I've used a variety of Esbit stoves over the years, but have gone back to canister stoves exclusively, just due to the convenience. With this year's Bob Marshall coming up soon, I thought I'd break out my Esbit stoves and see how they compare to the canister. The reason I'm even considering Esbit is due to the weight savings. While the Esbit stoves are certainly lighter (0.4-0.6 oz vs 3.1 oz), the real savings for a 3-ish day trip is in the fuel. A 100 gram (the amount of fuel) canister is 7.8 oz, with Esbit for a three day (two nights) trip you're looking at 3.0 oz (six Esbit cubes). All told, close to a 1/2 lb. I used 12 oz of water for my tests, as this is what I typical need for my supper (boil in a bag) and breakfast (hot cereal & coffee). I got the water out of my refrigerator, probably 40-ish degrees, to keep everything the same. Also I didn't want to bring the water to a full rolling boil (212F) as I don't in the field- takes longer and wastes fuel. Instead I brought it up to 180 degrees, small bubbles and steam coming off, which is plenty sufficient for my needs. The pot is a titanium 650 ml from Snow Peak (w/ a custom lid) First up was the little three legged stove, titanium and made by Esbit (0.4 oz). It took 8 minutes to get the temp up to 180 degrees. The other little stove has a little platform and a base that goes over it (0.6 oz), titanium as well. This stove was quicker at 7 minutes, probably due to the base focusing the flame more. The canister stove (Snow Peak Giga) was a blistering 3 minutes! I have some titanium foil and going to fashion a small windscreen (maybe 0.5 oz) and see if that further impacts the boil times. Clearly the canister stove is simpler and quicker, the reason I've gone back to it, but maybe a few minutes extra time is worth the weight savings????