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I have been looking for a small and lightweight backpacking stove for a few months. There are so many models to choose from and quite a price range involved as well. I finally made a decision and ordered a few to try out. The first one I tried was the Ultralight Backpacking Camp Rocket Stove. I purchased it off of Amazon.com.
A couple days after placing the order my camp stove arrived. Opening the box I found the stove came with a small storage pouch – pretty cool. Once removed from the pouch – I found the stove folded up in a very small and tight package.
The Ultralight runs on small iso-butane/propane canisters.
I picked up a couple of fuel canisters, screwed the stove on and proceeded to see how fast I could boil 2+ cups of water. To operate the Ultralight there is a small handle on the side of the base which folds out and works the fuel valve. Like most any valve – turning counter clockwise opens the valve and increases the fuel/flame while turning it clockwise lowers the fuel consumption and the flame intensity.
Although some stoves have built in ignitors – this stove requires a flame source to start it. I used a single match from the approximate 3 trillion I have put back and got it going. I found the three legs which support whatever is placed on the stove very sturdy and capable.
The Ultralight’s flame adjustment valve adjusted easily and has quite a wide range. I increased the flame to the point it sounded like a jet engine and placed my stainless steel pot of water on it. I wanted to see how long it would take to boil a bit more than 2 cups of water.
I was amazed in the within just a few moments I saw bubbles forming in the water at the bottom of the pot. By the way – the temperature outside was around 58 degrees. The bubbles got larger and larger as they began to trickle upward to the top of the water.
At 1 minute and 52 seconds I called it. The water was at a rolling boil. I am impressed!!
That was the end of my initial test with this Ultralight Stove. Next up I want to see how long a full fuel canister will last.
Small and lightweight as well as easy to use – a great item to have in a survival kit or to take backpacking.