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Go Systems Fly Ti

Go Systems Fly Ti

Go Systems Fly Ti

PRO’s: Extremely light & very compact

CON’s: Relatively expensive way to save a few grammes

VERDICT: There are cheaper & only slightly heavier stoves available. One for the real weight weenies!

OUR RATING ★★★★☆ 

Weighing in at just 50 grammes without a gas canister the Go Systems Fly Ti is the lightest stove they make.  Designed for the serious weight freak it carries a suprisingly small price tag.  Read on to find out if it’s any good.

Consisting of just a single burner and a flame adjuster the Go Systems Fly Ti is a very simple stove.  There’s no built-in ignition system so you’ll need to use a matches or a lighter to get things under way.  Simply screw it onto a Go Systems Powersource 125 gas cartridge, fold out the serrated pot supports, crank open the valve a little and light it.  Like many other Go Systems stoves this will accept the larger Go Systems Butane/Propane gas canister such as the mid-sized Go Systems Powersource 220 gas cartridge and the larger Go Systems Powersource 445 gas cartridge.

Once it’s lit what’s immediately apparent is that the burner is slightly wider than most other similar camping stoves which means that the heat from the flame is spread over a greater area.  The Go Systems Fly Ti may be small but this  is a powerful little camping cooker – it boasts a 3000 Watt output – so spreading the heat over a larger area helps to prevent food sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Thankfully, with all this power on tap, the flame adjustment is good and it’s possible to maintain a nice steady simmer without too much fiddling around.  However if you cook in a  narrow pot or a large mug you will need to adjust the flame so that it stays on the bottom.  Turning it down will obviously have an impact on the boil time.

The time to boil a litre of water is a fraction under four minutes which is fairly typical for s stove of this output.  Bear in mind that this will increase if the gas cartridge runs down as the pressure starts to drop off.  And like all stoves of this design it is prone to wind if used out in the open but an inexpensive windshield will improves the efficiency massively.

A single Go Systems EN417 cartridge should power the Go Systems Fly Ti for over 2 hours of continuous use which’ll easily see you through a weekend.  Should you need to take a spare with you they are light and small enough to throw in your rucksack.  We managed to fit a canister and the stove into a large mug with room to spare.

Would we buy this stove ?

As we’re not totally obsessed with weight we’d pass it by as there are cheaper but slightly heavier stoves on the market – the Go Systems Scion is one that we can think of – but if you are obsessed with weight it’s an excellent piece of kit for lightweight camping or just making a brew on the hillside.

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Campingaz Duo Plus CV

Campingaz Duo Plus CV

Campingaz Duo Plus CV

PRO’s: Two burners without the bulk and weight of a large gas cylinder

CON’s: Both burners have same power output

VERDICT: Excellent lightweight family or festival camping stove

OUR RATING ★★★★½ 

If you’re looking for a two burner camping stove but don’t fancy lugging a large, heavy gas cylinder around then the Campingaz Duo Plus CV could be just the ticket.

Similar in design and concept to the Primus Njord Twin Stove the Campingaz Duo Plus CV consists of two individually adjustable  burners separated by a sturdy metal body.  Built in to this is a handy drip tray which is easily accessible and simply to clean.

Mounted above this are the pot supports which are a generous size and will allow decent sized pans to be used.  We had no trouble cooking with two 6″ diameter pots at the same time.  Built in to the pot supports are a windshields for each burner which work reasonable well – on windy days you might just need to shelter the stove with a rucksack though as it is fairly tall.

Suspended beneath the body are two Butane/Propane Campingaz CV470 canisters (it can also accept Campingaz CV270 Plus and Campingaz CV300 Plus cartridges as well), one for each burner.  The are the Easy Clic type and can fitted and removed with a simple twist.  They can be removed even when not empty which is essential as the supporting legs fold beneath the body where the gas cartridges sit when the stove is in use.

Unlike many other double burner stoves, this design means that you don’t need to buy a regulator and hose and so helps to keep the overall cost down.

The burners both have the same power output (1500 Watts) and the burner adjusters offer good control of the flame from a low simmer to a fast boil.  Compared to the Primus Njord Twin Stove the boil time is a little slower (4 mins 30 seconds compared to a little over 3 minutes) but this is down to the lower power output of the Campingaz Duo Plus CV burners.

This is not necessarily a bad thing though – in our experience Primus Njord Twin Stove is a little too powerful and, as  result, has a lower run time thanks to its higher gas consumption.  In contrast, the Campingaz Duo Plus CV runs for a staggering 4.5 hours per burner !

So, are there any drawbacks to the Campingaz Duo Plus CV ?

Well if we were being really fussy we’d have to say that having two burners with the same power output seems a strange choice.  We’d rather have a larger and a small burner so that one could be used for simmering whilst the other is used for cooking but we are being really fussy !

So should you buy one ?

As we said at the top of this review, if you’re looking for a twin burner stove and don’t want to lug a large gas cylinder around then this is the perfect solution.  Whilst it’s not as powerful as the Primus Njord Twin Stove it’s  lot more controllable so we’d be inclined to go with the Campingaz Duo Plus CV instead.  It’s cheaper too!  It’s ideal for family and festival camping.

Highly recommended !

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Go Systems Venture

Go Systems Venture

Go Systems Venture

PRO’s: Lightweight & powerful, excellent flame control

CON’s: None that we can think of!

VERDICT: Superb lightweight, budget stove. Buy it!

OUR RATING ★★★★½ 

The Go Systems Venture is Go Systems take on the classic lightweight cartridge stove.  Weighing in at just 200 grammes it’s small but does it pack a punch ?

Oh yes!  Size isn’t everything and this little stove is up there with the best of them.  Sporting a 2500 Watt burner it’ll boil a litre of water in 3 minutes and will run for just under two hours on a mixed Butane/Propane Go Systems Powersource 125 gas cartridge.  Like many other Go Systems stoves this will accept the larger Go Systems Butane/Propane gas canister such as the mid-sized Go Systems Powersource 220 gas cartridge and the larger Go Systems Powersource 445 gas cartridge.

Now power is one thing but it’s nothing without control and, thankfully, the Go Systems Venture has loads of control.  The fold out flame adjuster is easy to grip and allows precise adjustment of the flame from a low simmer to a full on boil and anywhere in between.

The stove simply screws onto the cartridge and is lit by pressing the ignition button.  Yep, that’s right, this little stove even includes piezo electric ignition.

One limitation of many lighweight stoves is that they can’t take large pots but the Go Systems Venture, thanks to its fold-out pot supports can.  For small pots keep them folded in, for large pots just fold them out.  The supports are serrated to prevent pot slippage too.

Like many canister mounted stoves, this one is prone to wind and will need to be sheltered behind a rucksack or similar although you could also use a small folding windshield.

Considering its price, what you get for your money (lightweight, folding pot supports, built-in ignition, excellent controllability of the flame) this is a no-brainer.  Buy this stove if you’re after a lightweight stove and you’re on a budget.  Oh, and it even includes a storage bag too.

Highly recommended !

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MSR Reactor

MSR Reactor

MSR Reactor

PRO’s: Extremely powerful, excellent fuel consumption

CON’s: Heavier than you think, can’t simmer

VERDICT: Excellent stove for small expedition groups who are simply rehydrating dried meals

OUR RATING ★★★★½ 

For many years Jetboil have had the single pot camping stove market all to themselves with stoves such as the Jetboil Zip and Sol but recently MSR have joined the fray with the MSR Reactor.  But which is better ?

Although the name ‘Reactor’ sounds cheesy it’s actually an extremely good description of this stove.  It’s one of the fastest, most powerful camping stoves ever and is able to boil one litre of water in under three minutes.  Yet it’s also one of the most fuel efficient stoves as well.

It’s basically a Jetboil stove on steroids.  But, and this is the thing, that’s not necessarily a good thing.  Let us explain . . .

The MSR Reactor consists of a radiant burner which is enclosed by a unique heat exchanger and it’s this which helps to contribute to the fuel efficiency.  Because the flame is completely enclosed (and lit by a built-in ignition system) it’s virtually immune to wind which could, at best, disperse some of the heat from the flame and, at worst, blow the flame out.  This is one stove that you can use in a serious storm !

But there is a downside: the MSR Reactor has a much higher Carbon Monoxide output than any other comparable stove, a fact which is pointed out by several stickers on it.  This means that it can’t be used in a tent and we’d be reluctant to use it even in the porch of a tent so it’s a good job that it’s storm resistant !

Working in tandem with the  enclosed burner is a pressure regulator which provides optimal heat output over the life of a fuel canister.  The power output of a stove drops as the pressure inside the gas canister drops as it empties but MSR’s regulator keeps it constant almost until the canister is empty.  The downside is that you get relatively little warning that the canister is near empty so you’ll need to carry a spare – no big deal, they are small and pretty lightweight.

When not in use the stove and fuel canister stow inside of the supplied 1.7-litre pot.  This is where the Jetboil stoves and the MSR Reactor differ.  At nearly double the size of the Jetboil pots which means that the MSR Reactor can cope with cooking meals of up to three people rather than the one or two people that a Jetboil stove can manage.

So what’s it’s like in use ?

Blindingly quick are the only words that we can find to describe how this thing works.  However, like a fast car, having lots of power in tap comes at a cost.  And in the case of the MSR Reactor the price that you pay is that it’s impossible to simmer anything on this stove.

Now that’s fine if you’re just planning on heating water so that you can rehydrate instant meals but if you’re cooking anything that needs to simmer, like tinned soup or rice pudding, forget it.  It’ll just burn on the bottom of the pot unless you stir like a demented person !

But is that a deal breaker ?  No . . .

For single person use, we’d have to say go with one of the Jetboil stoves.  If you’re on a budget get the Jetboil Zip, if you’re looking higher end then go for the Jetboil Sol stoves.  This is because the MSR Reactor is too big, bulky and heavy for single person use.

However, if you’re going to mostly rehydrating instant meals for two or more people then this is a good stove to get as it’s ideal for this.

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Jetboil Sol Aluminium Personal Cooking System

Jetboil Sol Aluminium Personal Cooking System

Jetboil Sol Aluminium Personal Cooking System

PRO’s: Amazingly light, compact and powerful

CON’s: Pointless neoprene strap and temperature indicator

VERDICT: A superb camping stove for all those space obsessed weight weenies on a budget

OUR RATING ★★★★½ 

We’ve previously looked at the budget Jetboil Zip stove and loved it but what do you get if you chose a higher end Jetboil stove? Is it worth the extra money ? Read on to find out.

Any Jetboil stove is a well thought out, functional but supremely well engineered bit of kit and the Jetboil Sol Aluminium is no exception. Jetboil clearly have a thing about not wasting space – this is stove aimed squarely at the weight weenie, minimalist, super-lightweight camper – as everything you need packs into the pot. And that includes the gas canister !

So what do you get in the package ?

The Jetboil Sol consists of an 800 ml pot into which fit Jetboils’ universal pot stand, a 100 gram gas canister, the burner and set of legs for the canister all held in place by a lid. But this is no ordinary lid: thanks to it’s clever design, you can press coffee using the Jetboil coffee press, drink your morning cuppa through a drinking slot or drain water from your pasta without losing your pasta.

A nice touch is the included Jetboil Universal Pot stand allows you to use any pot, pan or kettle on your Jetboil Sol stove. This means that you’re not just limited to using the supplied pot which opens up a much wider range of meals that can be prepared since you’re not just limited to one pot meals.

Any standard threaded butane-propane gas canister will work but Jetboil (not surprisingly) recommend that you use their own branded ones. The stove and pot is quite tall and relatively narrow and can be quite liable to tip so using the included feet is highly recommended. These will actually fit other manufacturers gas canisters too which is another nice touch.

The cooking pot attaches to burner by aligning a slot and small dimple. A quick twist clockwise and it’s securely attached. A quick twist in the other direction and it comes off.

On the inside are markings to help you to accurately measure out portions. Around the pot is an insulating neoprene cozy which helps to keep the contents hot. This has a strap attached which we didn’t find that useful as the neoprene cover is a little thin which means that it’s not possible to hold the pot for long when it’s hot. There’s a temperature sensitive strip which turns orange when it gets to 76C. Both features we could live without.

A key difference between this and the cheaper Jetboil Zip is the inclusion of Jetboils Thermo-Regulate technology. This is a pressure regulator system which helps to keep the burner output more constant as the fuel pressure drops in the canister as the fuel gets used up.

So how does it work in the great outdoors ?

Amazingly well ! With the exception of the MSR Reactor and the Jetboil Sol Ti there’s nothing quicker to heat water. Located between the burner and the cooking pot is a heat exchanger which is the secret to the power of the Jetboil stoves. Sitting low in the flame, this is evenly heated and then radiates its heat into the pot. But the position of the heat exhanger has another benefit: because of its location it protects the flame from wind which makes the Jetboil stoves hard to beat in windy conditions. And thanks to the built-in piezo electric ignition it’s easy to light in windy conditions too.

Jetboils do have a reputation for being too powerful and not being able to simmer but the newly revised burner seems to have taken care of that. We could get ours to simmer with a little bit of care so the Jetboil is more than just a fast boiler of water. That said, although you could cook a gourmet meal on it, we’re not sure that we could be bothered ! Carting a load of extra pots and pans on to the hills with you kind of defeats the purpose of having a superlight, ultra-compact cooking system!

So, would we buy one? For very occasional use, no – we’d go for the cheaper Jetboil Zip. If money was no object, no – we’d go for the top of the range Jetboil Sol Ti Premium Cooking System with it’s ligher Titanium pot but for serious lightweight camping or cycle touring we’d definately add one of these to our kit.

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Coleman F1 Lite Stove

Coleman F1 Lite lightweight stove

Coleman F1 Lite lightweight stove

PRO’s: the lightest stove of it’s type, powerful too

CON’s: can overheat if left to simmer for extended periods

VERDICT: Lightweight, inexpensive and fairly tough (if you look after it)

OUR RATING ★★★★½ 

The Coleman F1 Lite is Colemans take on an ultra-lightweight canister mounted stove and competes head to head with the MSR Pocket Rocket. According to the blurb it’s designed for ‘extreme trekking’ (whatever that is) but we reckon that it would be perfect for adventure racers. But it’s not just for super-fit folks. If you can’t be bothered to take a Thermos flask out on to the hills, this would be an excellent replacement!

Weighing in at just 77 grams plus an 11 gram textile carry pouch there’s no denying that it’s light but is it robust ?

In a word, YES.

But you do need to be a little more careful with it than some other stoves. The detachable pan support arms are strong vertically (to take the weight of the pot) but to save weight they are made of slightly thinner metal than normal so heavy handed folk will need to be careful not to bend them when removing them !

As long as you store it in it’s little storage pouch it’ll survive being thrown (well, maybe placed) into your rucksack.

Like many other stoves of this type it operates on a canisters containing a mixture of butane and propane. The Coleman C100 cartridge (recommended for weight weenies), Coleman C250 cartridge (recommended for long weekends) or Coleman C500 cartridge (recommended for extended trips) will fit. If you’re particularly concerned about weight we’d recommend using the C100 canisters.

Again, like many stoves of this type, it’s inherently unstable due to the fact that the pot that sits on top of it will almost certainly be wider and heavier than the stove and gas canister. A set of plastic clip-on feet combined with a level surface will ensure that there are no disasters!

Light this stove and you’re left in no doubt of it’s power. Unlike the similarly priced Campingaz Bleuet Micro Plus, it can boil a litre of water in just 3 minutes although this increases to 5 minutes in windy conditions.

To save weight the flame adjuster knob is a loop of wire and, whilst not as comfortable as the plastic knob found on some other stoves, it’s easy to use and gives a good range of flame adjustment.

If we had to be critical then only niggle we have with this stove is that heat seems to travel down the stove to the collar of the gas cylinder if the stove is left to simmer for a long time. For most types of meal this isn’t a problem as the power of the stove is such that most foods heat up quickly – so quickly that you’ll need to keep stirring to avoid burning if you’re not careful – but for meals where you’re simmering for 20+ minutes it does become an issue.

Would we have one ? Without a doubt yes, it’s lighter than the MSR Pocket Rocket and cheaper too! Highly recommended.

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Campingaz Bleuet Micro Plus

Campingaz Bleuet Micro Plus

Campingaz Bleuet Micro Plus

PRO’s: Small, lightweight, inexpensive, cartridges widely available

CON’s: pot supports could be wider, should be serrated

VERDICT: if you’re on a budget, this is a serious contender

OUR RATING ★★★★☆ 

Recognising that not everyone wants to scale the north face of the Eiger, Campingaz make a range of camping cookers to suit everyones needs. Targeted squarely at the budget end of the market is the Campingaz Bleuet Micro Plus, a no-frills single burner, canister mounted stove.

But is it any good ?

Like all canister mounted stoves, the Campingaz Bleuet Micro Plus is inherently unstable with a pot perched on top of it although a set of clip-on plastic feet can help to make it more stable. These are available from most good outdoor shops.

Again, like any other canister mounted stove, it suffers if it’s windy as much of the heat gets blown sideways by the wind rather than being directed into the pot. And because of the closeness of the burner to the gas cylinder it’s not a good idea to use a windshield although we do recommend shielding the stove from the wind using a rock, rucksack or similar.

If it’s sounds like we’re being overly negative, we’re not – any stove of this design, such as the MSR Pocket Rocket, Campingaz Twister Plus, Campingaz Bleuet 206 Stove and Go Systems Scion Stove, suffer from these problems. It’s inherent in the design.

So what is the Campingaz Bleuet Micro Plus good at ?

For one thing, it’s absolutely tiny, packing down to the size of a coke can and weighing just 180 grammes. Oh and it’s cheap. Very cheap yet it shares many of the features of it’s more expensive siblings the Campingaz Twister Plus making it ideal for day trips, making cups of tea a beach BBQ or just camping on a budget.

The Campingaz Bleuet Micro Plus uses the Easy Clic butane/propane cartridges which can be removed even when partially used and will run for around 2 hours with the smaller Campingaz CV270 gas cartridge and 5 hours with the largest Campingaz CV 470 cartridge.  Just note that it doesn’t come with a cartridge so make sure that you order one when you buy the stove although if you forget they are widely available and very inexpensive.

We like this stove and found it easy to use. You’ll need matches to light it but once alight, the flame offers good adjustability thanks to the large easily gripped flame adjustment knob, even with gloves on. If we had to be critical then we’d have to say that the pot supports are a little small and aren’t serrated so pots could slide of the stove if it’s not placed on a near dead-flat surface.

The boil time is respectable for a stove of this type and price, taking around 5 minutes to boil a litre of water.

Overall the Campingaz Bleuet Micro Plus is an excellent little stove and, at this price, if you’re on a budget it’s one to consider.

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MSR Pocket Rocket

MSR Pocket Rocket

MSR Pocket Rocket

VERDICT: extremely lightweight & compact stove but needs to be placed on a level surface

PRO’s: small & extremely powerful

CON’s: tall & narrow so can tip, not easy to use with windshield

OUR RATING ★★★★☆ 

The MSR Pocket Rocket is a tiny canister mounted stove designed for weight weenies on a strict budget.  But don’t let its small size put you off – whilst its carrying case is the same size as five triangles of Toblerone – it still packs quite a punch.  But, inevitably, compromises have been made . . .

Now let’s get one thing clear, this tiny stove is seriously light but it’s still suitable for anything from day trips where you just want a hot drink to multi-day expeditions where you’ll be using it to cook full meals.

It’s easy to use, open up the triangular red carry case (hence our reference to Toblerone earlier), take out the stove, fold out the arms, connect it to the gas canister, turn the flame adjuster and light it using a match or lighter.  There’s really not much to it than that.

The flame is powerful but adjustable over a good range via the easily reached flame adjuster.  We were surprised by the power of the flame, even on a simmer you’ll need to keep stirring to avoid burning your food on to the bottom of the pan.  This is because the flame is relatively narrow and so concentrates a lot of energy into a relatively small area of the pot.  And on the high setting this stove really rocks, bring a litre of water to a rolling boil in a very respectable three and a half minutes.

However, because the burner sits on top of the gas cylinder this is quite a tall stove and, unless it’s used on a very flat surface, it feels a little unstable.  We found that the pot being stirred needed to be held with a pot grab to ensure that it didn’t tip over.  The addition of some stabilising feet on the bottom of the gas canister would help as would pegging it down with some tent pegs.

Whilst we’re being critical, we found that the pot supports need to be opened with care as they are designed to support the pot vertically and, in order to reduce weight, they aren’t that stiff laterally and can be bent easily.

The MSR Pocket Rocket runs on MSR IsoPro canisters but if you can’t find them it’ll work fine with Primus ones too.  It’ll also accept the non-threaded Campingaz ones too which is handy if you’re unable to find the MSR / Primus ones.

So how does this stove stack up ?  Well in common with all other canister mounted stoves it suffers from three main problems: it’s not that stable, it’s difficult (and potentially dangerous) to put a windshield around the stove and, when the canister begins to empty, you can’t invert it in order to get the last few drops of gas out (unlike say the MSR Windpro and the Primus Express Spider Remote stoves).  However, these problems are not exclusive to this stove alone but to all canister mounted stoves.

That said, if you want an extremely powerful, lightweight stove and aren’t put off by the inherent limitations of a canister mounted stove then this is one of the best.

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Primus Express Spider Remote Stove

Primus Express Spider Remote stove

Primus Express Spider Remote stove

VERDICT: A brilliant stove which operates at temperatures low than any other gas stove can

PRO’s: Innovative pre-heater allows last few grams of fuel to burn even at low temperatures

CON’s: Fuel flow adjuster not easy to adjust when canister is inverted

OUR RATING ★★★★½ 

TODAYS BEST PRICE: £57.00 from Snow and Rock

The main problem with connecting a gas burner directly to the top of a gas canister is that it becomes tall and unstable.  Some manufacturers offer so called remote-cartridge type camping cookers such as the Go Systems Sirocco stove and the subject of this review, the Primus Express Spider Remote stove, as a way around this.

Rather than being perched on top of the gas cartridge the burner is connected by a 28 cm long flexible metal braided hose.  This allows the burner to be located closer to the ground which aids stability whilst the gas cartridge can be positioned close by.  For solo backpackers, perhaps rough camping where a level surface to place your stove can be hard to find, this can be a real plus point.

Although the burner is quite small it packs quite a punch managing to boil a litre of water in 4.5 minutes.  There’s no piezo-ignition system built in but what you do get is a rather neat pre-heating device.

This takes the form of a sexily curved brass tube which curves above the burner and sits between the inlet from the gas cartridge and supply to the burner itself.  Primus claim that it helps to maintain the performance of the stove and, in some cases, allows the stove to work in sub-zero temperatures when conventional canister mounted stoves such as the Campingaz Twister Plus stove might stop working.

How so ?

Camping cookers which use liquified gas as their fuel all use cartridges in which the gas is stored under pressure as a liquid.  As the stove runs the pressure in the cartridge drops and the liquified fuel turns back into a gas which is then burnt in the burner.

The problem is that, as the canister empties, the pressure in the canister drops and the fuel is more reluctant to vapourise into a gas.  If you’ve ever had a gas cartridge go flat yet when you shake it you can still hear fuel sloshing around inside you’ll know what we mean.

Temperature also plays a part in this – the colder it is then the more reluctant the liquid fuel is to vapourise.  Depending on the fuel type (butane, propane or a butane/propane mix) then the stove may even stop working if the temperature drops too low.

The Primus Express Spider Remote stove pre-heater addresses both of these problems by allowing you to turn the gas cartridge upside down so that the liquid fuel runs down the metal pipe to the pre-heater where it vapourises due to the heat from the burner so that it can then burn as normal.

This is something that no canister mounted stove can do and it’s not something that the similar looking Go Systems Sirocco stove can do since it lacks the pre-heater.

And it certainly works !  In use we found that it works well at low temperatures even with a partly empty canister – considering it’s price we think this is a brilliant stove and is the best value lightweight stove on the market at the moment.

The Primus Express Spider Remote runs on Primus PowerGas LP cartridges (a mix of 25 % propane, 25 % isobutane and 50 % butane) which Primus claims works better at lower temperates and are self-sealing so they can be detached and stored separately from the burner after use.

The Primus Express Spider Remote comes with a small mesh stuff sack which is lined with smooth fabric on the inside so that the stove doesn’t snag on it as you take it in or out.  You also get a foldable metal heat reflector to place under the stove to prevent it burning the ground but, disappointingly, no windshield so we recommend picking up a cheap one from Millets or Blacks – it’ll reduce the boil time and will improve the fuel efficiency no end !

Overall the design on the stove is decidedly minimalist – there’s no built-in ignition, just three feet which click into position and three serated pot supports which will easily take a 2 litre pot – but minimalist is good as far as we are concerned.

So are there any downsides to this stove ?  The only one is that the fuel flow valve is on the top of the gas canister connector which makes it harder to adjust the flow when the cannister is inverted.  If it was on the side then it wouldn’t be an issue but we really are quibbling.

Overall this is a fantastic little stove and the ability to work at lower temperatures than many of its rivals puts it firmly on our favourites list.  This is an excellent three/four season camping stove.  Highly recommended !

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Jetboil Zip

Jetboil Zip Personal Cooking System

Jetboil Zip Personal Cooking System

VERDICT: A lightweight, compact stove with an innovative design. Our favourite stove for winter days out!

PRO’s: Lightweight, compact, ingenious design

CON’s: Burner control on lowest setting is a little too coarse

OUR RATING ★★★★½ 

TODAYS BEST PRICE: £79.99 from Go Outdoors

If you’re out on the hills and want a quick hot drink the Jetboil Zip could be just the ticket. It’s a scaled down and cheaper version of the original massively successful Jetboil Personal Cooking System (the Jetboil PCS) but does its lower price result in too many compromises ?

To hit the lower price point it features a slightly heavier burner, a smaller adjustment knob, a slightly smaller cup (0.8 litres) and a thicker neoprene insulating cover. This lacks the temperature indicator of it’s more expensive relation but we never found much use for that anyway so for us it’s not an issue.

One major difference between the Jetboil Zip is that it lacks the new Thermo-Regulate system found on the more expensive Jetboil stoves such as the Jetboil Sol Aluminium. This maintains the burner power output as the gas cannister runs low.

Overall we think that these are fair compromises and don’t impact particularly on the day to day use of the stove. In fact, so small are these compromises that if you hadn’t seen one of the more expensive Jetboil stoves you wouldn’t even realise that the Jetboil Zip had been built down to a price as it uses all the same materials as it’s more expensive siblings (except for the Titanium models).

We love this stove – when not in use the burner and gas canniser fit into the cup making it extremely compact. Oddly the Jetboil gas cannisters are not imported into the UK. Instead you’ll need to buy the Coleman Butane/Propane cannisters – the Coleman 100 cannister fits perfectly into the cup and won’t rattle around.

When you need a drink simply remove them, lock the cup onto the burner, screw on the gas canister, pour in water and light the gas. The more expensive models feature an ignition system but without it it’s still easy to light – even with cold hands – and works well in all but the windiest of conditions.

Other neat design touches include the fact that the bottom cover doubles up as a small bowl and measuring cup. The drink through lid (which helps to keep your drink hot by preventing evaporation) also doubles up as a strainer too. Oh, and for use on uneven surfaces there are even some small clip-on feet which will help to stablise the stove.

Compared to the original and more expensive Jetboil PCS, the Jetboil Zip performs almost exactly the same. If we were to be picky then we’d have to criticise the burner control. It’s just a little too coarse on the low settings when trying to simmer but we really are being very picky.

We love this stove. Its combination of lightweight, small size, ingenious design and the fact that it just works perfectly means that’ll never be left at home on winter walks.

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