I used to boil my water and cook all my meals on a small camp fire. Several years ago, I was invited to a hike where camp fires were not allowed at all. Everyone was required to bring their own little stove. I purchased burner from REI for around $30.00 and a Stanley metal cup from Walmart for less than $15.00. The set up consisted of a burner, metal cup, fuel, and a lighter.
There were a few complaints. It is was not very compact. Even though the components are not necessarily large, they end up being all over my backpack. Second, it is not very stable and could be easily knocked down. The cup sat on top of burner with no attachments, looks, or hooks. Third, there is no windblock. Often times, the wind will muffle the flame and it will take longer to heat up the water. That meant it would take more fuel. More fuel meant more weight to carry. Even with these small issues, the lower price justified the purchase of this set up. Overall, I was very happy with it.
After several long distance hikes, I realized that will eventually be forced to buy a more expensive Jetboil system. It's lightweight, compact, and efficient design came with a hefty price tag: over $100.00. Here is a story of how I got one for free.
My dad was visiting his son-in-law in Washington. He saw a brand new Jetboil in its original packaging laying in his garage. My dad asked him, “What is that?” He responded with, “I don’t know, some kind of camping accessory that was gifted to me, you want it?”. He had accepted the gift. Once my dad got home, he set the Jetboil on the dinner table.
Frankly, I did not know anything about this. I woke up the next morning, walked downstairs and to my surprise saw a brand new Jetboil on the dinner table. Overjoyed, I immediately poured cold water in the Jetboil and cranked it up. It started boiling in about 2 minutes. With my old set up, it took over 4 minutes to boil the water. My old setup was also heavier, less efficient, and not very compact compared to my brand new Jetboil. Now I am really happy with my new set up!
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