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Offline bdann

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« on: November 11, 2006, 12:48:08 AM »
Who has one?  What do you think?
I'm thinking about buying one.
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Offline tinneyr

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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2006, 01:56:56 AM »
I got one prior to my hike down to Havasu Falls.  There's not a better product out there in my opinion.  We love it.  We'll probably look at purchasing the new pan now.

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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2006, 07:49:22 PM »
I was at REI Austin off of 183 Friday.  I was so close and tempted to purchasing the group one, but I exercised restraint.  I got out spending on $111 on pure essentials.

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Offline bdann

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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2006, 11:13:01 AM »
I'm leaning toward buying one, some sellers on Ebay have the basic system + an extra cup for $79.99.
My brother and I are going to do the Outer Mountain loop in Feb. when he gets back from Hawaii.  I'm looking to lighten and simplify my backpacking gear.
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Offline 01ACRViper

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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2006, 04:02:15 PM »
i bought myself a whisperlite international this summer, and it did very well the one time i've had a chance to use it, which was in Colorado. we cooked 3 days worth of breakfasts and dinners on it, and i'm very pleased with it. plus the fact that it cooked enough food for 5 people and can burn pretty much any combusitble fuel makes it good in my book.

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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2006, 08:50:35 PM »
i bought mine after witnessing the fast boil times while i was in Bandelier in march with 15 or so inches on snow on the ground and more coming down in 15 degree temp.  (6800 ft elev)

If you're planning just to boil the water...go for it.   I wouldn't reccomend cooking in the pot though.

My has worked well in the rocky mtns summers and in New mexico as stated above in cold weather( this past year we had 5 inches of snow and 12 degrees)

It has never failed me...  : )

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Offline SA Bill

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« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2006, 10:02:19 PM »
Flyer in todays mail
REI sale 11/17-26
Jetboil group cooking system for $79.99
  Bill
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2007, 08:18:03 PM »
I bought mine prior to a rim-to-rim hike in GCNP.  Works like a big champ!  I use a Molitta coffee funnel with filters, which makes the best backcountry coffee around. One small fuel canister got me across the Grand Canyon: oatmeal and coffe for breakfast and freeze dried for dinner.  I wouldn't suggest putting any food items in it; although, I did heat up some apple cider last fall.  I'm basically a huge fan of the Jetboil and was the envy of the camp as I drank my coffee way before anyone else even got started.  I suggest putting electrical tape around the botton of the fuel canisters to keep from rusting when stored.  There is always a little moisture left in the main container and that is where the fuel is stored.  It simply doesn't get much better than the Jetboil.  If this one ever burns out I'm getting another.  The new stove design is also tempting; however, I prefer to go ultralight.  If you are interested in a detailed trip report on the r-to-r trip check out: http://www.duprephotography.com/links.htm

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Offline ReDiscovering

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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2007, 10:02:59 PM »
I love mine, I got the group system (basically just the pan is all thats different) plus a "companion mug", so essentially I have both systems.   The mug is fantastic for boiling water and maybe cooking dried soup or something, but that's the extent of that.  I cooked some nice meals in the pan.  I warmed up a tuna fillet and cooked some mashed potatoes one night.   I've also done some nice mac n cheese in there.  The mug keeps hot for a LONG time after you take it off the burner.  It's so hot, I dont even like drinking from the lid, I poured my tea into a regular mug so it would cool down.   And this was in 35 degree, rainy weather.

So the routine I developed is, boil water for tea or hot chocolate, take it off the burner, put the lid on, put the little end cap on the bottom and set it aside while cook dinner in the pan.  Oh, one thing....it was hard to get the flame down low enough to simmer or do normal cooking; this baby SINGS.   So a couple of time, I had to lift the pan up above the flame to temper the heat some.

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Re: A+ on the JetBoil
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2007, 10:56:55 PM »
Quote from: "RedBuffalo"
I use a Molitta coffee funnel with filters, which makes the best backcountry coffee around.....  I'm basically a huge fan of the Jetboil and was the envy of the camp as I drank my coffee way before anyone else even got started.....


Can I camp at your camp :?:   I'll take my coffee hot and straight up.

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« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2007, 09:53:52 AM »
I don't even like cooking at camp.  I would just assume live off of trail mix and pop tarts.  Cooking takes too much time and there is too much cleaning up to do.  I've got exploring to do!
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Offline ReDiscovering

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« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2007, 10:14:45 AM »
Cooking is my Zen time, my therapy time.  It's a great transition from the busy part of the day to resting and "coming down".  And I'm not talking about Paula Dean dinner party buffet layouts.   I mean Jetboil meals like Ramen soup and oatmeal and instant potatoes.   The hot meal just makes all the difference to me at the end of the day.  Then Im ready for a great night's sleep.   I also try to wait a few hours between the "meal" and something sweet so I can make a whole evening out of it.   lol.   Woo hoo!   "We're partying NOW!!"     "Oatmeal for dinner???   Double portions, please!!!"

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Offline Desertwalker

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« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2007, 10:27:45 PM »
I bought one back in the Fall. When it comes to boiling water, it's really fast! I like the way the burner and fuel cartridge store inside the mug. It' very compact.

I do have some difficulty disengaging the mug from the burner after the water has boiled, but it's really not that big of a deal. I'm still very happy with the JetBoil and am thinking about buying the pot attachment.
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« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2007, 08:07:53 AM »
I too like to have a hot meal and more than just ramen noodles (not much more).  I have used lots of stove over the years and also always I am cooking for more than one person.  In canister stoves I have both a Brunton Crux (3 oz.) and a windscreen and a MSR windpro at about 8 oz. for larger groups.  The Jet Boil is too limited in its use (only boil water) and too heavy overall.  Below is some excerpts from an article from Backpackinglight.co m (it is a membership website where some articles, including this one, can only be viewed by members) about stove systems

"The integrated canister stove (Jetboil) does a great job of maximizing fuel efficiency, and is very convenient to use. Its higher fuel efficiency can pay for itself over the lifespan of the stove, compared to other canister stoves. The downside is that it is heavy and cooks for only one person. Jetboil has increased the utility of its stove by offering Companion Cups so two or more people can share a burner, and they now offer a Group Cooking System with a larger pot. Many people will opt for the Jetboil because of these factors. I love the technology, but I donít like the weight. I would really like to see the same technology incorporated into a truly lightweight stove.

Choosing a backpacking stove gets down to personal needs and preferences, and the lightest carry weight is not everyoneís bottom-line. If you winter camp and melt snow for water, a fuel tab or alcohol stove are not likely choices, as any stove will require extra fuel and these stoves will require a lot of extra fuel. For warm weather camping, if itís convenience, speed, and adjustability you want, and you donít mind the extra weight and cost (compared to an alcohol or fuel tab stove and fuel), then the canister stove is the way to go (assuming you go less than 10 days between re-supply). However, if light weight is your bottom-line, a slower boil time is acceptable, and simple cooking is your forteí, your choices are alcohol or solid fuel stoves. Go with solid fuel if absolute lowest weight is a must and you donít mind the fuel cost and gunky pots. Chose an alcohol stove for its clean burning attributes and cheaper fuel."
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
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« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2007, 08:26:51 AM »
Quote from: "randell"
I don't even like cooking at camp.  I would just assume live off of trail mix and pop tarts.  Cooking takes too much time and there is too much cleaning up to do.  I've got exploring to do!


I'll second that.  I "pre-cook" chicken breasts, chops, etc., and store in Seal-a-meal type bags.  But it's nice to have a hot meal once ina while so I take along a little gas cooker, not as nice as the Jetboil but it's pretty fast.

 


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