So I did a write on my initial experiment with my modified jetboil setup the beginning of this summer. After using this to make freeze dried food for over 30 nights total in the field with it since using it in temps from 70 to 15 degrees I feel I can finally call it a success. Members Stid2677 and Whitepalm have seen in in action as well and were at least kind enough to lie that they were impressed with the setup as well. Overall its much improved over the original and I think this is mainly attributed to jetboil purposely retarding the burner output of the stock jetboil stove making for longer boil times as well as the stove design of the original jetboil stoves do not allow heat to be reflected off the bottom of the jetboil cup itself while cooking and back to the fuel canister making for longer boil times as the canister gets colder and colder with no heat reflecting back to it to help vaporize the gas. Whereas the SOTO stove does not have the same sheild around the burner that might prevent heat getting back to the burner in addition to the ability for the regulator of the stove to allow more a much more robust flame resulting in faster boil times, which means I can get hiking/hunting faster.
Anyways here is my write up of my initial cutdown of the stove setup:
So finally got around to getting my jetboil stove cut down and the notches cut in the bottom for the 3 pot supports of my new SOTO stove. The idea is that while the Jetboil stoves themselves are heavy compared to other canister stoves (they weight 7 oz) the jetboil fluxring I feel does make for improvments in boil times. So I figured why not combine an ultra-efficient canister stove (SOTO at 2.6 oz) with an efficient pot (jetboil pot).
Decided to have my jetboil pot cut down at work as we have unlimited metal working tools to work with after hours and a guy there loves to do little projects like that and made look much better than the frankenstien I no doubt would have created. Heck he put a like OEM bevel back on the pot after he cut it down so the original lid fits on there once again. The new jetboilette is only 4" deep vs. the standard jetboil pot being 5.75" deep.
Here is a pic of the two side by side of just the pot themselves:
Anyways now back at home I decided to do a few weight comparisons.
My naked jetboilette without/cozy/lid/or bottom cup comes to 4.4 oz. The orignal stripped the same way comes to 6.0 oz. The bottom cup weighs 1 oz even compared to the 1.3 oz lid. .3 oz isn't much so I'm sticking with the tighter fitting and more functional lid over using the bottom cup as a lid.
I also had my wife remove the handle and cut the cozy to fit my jetboilette.
So the total weight difference.
The jetboilette with 110 gram snowpeak fuel canister brand new, plus the soto stove, and the sippy lid comes to 15.6 oz.
The standard jetboil cup with the standard jetboil stove with the same fuel canister comes to 20.6 oz or a 5 oz weight savings overall.
Here is the two being weighed in. The new bevel actual holds the lid on a little tighter even than the original bevel.
Jetboilette all packed up:
Orginal packed up:
The Soto stove installed on a fuel canister is taller than a jetboil stove is but since the jetboilette is shorter the overall height of the smaller jetboil setup is slightly shorter. The notches cut out for the pot supports make the jetboil pot VERY secure (compared to your standard pot on these supports obviously not as secure as a jetboil locked into a jetboil stove). Though I still do have the option if desired to lock the original jetboil stove into the jetboilette.
Now for the disclaimer:
The follow tests were conducted by a person with absolutely ZERO scientific background and realizes that these test will more than likely be scrutinized heavily due to one or many factors that would render these tests of little to any actual real world meaning.
All tests were done at room temperature with 500 mL (the fill to line) room temperature water.
Room temperature fuel canisters boil times:
Jetboil with jetboil stove:
2 minutes 5 seconds.
Jetboilette with Soto stove:
1 minute 35 second.
Last night I put two full fuel canisters in my freezer that was set at -10F.
I quickly took the first out and screwed on the jetboil/jetboil setup and it boiled the 500 ML of water in 3:45 seconds.
After that I took the 2nd freezer canister and screwed it onto the SOTO stove and fired it up. It boiled the 500 mL of water in 1 minute and 50 seconds.
So the coldest canister did have some apparent affect on the SOTO's performance but not much from what I can tell. Where the jetboil/jetboil was nearly twice as long to get a boil and the flame was noticably smaller and quieter than the Soto with the cold fuel bottle where I couldn't notice or hear a difference between the room temp and the cold fuel bottle.
Overall I'm VERY happy with my findings so far as my new setup that is both 25% smaller and 25% lighter and boil times are twice as fast in colder climates. I think this could be one of the most fuel efficient canister stove combos out there right now.