Super Ultra light Esbit Titanium Stove … Not New, but Worth Repeating

A few years ago, I posted a review of my Esbit Pocket Stove, a small metal box that weighs 3 oz and burns a single Esbit hexamine tablet.

In culling 14 years of backpacking equipment, I came across my Esbit Titanium Folding Stove ($12.28 at Amazon), which weighs a mere 0.40 ounces (on a very accurate electronic scale); less than 1/2 ounce (11.3 grams). The esbit fuel tablet that powers it weighs 0.45. Together, they add up to a mere 0.85 of 1oz (24 grams)! Does it actually work? I thought I would do a 2013 re-test for you super ultra lighters who like their trail food hot.

Test Results
I fired up the tiny Esbit, added one cup of water (enough for a single serving of oatmeal or a cup tea or coffee) and got a rolling boil in about 3 1/2 minutes. A neat feature: you can blow out the flame and save what’s left of the fuel tablet for another meal. This test left more than a half tablet.


For two cups of water (enough for your oatmeal AND tea or coffee), it took about 8 minutes and used about 3/4ths of one fuel tab. Note: these tests were done at sea level.

If you are rehydrating food with water for dinner, you can figure 3 tablets per day (2 for dinner and one for breakfast). That adds up to 9 tablets for a three-night trip. Tablet weight: 4.5 ounces (9 @ 0.45); stove weight: 0.4. Total for three days: 4.9 ounces. Add a couple of more tabs for backup (less than 1 oz). You can buy a box of 12 Esbit 1400 Degree Smokeless Solid Fuel Cubes for just $4.99.

Be light. Be safe. Be one with the pack.

 

One thought on “Super Ultra light Esbit Titanium Stove … Not New, but Worth Repeating

  1. Bought my first fuel tablet stove in 1972 or 73. You might say I was a bit ahead of the ultralight movement. I now own 11 tablet stoves (and a Ti GigaPower, a Trangia Mini Cookset, and 2 single burner propane stoves; I got rid of the Model G, the GK, the Whisperlight, and my 3 dual burner stoves. Jump ahead 40+ years and now we have the Ti tri-wing design Esbit folding stove, which is the only stove I use, and I use it for everything.

    The fact is, the Esbit under review is incredibly similar to that 1970’s tablet stove. The old model was galvanized steel and thus heavier. The “wings” were wider adding strength but also weight. The old model had a round tablet pan that would be at home with today’s Coughlin’s fuel tabs. I don’t recall who made the old tabs but they came in a white tube with red writing. Other then these minor differences, they’re identical.

    Recently I’ve read numerous articles, comments, blurbs, blogs, and inane banter by people claiming not to have been able to boil a cup of water in 15 minutes with a whole tablet. I wish they could have seen me melting snow in a flimsy black aluminum 3 qt. pot (the first piece of cookware MSR ever made. Still have it…). Perhaps they should take up golf. As to performance, I’ll put the good tablet stoves up against any stove on the market as long as no one gets in a hurry. I’m not going to boil the 16 fl. ozs. of water needed for my dinner in 2 minutes. Other than that, I’m bringing it with me regardless of where I’m going (which isn’t Everest in case you were wondering.

    In any case, I wish I still had that old stove. But I have my new Esbit. The more things change…

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