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Jetboil Stash

Price:

$299.95

Our Rating:

Jetboil’s newest stove is its most compact and lightweight personal cooking system to date. 

At a glance
Plusses
: Lightweight, all components nest inside the pot, compact. 
Minuses: Low output results in slow boil times. 

Weight: 200g

Features: This is Jetboil’s most compact personal cooker and comes with an 800ml pot with measurement markings and a lid with a wide pour opening. Grooves on the underside of the lid can be used to hold a 100g gas canister. The attached handle folds down to lock into place when cooking. The burner unit is a 4500BTU manual-ignition with serrated pot struts with a large groove to centre the pot. A fuel stabiliser provides a solid platform from which to cook on. All components, including the gas canister and lighter, nest inside the pot. 

Construction: The burner is made from titanium offering light weight and durability. Jetboil’s FluxRing technology increases the surface area of the pot to more quickly and efficiently heat the contents. The rubber-coated pot handle doesn’t get hot and it locks securely into position. The pour hole in the lid is well-designed with a raised lip providing accurate, drip-free pouring. 

Power: With an output of 4500BTU, it is the least powerful stove in Jetboil’s lineup and offers just half the output of the (cheaper) Jetboil Flash 2.0 and 1500BTU less than the more expensive Mini-Mo and MicroMo stoves. The output is compensated for somewhat by the FluxRing technology that increases the pot’s surface area, but it was still difficult to achieve a sub 3min boil time with 500ml of water. 

In use: The tiny stove and pot set stows nicely into a pack, taking up less space than any other personal cooking system with the added benefit of everything being contained in the one unit and not spread throughout the pack.

I did multiple boil ups in well-sheltered conditions and when using stream water achieved boil times around 3min40sec. In my garage, using tap water, I achieved a boil time of 2min50sec. On a cold, blustery and exposed brew site, it took almost 8min to boil 500ml of water. That 4500BTU proving a little lacklustre when push came to shove.

It’s a super stable set-up thanks to the stabiliser legs and the grooves for the pot to sit in. These grooves also have the effect of centring the stove above the flame. Pouring water out of the pot was easy and accurate – the firm rubber-coated handle proving more effective than the stiffened fabric handles found on other personal cooking systems.

The flame control is excellent, allowing easy simmer control after achieving a rolling boil. The pot has a small diameter and is about 9cm deep. Because it’s non-stick you could easily cook more complex meals, but I only used the pot for rehydrating packaged freeze-dri. 

Value: It’s really expensive, but its compact size, construction, light weight and all-component nesting convenience go some way to compensating. 

Verdict: Because of its low output, it’s not a stove for winter or exposed trips. For lightweight solo weekend trips where cooking can be done in huts, low altitude or the shelter of the bush, it’s a winner.