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Object Title: Jetboil

Manufacturer: Jetboil

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Page By: JScoles

Created/Edited: Mar 24, 2004 / Mar 24, 2004

Object ID: 1052

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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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climbandkayakPros and Cons

Voted 4/5

I have had my JetBoil for about 2 years. I love it, but like most things, it has pros and cons:

-Compact, lightweight
-Efficient use of fuel.
-No muss, no fuss (no cleaning or priming or leaking)
-Boils very quickly, especially at warmer temperatures.
-Reasonably good flame adjustment.
-Pretty good wind resistance. I've never had it blow out.
-Neato accessories like a coffee press (although I went with a PressBot which I love).
-Pot doubles as cup/bowl and storage for entire setup (with smaller JetBoil brand cannisters).
-Very convenient for whipping out at the crag or or during lunch for quick tea or hot chocolate.

-Primarily for boiling water/dehydrated foods/soup/pasta/stews. Works for my as I'm a ramen noodle kind of guy.
-You will break the piezo starter at some point. It's easy to a get and install a replacement. There is no issue with starting the stove with a match or lighter when this happens in the field.
-Not best solution for cold temperatures. You need to keep the cannisters warm (I put them in my jacket, fleece, or sleeping bag to keep warm). Someone needs to sell a custom cannister cozy. You can't use this with the cannister upside down which supposedly helps in colder whether with stoves that use cannisters connected by a hose.
-Cannister disposal and waste. At home, I take them to the local recycling drop-off. When flying home, I either give the cannister away (if not empty) or have to toss it. I'm more and more, not happy with the waste of metal.
-It's impossible to tell how much fuel is left (I suppose you could way it) so I end up bringing an extra cannister just in case. Now I mark, with a sharpie, on the cannisters the number of "boils" when I get back from a trip.
-Not a solution for more than 2 people, although there if the GCS larger pot which I haven't tried. While you can fill the pot up a little over the one liter line, you have to be careful about boiling over.
-Be careful about the insulation around the pot sliding down and starting to burn. You'll smell it when that happens Smile
-Cannisters can be a little harder to find than white fuel. When flying, I check ahead to find out where I can get fuel cannisters when I arrive. I hear this is a bigger issue outside the USA. So far this hasn't been an issue for me. The non-JetBoil brand fuel seems to work just as well, but the larger size it doesn't fit in the pot.
-The 1 liter pot/cup connects to the burner base a little too well. It's fun struggling to man handle the burning hot pot off at times.

Other things to consider:
-I have the JetBoil frying pan and adapter. It works reasonably well, although the pan flux ring doesn't connect to the burner base in a way like the 1 liter pot. I only take it when supporting a larger group, or my son who loves bacon. (P.S. that pre-ccooked bacon requiring no refridgeration rocks!)
-I've switched from my titanium spork to a lexan spork to prevent myself from scratching the non-stick surface any more.
-I like the stabilizing feet that comes with the put/pan adapter. I always take it and can fit it in the poit with cannister and burner.

I know it seems like I listed more cons than pros, but I'm still happy with my choice. Probably mainly due to the fact that I cook/eat simply when on an outdoor adventure. I have a feeling I may supplement with a Whisperlite as (1) the cannister waste starts to bother my bleeding heart more, and (2) I venture more into the alpine environment.
Posted Jan 26, 2008 12:13 pm

DigityDanDamn nice

Voted 5/5

This thing is great if our like me, you boil water and dump it in the package or open the can and dump it in.

Wont be so great for the gourmet types unless you get the attachable pan.

If its cold you need to warm up the canister I keep mine in the sleeping bag with me for about 10 minutws before I get up and it's good to go, same thing for all canister powered stoves.
Posted Feb 25, 2008 8:11 pm

ZachLuchsingerAwesome Stove

Voted 5/5

I've had this stove for about a year and it has worked like a dream. I have used it in low temperatures and haven't had a problem except with wind. The wind tends to make it much harder to light. That being said, once it's lit its phenomenal. Very compact and fuel efficient.
Posted Mar 6, 2008 7:21 pm

Rob RicksQuick and easy

Voted 4/5

When I realized all I needed a stove for at the time was to melt snow, this became the top candidate. It's a powerful little package. It's not perfect, but it's among the top in canister fuel stoves. The drawbacks I've noticed are as follows:
1) It's not very stable without a canister base. Mine has tipped over while in use, causing singed neoprene.
2) Like a lot of canister stoves, keep the fuel off the snow/ice or it won't stay lit.
3) The piezo is relatively delicate. I've had to replace mine once.

As a canister stove I love it. My next purchase will be a multi-fuel stove for longer trips and greater utility.
Posted May 8, 2008 2:17 pm

Alex WoodFriends have it...

Hasn't voted

and most of them seem to like it very much. However, I have an MSR Pocket Rocket that takes up a tenth of the space as the Jetboil does. The jetboil boils water really fast (definate plus), but its a little too bulky for me. Thats why I choose the MSR Pocket Rocket and I haven't regretted it yet.
Posted Dec 21, 2008 11:38 pm

Tsuyoshigreat stove!

Voted 4/5

This stove is amazing, but it does have it's limitations.

I'll start with the down side. If there is wind and you don't have a windscreen, don't expect to boil water efficiently. Also, if you want to melt tons of snow, use a white-gas stove as they are much more efficient for that.

But the up side is that in a wind protected area or in the summer you can't get a better stove! You can hold it in your hand while sitting on a small bivy ledge and boil water in no time at all. The light weight and small packing make it hardly noticeable in a pack.

I love mine!
Posted Mar 17, 2009 1:36 am

asaking11Alright stove

Voted 4/5

This is an awesome stove for backpacking, but if cold nasty weather is around, this stove sucks. I will use this all the time in the summer, but if you do a lot of winter stuff, then look elsewhere.
Posted Jun 18, 2009 1:16 am

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