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Esbit 1300-Degree Smokeless Solid Fuel Tablets for Backpacking, Camping, Emergency Prep, and Hobby
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- Virtually smokeless and residue-free solid fuel tablets used to cook and heat food and beverages, boil water, or start campfires
- Contains 12 tablets; each 14-gram tablet burns approximately 12 minutes and up to 1300°F; one tablet boils 500 ml of water in about 8 minutes
- Available in 14-gram, 5-gram, and 4-gram sizes (sold separately): 14-gram is best for boiling water and cooking; 4-gram and 5-gram best for hobby use
- Works at high altitudes and sub-zero temperatures; ignites with match or lighter
- Tablets are individually packed in waterproof packaging; can be stored for 10+ years
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Esbit Solid Fuel Tablet Features
Quick to Boil
Esbit 14 gram solid fuel tablets are able to boil 500 milliliters of water in about 8 minutes – the perfect amount for a freeze-dried meal. 14 gram tablets burn for about 12 minutes.
Easy to Light
Simply pop the 14 gram Esbit solid fuel tablet out of the waterproof packaging, place in the tray of your stove, and easily light with a match or lighter.
There is no liquid fuel to leak, which makes it easy to carry in a pocket, backpack, or emergency preparedness kit. Because of their stability, Esbit solid fuel tablets can be considered among the safest of fuel options for transport.
Smokelss and Residue Free
Virtually smokeless and residue-free, Esbit fuel tablets burn without sparks, do not liquefy and leave almost no ash.
Esbit Solid Fuel Tablet Applications
Esbit 14 gram fuel tablets have a 10 plus year shelf life, and each tablet is individually housed in water-proof packaging -- making them perfect for emergency preparedness. They are ideal for boiling water or lighting fires in the event of a disaster or during an emergency situation.
Camping, Hiking, and Backpacking
Esbit 14 gram solid fuel tablets are perfect cooking meals or freeze-dried food, and brewing hot drinks. The strong heat output relative to their size and weight makes them a great emergency heating solution. Ultralight backpackers especially appreciate the low weight and compact profile.
Versatile Esbit solid fuel tablets work at high altitudes and sub-zero temperatures. Unlike liquid or gas fuels, Esbit solid fuel tablets are reliable in extreme weather and do not require heavy containers to transport.
Three Sizes of ESBIT Solid Fuel
14 gram tablets burn approximately 12 minutes and are best for cooking meals, boiling water, or starting fires. 4 gram tablets burn for 5 minutes and 5 gram tablets burn for 7 minutes. Both are ideal for hobby applications such as steam-launch boats and hobby trains. 5 gram tablets are perfect for use with the Esbit coffee maker.
|Package Height||1.5 x 3.6 x 4.1 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.4 pounds|
|Size||12 pieces x 14 grams|
|Style Name||12 Pieces Each 14g|
Esbit Solid Fuel Tablets are the original German-made solid fuel tablets. The imitations will not perform the same. Available in 14-gram, 5-gram, and 4-gram sizes, Esbit fuel tablets are virtually smokeless and odorless. The 14-gram tablets are ideal for backpacking, camping, as well as home and auto emergency kits. Use 14-gram Esbit tablets with Esbit stoves, makeshift camp stoves or as a substitute for alcohol in alcohol burning stoves. Esbit 14-gram solid fuel tablets burn about 12 minutes each and up to 1300°F (760°C) with each tablet able to boil 500 ml of water in about 8 minutes. Esbit 5-gram solid fuel tablets burn approximately 7 minutes and Esbit 4-gram tablets burn approximately 5 minutes; both the 4-gram and 5-gram sizes are ideal for hobby applications such as Wilesco engines, steam-launch boats, and hobby trains. The 14-gram and 5-gram sizes are individually packed in waterproof packaging, giving them a 10+ year shelf-life and making them excellent survival or emergency essentials. Extra fuel tablets can also be stored inside a stove to conserve space. All Esbit Solid Fuel Tablets work at high altitudes and sub-zero temperatures, are smokeless and have almost no combustion residue. Esbit solid fuel tablets light easily with a sustained flame, can be snuffed out, and if kept dry, will relight when needed again. They work equally well for the solo hiker, camper or hobbyist. Made in Germany; 2-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Top customer reviews
* Utterly Dependable - It has been found that these fuel tabs burn just as long and just as hot after decades in storage. I don't know that I can say that about any of my other camping stove fuels: White gas, diesel, isobutane canisters, or alcohol. Any of the others would be prone to spills, evaporation, varnishing, leaky valves after an extended period of time. After years of use, I've never had one fail to light or burn, ever. This kind of dependability makes them ideal for long term storage in emergency kits, that you may not be opening regularly.
* Flexible - My typical use of these fuel tabs is in the Esbit pocket stoveEsbit Pocket Stove, but they also happen to make excellent fire starters, especially in less than ideal conditions. If your tinder happens to be slightly damp, starting a fire can be a challenge. These fuel tabs will burn over ten minutes (14 gram size), giving time and heat enough to dry and ignite surrounding tinder. This allows you to save matches on those cold damp days when you really to get a fire going.
* Performance - As a stove fuel, the Esbit tabs are perfectly reliable and can bring a pint of water to a boil with a single tablet, under good conditions. To increase the heat, or to extend the duration of the burn (a single tablet burns approximately 12 - 14 minutes), you can simply burn more than one at a time, or in succession. For large scale cooking, or when you really need to modulate the heat, a backpacking stove or camping stove is the way to go, however.
* Clean - As a solid fuel, spills are never an issue. When burning, the flame is smokeless, usually less than a burning candle. The fuel tab can be reused also, by blowing out the flame - the remaining tab can be re-lit for the next meal. When completely burned, there minimal residue remaining. To keep your Esbit stove especially clean, just put a small piece of aluminum foil on the burn surface - after the fuel tab burns, just toss the foil with the residue on it.
* Simple - This may well be a drawback to some, but this reviewer appreciates the simplicity of this fuel, along with the Esbit pocket stove. I've got several fancy backpacking stoves that have valves, o-rings, pressurized fuel bottles, multi-fuel capacity, and that can boil water in minutes flat. And sometimes that's good: When the wife is hungry and tired, it's not healthy for me to make her wait. But when I have that rare moment when I can be somewhere remote when it's just me and the silence, I really enjoy the quiet, dancing flame of my Esbit stove. No pumping, priming, adjusting, or extensive set up of a fancy stove, nor the jet engine howl of the gas burner. No. Just unfold the stove, light the match, and listen to the soft hiss as your water comes to a boil. With all the electronic connectivity of modern life, sometimes simple is good. Better than good.
* Wind Sensitive - As these can be easily blown out, care needs to be taken to shield them from the wind if the best performance is to be had from them when cooking or heating water. I make my own windscreens for my Esbit pocket stoves by folding a long sheet of aluminum foil length-wise a few times until it is about 3 to 4 inches wide and about 18" long; I then make slits at the bottom to allow air to the flame and place the windscreen around the outside of the stove, allowing enough space for air to flow. Thus protected, I've never had issues with my Esbit-fuelled stove. Most backpacking stoves are likewise sensitive to the wind and need to be similarly protected by a windscreen.
* Limited Cooking Options - When used in a pocket stove, Esbit fuel is ideally suited to boil a pint of water to reconstitute a dehydrated meal, cook ramen noodles, or to make tea, coffee, or hot cocao. This makes it ideal for minimalist backpacking, day hikes, as an emergency or backup stove, or for keeping in your truck (like I do) for those times when you are out in the boonies on a frigid day and could really use a hot cup of tea or coffee, or a steaming bowl of noodles. It's not that you can't cook a full meal on it, and I have - but it will never be as fast, easy, or convenient as using a more capable and adjustable backpacking stove.
* Smell - When burning, the fuel doesn't give off too much odor unless you're in an enclosed space. (which, of course, you shouldn't be anyway) The residue, however, smells of old fish. I recommend storing your stove (which will have the residue on it after use) in the excellent Opsak bags by Loksak OPSAK Odor Proof Barrier Bags (3 Size Options) These bags will stop odor dead in its tracks. If you're backpacking or hiking in a regulated area, your stove bag also makes an excellent way to pack out human waste for those areas that are regulated, or if you just want to be a good citizen. (Side recommendation here: 12-pack WAG(tm) Bag Kit )
I carry spare fuel tabs, along with the Esbit pocket stove, stormproof matches, four tea bags, plastic baggies, a nano pack towel, an ounce of campsuds, and a titanium spork in a Snow Peak Trek 700 cup/pot. This little piece of kit is a surprisingly versatile cook kit that lives in my truck and goes on every day hike and backpacking trip. It's always at the ready to serve up a cup of tea, rehydrate a Mountain House meal, or cook ramen noodles. Of course, it's also there if I needed to boil water in an emergency in order to purify it, start a campfire, etc.
While there are many options for camp stoves, I always carry these Esbit fuel tabs in a pocket stove wherever I go and also use them for my home-based emergency kit. I've found them to be reliable, durable, and handy. I can unequivocally recommend them for outdoor recreation, simple camp cooking, emergency use, or for back up to other camp stoves. Great product, five stars.
Be aware there are 2 sizes of these tabs. I used the 14g size.
So, I got to compare these directly against these cooking alternatives : Biolite camping stove, kelley kettle, a gel fuel stove & regular old fashioned campfire.
My 5 companions used those other types of stoves but these esbit tabs & stove were the easiest to use, lightest to carry,took up very little space and worked okay when windy and rainy.
Overall, i am convinced these are the way to go, since the stove is so compact, the fuel and stove are light and it works in windy/ rainy conditions.
Each tab of this size (14g) will definitely boil 16 ounces of water and will still have 3-5 minutes of flame left (but will not be as hot for those last 3-5 minutes).
I was able to boil 2 cups of water (takes about 8 minutes), use 1 cup of the boiling water for food, add another cup of cold water and then still make 2 cups of hot coffee (last 5 minutes) from burning one tab, after some practice.
These don't leave any sticky residue on the bottom of the pots nor in the stove, either! (some of the other solid fuel tabs have issues with this)
My pots & pans only needed a quick wipe on the bottom to clean them.
I put small pieces of aluminum foil in the bottom of my stove (as a liner) and i could burn 4-6 tabs before having to replace the foil.
Of the 5 different options we tested:
- These Esbit tabs were the best option, imo.
- The Kelley kettle was my 2nd choice, but they got too dirty on the bottom. The kelley kettle definitely boils water a couple of minutes faster, and is not as prone to spills, but weighs alot more and takes up alot more space. I didn't like those trade-offs, even though the kelley kettle has several great qualities.
-The biolite stove is a total joke! it took almost 10 minutes to boil water, did NOT charge our USB devices (even after 30 minutes of burning) and was high maintenance to keep the fire going. Add it's weight and size and this one really isn't a good choice for serious hiking at all.
- The gel fuel stove performed as you would expect. I just don't like the weight, space required, nor garbage that it generates (you are hiking out with all your empty gel fuel cans, right??).
- the old fashioned campfire worked as expected, too. But since it rained every day of our hike, it was a chore to get that fire started. Of course, the heat & happiness from the campfire can't be compared to these other options... amazing how good a warm fire feels, even when you are soaking wet. Still, for cooking purposes on a hike, the esbits win.
For emergency situations they fit in any kit, backpack, or bucket.
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