Thursday, August 18, 2011

Review - $15 Ultralight Backpacking Canister Camp Stove

A few days ago I was browsing Amazon on my IPhone. Normally I use our laptop for this, but my wife was facebooking. I was looking for a small camp stove that would fit in my truck box. I wanted something that I could use to make myself a hot lunch when I am out hunting. I shop on Amazon by adding all of the items I am interested in to my shopping cart, from there I compare the items and delete the things I don't want. Apparently, the Amazon app for the IPhone works a little differently that the website. I found a stove that I might want to buy and added it to my cart. Only the IPhone App doesn't have a cart, it only has "buy it now". So when I thought I was adding the stove to my cart, I was actually buying it. I was alarmed when I discovered I had actually bought the stove, but then decided it was OK. The stove was only $15.

The stove is called the Ultralight Backpacking Canister Camp Stove with Piezo Ignition 3.9oz! . It has no name brand and is sold by a business named JOGR. I have never heard of them. Normally, I would not buy something that had no brand and was from a place I had never heard of. However, it was only $15 and I bought it on accident.

Its so little! A baby stove!

When I received it in the mail I was shocked. It is tiny! Cute even! I was instantly pleased with the construction. This stove may be inexpensive, but it is not cheap. Here are the specs:

  • 3.9oz packed in case
  • PIEZO ignition
  • Adjustable flame
  • Fuel - screw top butane / propane canisters
The stove unfolds easily. All of the parts are machined well. There is no play in the moving parts. 

The stove screws easily onto a canister. I bought a Coleman Butane canister from Walmart for less than 5 dollars. I placed a pot with two cups of water on it. The stove was stable, I was not afraid of the pot falling off. In high winds this might be a problem, but not in normal situations.

The PIEZO ignition works perfectly. Nice big sparks. It lit instantly with a nice large flame. It was incredibly easy to turn up or down the flame. You can fine tune it to exactly what you need.

At a medium setting it took about 2 minutes to get two cups of water to a rolling boil. I was pleased with this. I actually boiled an egg with this and have absolutely no complaints. It worked as well as my kitchen stove.

This little no-brand stove might be the best accidental purchase I have ever made. It has earned a spot in my truck box. It is small enough that I might stick it in my backpack and take it with me on some hunts. I highly recomend it.

No one paid me to do this review and I purchased the stove with my own money. I am, however, an Amazon affiliate. This in no way affected my opinion of this great little stove.

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