I have been camping for quite some time and I am frequently asked for advice on camping equipment. Since I have this information floating in my head, I might as well share it in hopes it will help others.
I don’t officially cook, I rehydrate. That means that the camping stove that I love and have had since 2007 is best suited to boil water fast. That also means that I have not used the newer version of this stove although I have to say, I am tempted to buy it.
First My Stove The ORIGINAL Jetboil Flash Personal Cooking System
- Lightweight (15.5oz by my scale, the newer model might be lighter)
- Boils water like a beast
- 100g fuel canister fits inside the stove for compact storage
- Idiot proof – Has an built in igniter, and temperature indicator
- Not ideal for cooking
- No simmer setting in this model
- Igniter can fail although you can replace it (mine failed)
- Canisters cannot be reused creating garbage
If I were to buy something today I would likely get its revised version which cuts some of the weight and addresses some of the prior issues with the design.
I can’t review this product officially since I’ve never used it. However, based on my reading here are the differences.
- Very light design (13.01oz)
- Shorter and wider base making less prone to tipping
- Can be used to cook a little
- Has a simmer setting
- Better handle than previous version
- Since it’s smaller, it boils less water than mine.
- You are not going to cook anything fancy on this. Think pastas, oats, and mashed potatoes
I will develop this section soon. In last multi month trip, I did consider swapping out my stove for a more robust system to break up the monotony of foods I was cooking.