Always been a 'no gas' guy, relying on Trangias and my trusty old Coleman Multifuel peak stove.
Anter seeing a buddy cook-up in an instant with his MSR Reactor I thought I'd update some of my field kit. After researching I decided on the Jetboil PCS - mainly only me and my 9 year-old who I need to cater for on hunts/long hikes.
Found a deal on Ebay for $69 shipped.
It arrived quick and got it's first field test last Sunday on a hike/rabbit hunt. Instead of just me and my eldest I had all 3 boys with me and a selection of Mountain House meals.
The PCS surpassed my expectations; the ability to have all 4 of us easting a hot meal within 6 minutes (4 minutes to boil 4 cups and the 2 minutes stand-time for MH meals) of stopping for lunch was outstanding. Then to be able to brew up the kids some Hot Chocolate in 2 minutes.
Just a great bit of kit and I am now a convert back to canisters. The PCS is not 'ultralight' in the purist sense, but is pretty compact and light enough for my needs. The convenience of the set-up far outweights the relative weight IMHO. And for $69 a great deal.