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51397Re: [backpackgeartesters] POST - IR Jetboil Helios - Richard Lyon

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  • Leesa J
    Dec 3, 2008
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      Richard,

      Looks like you forgot the section about the tester, lol.

      Leesa

      On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 9:54 AM, richardglyon <rlyon@...> wrote:

      > For my mystery monitor's editing pleasure. Looks like another
      > powerhouse stove. HTML version is in the Tests folder at
      > http://tinyurl.com/62ofwo
      > Richard
      >
      > JETBOIL HELIOS COOKING SYSTEM
      > Test Report by Richard Lyon
      > Initial Report: December 2, 2008
      > Field Report: February 2009 (anticipated)
      > INITIAL REPORT
      > December 2, 2008
      > Product Details
      > Manufacturer: Jetboil, Inc.
      > Website: www.jetboil.com The photographs in my Initial Report come
      > from this website.
      > Dimensions, listed and measured: 4.5 x 8.25 in (115 mm x 210 mm)
      > inside diameter (packed). Measured dimensions of individual
      > components stated below.
      > Listed weight: 28 oz/793 g
      > Measured weight: 28.6 oz/811 g without fuel canister; 35.4 oz/975 g
      > with full 100 g (3.5 oz) fuel canister.
      > Includes: Helios is a seven-piece set, as described below. It comes
      > with printed instructions, in English, French, German, and Spanish;
      > the instructions can be accessed at Jetboil's website.
      > MSRP: $159.95 US
      > Accessories and related product: Jetboil offers a compatible 3-liter
      > FluxRing(R) pot (MSRP $59.95) for use with Helios. The Helios Guide
      > System (MSRP $199.95) includes both 2- and 3-liter pots. As do most
      > stove manufacturers, Jetboil recommends using only its own
      > proprietary brand of propane-butane fuel (brand name "Jetpower") with
      > its stoves. While this is ordinarily sold separately from the cooking
      > system, Jetboil kindly provided a 100 g canister with my Helios.
      > Warranty: One year limited warranty to the original purchaser, with
      > proof of purchase required.
      > Product Description and First Impressions
      > It's not just a stove, it's a cooking system. Jetboil markets Helios
      > as "the easiest to use, most efficient, high capacity system
      > available for outdoor cooking." Range and capacity are Jetboil's
      > main selling points. Jetboil's claims on its website that Helios has
      > a "measured Useable Temperature Range" of -10 to 100 F (-23 to 38
      > C). Jetboil also posts a sustainable boil time of three minutes for
      > one liter, a 25% improvement over its next-larger system, which has a
      > 1.5 liter cooking pot.
      > Helios has seven pieces. Six are used for cooking:
      > � A 2-liter metal pot with built-in Flux Ring(R) heat exchanger
      > affixed around the outside of the base. This pot has two orange,
      > slightly curved, fold-out arms, each 5 in/13 cm in length, and a
      > small ring on the side opposite the handles. All Jetboil cooking
      > vessels have a neoprene cozy encircling the sides; Helios's is slate
      > grey in color, with "JETBOIL" and the company's logo and web address
      > printed on two sides. The inside of the pot is marked in half-liter
      > increments. The pot is three inches (7 cm) deep and at 11.25 oz/319
      > g is the heaviest component.
      > � A flexible black plastic lid (2.12 oz/60 g) that snaps over
      > the lip of the pot. This looks a bit like a small Frisbee, and
      > Jetboil notes that the lid "makes a good `flying disc' for added fun
      > around camp."
      > � Helios burner with attached fuel line. The fuel line is 11
      > in/28 cm (listed and measured) long, and at the canister end has a
      > valve with fold-out handle for controlling the volume of gas into the
      > burner, and also a fixed circular knob that slides into a groove on
      > the fuel can stabilizer to allow liquid feed. The piezo igniter has
      > a button starter in plastic housing that slides along the fuel line.
      > This piece weighs 6.25 oz/177 g.
      > � A copper-colored burner stand with three fold-out arms,
      > weighing 3.4 oz/96 g. When folded out the arms support the pot,
      > sitting just inside the heat exchanger ring.
      > � A 0.9 oz/25 g black hard plastic fuel can stabilizer with
      > folding legs. As noted, a groove on the center of this piece allows
      > holding the canister in place with its valve on the bottom to permit
      > a liquid feed into the fuel line. Each leg of the stabilizer has two
      > grooves. A 100 g Jetpower canister's base fits firmly into the inner
      > set of grooves, and a 225 g (7.8 oz) Primus canister similarly fits
      > into the outer set. I believe that Jetpower fuel is also available
      > in this larger size.
      > � A clear flexible plastic windscreen, 2.7 in/7 cm wide and 31
      > in/79 cm long when fully extended. This has a pair mating metal
      > snaps at each end and three female snaps on short arms that extend
      > into the center and affix to male snaps on the burner base. The
      > windscreen weighs 2.6 oz/74 g.
      > The seventh piece is a bright orange plastic cover for the bottom of
      > the unit when it is stored. This has two tabs and doubles as a
      > dinner plate. It weighs 2.1 oz/60 g.
      > Self-contained. By using the snap-on plate and pot lid Helios is
      > entirely self-contained, not requiring a separate piece for storage �
      > another Jetboil trait. With the burner detached from its stand all
      > components and a 100 g Jetpower canister nest neatly inside the pot
      > for storage, with ample room for my closed-up Jetset utensils (see my
      > separate Owner Review). The plastic cover/plate protects the heat
      > exchanger from scratches or dents during storage. The pot lid snaps
      > over the lip of the pot firmly enough so that when I inverted the pot
      > with the rest of the system inside nothing fell out.
      > Easy to Assemble. The box includes easy-to-read directions, and set-
      > up is intuitive. Remove the lid and plate from the pot; attach the
      > burner to its stand by slipping two tabs over the inside of the base,
      > being sure that a small arm on the burner fits into a notch on the
      > stand; fold out the three arms on the burner base; fold out the
      > stabilizer legs; screw a canister into the fuel line and set on the
      > stabilizer (either "upside down," with the flat valve of the canister
      > on the bottom, or with the canisters base inside the grooves on the
      > stabilizer); flex the windscreen around the burner base and snap its
      > ends together and its arms to the burner base; and place the pot atop
      > the arms of the base (after igniting). When attached to the base the
      > windscreen sits about one-half inch (~1 cm) above the ground,
      > allowing the fuel line to fit underneath.
      > Why "Jet" is part of its name. For my Helios's maiden voyage, in my
      > side yard, I used a half-full 100 g can of Jetpower I had on hand. I
      > turned the valve to full "On" position, hit the piezo button, and
      > Pow! a fierce and noisy flame 5 inches (13 cm) in the air. I really
      > was reminded of an airplane ignition. At 50 F/10 C, about 200 ft/60
      > m above sea level, with gusty winds, it took 2 minutes 55 seconds for
      > one liter, uncovered, to reach a rolling boil. Immediately I swapped
      > out the Jetpower can for a larger can of Primus fuel, turned the
      > valve, hit the piezo, and achieved the same results with a fresh
      > liter of cold tap water. Both of these tests were done with a liquid
      > feed. Since the button on the underside of the fuel line valve, not
      > the canister itself, slides into the stabilizer's groove, any size
      > canister with a Lindal valve may be used in this mode. As noted the
      > larger Primus canister fits into the outer grooves on the stabilizer
      > legs for a "standard" application.
      > I had only one minor problem in these trials. It is slightly
      > difficult to turn the fuel line valve off completely; I had to lift
      > the canister and fuel line to get it fully closed.
      > Limitations on use. In addition to standard warnings about carbon
      > dioxide, never using indoors, keeping fuel canisters away from heat,
      > and the like, the instructions provide guidance to avoid several
      > possible misapplications:
      > � Set the pot lid upside down over the pot when cooking, rather
      > than snapping it on, to avoid upsetting the pot when removing the
      > lid. (This is good advice. As noted the lid fits tightly when
      > snapped on and it might be difficult and mildly dangerous to try to
      > force it off a hot pot.)
      > � Always use the burner base's pot supports; never set a pot
      > directly on the burner.
      > � Extend the pot handles when cooking or they will become too
      > hot to handle.
      > � Use only low settings when the pot is near capacity, to avoid
      > the contents' boiling over. (This prompts a test criterion: what is
      > the pot's usable capacity?)
      > � While other makers' "normal, flat-bottomed cookware" may be
      > used on the burner unit, Helios is not compatible with Jetboil's Fry
      > Pan (nuts!), GCS 1.5 liter cooking pot, or PCS cooking cup, each of
      > which has a smaller diameter heat exchanger on its base.
      > � Use the windscreen only with a Helios pot. This warning is
      > also printed on the windscreen. (I'm not quite sure why this is so
      > but I shall do as I have been told.)
      > Fit in my pack. Helios isn't a small system but I had no trouble
      > fitting it into the three packs I use most often in winter: my
      > Mystery Ranch BDSB expedition pack, my R2 custom pack, and my Mystery
      > Ranch Mountain Monkey day pack. (Each of these is separately
      > reviewed if the reader cares to check their dimensions.)
      > I'm a Jetboil junkie, an addiction that's changed my backcountry
      > cooking for the better. Since buying my Jetboil PCS in 2004 I have
      > progressed from strictly just-add-boiling-water meals to occasional
      > multi-course meals cooked from scratch. I'm looking forward to
      > testing Helios, the company's newest product, this winter.
      > My Initial Report ends here. Check back in early February for my
      > Field Report, in which I'll describe my results from the backcountry
      > and give my opinions after two months' use. My thanks to
      > BackpackGearTest.org and Jetboil for the opportunity to test this
      > impressive cooking system.
      >
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