Amazon Best Seller Mini Outdoor Backpacking Camping Stove with Piezo Ignition Reviews

Found it on Amazon Best Seller of Camping Stove

Given the price at less than $20 for two stoves, I couldn’t resist. I’ve tried only one of the two stoves as the other will be a gift, but here’s what I found:

Pros:
1) The flame is easily and infinitely variable. This doesn’t sound like much, but compared to my much more expensive Brunton Raptor purchased in 2010, this is a major benefit I wasn’t even expecting. On this stove, full on to slight simmer is more than one full rotation of the valve, which makes controlled simmering possible. Not on the Brunton (or others from what I’ve been told) where simmer is just a touch away from off and it would hold that position for no more than a few seconds before it turns completely off which is just enough time to walk away thinking your meal is on simmer only to find later when you return that it’s cold.
2) There are four pot supports which provided for better support instead of three on most similar stoves and the clever mechanism they used to achieve this worked pretty well.
3) There is a second gas sealing surface that makes the stove useable even when the small sealing O-ring starts to leak (and in my experience it will at the most inconvenient time). Once the fuel can is threaded on to the stove and tightened the second large rubber gasket seats against the larger collar of the fuel canister and prevents any fuel that happens to get by the small primary seal from leaking any further.
4) By far it’s the best stove for the money that I have ever found

After a few years of putting up with a traditional gas camping stove, I discovered the joys of having a propane stove instead. While my camping days are behind me, weather days are another story. If you’ve lost power for several days you know what I mean. Generators are fine, but I would much rather use that power for needs other than cooking. This is a simple and reliable alternative, most importantly providing an easy means for boiling water, something necessary for making soup, coffee, oatmeal, killing any nasties in the water, basic washing, or whatever. Even if one of these should fail, there is the second one.
What is especially nice is the compact size. They come in vinyl boxes small enough to fit in a pants pocket, an easy addition to a power outage emergency kit. As for propane tanks, it’s much easier to keep that kind of reserve than gasoline for a generator. Besides which I always have propane canisters on hand in my workshop. This kind of thing should be added to the list of what is recommended for dealing with an extended power outage.
Cons:
1) Unlike the Brunton where the flame concentrates on the perimeter of the burner head, the Elekcity has the flame more concentrated out the top, which creates a serious hot spot right above the burner in the center of the pot and much less heat further away from the center. This is lousy for frying or anything other than simply heating water. A flame spreader integrated under the burner head would have solved this.
2) With the pot supports fully opened the whole mechanism has a little bit of flex and a heavy or large (7″ is the rated maximum pot diameter) pot or skillet feels a little unstable, so one has to be extremely careful when stirring.
3) Given the design of the pot support the flip out support tips could have been made longer by at least 1/4″, however this may also have encouraged the use of larger diameter pots and this would have made the problem of stability even worse.
4) Tightening the stove to the fuel canister requires some clever hand manipulations to grab the knurled base of the stove while not applying too much force so as to damage the igniter or valve control. This would be very difficult while wearing gloves. By contrast the Brunton stove with it’s more rigid pot support arm hinges makes this less of an issue.

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