EDIT/APPROVAL: OWNER REVIEW- Esbit Folding Wing Stove
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Owner Review: Esbit Folding Wing Stove
### EDIT: Review date here, please.
Date: January 18, 2006
### EDIT: ... and remove date from here
I have been backpacking and hiking for five years throughout
Michigan and Indiana, covering several hundred miles, always with a
dog by my side. Beau has been happily carrying a pack since 2002.
Before Beau I hiked with Lucy, who is now retired.
Year of Manufacture: 2003
### EDIT: http://www.esbit.net/
Manufacturer's weight: 3 oz (85 g)
Weight as tested: 3 oz (85 g)
Dimensions as used: 3.75" L x 3" W x .75" H (9.5 cm L x 7.6 cm W x 2
MSRP: $10 (US)
Materials: stamped steel
Fuel type: solid fuel
The Esbit Folding Wing Stove is a small stove that is ingenious in
its simplicity. When you first see it all you see is a small
rectangular metal box.
### EDIT: To avoid the repetition of "see" and the use of "you," maybe
something like " At first glance it looks like a small rectangular
A light push on the ends makes the box fold
apart into a stove that from the side looks roughly like a capital
H. The wings on the stove can also be folded in slightly to support
a smaller diameter pot.
The fuel tabs are made of Hexamine and smell slightly, though when
they burn there is no odor. The stove can burn other types of solid
fuel tabs, like military surplus Trioxane. Trioxane isn't usually
recommended except in emergencies because, unlike Hexamine, it gives
off toxic fumes. Other manufacturers, such as Creekside and
Coghlan's, make Hexamine tabs that will burn in Esbit stoves
(Coghlan's fuel tabs are also about half the size of an Esbit tab,
perfect for a cup of coffee or bowl of ramen noodles). Since these
tablets are non combustible, they can be taken on planes and shipped
through the post office or other parcel carriers, unlike canisters
or liquid fuels. This is a big selling point for many long distance
hikes where finding fuel at resupply points may be difficult. When
planning a hike I plan to use about 1.5 fuel tabs per day.
### EDIT: chemical names such as "trioxane" and "hexamine" should not
The fuel tabs are lit and placed on the cross bar of the H and the
pot placed on top of the stove. You cannot adjust the flame on the
### EDIT: The flame on the Esbit stove cannot be adjusted...
(limiting its range to heating up water for simple
meals). There is no windscreen, but I never needed one. If the
stove were to be used in windy conditions, a piece of folded up
### EDIT: folded-up
aluminum foil would protect the stove. There are four metal slots
where you place the fuel tab
### EDIT: There are four metal slots where the fuel tab is placed...
to allow airflow around the fuel.
Without this air, the fuel wouldn't burn very efficiently.
### EDIT: Presumably not, but unless you have tested this, I feel it's
better to omit this statement as it's not substantiated by experience.
burning, the area under the stove can become extremely hot, burning
### COMMENT: maybe "scorching" would be better here.
whatever it is sitting on, such as a picnic table or dry forest
duff. To reduce the risk of fire, place the stove on something
stable that won't easily catch firea dry rock, mineral soil, sand,
I like this stove for its ease of use. I don't have to prime it,
like a white gas or multi fuel stove would need, the stove is the
pot stand, unlike the Trangia's separate pot stand, and I don't have
to worry about bulky empty containers, like the canister stove.
### EDIT: I found this sentence confusing. I'd like to suggest the use
"I don't have to prime it, as a white gas or multi-fuel stove would
require; the stove is its own pot stand, unlike the Trangia's separate
one; and I don't have to worry about bulky empty containers, as with
the canister stove."
only waste produced by the stove is a small amount of plastic
### EDIT: "plastic"-- omit cellophane
packaging the tablets are stored in. The tablets can be
stored inside the folded up
### EDIT: folded-up
stove along with a lighter or matches,
so there isn't need to fish around in a pack to find the fuel or
worry that the fuel is going to leak inside my pack. It's very
handy when I want to get going early, but still want a hot breakfast
or when I want to hike until dusk.
Esbit tabs are $6 for 12
tabs, and Creekside slightly less at $3 for 8 tabs. This is more
expensive than denatured alcohol for my Trangia stove, and about the
same price as the IsoPropane
### EDIT: iso-propane
for my Pocket Rocket. Also, fuel is
not readily available at anything other than a camp supply store,
unlike liquid fuels.
Despite these two problems, I will continue to use this stove while
hiking solo or on any trip where fast, simple meals are more
important than gourmet dining.
Ease of use
Can ship fuel
Residue on pots
Price of fuel
No flame adjustment
The Esbit folding wing stove is an ideal stove for solo packers who
favor quick, simple meals.