Review by: sixleggedinsect, 2006-01-04
This stove is a workhorse. I live on the road, cook two meals a day on it for months at a time. I clean it once in a blue moon, throw it around, fill it with sand and dust, drop it and drop things on it. I use the heck out of it, and yes, i have had problems with it, but they've never shut me down in the field if you keep an o-ring on hand (comes with the stove). all considered, given the abuse ive dished out, i think this thing is rock solid. frying is high maintenance with things you dont want to burn, but its all doable. white gas is dirt cheap and easily to find all over the country in big department and camping stores. i can cook for a month on four dollars of gas with no trouble. when clean it boils water with the best of them, and it works (with windscreen, of course) in frigid temps and wind unlike the pricey/prissy canister and propane stoves. there are better stoves in terms of features, but for backpacking where you're mostly boiling, not frying, this is still a top contender. and for the dirtbag roadtripper, it still works fine. just requires more finesse than a proper simmer stove.