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Jetboil Personal Cooking System

Brand: Jetboil
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Weight: 425g
Boiling Time: 1/2 litre in 2mins
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Dimensions: 104 mm x 180 mm
Fuel: Butane/Propane
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Ignition: Manual / Piezoelectric
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Fortify yourself in a flash with our ultracompact 1 liter unit. Ideal for dehydrated meals, coffee or tea on the go, remote worksites, and emergency kits. Travel light and prep easy. The Personal Cooking System (PCS) is a complete food and beverage multi-tool you can hold in your hand and weighs about a pound. Lights with the click of a button, and within two minutes you’ve got two cups of boiling water ready for coffee or a quick meal. Pack components, fuel and accessories into the Nalgene-sized cup for convenient transport.

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  • Efficient (2 votes)
  • Boils water quick (1 vote)
  • Durability (1 vote)
  • Fast heating (1 vote)
  • Light (1 vote)
  • Lightweight (1 vote)
  • Jetboil hanging kit is total junk - make your own (1 vote)
  • Only good for producing hot water (1 vote)
  • Piezo ignitor probably won't work for very long and is unreliable when it does (1 vote)
  • Pot can catch on burner unit - this is DANGEROUS at worst (1 vote)
  • quite expensive (1 vote)

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Touted as the ultimate portable cooking system, the Jetboil has been around for years and still holds a firm grip on its market segment despite there being many competing designs. Is it really that good?

So, the good. The stove is very neat and compact. A small canister and the burner unit will fit inside the 'cup' section to give a self-contained unit for transport. The cover that protects the bottom of the cup can be used to measure things. The lid has a drinking hole which works reasonably well, although if you're going to pour liquid I highly recommend removing the lid first! The cooking pot is insulated with a neoprene cosy, complete with a beefy stitched-on nylon handle (beware that the newer Hypalon handles appear to be weaker - not due to the material, which is bombproof, but likely due to over-stitching!).

The burner unit attaches to the cup with a solid set of lugs. It sort of clips together and then twists to lock. The canister screws onto the bottom of this. When the whole unit is attached together you can pick it up as one - I've walked around, holding it by the handle, while brewing coffee before! This also means it can be hung - more on this in a bit.

The twist knob to begin gas flow is reasonably sized although not the easiest to use with gloves. You then press the built-in piezo ignitor button and the stove is lit. Or so the idea goes. In practice I found the ignitor unreliable and the ceramic covering cracked on mine, resulting in it becoming completely useless. I can't be bothered replacing it because I figure it'll just break again. So there's a warning: always take a lighter with you!

The stove boils water very quickly. It is also INCREDIBLY efficient - hanging the larger 2 man version (same burner but a 2 litre pot) in a basecamp tent we got a 250g canister to last for about 4 days of boiling water and melting snow for 3 meals a day enough for 2 people at constant sub-zero temperatures. All we had was a simple foam cover to keep the canister warm, and it was pre-warmed in sleeping bags or down jackets when possible. Pretty impressive!

So, the problems? Firstly, it's very fierce. That makes it awesome for melting snow and boiling water (hence the name), but terrible for cooking actual food. If you want to cook haute cuisine, use something else. The ignitor is useless, as I mentioned previously. I also found the pot often sticks in the slots on the burner, resulting in difficulty removing it and, on occasion, throwing hot water everywhere! This is a major issue, especially in tents or portaledges containing down bags. Finally the branded hanging kit is junk - expensive and needlessly fiddly, especially with gloves. Buy some split rings and wire and make your own (Google it).

So, is the Jetboil really all that? Well, as a light expedition-type gas stove it's the best around. It has flaws (don't rely on that ignitor, make sure you can detach the pot easily, make your own hanging kit) but I defy you to find anything better.

  • Ridiculously efficient
  • Robust system can be carried/hung easily
  • Portable without taking up too much room in a pack
  • Will get you boiling water FAST
  • Piezo ignitor is nice when it works...
  • Piezo ignitor probably won't work for very long and is unreliable when it does
  • Only good for producing hot water
  • Pot can catch on burner unit - this is DANGEROUS at worst
  • Jetboil hanging kit is total junk - make your own
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In terms of cooking with the Jetboil a lot of people have said you are fairly limited in what you can cook. You can cook any kind of ration pack style meals. This just involves rolling the meal up and cramming it into the cup! Other than that anything that you would cook on a hob you can cook on the PCS. Which is ideal for short term expeditions.

The Jetboil is very well thought out, after you have finished cooking there is a plastic cover to protect you from burns while you are eating. There is also a sewn handle on the companion cup so you can move around while the stove is cooking.

In additional to being quite stable when fitted with the stabiliser kit, the stove is also fairly windproof, and is fitted with a small piezo electric igniter meaning there is no need to fiddle with matches in poor conditions.

Drawbacks? Well I'm yet to find one, however I have enjoyed shooting down some common Jetboil gripes lately which I thought I'd share....




Moan: "You can't cook big meals like you can with other stoves"
Owning: Purchase the 1.5 Pot, or purchase the stabiliser kit and a mess tin so that you can switch to that when you are out for longer

Moan: "The cartridges are so small"
Owning: Purchase a bigger screw seal canister....Idiot

Moan: "You have to hold it while it's cooking"
Owning: Put it down? Or better still buy the stabiliser kit and put it down


. . . You get the idea, any other gripes feel free to email me for an owning...


In addition to the various components in the GCS and PCS, there are a number of other accessories to customise your Jetboil kit:

Coffee press (£17.50)- turn you Jetboil into a coffee brewer
Frying pan (£44.99)- Fluxring frying pan, for efficient frying of tasty goodness
Hanging kit (£27.50)- a kit for handing your jetboil when big wall climbing, snow holing or whatever other use you could think of!
Jetboil cutlery (£13.50)- Highly temperature resistant nylon cutlery, light and tough, personally I'll stick with my titanium spork!
Additional coloured sleeves for companion mug are also available for further customising of your set (£5.99)


All in all you can't go wrong with a Jetboil, brilliant, customisable, efficient, not overly cheap but consider it an investment! RRP is £85, but browse around and you can get one for around £60! Stabiliser kit around £17.50 is also a must have!

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Of this there is no doubt, but is it any good? I've had one of these for a while now, so I thought I might as well review it!

Now for those are you who aren't familiar with the Jetboil, let me explain;

The Jetboil is an ultra efficient, lightweight, cooking system. The stove is designed to take up as little space as possible in a rucksack by storage for all the components (including the gas canister) being inside the cooking pot. At the moment there are 3 Jetboil systems on the market;

Jetboil PCS (Personal Cooking System)
Jetboil GCS (Group Cooking System)
Jetboil Helios

The PCS and GCS are designed to be modular, by this I mean if you purchase a PCS, you can buy additional components to have a GCS as well. The main difference between the GCS and PCS is the type of pot used for cooking. The PCS uses a 1 litre companion mug, where as the GCS uses a 1.5 litre cooking pot. Both systems uses the same burner self igniting burner system which is compatible with screw top canisters. The GCS also features a stabiliser kit so that the unit can be a standalone stove and will have additional stability on the floor rather than just the base of the gas canister. Essentially though if you buy a Jetboil PCS, you can buy a stabiliser kit and a 1.5 litre pot and have a GCS as an additional option.


I bought this stove to use when I am short expeditions. It appealed to me because it was efficient, light and easy to use. My stove combination consists of the Jetboil PCS and the stabiliser set, along with a gas canister this weights in at 670g. The addition of the stabiliser kit means my stove is more "team friendly". Without the stabiliser the Jetboil can only be used the jetboil accessories, by carrying the stabiliser kit I can share cooking with other team members as the kit converts the stove into a more universal setup


I did a quick test to check the units specs listed on the website:
The stove should be able to boil water in 2minutes (0.5L), and boil around 12 litres per 100g canister. I bought a new canister and boiled as many 0.5L cups as possible, whilst averaging out the time taken on each. The average time taken to boil 0.5L of water was 1min 53.4secs, and I got 17 Litres of water from a single canister. Personally I think this is excellent for a small canister. All Jetboil pans use Jetboils patented Fluxring technology to increase efficiency, it functions in the same way a radiator works, by providing a larger surface area to heat up while cooking, as a pose to the flat bottom of a pan or mess tin. The same system is used on the 1.5L pot, 1L mug, and Frying pan.

  • Lightweight
  • Packs down small
  • Boils water quick
  • Efficient
 
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