips. They are suppose to be even faster than Jetboil. Reactor is a copy of Jetboil, and ETA has a flexible hose to connect the fuel cannister, which is very interesting 'cause it allows you to invert the cannister.

Timothy Pearl - Feb 21, 2007 5:38 pm - Voted 5/5

All I use now.
I don't recommend the Jetboil for doing any chef work, and I'm no chef. That takes a lot of practice to get right, I prefer to focus on sleep and routefinding than cooking... that's just me (no cockiness intended). Since I pretty much live on: dehydrated meals, tea, hot chocolate, and candy; all I need to be fueled is hot water. The Jetboil is actually the smallest system I can think of without using an alcohol stove and a titanium coffee mug. Remember, the Jetboil is your: Fuel, Stove, AND Cookpot. That's pretty small for any climbing pack. It rocks at melting snow for drinking, obviously efficient (one mini-canister will last me 1.5 days including meals, tea and melting snow (2 days in summer)). Keep the canisters in the sleeping bag on those below 0 F nights and they kick fine.
One more thing, this is a really GOOD TIP: use the MSR Trillium base as a stabilizer. You know the one that fits all those liquid-fuel stoves... all you have to do is bend the teeth back a little bit, and the Jetboil snaps right in and will hold on even when pouring. This is a superior base to the Jetboil tripod version, it sits well on varied ground, snow, or sleeping bag (not recommended... of course... but when was the last time YOU trusted a stove enough to cook on your lap in the tent?)

Dennis Poulin - Feb 22, 2007 6:52 pm - Hasn't voted

This is the most convenient stove I have. Just add water and hit the button for the flame. I use it most when car camping, but packing it up the trail is great too. When all you need is hot water, this works great!

J.J. - Mar 22, 2007 4:08 am - Voted 1/5

It broke the third time i used it. Anything and everything went wrong with it and, I would never ever wish this crap stove on anyone using it for anything but cooking dinner at sea level in the middle of summer. If there was a negative rating i would give this baby a -2. Thank christ the MSR Reactor is out. I know everyone is gonna hate this but, I know of at least 3 other people locally having incidents similar to mine so, it has to be said. Sorry.

JJ - May 15, 2007 4:04 am - Hasn't voted

Good For The Desert!!!!!
Recently used this stove for the first time only to find out it really sucks in the snow/altitude/cold. Managed to get some life out of it during the day when placed on a black mat in the sun. Always keeping the fuel warm through body heat didn't really seem to help much. Burned through 2 canisters in 2 days. Now on to the Utah desert.....this thing rocks!! This thing boils water so fast and the set up is really convenient as well.

Bill Kish - Jun 26, 2007 10:41 am - Voted 4/5

Jetboil PCS Cooking System
Pros: Compact, Lightweight, Fuel Efficient, Boils fast

Cons: Does not work well in wind. Very difficult to melt snow since small pot does not hold much water/snow. Ignitor broke after two trips but it never worked well to begin with. Plastic "tripod" base broke after a few uses.

Overall I would recommend this for summer trips but after having tried it in the winter I would not use it for challenging environments or melting snow. Melting snow would likely be a lot easier with the larger pot but that seems like it may have stability issues.

As an aside, it is nice to see innovation in the stove area. The concept here is very good and I'm looking forward to the future refinements!

slick858 - Aug 29, 2007 5:01 pm - Voted 3/5

Wind and Temp
Brilliant product until you use it outside!

I am not that happy with this stove, I was in 15 degree temps and the stove was struggling to boil, not to mention the wind killed the ignition.

I remind you that this is a Excellent Product just in some weather conditions(WINTER) it does not fair that well or quickly or for that matter reliable.

SkydiveKen - Dec 30, 2007 5:20 pm - Voted 5/5

Love It!
Like many of the posters here I too have had problems with the Jetboil in the winter. I discovered that by keeping the canister warm and off the snow it performs as advertised. For really cold mornings I have kept the canister in my coat pocket for a bit before use. I now use the folding tripod snap on legs and sit the stove on a piece of foam.

Never have had trouble with the igniter but I have always carried a bic lighter as part of my emergency kit anyway.

This stove is so light and compact that I have started taking it on winter day hikes. I can start my hike carrying less water and enjoy a hot lunch too.

It is the only stove I use any more. My whisper lite has been gathering dust for years now. Just bought the new French press attachment and can't wait to try it out!

tootufftony1975 - Jan 21, 2008 3:21 am - Hasn't voted

Great Stove
I used my Jetboil to keep my hands warm at 5000ft in 4 degrees F weather up here in Alaska. It started fine, and worked perfectly. I did notice that once you have used a container about half way, you can't get as powerful of a flame. All other attributes make it very worth the money. Usually $90 at the stores, I found mine on sale and got it for under $70. Perfect size, perfect weight, and you can hook up any Isobutane canisters to it. It is, though, only the Jetboil canisters that fit in it. The coffee press woks awesome. That was one of the best parts of the deal, and is very much worth the $20 you have to spend on it. Jetboil is the way to go.

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