The Esbit stove thread (mods and in use)

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  1. Uncle Duke 520

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    A little Esbit Stove fashion photo shoot... 20181010_172316.jpg
     
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    @zelph The distance from the top of the tablet to the bottom of the tin is probably ~3/4".
     
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    The sliding tray is a very good choice and the addition of holes is an excellent modification

     
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    Yup, it works. I've only used it with a canteen cup stand because the flame isn't centered in an Esbit stove.

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    Soup on a tab and a half...

    Lipton Onion soup mix, diced Polish sausage and a handful of lentils...would have been better with a small diced potato.

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    One thing nice about a sliding tray is when you snuff out a 1/2 cube. It prevent a lot of the noxious smoke from being formed
    . That smoke can gag a magot!!!
     
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    Love seeing everyone's setups!

    Alot of great ideas .
     
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    You can do the same things and have just as much fun with the Gougan;s version Esibt stove at WalMart (as in some previous pics above) for +- 7$
     
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    I had no idea that there was such a following for these little stoves.
     
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    Agreed. I added the soup early and then kept lifting the lid to stir. A watched pot never boils! ;)
     
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    Me neither! I'm liken this!
     
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    This might be taking mini Esbit a bit too far - still cool though
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    Actual Esbit tabs or the cheap ones?
    I’ve seen the cheap ones at Wallyworld. Do they work well enough?
     
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    Coghlans or Coleman tablets are easier to find around here than Esbit. I usually use twice as many of the cheap ones though. They are smaller and cheaper so I guess it balances out, but I think Esbit burns better.
     
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    Good to know, thanks!
    I’ve never seen the Esbit tabs for sale here. Guess I’ll order some online.
     
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    I just ordered both :)
    I did a quick Google and it seems they are similar enough to be interchangeable, but as @bacpacjac said, the Coghlan's are smaller than the standard Esbit tabs. But if you are going to use one of those tins with the sliding top, they won't stick out the top until they burn down.
     
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    I too just searched and apparently my local WalMart has them...?
    I’ve never noticed them on the shelf but honestly until now I haven’t really been looking.
     
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    I used Coghlans today and 2 tablets were enough to get my left-over Thanksgiving dinner soup bubbly hot!

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    Today's brew kit was a Rothco canteen cup which contained: Esbit stove (with 3 Esbit tablets, a mini BIC and 2 little metal paint chips to use as a windscreen inside), bandana, 2 wet wipes, 1 X instant coffee, 2 X fruit snacks and a folding cup. Also in the canteen carrier were a candy container filled with Coghlans tablets, my aluminum windscreen, 2 skewers that work as a pot stand, a spoon and another BIC lighter. Today I used my bandana to carry my hunk of crusty bread after I used the paper bread bag to hold the mushrooms I found. I also used a Stanley food jar to carry my left-over stew. My caffeine is required today so in addition to my water bottle, I also brought a Mountain Dew. ;)

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    The Coghlans pellets did great and my windscreen doubled as a trivet/table protector.

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    This year's batch of Thanksgiving left-over soup was made from the last of the Brussels sprouts, sweet potato, onion, pork chop, Canadian bacon, slab bacon, turkey sausage, maple cranberry pork sausage, turkey gravy and turkey stock - all that's left of our Thanksgiving dinner and breakfast this past weekend. Soup and stew from left-overs is a must in our family. YUM!

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    ^^That looks yummy!
     
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    Nice post @bacpacjac ! Sorry, but thanksgiving hasn’t happened yet. Oh, forgot, up north it comes early! :p

    I have been stocking up on the Coghlans tabs slowly. Since they apparently age well (don’t fall apart), I just slip in a package now and then when I am ordering things, to take advantage of free shipping if bought online. From Walmart when I get there.
     
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    Is there a reason for the skewers or "grate sticks" across the top of the Esbit stove? Does it burn better if it's not partially closed? Or are the hinges too loose to hold it in a partially opened position?
     
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    Overkill perhaps. I just find the stove more stable in the full open position and my canteen cups and Pathfinder cups don't sit on it properly when it's fully open. I've lost too many cups of goodness to loose another so I'm overly cautious. LOL!
     
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    Stable is good :)
     
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    Spill one cup of coffee in the morning and you will soon come to understand our worldly ways!
     
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    RIGHT!! Nothing makes me cry quicker than a spilled morning coffee or afternoon cup of soup! GRR!! LOL!!
     
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    That's ok. You guys follow our lead pretty well. ;) LOL!!

    Canadian Tire up here often puts them on clearance in the Fall and Winter. I've found them for as cheap at $2 for a package of 24, and they do last a long time. :D
     
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    OMG!
    I want some!
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    The one thing I found with the tri-wing stoves is that they can be finicky with some pots/mugs. It's not a problem if the pot is a larger diameter than the supports...or in the case of some teakettles, a grooved bottom. Smaller diameter vessels can be quite tippy on the angled portion of the supports.

    The one solution is to file notches as shown in the photo to match the pot...someone else's ideal I found on the Net.

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    UST sells a version with a square tray to match their tablets. They are smaller than the typical Brit Hexi tabs. The larger platform will hold a tealight cup.

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    I couldn’t resist. I had to play too. Once I found the darned stove, it went well. I decided to use my home made skillet and cook up one of my portable grilled cheese sandwiches.
    Note to self, it only takes ONE fuel tablet, not two. Two worked, but it was HOT.

    The kit:

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    So, above we have the Esbit stove on an inverted paper plate covered with foil. (To protect the glass table top) My new shorty windscreen, the skillet and sandwich and handle, some fuel tabs in a snus can, lighter, spatula and bag for windscreen. NO, I didn’t need two tablets, but I didn’t know. Sigh...

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    Fire going, stove ‘foiled’ to foil the wind, sandwich turned right side out, COOKIN!

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    Halfway...

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    Mistake, I pulled some of the foil off, then it really got HOT!

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    After scraping off the excess carbon :rolleyes: from the bottom of the sandwich, my little dog and I enjoyed our efforts. Good sammich!

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    The whole works will nest in a Molle canteen pouch with the cup and canteen (minus the skillet). I might get the skillet in, still studying that.

    The sun was trying to escape, but it lit our new snow on the mountains nicely.

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    The little home made steel skillet worked great.
     
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    There is no wrong way to make the Esbit work, apparently...
     
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    should have guessed you'd have a bunch

    Ever though or starting a bushcrafters holiday theme park - the Aladdin's cave ride alone would be worth the price of admission :D
     
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    I've been looking for the photos of mine in use but can't find them. I'll get some new pics with the setup to post.
     
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    Spork, have you used the UST brand fuel with your tri wings and if so how does it compare to Esbit?
     
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    I have not yet, but it looks like ordinary hexamine based fuel to me. According to UST advertising it is supposed to have an 18 minute burn time. I bought the stove to experiment with gel fuel.
     
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    Great thread.
     
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    After that test I showed above, I built an Esbit stove based kit.

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    On the tablecloth, which wraps the esbit stove, is the stove, aluminum foil, fuel tabs in a snus can, steel canteen, steel canteen cup, folding wind screen, extra large fuel tabs, matches, lighter, skillet, handle and spatula. It all fits in the bags. The bags are a normal Army surplus canteen pouch and a new style surplus canteen pouch, strapped back to back with the Molle straps. They fit perfectly, like they were designed to fit that way.

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    Looking down into the larger bag. The stove is wrapped in the bandana and the skillet is in the back of the pouch. The flap folds over the skillet and then the cup and canteen go in.
    The windscreen and tools go in the back, matches/lighter/large fuel tabs in the outside pockets on the large pouch. The small fuel tabs (in the snus tin) and foil are inside the Esbit stove.

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    Approved by the inspector.

    I think this is a nice, compact, practical kitchen. There is plenty of room for food and a spoon and other things in the smaller pouch. It has LOTS of room still. Food can be cooked in the skillet, in the canteen cup and water heated/boiled in the canteen if necessary.

    I do plan to add @Spork ’s wood stove adapter parts to the kit also. Versatility!

    Now to rig a carry strap.
     
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    Also, an esbit stove, (wrapped in a bandana) with aluminum foil and tabs inside, fits into a standard grenade pouch. Plenty of room for wood stove parts too.

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    You guys and gals have really got me thinking about my brew kit.
    The esbit stoves look cool !
    But alcohol burners are easy to find fuel for.
    I'll do some more research.
     
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    That's way too short.
    It's ok for an "emergency" stove. Not something we want to use often.

    awesome tray!

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    No concerns about the Esbit stove being galvanized? I wouldn't have worried myself but every time anyone hints of mixing galvanized steel with fire, someone inserts an all caps WARNING......
     
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    For me? None at all.
     
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    I don't get out enough to worry about it. A good little stove that cooks an occasional lunch.
     
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    Good stuff Ken!
     
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    Well I couldn't find the photos of the stove in use so I took a couple pictures of it at the kitchen table.

    The stove, though not a true Esbit, was purchased at a military surplus store. The fact that it is made of brass attracted me. Also its small size allows it, extra fuel tabs, a small towel (cup gets hot!) and a lighter to ride in a grenade pouch on the side of my H2O kit. The outside pouch of the kit holds the tea and coffee makings. Some food items and spoon. In with the water bottle is the nesting cup with lid.
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    Wow, a brass stove! How cool.
     
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    Bought this over the weekend...


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    “Camp Kitchen”
    LOL!
    I haven’t opened it up yet...
     
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    A USGI canteen cup I was issued back in the 80’s... D1E62D8A-2645-462C-8DF0-49E95E0129BB.jpeg


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    I need to make or buy a lid for it.
     
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    That would be nice if it came with that low pot in the picture.
     
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    It would. I do have a couple that would work...
     
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