Jeremiah Rozario

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Jeremiah Rozario

Jeremiah Rozario wrote a review of on September 30, 2011

5 5

Opinion: The JetBoil only has two settings. On and off.
Fact: The JetBoil has an adjustable burner but the control is very sensitive. The knob turns a full turn and a half but the range of adjustment is all within the first 45 degrees (1/8th of a turn) from the off position. The flame will go down to about 1/5th power (estimated) before it goes out.

Opinion: The JetBoil is only for boiling water.
Fact: They do boil water fast. However, an optional pot support makes it universal for packable sized pots or pans. You can use JetBoil for making any meal within reason. It's just that freeze dried meals are the lightest using the least fuel. Hot spots can occur with any backpacking stove due to the cookware. We need light stuff. Heavy cookware can eliminate hot spots but we don't pack it due to weight.

Opinion: The JetBoil is too heavy for ultralight backpackers.
Fact: The JetBoil Sol Ti is 8.5 oz. MSR's Titan Kettle (4.5 oz) combined with a Vargo Triad alcohol stove (.75 oz) weigh 5.5 ounces together with a wind screen. At 5,200 ft elevation, the JetBoil (I used the Zip) boiled 2 cups of water in 2 minutes, 24 seconds consuming 4 grams of fuel. The MSR/Triad combo boiled two cups of water in 8 minutes, 10 seconds (in kitchen) consuming 12 grams of fuel. So the JetBoil will boil approximately 50 cups of water using one 100 gram canister (6.75oz for can + fuel) in 1 hour. The alcohol set-up will boil the same amount of water consuming 10.6 oz of alcohol taking 3hrs, 24min and 10sec. The Zip + fuel weighs 1 lb, 2.3 oz (15.3 oz if the Sol Ti is used). The MSR/Vargo combo weighs 1 lb, 1 oz with fuel. I ran the same test with the Titan Kettle and the Pocket Rocket (same fuel). Boil time was 2 minutes and 20 seconds (in kitchen) but it used 10 grams of fuel. That's 2.5 times more fuel than the Zip. The same test in 20 mph winds at 15 degrees Fahrenheit; the MSR never boiled water, the JetBoil was unchanged. JetBoil wins the weight game through efficiency almost every time.

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Jeremiah Rozario

Jeremiah Rozario wrote a review of on January 20, 2009

4 5

This is the gateway from the Jet Boil PCS to the rest of the world. You simply fold out the pot support and it's tabs center the pot support on the wind screen. The stabilizer snaps onto two different sizes of fuel can and makes the stove harder to tip. With this you can use almost any pot you want as long as it isn't too heavy. If you pack it up like you are supposed to, the parts fit inside the PCS and are protected so they will not break. The way the pot support fits over the fuel can when folded up, keeps it from being bent. As for the stabilizer, it's hard to break as it is.

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Jeremiah Rozario

Jeremiah Rozario wrote a review of on January 20, 2009

5 5

I have an EtaPower 2.1L cook system, Jet Boil PCS with 1.5L cook Pot with the Stabilizer and pot support and an MSR Pocket Rocket. The EtaPower and the Jet Boil have their own pots of course, and the pocket rocket is used with my MSR Titan Kettle which is the lightest(8.5oz:stove, case & pot). In the wind the MSR is weak even on full, otherwise it is about the lightest minimalist canister setup rivaled by only 10ths of an oz if any. The Jet Boil is the Second Lightest(15.4oz) if carried without the 1.5L pot. In the wind the unit is performs perfectly even at a simmer. The EtaPower is a workhorse. It laughs at wind and boils water faster than reported times but is the heaviest(2lbs. 7.6oz) The Jet Boil is the best packed unit with any 110g fuel canister inside, all as a single unit. The EtaPower packs as a unit but it is tricky to get a fuel canister inside and not damage the Teflon. The MSR Kettle holds one 250g canister but the stove is in it's own plastic case. Jet Boil uses the smallest, 110g, fuel canister not including the MSR brand canister due to it's flatter/wider shape. Snow Peak canisters are identical in shape and content to the Jet Boil brand fuel canisters but they are the cheapest canister I've seen. The Small fuel capacity seems limiting but the Jet Boil PCS just sips fuel and it's little canisters last as long as the larger 250g does with the Pocket Rocket. The EtaPower on the other hand can be turned down somewhat and it uses very little fuel when used with the heat exchange pot but not as efficient when used with the pan because the pan has not heat exchangers and will not work with the wind screen. Still the PCS is the most fuel efficient unit. All three systems have a good range of energy output. The best simmering unit is the EtaPower if you are sensitive with the controls because the pot disperses the heat over a wide area. The PCS is the second at simmering (yes I have cooked and not just boiled with it) with it's heat exchanger and radiant output, the bottom of the pot stays hot evenly. You need a long utensil like the ones made by Jet Boil to reach the bottom of the pot in order to keep food from sticking and burning. The MSR Pocket Rocket is the worst at simmering if you consider the hot spot in the center of the pot. Some packing deserts must be made in the pot and the MSR was the only one that would burn the bottom without cooking the food. On one occasion I took the 1.5L pot out with the MSR Pocket Rocket and the rice I made was not burnt. In fact the wind resistance of the stove was improved with the Jet Boil GCS pot. That is another point for Jet Boil if you ask me. Above and beyond all other systems I have seen, the Jet Boil is the only unit that can be used while on the move (yes, I use mine to boil water while walking). The other systems do not have an coffee press that work with the included pot. If I wanted to I could buy a coffee press/pot combo and use it on any stove except for the Reactor by MSR and I don't own one of those.
To conclude; the every stove has it's place. Some are lighter and cheaper. Some are said to only boil water(I think the blame is on the chef). Some are heavy large or expensive. But few can fill as many different niches as the Jet Boil PCS. The only thing Jet Boil leaves me to dream of are a little crazy like a pressure cooker pot that fits the PCS or a bread oven insert.

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