Well, I've owned this stove for a few years now, but when camping, I usually either go out to eat or cook on the fire so it was used for the first time this weekend. I forgot how fun and convenient using a camp stove can be (it is worth the extra bulk) and I plan to use it, or at least bring it as an option, on most of my future camping trips.
I hadn't read the reviews and came on here expecting to write a terrific review:
-Worked perfectly, lit easily, burned HOT- it boiled water faster than my home stove let alone any camp stove I've ever used.
-It is a little flimsy, the metal feels thin, but that didn't seem to effect the performance.
-Used it for 3 meals, so I am still on the first tank of fuel so I can't really address its efficiency yet.
-Even though it is years old, it has only been used one weekend so I can't really address its durability yet, though the flimsy/cheap materials make me wonder on this point.
I was going to give it 4 stars (perfect, even impressive, performance, docked one since I have long-term durability questions based on the cheap materials). Then I came here and read 13 1-star v. 3 4-star and 3 5-star reviews- that is 6 good reviews to 13 terrible reviews. That has me worried and for the loss of peace of mind I docked it another star. Before reading these reviews, I was impressed and I would have confidently brought this stove with me on future camping trips. Now, I still plan to bring it as long as it lasts, but I'm thinking about buying a Coleman or another well-rated camp stove to bring as a back-up for WHEN this one dies. My dad had a Coleman liquid fuel stove for 30 years which worked perfectly, though he finally sold it at a garage sale since he doesn't camp anymore. I know people with decades old propane Coleman stoves that work fine. Those I know I can trust, but it is too bad when you can't trust what you have to work.
I checked "no" for recommend to a friend. Before I read the reviews, I would have checked "yes" based on my (limited) experience with it so far (in fact, earlier today I suggested it to my dad should he ever decide to get back into camping). However, the reality is, I would also consider the other reviews and with 68% of the reviews being horrible, with consistently the same issues, I really doubt I would ever suggest this to anyone again (even if it never gives me an issue).
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