Top positive review
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on July 5, 2012
This stove is quite possibly the best backpacking stove I have ever used. It runs on almost anything; has a really effective and ingenious nozzle cleaner; preheats fast, even at altitude; boils water really quick, is extremely fuel efficient and you can cook food on it because of the burner control. It could be lighter, but I don't think it could be better.
Preheat: It goes from a cold start to a cooking flame in less than 30sec on white gas.
Multi fuel: I have used mine on White gas, unleaded pump gasoline, diesel, and kerosene. All of them work fine for cooking, but I would recommend using white gas as much as you can because the additives in gasoline are an inhalation hazard, and diesel and kerosene leave a lot of dirty carbon on everything. Additionally, diesel and kerosene take longer to get to cooking temp.
Nozzle cleaner: this works great and doesn't require disassembling any part of the stove to clean the nozzle. However nozzle cleaning should be done when the stove is not in use because the cleaning needle will get stuck in the nozzle orifice.
Max heat: This stove seriously puts out some heat. The website says it will boil 1L of water in 3.5min but that is really conservative. I have seen it boil 1L in less than three min.
For cooking: The heat can be turned way down for camp dishes that require less heat, or to make sure that your pasta continues to boil but doesn't splatter the water everywhere.
The only bad part of this stove is actually the fuel bottles. The o-rings bind up and leak and the child proof caps are flimsy and unreliable. But the stove is solid.