OWNER REVIEW - Jetboil Pot Support and Stabilizer (R. Lyon)
- For the editor's blue pencil. Just ahead of Jetboil's announced
release of a new product that may make this one obsolete. I have
posted an html version with photos in the OR test folder. RGL
Jetboil Pot Support and Stabilizer
February 1, 2006
Personal Details and Backpacking Background
Male, 59 years old
Height: 6' 4" (1.91 m)
Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Email address: rlyon AT gibsondunn DOT com
Home: Dallas, Texas USA
I've been backpacking for 45 years on and off, and regularly in the
Rockies since 1986. I do a weeklong trip every summer, and often
take three-day trips. I'm usually camping in alpine terrain, at
altitudes 5000 to 13000 ft (1500 - 4000 m). I prefer base camp
backpacking, a long hike in with day trips from camp, but I do my
share of forced marches too. Though always looking for ways to
reduce weight, I'm not yet a lightweight hiker and I usually choose
an extra pound or two over foregoing camp conveniences I've come to
Manufacturer: Jetboil, Inc.
Website: www.jetboil.com (All text in quotes in this review are from
Year of manufacture: 2005
Year of Purchase: 2005
MSRP: USD 19.95
Weight, per Jetboil website: 1.99 oz (56.4 g)
Measured weight: 2 oz (57 g)
Measured dimensions: When folded up (see review), the Stabilizer is
a 3.25 in (83 mm) equilateral triangle, each leg when extended is
2.9 in (74 mm). The Pot Support is a 3.6 in (91 mm) diameter
stainless steel ring, each arm (see review) has a top edge of 1 in
(25 mm) that is 1 in (25 mm) above the top of the base.
Jetboil's principal product is the Jetboil Personal Cooking System
(PCS), a self-contained combination stove and boiling cup all of
whose components, including fuel canister, fit inside the cup for
compact storage. I encourage the reader to peruse my Owner Review
of the basic PCS and French press before continuing here, to get an
idea of how the PCS works and the reasons why I am so enthusiastic
about it. Here's a photo of the PCS in its standard configuration
for boiling: [PHOTO 2]
The Pot Support and Stabilizer expand the PCS's range to skillet
cooking. As its name implies, the set has two pieces. The
Stabilizer is a plastic ring with three hinged legs that fold out to
form a tripod; each leg has grooves into which the bottom rim of the
fuel canister is inserted. (In the top photo, two legs are extended
and the third folded up.) The Stabilizer has two sets of grooves.
The Jetboil's proprietary "Jetpower" fuel canister (100 g (3.5 oz)
capacity, 3.5 in (89 mm) base diameter) fits into inner set, and a
larger Primus canister (225 g (7.8 oz) capacity, 4 in (102 mm) base
diameter) that I occasionally use fits into the outer set -- kudos
to Jetboil for not designing this accessory only for use with its
The Pot Support is a stainless steel heat exchanger ring with four
hinged arms. (In the top photo, two arms are folded out as they
would be for use and two folded in as they would be for storage.)
When the arms are folded out the grooves in the center at the bottom
fit on the burner's rim. Each arm has is a one-inch (25 mm)
serrated level top edge; the four level edges serve as the base for
a skillet or other cooking vessel. Here is the PCS with the Pot
Support and Stabilizer and a skillet: [PHOTO 3]
When the Stabilizer's legs are folded up and the Pot Support's arms
are folded in, both pieces fit inside the cooking cup for storage,
allowing me to take them and the French press without requiring
additional pack space. As it took some experimentation to come up
with the best way to do this, and since not all combinations work,
here's my packing sequence: French press at the bottom of the
cooking cup, then fuel canister right side up, then Pot Support with
arms facing down, then burner right side up, and finally the
Stabilizer. The two pieces of the French press rod fit into
ventilation holes on the burner.
I've used the Jetboil with the Pot Support and Stabilizer on
backpacks and day hikes in Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado (elevation
from about 5000 ft (1500 m) to 8000 ft (2400 m)), in July through
Thanksgiving weekend last year. Our groups encountered fair weather
on the all but the Thanksgiving trip, with temperatures at mealtime
ranging from 35 F (2 C) at breakfast to 80 F (27 C) at dinner. On
Thanksgiving weekend we hiked in intermittent snow showers and a
temperature right around freezing.
I am an avid fly fisherman and I bought the Pot Support and
Stabilizer primarily to use the PCS to cook trout caught in the
backcountry. That was their sole function on all the trips except
two in Yellowstone National Park. Trout was caught daily, sautéed
in olive oil or bacon fat, and served as dinner or a first course
for dinner every night, and also occasionally for breakfast. The
Yellowstone hikes were in a catch-and-release section of the Park,
so there the PCS with Stabilizer and Pot Support performed more
traditional backcountry duty: breakfast pancakes and bacon on the
backpack trip and a hot lunch on the Thanksgiving day hike.
In the morning this caffeine addict must first use the PCS to
prepare coffee, before using his stove for a more substantial
breakfast. The Stabilizer may be left on the canister and aids
stability when the PCS is used in its standard boiling
configuration, so it goes on first thing. To convert the PCS from
boiling to frying mode, I simply remove the cooking cup and fold out
the Pot Support arms to fit over the burner rim. Although there is
a small indentation on the inside edge of Pot Stabilizer ring
corresponding to the piezo post, I found that matching this is not
necessary for a stable fit or the functioning of the piezo. To
reattach the cooking cup for post-breakfast coffee or after-dinner
tea in the evening, I must of course use a bandana or other hand
protection to lift the Pot Support off the burner before reattaching
the cooking cup. I clean the Pot Support after each trip by means
of a simple wash with a damp cloth and prompt drying with a dry
cloth or paper towel, to prevent any build-up of soot or spilled
Using this accessory has demonstrated that the cooking cup's heat
exchanger baffles serve as an effective windscreen, as on a couple
of occasions when I was using the Pot Support and Stabilizer a
sudden gust of wind extinguished the flame. This has never happened
to me when using the PCS to boil water. The piezo hasn't failed to
light the flame, even in the snow or high winds.
Use of the Pot Support and Stabilizer has also given me a better
opportunity to test the Jetboil's ability to vary heat output during
cooking. When I boil, it's on full-bore until the water boils, then
turned completely off; the neoprene cozy on the cooking cup keeps
contents hot without a flame during steeping. When cooking fish or
pancakes, however, I heat the pan over a high flame, then turn the
flame down with the fuel valve before adding oil or fat. The PCS,
I've found, simmers as well as any other backpacking stove that I've
used. The valve knob permits easy and precise adjustment and the
fuel does not sputter or cause the flame to go out at a low setting.
The Pot Support provides a base on top of the stove of 4.75 in (121
mm) in diameter, somewhat larger than my usual alternative, a Primus
PowerCook. When the Stabilizer is on level ground the PCS is quite
sturdy more stable in fact than the Primus because of the broader
base and the bulk of the burner unit on which the Pot Support
I haven't conducted stove-to-stove time trials, but I did not detect
any appreciable improvement in cooking time or heat distribution
over the Primus or other backpacking stove when frying with the
PCS. This contrasts sharply from boiling, when the heat exchanger
in the cooking cup gives the Jetboil a marked edge.
Like the PCS itself, the Pot Support and Stabilizer accessory is
simple, easy to use, and effective. While the Jetboil PCS with Pot
Support and Stabilizer as a stove for skillet cooking is just
another stove, and a relatively heavy one at that since its pack
weight includes the cooking cup, with only two ounces (67 g) and no
extra pack space this accessory converts a top-notch compact boiling
system into an all-purpose backpacking stove that is comparable in
performance to any alternative I have used. For a camper who fits
the Jetboil niche, as I do, that's a bargain.
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- Hello Richard,
Excellent review. I may be falling down on the job, but I found only
one edit for my metaphorical pencil, and that a small one. Please
render into HTML and upload to
BGT OR Editor
While the Jetboil PCS with Pot
> Support and Stabilizer as a stove for skillet cooking is just### EDIT: I found the sentence above a little awkward. I suggest
> another stove, and a relatively heavy one at that since its pack
> weight includes the cooking cup, with only two ounces (67 g) and no
> extra pack space this accessory converts a top-notch compact boiling
> system into an all-purpose backpacking stove that is comparable in
> performance to any alternative I have used.
reducing it to two sentences. As it stands, it's a little difficult to
For a camper who fits
> the Jetboil niche, as I do, that's a bargain.
- Ted, Made the change and was about to upload when I noticed the link
is to the Cooking Gear/Stoves folder, not Accessories. Was that
intentional? I'd have selected the latter, and test reports for the
Jetboil French Press and Jetboil Pan Adapter are in the latter.
Please advise. RGL
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "edwardripleyduggan"
> Hello Richard,
> Excellent review. I may be falling down on the job, but I found
> one edit for my metaphorical pencil, and that a small one. Pleaseno
> render into HTML and upload to
> Thank you!
> BGT OR Editor
> While the Jetboil PCS with Pot
> > Support and Stabilizer as a stove for skillet cooking is just
> > another stove, and a relatively heavy one at that since its pack
> > weight includes the cooking cup, with only two ounces (67 g) and
> > extra pack space this accessory converts a top-notch compactboiling
> > system into an all-purpose backpacking stove that is comparablein
> > performance to any alternative I have used.difficult to
> ### EDIT: I found the sentence above a little awkward. I suggest
> reducing it to two sentences. As it stands, it's a little
> For a camper who fits
> > the Jetboil niche, as I do, that's a bargain.
- Mmm. Good point. Thanks!
Let's go for
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "richardglyon" <rlyon@...> wrote:
> Ted, Made the change and was about to upload when I noticed the link
> is to the Cooking Gear/Stoves folder, not Accessories. Was that
> intentional? I'd have selected the latter, and test reports for the
> Jetboil French Press and Jetboil Pan Adapter are in the latter.
> Please advise. RGL
- --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "edwardripleyduggan"
>Ted - Uploaded. My posting in the OR Test folder apparently has
passed the witching hour, as I can't delete it. Can you do so for
me? Thanks. RGL
Mmm. Good point. Thanks!
> Let's go for
> --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "richardglyon" <rlyon@>
> > Ted, Made the change and was about to upload when I noticed the
> > is to the Cooking Gear/Stoves folder, not Accessories. Was thatthe
> > intentional? I'd have selected the latter, and test reports for
> > Jetboil French Press and Jetboil Pan Adapter are in the latter.
> > Please advise. RGL