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    Esbit pocket stove and Stanley Cook set

    I bought the Esbit from REI for about 10 bucks I think and the Stanley was purchased at Walmart for 15. That's a pretty affordable combo I think. I thought it was really easy to use as well.



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    Cant beat an Esbit...have been using since 87-88, but on my third or fourth one now...eventually it just wears itself out. Next to my old canteen cup stove, this is all you need. LH

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    Quote Originally Posted by Long_Hunter View Post
    Cant beat an Esbit...have been using since 87-88, but on my third or fourth one now...eventually it just wears itself out. Next to my old canteen cup stove, this is all you need. LH
    I'm with you 100%

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    Your timing is great on this. My buddy and I were taking about motorcycle camping and lightweight camp cooksets. He likes his Jetboil, but $100 to get in at ground level for an awesome but proprietary cook system is a bit much for me. I was conviced I could do something simple for much less. I don't know how I got there, but a random youtube video showed people taking the Stanley cup and making a lightweight no frills mess kit with it. You can remove the coffee cups and stow a small propane cannister w/ small burner, plus have room for a spork, some soap, etc. Add a $5 cup ($12 if it is labled GSI) that the Stanley can nest in and you've got a nice little set up for $20 plus cost of fuel and stove. The Esbit alcohol burner is another option- $20 for the burner, and it is lighter and simpler than the propane stove. Add the Esbit fuel tabs and emergency stove and you have your bases covered for a simple, reliable (no moving parts!) cookset.

    I haven't watched all of these videos but it gives you an idea of what is possible with some creativity and frugality.
    https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=...dfndIb_VGZaC8j

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    Quote Originally Posted by Co-gnARR View Post
    Your timing is great on this. My buddy and I were taking about motorcycle camping and lightweight camp cooksets. He likes his Jetboil, but $100 to get in at ground level for an awesome but proprietary cook system is a bit much for me. I was conviced I could do something simple for much less. I don't know how I got there, but a random youtube video showed people taking the Stanley cup and making a lightweight no frills mess kit with it. You can remove the coffee cups and stow a small propane cannister w/ small burner, plus have room for a spork, some soap, etc. Add a $5 cup ($12 if it is labled GSI) that the Stanley can nest in and you've got a nice little set up for $20 plus cost of fuel and stove. The Esbit alcohol burner is another option- $20 for the burner, and it is lighter and simpler than the propane stove. Add the Esbit fuel tabs and emergency stove and you have your bases covered for a simple, reliable (no moving parts!) cookset.

    I haven't watched all of these videos but it gives you an idea of what is possible with some creativity and frugality.
    https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=...dfndIb_VGZaC8j
    I have a jet boil and I don't think it's worth it. Thanks for the post, lots of great information!

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    I have an Esbit, and fuel in my bug out bag. However, I use a Whisperlite for backpacking/camping. I've had it for years, and it is time for a rebuild.

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