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Etekcity Stove 423

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Etekcity Stove
« on: March 20, 2017, 01:26:27 PM »
A couple of weeks ago Megan decided to start experimenting with more stoves for her upcoming backpacking trip.  She had been talking about a Jetboil, and she is still wants to get one, but as we don't have any experience with isobutane stoves, she decided to try out a cheapo from Amazon and see what it was like.  She ordered this one:



The Etekcity Mini Camping Stove came in at about $30 with shipping, but I believe was listed at $19.99, not counting the fuel canister.  And, it's remarkably tiny, but then, I guess there doesn't need to be much to these stoves.



Open the box and you get a neat little plastic orange box about three inches high, two wide and an inch and a half or so deep.  Inside is the stove, which has folding pot legs, an igniter, a control valve and a pretty orange anodized aluminum base that screws firmly into the canister.



The igniter is your standard Piezoelectric spark and seems to be a much thicker wire than the ones we have seen on the Jetboil which makes me feel pretty confident that it should last a while.  The igniter sparked nicely during a few pre-fuel tests, and ignited the fuel on the first or second click when the gas was running.



The small pot in my Primus Litech set seemed a bit big for it, and I can see why Jetboil includes a set of stabilizing legs.  Not only did the whole setup seem a bit wobbly (although the uneven stump probably caused most of that), but the canister also froze to the moss during cooking.  It would have been nice to have it raised up and insulated a bit.



Lunch for the day was Sierra Chicken Pasta from Alpine Aire, a brand I have enjoyed quite a bit.  They make virtually the same as the Mountain House- just boil the water, pour it in the bag and wait a bit.  I can't say as I was as impressed with this particular flavor as I have been with others in the past, although it was still edible.  I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but I wouldn't avoid it.



Despite the sub zero temps, and the fact that we didn't have the lid on the pot, it brought the water to the boil point quickly enough.  I had the lid, I just wanted to time it, but in the end I just put the id on to bring it to a nice rolling boil so we could eat.



In the end we were quite pleased with the Etekcity stove.  We thought that the pot legs seemed a bit flimsy, but they were sufficient.  Megan figures that using the small pot that came with her Mini Trangia would be a lot better suited.  I personally think that getting the legs from a Jetboil (I believe they are sold separately?) would have made a huge difference, as would putting the whole thing on a more stable, but perhaps less photogenic surface would have.

We liked the very small size, we loved the price and we both felt that the robust ignition wire was very reassuring.  It gives you the idea that this inexpensive stove was built to last.  Whether that is true or not is another story entirely, but it sure seems like it is well worth the $20 we paid for it.

Def



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Re: Etekcity Stove
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2017, 02:00:11 PM »
Nice write-up Grant :tu: Looks like a very small and lightweight piece for backpacking anyways :cheers: :cheers:

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Re: Etekcity Stove
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2017, 02:05:23 PM »
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Re: Etekcity Stove
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2017, 02:38:48 PM »
Nice write-up Grant :tu: Looks like a very small and lightweight piece for backpacking anyways :cheers: :cheers:

I'm going to do a write up/comparison of the various stoves that I have soon, because frankly I am not convinced on these stoves.

On the surface they are great because they are nice and light, but the fuel canisters are bulky and heavy.  Other stoves may be heavier, but the fuel isn't as bad.

I keep going back to the Bio Lite stove, which is very hungry and requires a lot of fuel, but it is fuel that you find locally and do not have to take with you.  The weight of the Bio Lite is significant versus the Etekcity stove, but when you add in an extra 100g for the canister the weight gets a lot closer.  Sure, the Etekcity is still lighter, but with the Bio Lite you get the added feature of charging any electronic devices.  That may not be a benefit to some people, but I rather enjoy having the ability to recharge a GoPro, phone, flashlight etc.

By comparison, most of the Jetboil systems are heavier than the Bio Lite, but then they also include a pot, and so one has to factor in the weight of stoves plus pots, or else find the Jetboil weight without the pot attachment in order to make a direct comparison.

But, I'll get into those when the weather is a bit nicer and I can control the variables a little better.

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Re: Etekcity Stove
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2017, 03:18:15 PM »
The fuel canister stabilizers are sold separately. 

Nice write up as well. 

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Re: Etekcity Stove
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2017, 04:27:22 PM »
Hey Boss, do you have the Jetboil Joule? I have been thinking of picking up a small portable for hikes and canoe trips with the kids (Day trips) and the Joule is $199 at Cabela's now. Open to all options.

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Re: Etekcity Stove
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2017, 04:34:06 PM »
We haven't gotten any of the Jetboil models yet.  I have been looking at the Jetboil Minimo, but Megan seems more interested in the Flash.  Either way, I have no experience with Jetboil just yet.

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Re: Etekcity Stove
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2017, 05:08:32 PM »
Great write-up boss.  Megan is right; a small Trangia pot will suit that style of stove much better and make it feel more stable.  I've never bothered with extra legs on my stoves and I've not had any issues.  I've also never bothered with a dedicated insulation mat, but keeping the canister off snow and ice is a good idea.  You'll get a really poor flame from your stove if the canister is too cold.

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Re: Etekcity Stove
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2017, 07:02:29 PM »
Think about what you are saying there Gareth.  If you want to say Megan is right, you may never hear the end of it....  :ahhh

I know I won't!

Still, I wasn't thinking of a mat so much as the legs, which would hold the canister off the frozen ground. It would keep it from freezing down and it would stabilize the entire thing.

Def

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Wielder of the Bow of Banishment. Admin Team Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 29,405 El Presidente del Fan Club Micky D
Re: Etekcity Stove
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2017, 09:42:36 PM »
Like I said; I've not tried any legs but if you think they'll keep the base clear of the ground I'd say it's got a good chance of helping.  Personally I've always found something that can act as an insulator, most often pine boughs or some vegetation.  Of course not putting it on the snow is best.  :D

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Re: Etekcity Stove
« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2017, 12:51:39 AM »
Think about what you are saying there Gareth.  If you want to say Megan is right, you may never hear the end of it....  :ahhh

I know I won't!

Still, I wasn't thinking of a mat so much as the legs, which would hold the canister off the frozen ground. It would keep it from freezing down and it would stabilize the entire thing.

Def

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Re: Etekcity Stove
« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2017, 09:48:32 AM »
Think about what you are saying there Gareth.  If you want to say Megan is right, you may never hear the end of it....  :ahhh

I know I won't!

Still, I wasn't thinking of a mat so much as the legs, which would hold the canister off the frozen ground. It would keep it from freezing down and it would stabilize the entire thing.

Def

I'm not sure I'm ever wrong...
 :whistle:

It really doesn't seem very likely. :think:

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Re: Etekcity Stove
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2017, 12:54:25 PM »
Except when picking out men....  :whistle:

Def

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Wielder of the Bow of Banishment. Admin Team Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 29,405 El Presidente del Fan Club Micky D
Re: Etekcity Stove
« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2017, 01:48:19 PM »
Except when picking out men....  :whistle:

Def

Well, no-one can get it right 100% of the time I suppose. :shrug:


 

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