It will get a tin cup of water hot in about 5 minutes, 8 minutes is much hotter, but I've never had patience to get a rolling boil and doubt that it can. It barely operates a coffee percolator, meaning it probably won't percolate on a cool day or if you fill the pot full. A small fry pan (such as from a mess kit) is ideal because it covers the entire top and captures all the heat. You can cook enough scrambled eggs for three people in about 10 minutes, which is a bit slower than a home stove. Heating is diminished if there is a slight breeze unless you have a large pan that covers the entire top. Incidentally, you can lay a second stove on top of the first one upside-down to make a kind of wind shield enclosure that works very well. Works both with Sterno gel fuel and wick type fuels in the similar sized cans. when you fold it, it wants to spring partway open unless you pack it under pressure or return it to the original cardboard sleeve. Overall, pretty cool, simple device.
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