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SGT Rock
2006-08-11, 14:58
Some of y'all probably already know I am not impressed by the JetBoil. Figure it is over built fancy novelty toy that impresses people by doing what stoves already do but saves about a gram of fuel per burn and about 30 seconds time by adding a great deal of breakable, overweight crap to a stove system.

This week I got a Coleman Exponent F1 Ultralight stove based on the review from BPL which showed it performed almost as well stock as the JetBoil does with all that fancy-smancy extra stuff.

http://www.nwbackpack.com/products/coleman_f1_ultralight_stove.php

I did an initial test of weight and came up with 2.7 ounces just like advertised. I then hooked it up to a 70/30 canister for testing. Full blast it boiled a pint of water in 1 minute flat with only ~8 grams of fuel in windless conditions. Water was 78F starting and air temp was 77F in my garage. Pot was my Evernew 0.9L pot. Not bad.

http://www.rei.com/product/6188525.htm

Then I made a windscreen similar to the Snow Peak windscreen:
http://www.ems.com/catalog/product_detail_square.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=8455 24442590614&emssrcid=GoogleBase

The weight came in at 1.2 ounces and it works well with my Evernew pot as well as the Anti-Gravity Gear 1 qt pot.

So I put the new windscreen on the pot, this time my total stove weight is 3.9 ounces. Using the same 70/30 canister I kept the throttle down because I didn't want to take a chance on overheating the stove on the first run and risk a fire. At about 1/2 throttle I achived boil in 2:30 while using only ~5 grams of fuel. Water and air conditions are the same as above. So now I just need to do some testing in foul weather to see how it works.

Numbers so far:
Stove 2.7oz
Windscreen 1.2 ounces
Evernew pot 4.0 ounces
Scripto Lighter 0.6 ounces
Pot Cozy 0.9 ounces
Fuel cannister ~ 8.0 ounces
Total: 17.4 ounces

Compare to the Jetboil with fuel:
Stove 6.0 ounces
Lower burner cup protector 0.9 ounces
Cup and cozy 7.4 ounces
Lid 1.1 ounces
Fuel Canister 6.8 ounces
Total: 22.2 ounces.
(data from http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews/Cook%20Gear/Stoves/Jetboil%20Personal%20Cooking%20System/Andy%20Rad/Initial%20Report/)

So a lighter set up and similar fuel usage.

SGT Rock
2006-08-11, 15:49
Here are some pictures...
http://hikinghq.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=290
Windscreen

http://hikinghq.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=291
Windscreen on burner

http://hikinghq.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=292
Pot on stove with windscreen

http://hikinghq.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=293
Stove burning at about 1/2 throttle