I think your choice of stove will end up being a personal one .
What I can say is I have had a jetboil for a number of years with out any problems
but what I must say is I only use it for boiling water.
They do have their new cooking system out now which looks intresting.
For pots and pans I use a msr dragonfly multi fuel stove which never let me down
"Not all those who wander are lost" Tolkein
Could never got on with the Whisperlite due to the lack of simmer...
The Dragonfly I I still use but usually end up deaf after brewing up as it's every so slighly LOUD!.. Good for the simmer though...
i use a optimus nova which is a fantastic stove and hase never let me down in about 7 years of using it on normal petrol and sometimes parrafin in summer when i carry a stove just for making a quick brew i carry a pocket rocket by msr and a small canaster of gas
hope this helps
Ive tried all sorts of stoves and i still settle on my hobo stove with hexitabs/meths burner for use when woodsmoke would be frowned upon.
I think i could cook for two people for a week on it but i couldent imagine me carrying a weeks worth of food for two people.
The Jetboil might best be thought of as a very efficient 'kettle' and perfect for quick stops. It's discreet enough to use anywhere without things looking like a 'campsite'. You could sit on a park bench and brew up and no-one would notice. I use mine for work breaks too when I get the munchies. Noodles take no room. I've even used it in the car.
Can even be handheld. I've done it twice - just be a bit careful. I prefer to rest the lid on top rather than push it down. Easier and safer to get off. No boiling water going everywhere.
The cooker/stand kit is worth having so a pot and pan can be used, plus it's safer for those small canisters. Loses efficiency though as it just becomes a normal cooker again. Best use the bigger canisters if you plan to do fry-ups and all that.
It was expensive for a kettle/cooker and may seem a bit too 'specialized' for some, but I have no regrets at all.
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100% trangia, thinking of it even on the heavy side its the bestest stove ive ever owned and works great in the wind, boiled half a crusader cup in mid strong winds in around 10 minutes with only quarter filled burner on meths!
OK guys this is my main stove and having used it now for a whole year and gone through only 1 service item find its one of the best omnifuel type cookers in this country, if your going to rely on a single cooker for many seasons the fuel type is season and weight dependant i myself use LPG for summer and mainly Unleaded Petrol for the cold and wet parts of the year .
when you look at the price of Coleman white fuel at £7:00 per 500 ml thats aprox £63o per gallon so £5/Gal for unleaded is worth the fuel cost saving all be it a little more work in servicing your cooker throughout the year.
dunno if anyones pointed it out but the military trangia makes a good hobo stove as well. costs about the same as putting one together anyway...
If you are into getting a trangia then go for one of the trangia clones. There are other manufacturers out there making trangia rip offs Gelert, Higear I think do them. Someone mentioned the mini trangia for £16! Not bad but Gelert one for £10 RRP is better (also 30g lighter). I'd avoid the mini trangia like a plague. It is not in any way good in the wind.
I prefer the primus eta express over the Jetboil PCS, cheaper and better. They are tougher than you think these two stoves but are just about heating water not for proper cooking.
If you really insist on going meths then the Caldera Cone is really the only way to go if you are backpacking. It is a lot lighter then the Trangia system and you buy the version for the pot you want to use it with. It comes with a can type stove that is optimised to the cone so you get the best efficiency. An example of this is it comes with a tiny fuel bottle and a measuring cup I believe. You are actually supposed to measure out the exact amount needed to cook what you are cooking. Usually boiling a set amount of water for a brew or to rehydrate food. A brilliant system if you ask me.
If you like the look of the caldera cone then I suggest you look at a few sites from the US that help you make them and the stove that comes with the cone. IF you do go that far then you need help as you have just become what is known in UL backpacking circles a "stovie".
I find my primus micron without a windshield uses a 100g can last up to 7 days. That is basically for boiling water to rehydrate and for brews. You bring the ater to the boil then use a cosy off the stove to actually rehydrate the food. Very efficient and minimises the amount of fuel you need to carry.
For these lighter cooking systems I've mentioned look at backpackinglight.co.uk or winwoods outdoors based in Keswick.
I second the honey stove. It is one of the 8 or 9 stoves I have. Minibull designs do some interesting meths stoves if you are interested. Those are for the commited (or should be) UL types.
Love kelly kettles but can't justify the purchase in light of the price / frequency of use ratio involved. Would never carry one on a 10 day backpack or indeed any backpack. Would be good canoe touring though. Although I've heard the drum of a washing machine also makes a good stove in that use.