FR - Jetboil Sol - Chad P
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FIELD LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
Over the course of the last couple of months, I have carried the Jetboil
Sol Ti Premium Cooking System on four day hikes and a single overnight
hike. During these hikes I have used the Jetboil Sol 10 times in which I
boiled water for meals, as well as boiled Ramen Noodles right in the
pot. Of course though, I have also used the Jetboil numerous times at
home, just because I enjoy watching it bring water to a boil...
I have been to Big Hill Pond State Park on three separate day hikes in
which I carried the Jetboil Sol with me for either breakfast or lunch
(or both). The temperatures have ranged between 60 to 90 F (33 to 50 C),
and while I experienced no rain on any of these trips, the afternoons
were quite humid and with little wind blowing. The general elevation at
the park is 500 ft (152 m) with little change either way.
I also carried the Jetboil Sol with me on a day hike to Sipsey
Wilderness in Alabama. Both of my children accompanied me on this trip,
and I used the Jetboil to cook Ramen Noodles for all three of us at Fall
Creek Falls. The temperature was a super-hot 95 F (53 c) and the air was
very humid and with hardly a breeze to cool us down. The general
elevation was 700 ft (213 m).
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I also carried the Jetboil Sol with me on an overnight trip along the
Appalachian Trail in Georgia. I used the Jetboil to prepare both my
dinner on the first night as well as breakfast the next morning. The
elevation at which I prepared both of my meals is 2,949 ft (899 m). The
temperature was approximately 85 F (29 C) when I prepared my dinner, and
approximately 65 F (18 C) during breakfast.
HOW IT BOILS DOWN, THUS FAR
During these last couple of months, I have found that the Jetboil Sol
has a few strong "ups," but also quite a few more notable "downs."
On some good notes...
I am very pleased with the time (or lack of time) that this stove will
boil any amount of water. I traditionally only boil 2 cups (16 fl oz) of
water at a time in the Jetboil Sol, but even with water nearly to the
top of the cup, this thing is fast! However, with only 2 cups (16 fl oz)
of water, the stove has brought the water to a boil between 1 minute 39
seconds to 2 minutes and 16 seconds each time.
I am also quite pleased with the way everything fits inside the cup,
including fuel. This means I don't have to fumble around looking for all
the parts of my cooking system. With this system, I pull out everything
I need when I pull out the Jetboil Sol. As well, putting the entire
system away is just as easy, and since everything has its spot I can
immediately tell if I am leaving something out.
I have really become fond of the measurement markings found inside the
cup. They have made it quite easy to simply pour the correct amount of
water in the cup and boil, rather than having to try to measure out
boiling water afterwards...
The fuel stabilizer is a great accessory to this stove. Granted it is
usually pretty easy for me to find a flat enough spot to stand up this
stove to use, it is always nice to have the added assurance that the
On some not so good notes...
After the first time boiling Ramen I have not been able to completely
get the lid clean. I have washed it with hot water and soap, but it
still looks like there is a slight film covering it. I am not sure if it
is the plastic, or what, but I can't get the film to come off.
I have also found that when taking the cup in or out of the stoves
cradle, the cup and the stove stick together. In order to do this
safely, I have to use one hand to hold the canister and with the other
hand I twist the cup. While this was a bit awkward at first, I have
grown more accustomed to doing it this way, but I wish it fit more
smoothly from the beginning.
The piezoelectric igniter only works some of the time. I usually have to
push the button as many as 15 or 20 times before the stove lights, and
sometimes more than that.
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There is only one setting on the stove, and that is high. One the trip
that I took my children with me I boiled three packages of Ramen Noodles
in the cup back to back. Each time the boil caught me off guard and
boiled over the top. The last time I even left the lid off so that I
could watch it better, but still did not catch it on time. As well, each
time as I tried to adjust the flame down to a simmer the flame
completely went out. To make matters worse, I had a harder time
relighting the stove because when the water boiled over, some of the
water made it's way down the side of the cup, then around the stoves
cradle and then down around the actual stove. I think some of the water
managed to get on the piezoelectric igniter as well because I had to
remove the cup and use a lighter to relight the stove. Yet still,
managing a low enough flame to maintain a slow boil, or simmer, proved
to be quite a difficult task...
I have also found that the hypalon handle gets quite hot after the stove
has been fired up. Not only this, but I have also been unhappy with the
performance of the handle. If I try to use the handle when the cup is
full, it wants to slide off the top of the cup. I have found it much
easier to simply hold the cup between my fingers and my thumb rather
than fooling with the handle at all.
As a side note, I did use the bottom bowl to eat my Ramen Noodles out
of. What I found is that one 3 oz (85 g) package of cooked Ramen Noodles
(minus the juice) will just fit inside the bottom bowl (as can be seen
in the picture above). Due to the small size of the bowl, I did have to
take extra care when pouring the noodles to keep from accidentally
spilling them outside the bowl. (Of course then I had to wash the bowl
A few other notes worth mentioning...
As noted in my initial report, immediately after my initial boil using
the Jetboil Sol I noticed that there were spots inside the cup as well
as some discoloration on the bottom of the cup. (These spots and
discoloration can be seen in the photos at the top of this review.) Upon
seeing these spots and discoloration appear I decided to ask Jetboil
about this, so I contacted Jetboil using the "Contact Us" email link
found on there site. I simply sent an email explaining to them when the
marks showed up and included the pictures found in this review.
Within a few days I received an email back from Heather stating that the
marks inside the bottom were nothing to be worried about as long as the
flux ring was still in tact and there were no holes in the bottom. She
was not sure about the discoloration and inquired more as to my use with
the system. I returned an email and explained to her that I have
followed all directions as described, and was sure to let her know that
I have never set the cup on the stove while lit with nothing inside the
Again, a few days later she responded that she was unsure why the
discoloration appeared, but felt confident that it was ok. She did tell
me though that if anything out of the ordinary were to form, I was
simply to get the unit back to them and they would be happy to take care
So, in my book, Jetboil has extended great customer service!
One other thing worth noting...
Since our temperatures have been no lower than 60 F (33 C) since I
received the stove (and will not likely be any where near freezing
before this test series ends), I decided to mimic my own below-freezing
temperatures so that I could see how well this Jetboil would perform in
cold weather. Jetboil boasts that thanks to the thermo-regulator found
in this system, this stove can properly function down to temperatures as
low as 20 F (-6 C). So, I wanted to check it out the best way I knew
To do this I bought two brand new 3.5 oz (100 g) Jetboil Jetpower fuel
canisters and stowed one in our refrigerator freezer over night and left
the other one out at room temperature.
The next morning, I started with the canister that I left out at room
temperature and used it to bring 2 cups (16 fl oz) of water to a boil.
Using this canister, I was able to light the stove using the
piezoelectric igniter, however, it did require about 15 strikes before
the stove lit up. Once the stove was lit, I placed the cup with 2 cups
(16 fl oz) of water on the stove and turned the flame adjuster knob all
the way up so that the stove was on full-force! Then, at 1 minute and 48
seconds later the water was at a full rolling boil. I immediately turned
the stove completely off, and reweighed the canister and found that the
stove used 0.2 oz (5 g) of fuel to accomplish this boil.
Next, I grabbed the canister out of the freezer and tried to work fast
so that the fuel canister would not warm up. I already had everything
ready, so I quickly screwed the canister onto the stove and began
pounding on the piezoelectric igniter. However, this time, I could not
get the stove to light. Finally I gave up on the piezoelectric igniter
and grabbed a match. Using a match, the stove sputtered into life. Then
I immediately placed the cup with 2 cups (16 fl oz) of water on the
stove and turned the flame adjuster knob all the way up again. Using
this canister, the water came to a full rolling boil at 2 minutes and 16
seconds, at which time I immediately turned the stove off and reweighed
the canister. During this boil the stove consumed 0.3 oz (7 g) of fuel.
THINGS I LIKE:
1. Very quick boil times.
2. Everything nests inside the cup nicely.
3. The measurement markings inside the cup are very handy.
4. The fuel stabilizer is a nice addition.
5. The stove still worked with a canister stored in below freezing
6. Jetboil has offered very promising customer service so far.
THINGS I DON'T LIKE:
1. The lid has what appears to be a permanent film on it.
2. The cup sticks in the cradle.
3. The piezoelectric igniter is unreliable.
4. The stove's flame is very hard to adjust.
5. The hypalon handle gets hot when using the stove.
6. The hypalon handle is very unstable if used when the cup is filled
7. This system is considerably heavier than other systems I like to
So, as can be seen, I still have some things to work out with the
Jetboil Sol cooking system. So be sure to check back around mid-October
to see how things work out for me and this system...
At this time I would again like to thank Jetboil and
Backpackgeartest.org for giving me the opportunity to test out this
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First, I apologize for the delay in getting comments to you. I have been swamped at work.
Nice report. Just a few things for you to address and you are good to post in the appropriate folder. Please remember to delete your file from the TESTS folder.
Edit: <One the trip that I took> - "One" should be "On" -- please correct
Edit: <Ramen Noodles> - no need for these to be capitalized -- please correct
Edit: <the stoves cradle> - "stoves" should be "stove's" -- please correct
See you again in two months, Ryan
No worries! And thanks for your time and your edits.
I have made the corrections, deleted the HTML file from the Test Folder and then uploaded the new file in the proper place. As well, I added a picture in that I forgot to add.
--- In email@example.com, "RyanC" <bigdawgryan@...> wrote:
> First, I apologize for the delay in getting comments to you. I have been swamped at work.
> Nice report. Just a few things for you to address and you are good to post in the appropriate folder. Please remember to delete your file from the TESTS folder.
> Edit: <One the trip that I took> - "One" should be "On" -- please correct
> Edit: <Ramen Noodles> - no need for these to be capitalized -- please correct
> Edit: <the stoves cradle> - "stoves" should be "stove's" -- please correct
> See you again in two months, Ryan