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Jetboil Stove - Jetboil Personal Cooking System Reviewed

When choosing backpack stoves, we want something lightweight, compact and efficient without sacrificing quality.

The Jetboil stove has high standards when looking for speed, simplicity and efficency, for cooking when backpacking and backcountry hiking.

Many know the Jetboil Personal Cooking System has top rankings for one the best fast-boiling backpacking stoves. However, all stoves are made for particular types of trips and will not meet the camping needs for everyone.

picture of a jetboil stove

Read on, to find out if the personal jetboil cooking system is a stove you want to see on your trail, and the advantages or disadvantages.

About The Jetboil

Frustrated with heavy vacuum bottles and clunky stoves, Jetboil founders Dwight Aspinwall and Perry Dowst set out to make outdoor cooking easier. It all began not so long ago in 2001.

They discovered that the secret to a fast and friendly design lies with increasing heat transfer efficiency.

The stoves are a result of alternating between a lab and the mountains subjecting various designs to intense experiments and field testing.

They came up with a series of outstanding products, that were reliable and unique. The jetboil personal cooking system was introduced in 2004 winning instant recognition

Jetboil Personal Cooking System

This stoves first objective is to boil water rapidly. It's a lightweight complete food and beverage multi-tool, that you can hold in your hand and weighs 15oz . Lights with the click of a button, and within two minutes you have got two cups of boiling water ready for coffee or a quick meal.

Secondly, this jetboil stove on the job is meant to cook, freeze dried food, oatmeal, soup, coffee, tea and other boil friendly foods. This product is not designed in a way to cook a slap up fried breakfast, its built for speed. Although accessories bought separate, include a frying pan and stove ring to support a pan, most backpackers will use the stove as the basic unit.

The compact design allows all components, fuel and accessories to be kept inside the nalgene-sized cup for convenient transport.

The fuel used is butane/propane, although the fuel allows fast boiling time,if planing high altitude trips or winter camping below freezing, you will find a white gas fuel stove is more suitable. A couple of consumer reviews, beg to differ on this matter and have used the jetboil stove in below freezing conditions.


  • 1.0 Liter FluxRing cooking cup with insulating Cargo Cozy
  • Adjustable burner with push-button igniter
  • Insulating drink-through lid
  • Insulating measuring cup bottom

The cooking system can also be bought with the pot support and stabilizer that fits within the cannister. Used to help stabilize the jetboil stove, especially if using the frying pan or pots. However, consumers agree the stove used in the standard way is stable enough without buying the stabilizer. The jetboil also has the Flash Personal Cooking System that is bought with the cooking cup indicator. This stove does boil rapidly, so the indicator may be an advantage for some.


If you are looking for a fast boiling, fairly lightweight, fuel efficient, compact and easy to use stove, then this is a fantastic option.

If you want a stove that is lighter weight or designed well enough to compare with the Jetboil then you want to take a look at the MSR Camp Stoves review.

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