Great emergency, backup or ultralight stove

Reviewed by JamesD from Nebraska on Tuesday, July 8, 2014
I purchased one of these and the Esbit version and they are almost identical.
One is for my car emergency kit and the other is for my backpack.

The Bleuet fuel seems to smell worse and leaves more soot on your cookware than the Esbit's but that's a minor issue since you can use pretty much any manufacturer's solid stove fuel or fire/BBQ grill starter in it (Bleuet, Esbit, Coglins, Weber, Military Surplus, etc...)

The stove itself will hold 4 fuel cubes inside of it so at least a day's worth of fuel and each tablet will boil more than enough water for a dehydrated meal for 2.

As an emergency or backup stove where you only have to boil water it works pretty well but there are a few drawbacks to these so I only gave it 4.
I'm not sure the rivets that serve as hinges will last very long so I would be cautious of using it for longer trips.
The pot supports aren't exactly the steadiest and may not work well with some pots and it really needs level ground so pots don't tip.
You cannot simmer anything so it's best as a water boiler. Given how some expensive stoves are only good for boiling water I don't see it as much of an issue though.

As long as you buy it for it's intended use and use cookware that fits, it should work well.
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