After trying to cook in the Peak district this winter with a standard canister type stove I decided it would be worth while investing in a stove that can take liquid fuel as well. After a few hours of browsing Coelman and MSR stoves ect... I came across the TK800 / S-9 / Booster stove (Depending on where you buy it from) at only £45 it was considerably cheaper than its competitiors. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Camping-St...e15a0&x=62&y=5
So on opening the box I found what I expected a Stove that looked like a Chinese copy of more a expensive product. Despite this the stove is fairly solid and very simple to use.
I first tested it using standard petrol as I had no white gas to hand. After reading the manual which was in very broken English I filled up the 530 ml bottle (A larger one is avaliable) and atattched the pump and stove. After a few pushes on the pump I started to pre heat it and within a couple of minutes I had a stable blue flame with the ocassional yellow tip.
Yes its loud...sounds like a jet. The stove on full burn is insane, boiling water in no time at all (sorry didn't time it for a liter) at the other end of the scale trying to simmer can be problamatic there is a fine line between turning it down so low it starts surging and burning too hot. I doubt it will ever simmer as well as a gas stove but the adapter allows you to use gas bottles anyway.
While I get along with this stove there are a few issues that I have noted:
1) It quotes a full 530 ml bottle will last 2.5 hours on mid burn, while I have not emptied a bottle yet (just refiled it when about half way) I doubt it would last 2.5 hours.
2) To depressurise the bottle you have to unscrew the cap, while you do this a fine mist of petrol / white gas is emmited which can blow onto your clothing, in addition this means that before you depressurise the canister ensure the flame is definately blown out in the stove itself.
3) Its advertised as multi fuel that can burn petrol, white gas, kerosine, gas and parrafin... It just can't while you could maybe get it to burn kero if you mixed it with another fuel, reading users comment no one has managed to get it to work with kero of paraffin even if you use the slightly larger spare jet it comes with. So this is purely a white gas and cansiter gas stove
Cheap in comparrison to competiors
Easy to use, powerful
Suprisingly well built
Readily avaliable spares
Burn time not maybe not as long as expected
It doesn't simmer very well
Messy depressurisation method
the spanner that comes with it is usless
Doesn't burn all the fuels the manuacturer/ retailer states it can.
Final note: I paid £45 for this stove. I have recently found if you shop carefully you can pick up the stove on its own for £10 the bottle of £5 and the pump for £5 so a fairly good liquid stove for a grand total of £20 + P&P