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Esbit CS585HA 3-Piece Lightweight Camping Cook Set for Use with Solid Fuel Tablets
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- Kit includes 585-milliliter pot, lid, and wind deflector/pot stand, and stores in included mesh bag.
- Stove and cookset is constructed from lightweight, hard anodized aluminum that weighs only seven ounces.
- Stove uses Esbit's unique, proprietary, solid state fuel cubes (sold separately).
- Pot includes volume indicators in both liters and ounces, and has two hinged stainless steel grips that fold flat against body of the pot.
- Stores in included mesh bag; ideal for backpackers and campers who like to travel extremely light.
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Esbit CS585HA 3-Piece Lightweight Camping Cook Set for Use with Solid Fuel Tablets
When weight is important, this cookset is the right choice. Weighing around 200g only, made of hard, anodized aluminum, this cookset can easily be fired using Esbit solid fuel tablets.
The pot holds about 585 ml. Supplied with both lid and stand, which can be stored in the pot to save space. The pot has a capacity indicator in litre and oz, the stainless steel handles can be folded to save space. Comes with a convenient meshbag.
Style: 3-piece Cook Set Only
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I got this little baby just for fun and to see what I could do with it and thus far I'm more than impressed. Super compact, well made, super light, and super easy to use. I got this model because of the built-in windscreen design (needed to maximize solid fuel efficiency) and the perfect 20oz size cup, which is just right for solo camping/hiking activities. Use it with a larger pot if needed like the GSI Soloist. As it is the kit allows me to store 12 14gram tabs (that's 120+ minutes of fuel) and a lighter all wrapped in a cute little mesh bag.
Bottom line, while I still use liquid fuel systems, this kit can be used as your exclusive stove for many types of (multi-day) outings. That said, this kit and certainly the Esbit brand is probably one of the best solid fuel combos around for the $$. So if you're thinking about one just get it, we've all wasted more $$ on lesser things!
~ Last thought. Cold water takes more heat energy to warm, so if you're camping with this thing, take a 16oz container of water to bed with you and you'll be heat water from 70* instead of 40* in the AM and thus much more efficient- for any trail cook system.
(My preferred stove is the very inexpensive POCKET ESBIT stove, which is much smaller, light weight, and the pot sits literally mm above the flame source - thus the contents come to a rolling boil. I've used the POCKET ESBIT on some long distance trips and in some very cold situations (18 - 25 degrees even, but mostly in the 30-40 degrees weather. Yes, I have to carry a small light weight foil windshield for those temps, but it still beats the efficiency of this bulky Esbit stove.) **Funny thing, a simple redesign would fix this problem - reduce the size of the bottom that lifts the pot above the flame, move the air slits at the same level as the fuel-hole, and then the pot will sit closer to the fuel source and get hotter. That would be the same basic design of the pocket stove with the same benefits this pots round design.
So, would I recommend? Hmmmm, it depends. If you are a fair weather camper ~or ~ if you don't care if your food comes to a hot boil or don't mind using more than one fuel cube to a pot to get the boil on cold camping trips - then sure!! Otherwise, no.
So, why 3 stars - because it's an Esbit. It does it's basic job.
The tablet burns with an all-or-nothing attitude and isn't really suitable for foods that require a simmer. Also bear in mind the condition under which it is used will effect the efficiency of the stove. High winds or subzero temperature can reduce the heat output. Tablets can be blown out and reused to conserve your fuel supply.
OK lets have a look at the set itself. Three parts go to make up the set 1, the 16oz pot with built in folding staycool handles. 2, the stove itself. And 3 a lid to cover the pot. The stove unit fits inside the pot and the lid rests on top. A mesh draw string bag is provided for storage. The whole thing is, in my opinion, up to the usual high quality standards I'm used to from Esbit. After long hard research on the net for compact stove for my BoB and/or SiP kit I settled on this one. The tablets have a very long shelf life if kept away from moisture (I've used 10 year old tablets without a problem) I decided against alcohol stoves because of the hassle of fuel storage but that was a personal choice. All in all I'm very happy with the stove and highly recommend it.
A few hints and tips.
1, Line the stove bottom with foil to reflect heat up and make clean up easier.
2, The bottom of the pot can be foil covered (dull side to the flame, shiny side to the pot) prevents the pot bottom from getting covered in fuel residue.
3, Save the plastic bags to wrap the stove section in before placing inside the pot for storage this is for sanitary reasons. REMOVE PLASTIC BAGS PRIOR TO USING STOVE SECTION.
4, You can get 9 14g fuel tablets plus 3 books of matches and a cut down plastic spoon inside the pot/stove and still close the lid for an all in one grab-and-go cook stove.
5, If what you're cooking requires stirring use a plastic spoon to avoid scratching the inside of the pot.
If you're looking for a camping cookset or something for your emergency kit this is a great choice.
"I can sleep when the wind blows"
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I have used this a few times now and I'm wishing I had got the 2 man version now as you can use an alcohol burner with that one. The base on this is too low to get clearance for the alcohol burner, and the rubber feet would melt if you tried to burn wood in it.
This holds enough water for 2 mugs of coffee, and while one esbit block is enough to get the water hot enough for a hot drink, it will NOT boil it. 1 cup of water WILL boil, which is great for coffee when you're on you're own, but if you want the water to hydrate a meal, no good.
My little boy is getting into camping and hiking with me now, so I will probably sell this on and get something else pretty quickly (possibly the 2 man version. I will check the reviews very carefully).
But to get this to work properly for me would require too many modifications.
Shame, 'cos I really liked the look of this, it's very small and light, was just what I was looking for, but unfortunately it just couldn't quite cut the mustard when it came down to it.
I have tried a couple of other options since buying this, and I have arrived at the conclusion that what I needed all along was a multi-fuel solution.
To this end I have just bought a Bushbox.
This is an aluminium fold away stove similar to the Firebox, but smaller.
It has the options for hexamine blocks, alcohol burner or wood. It disassembles and packs flat into a little stuff sack.
It was a close choice between this and The Pocket Stove, which packs into a tin the size of an Altoids tin.
In the end I went with The Bushbox because it looks sturdier and more stable, comes WITH a trivet and has an ash tray to stop you burning the ground underneath.
My boy still uses the Esbit and it suits his needs at the moment, but it takes up a lot more space than the Bushbox, and he HAS to carry fuel whereas I don't.
I hope this helps you out when considering a solo stove. If I had known then what I know now, I would have gone straight for something like this.
There are a few options available to you on the market. As mentioned earlier, there is The Pocket Stove (Made In Britain) which was a very attractive option. Emberlit have their own version, Vargo do the Hex Stove and so on.
You should check these out before you make your decision.
Just tested it with 300 ml of cold water and it came to the boil in under four minutes. I used a whole lighter purchased at an army surplus store, cheeper than the ones on here, and i could have/should have snapped it in half and it would have done the same job.
Flames came up around the stove as i left the block sitting on top of the little recieving box in the lighting chamber. And I said I should have used a half a block.
No reason to presume it won't cook food as well. Will update the review after I return from my campi9ng trip in Iceland that this was purchased for.
The blocks will be put in a sealable food bag and then inside the stove to reduce the pack size for my hike after reading other reviews about tainting the flavour of the food.
a Definate 5 stars.
I dropped of one star as 1 of the feet was missing and 2 of the feet were lose, the missing foot I found in the mesh bag and re-attached and tightened up the other 2, now it is entirely possible that you will not have this issue certainly no one else has mentioned it. This relates to build quality although the cup handles are certainly securely fixed.
The other reason I am dropping a star is the poor design of the stove to act as a wind shield the first tablet I used failed to boil 500ml of water using a single tablet, the second tablet was half gone before the water boiled. Yes I know many people are testing with 200ml of water but "In reality" 200ml is not enough to be useful (for me anyways) I figured out via YouTube that the issue was the wind, I made a windshield out of tin foil folded over 4 times to give it rigidity (Height 5") and one end folded to a small taper and inserted into the other to make a tin foil hoop 5" high surrounding the cup I held it in place with a paper clip for the test and redid the boil.
On the second test the pot (400ml this time) came to the boil in 12 Min and there was still 2 min of life in the Esbit tablet. the wind break got singed on the inside and stayed col on the outside thus doing its job.
Overall the pluses outweigh the minuses and I will indeed use it as the windbreak fits inside the cup (for now, the MkII will cling to the outside and be a permanent solution offering variable ventilation), if you buy small dish (or use an empty T-Light container, or make one from tin foil) you could also use fuel gel. Fire Dragon do one (On Amazon) as do Blacks camping stores. Be aware that although Fire Dragon fuel tablets will technically work perfectly well they do liquefy when hot so will need to be used with a dish/tinfoil solution.
Would I buy it again knowing what I know now? Yes I would as for me the pluses really do outweigh the minuses, and but for the badly assembled feet it would have scored 4 stars.
I found an old circular tin (3.25 cm dia) and this made a world of difference not only is it a second windshield bit it makes it a true multi fuel stove, I have used the Gel and the Fire Dragon Tablets. these work really well. I am not going to bother making the small meth's burner as it is clearly not needed. Still a 3 Star but by overcoming the shortfalls listed above this is becoming a very useful little cook kit, for days out.
I put the burner in a plastic bag to prevent it dirtying the pot. Then a bag containing fuel, matchs and brews in the burner. Then the x-cup and finally the lid.
When I want a brew I heat 200 ml so that it heats quickly, then make a brew in the x-cup and drink that while another 200 ml is heating for a second brew.
The system also works reasonably well with alcohol gel type fuels and will good charcloth.
Overall I think for the size and weight & price this is probably one of the best cooksets out there at the moment.