Survival Cooking: Lightweight Mini-Camp Stove 3.9 oz.

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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

Ultralight Backpacking Canister Rocket Camp Stove 3.9oz

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.

Stove mounted and ready.

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.

“Flame on!!”

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.


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3 thoughts on “Survival Cooking: Lightweight Mini-Camp Stove 3.9 oz.”

  1. The wife and I are pretty avid hikers, slow but enthusiatic hikers. We used a similiar stove last year on the AT with no complaints. This year we are planning on using a “Bush Buddy”. A very small lightweight wood burning stove. Please check it out. No fuel to haul around, no empty cannisters to haul out. And the Bush Buddy is not just another hobo stove. A bit pricey though a valuable tool for the folks on the move…


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