I'm all fixated on camping gear. I doubt that you've noticed. I've zeroed in on cooking stuff. I'm shooting for light and easy and I looked to the big mfr's. All I wanna do is boil water to bring some dehydrated stuff back to life. And maybe brew up some krappy coffee. Nothing gourmet, just fuel to get home. So I did some [apparently lame] research and dropped fifty bucks on a lightweight, higher-tech, compact stove that uses propane canisters. (I'm beginning to feel like I wasted fifty bucks. Read on.)
So Steve drops in out of the blue and tells me about the esbit stove. I didn't immediately get all excited, but I did pay attention. It was his tone . . . not at all pushy, just "dude, you'd be smart to check this out. But do what you want".
I bit. 10 bucks for the stove, *including fuel*. Made in Germany, which I am sorry, but that is my heritage and Germans do know how to do certain things right. And did I mention that this stove has been around FOREVER.
As soon as I got it out of the box, my heart rate went up. This thing freaking rules before you even light it.
And then I tried to light it.
I got a rock so I could do a test run without burning my deck down.
I'd read somewhere that you could just light a match and lay it on top and you were in business. Three matches later, I was not.
But then I lit one and held it to the edge and we went all pyro.
Oh, did I mention that it has two cooking positions. That would be 5 bucks per position. We haven't seen those kind of prices since the Leave-It-To-Beaver era.
Man, this thing is seriously cool.