Jetboil Flash

by Ben Atkinson on September 5, 2013

522578_10102616324107379_288315344_nCooking on the trail has always been an area of interest for me. Depending on the length of the trip and location I have ranged from carrying only Clif Bars in Costa Rica to cooking full shore lunches from freshly caught fish in the Boundary Waters. This week I am reviewing a cooking system that falls right in the middle of these two extremes. The Jetboil Flash is a super quick water boiling wonder that is perfect for turning dehydrated food pouches into the veritable trail gourmet food that they are.

Side note: I have eaten dehydrated food both on and off the trail and while it does taste better after a long day of hiking in the middle of nowhere, they still aren’t bad when you are in a rush. I always keep a few on hand with my home emergency kit just in case.

The Jetboil Flash is designed to do one thing very well- boil water. In fact you can get 0.5 liters boiling in as little as 2.5 minutes. This cooking system consists of a fuel canister stand, stove with electric starter, and an insulated cooking mug that screws into the top of the stove. You can grab ahold of the side of it thanks to the insulation, and the flame logo on the side turns orange when the contents are hot. Like most modern stoves it runs off of the typical Iso-Butane canisters. Be careful as a full JetBoil is incredibly top heavy and you don’t want to spill boiling water on you and cause a forest fire at the same time. That would be terrible.

The key to using the JetBoil Flash is to never actually cook anything in it, otherwise you end up with an impossible mess and food burned into the bottom of the cooking mug. Boil your water and pour it into your dehydrated food pouches, don’t try to get fancier than that. Trust me, it isn’t worth it.

There are a wide variety of accessories that can adapt the system to work more like a traditional setup- frying pans, larger pots, etc. I wouldn’t recommend going this route though. You are better off with a traditional stove and a regular cook set, you will get a lot more value for your money.

If you are the kind of person that doesn’t like to fuss about the camp kitchen, then the Jetboil Flash is perfect for you.

Specs
Weight: 14 oz (400 g) * System weight does not include pot support and fuel stabilizer.
Volume: 32 oz (1 Liter)
Boil Time: 16 oz (0.5 Liter) = 2 minutes, 30 seconds (avg over life of Jetpower canister)
Water Boiled: 12 Liters per 100g Jetpower canister
Dimensions: 4.1” x 7.1” (104 mm x 180 mm)

Quick Links
Jetboil Website
Jetboil at REI

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