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    Anyone used the Esbit pocket stove, with fuel tabs. Will it boil water, if so enough for say two mountainhouses with one tab? Thanks

  • #2
    The Esbit will boil water. I've used 'em as high as 3000 ft. I think I used two tabs to boil enough water for 2 MH meals. But there was some wind blowing...
    Make sure you bring some foil to make a good wind break.

    In any case they're cheap enough to just go buy one and try it out.
    Originally posted by northwestalska
    ... you canít tell stories about the adventures you wished you had done!

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    • #3
      Altitude

      Thanks for the info Rod. Anywhere local you can buy them. I've just seen them over the internet. Also you said you've tried them at 3000 ft. Will they not work higher or is that just as high as you've used them? Thanks

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      • #4
        REI is where I get mine. They're standard equipment in my survival gear. The fuel tablets are good fire starters, too.

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        • #5
          I know REI has 'em. And I'm sure they'd work higher than 3000. That's just as high as I've actually fired one up, although I've sure packed mine up higher...
          Originally posted by northwestalska
          ... you canít tell stories about the adventures you wished you had done!

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          • #6
            esbit stove

            They work well. One tablet will boil 20 oz of water and then warm almost to a boil another 20oz. Performance will be significantly less in the wind if you don't use a wind screen (a piece of flashing or cardboard).

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            • #7
              My preference is for the Trangia alcohol stove over the Esbit. It produces about the same heat (not much, compared with a white gas stove, but enough to get the job done), has the same no maintenance status, but is easier to get fuel for, anywhere.

              Just my $0.02.
              He fears his fate too much or his desserts are small who fears on just one touch to win or lose it all.

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              • #8
                Interesting light stove thread...

                I noticed Buck Nelson is using a 6.3 oz (:eek stove for his Pacific Crest Trail Hike, http://bucktrack.com/PCT_Gear_List.html.
                No habitat, no hunter.

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                • #9
                  I've used an Esbit stove at over 10,000 feet without a problem. As other's have stated, use some type of wind screen (tin foil works well). If trying to boil enough water for two MH meals with one tablet, make sure you have a lid for the water receptacle. I'd also say its personal preference but in rehydrating most meals I don't always put in the directed amount of water and in other's I do as it depends on the meal content....so a test run would probably be in order to answer your question and give you piece of mind.

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                  • #10
                    I could never get my water up to a boil using the Esbit. For those of you who have did you burn two tabs simultaneously or let one burn down then lit another? I've had better luck witht the Trangia styles stoves but I do keep some Esbit tabs in a pack for an emergecy fire starter in conjunction with vaseline cotton balls.

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                    • #11
                      When trying to boil water with the Esbit stove I've had the best luck/efficiency making each meal separately, keeping water amount is small to try and get boiling. Again, have a lid on the cup/pot with wind screen. I set the second cup/pot (if available) right next to the stove to assist as a wind block but also start the warming process of the content and it goes directly over the flame after the first has been removed.

                      If you prefer to have meals ready at the same time - I'd skip the Esbit and pull out a liquid fuel based stove (MSR) or other fuel source (Jet Boil). The more water - the more energy needed to get it to boil and the Esbit probably isn't as efficient.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by RupertBear View Post
                        My preference is for the Trangia alcohol stove over the Esbit. It produces about the same heat (not much, compared with a white gas stove, but enough to get the job done), has the same no maintenance status, but is easier to get fuel for, anywhere...
                        RupertBear: The Trangia alcohol stoves have been around awhile. Looks interesting: http://www.trangia.se/english/2954.demo.html. Thanks for posting this.

                        Buck Nelson's Caldera Keg (http://www.traildesigns.com/caldera-keg.html). One version is "...Based on a Fosters can, this rig maximizes efficency while minimizing pot weight".
                        No habitat, no hunter.

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                        • #13
                          Some other ideas ...

                          http://www.kellykettle.com/Kelly-Ket...plete-Kit.html

                          http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-...ood_stove.html

                          http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-...box_stove.html

                          http://www.traildesigns.com/caldera-tt.html

                          http://zenstoves.net/Wood.htm
                          The two loudest sounds known to man: a gun that goes bang when it is supposed to go click and a gun that goes click when it is supposed to go bang.

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                          • #14
                            Here is a good review of the Kelly Kettle. Don't own one yet but it is very interesting to me.

                            http://www.oldjimbo.com/survival/kellystove.html
                            The two loudest sounds known to man: a gun that goes bang when it is supposed to go click and a gun that goes click when it is supposed to go bang.

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                            • #15
                              I just ordered the Ghillie Kettle from Ebay. I got the middle sized model which is one liter. The guy is in Michigan so it won't take long to receive it. Most the sellers are in Ireland and GB as that is where these are made. Kelly Kettle is like a 100 year old design used by Irish fisherman. Used in WWII by New Zealand's Army in N. Africa. Lots of history. The Kelly Kettle and Ghillie Kettle are made by same company in UK, only difference being the Ghillie has a whistle like a tea kettle and the Kelly has a cork. Perhaps I will put a brief review here later on. Looks like a cool way to boil water and it appeals to the inner pyro in me. Ha ha.. Anyone looking for the Ghillie Kettle in the US, you can order from Ben's Backwoods website (Michigan store) or order from "GhillieKettleUSA" on Ebay. That is Ben's cousin. I talked with them today before ordering mine. Also, the Water Strider raft guy sells them on his website. Most all other dealers were in the UK.


                              http://www.ghillie-kettle.co.uk/page4.html

                              http://www.ghillie-kettle.co.uk/

                              http://www.danishflydesign.dk/Sider/...ie-Engelsk.htm

                              http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=263602_263622

                              http://bensbackwoods.blogspot.com/20...le-review.html




                              -Dan
                              The two loudest sounds known to man: a gun that goes bang when it is supposed to go click and a gun that goes click when it is supposed to go bang.

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