Dan and I did some testing this weekend.... here's the video.
I would like to bring up a point that I consider most in stove boiling times.
Sure a few minutes does not seem like much when you are sitting at your desk, checking out product information, or comfortably waching a video of stoves boiling side by side in the luxery of central heating.
But man when its 4:20am and you are camped at 12000', beat tired from several days of malnourishment, a body that aches all over despite the 4 ibuprofin you ate before bed. Waiting an extra 2 minutes for coffee is absolute torture. Those two minutes can be the longest 2 minutes of your life somtimes in the backcountry.
Do Not Take Boil Times Lightly!
On another note, boiling time means nothing if your stove breaks down. As stated in the video, Dan's PR is 5 years old and still going strong, which many of us have also experienced. Will the JB still be going strong after 5 yeara well only time will tell. I like to be able to trust my equipment and as Aron stated he was not fond of prior JB products. For the price the JB should last 10+ years. I just trust my old slow PR even if I have to put a make shift wind screen in the case with the stove
I know this is stupid but do you have to use the JB cup for the stove to even work? Yeah I know who would not use it but just wondering if you could use a frying pan or if you can only cook in the canister?
That's a good point. I expect the new JetBoils are as good or better than the old ones when it comes to longevity. I have an old one that I have had since I was 19 or 20. So that's 7-8 years. It's still going strong and I have never even replaced the push button starter. It's slow and less fuel efficient when compared to my Primus ETA Solo (or the new Jetboil SOL), but very trusty. Just my .02
Yes, the JB stove can be used without their cup and fluxring. The fluxring is their main selling point as it increases the efficiency of the whole unit, making better use of the BTUs put out by the stove.
JetBoil has a support (the Pan Locking Pot Support shown below) that attaches to the stove and serves as a base for a non-JB frying pan or pot and that you can use with their stove. JB also has their own fluxring frying pan and I have warmed up stew in it that I didn't want to heat up in the cup and made fried eggs and bacon in it while my morning tea steeped in the cup.
Here is what my setup includes:
Original JetBoil with full height cup (I have the utensil kit shown on the side of the cup, but I normally just use an old long handled spoon from an MRE instead)
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Pan Locking Pot Support (the silver thingy) and Stabilizer (the black three-pronged thing, which attaches to the fuel cannister as shown in the previous picture)
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JetBoil Frying Pan that will sit on top of the stove (if you have an original JB you will need to use locking pot support as the original stove has a ceramic piece that sticks up just a little bit too high to use the JB pan, or any pan for that matter, by itself)
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