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First Review: JetBoil SOL Advanced Cooking System

This spring JetBoil brought out a new stove system, the JetBoil SOL Advanced Cooking System.

The JetBoil systems (of which there are a number of) are either rabidly loved or hated on. Just depends on which camp you are in. What they do well is boil water quickly and efficiently.  The downside of the JetBoil is its bulkiness, due to being tall, although one can make this a lot less bulky by breaking down the kit before stowing it in their pack. It can also be a pain to clean if you have big hands and you fry food on the inside (note – broth based meals work best if cooking in).

The other issue was that the JetBoil performed amazing in 3 season weather but had issues in cold, particularly in altitude. In the SOL version they have worked on this issue:

“True 4-season upright canister cooking system, Jetboil introduces advanced Jetboil Thermo-Regulate™ Burner Technology to deliver consistent heat output down to 20˚ F (-6˚ C).”

Well, it comes close enough to solving it for most users. For those of us who backpack/camp in minus temps…well, suck it up and carry a traditional liquid fuel stove designed for mountaineering! Those clunky old fireballs do have a place – and deep cold is one of them.

The details:

JetBoil SOL Advanced Cooking System
– Price $119.95

Set includes stove/pot/bottom cup for covering stove bottom (turns into mug and measuring cup)/fuel canister stabilizer/pot support.

The pot support is for if you wish to use the stove with a traditional pot – one that isn’t a JetBoil. It turns the JetBoil stove into a normal canister stove.

– Insulating cozy for pot with heat indicating strip
– Lid with drinking spout/strainer
– Stove cover doubles as drinking and measuring cup
– Pot stabilizer for use with other pots

– Push button igniter (although always carry back up matches or lighter with any stove!)

– .8 liter FluxRing® cup (pot)

Weights from manufacturer:

10.5 ounces – which includes everything but the pot stabilizer and pot support. (So pot/lid/stove/bottom cup)

Dimensions:
4.1″ x 6.5″ (compacted), 11.5″ when fully assembled.
Pot size: 0.8 Liter/27 ounces

Our weights:

Stove/Pot/Lid: 10.5 ounces (Notice our weight doesn’t include the bottom cup, which weighs in at 1.1 ounces)

Stove/Pot/Bottom Cup/Lid/Fuel Stabilizer: 14 ounces

Stove/Pot/Bottom Cup/Lid/Fuel Stabilizer/full 100 gram fuel canister: 1 lb. 3.7 ounces (This is the ‘ready to use’ weight, with everything you need)
Full (new) 100 gram fuel canister: 6.9 ounces

Pot support: 1.3 ounces. (Not normally needed)

Claimed boil time:
16 ounces water in 2 minutes, 15 seconds, averaged over life of canister.

Can boil 12 Liters water with one 100 gram canister of fuel (small canister) as claimed by JetBoil.

Our boil time:

16 ounces water in 2 minutes 10 seconds on a new canister – meaning the averaged out time by the manufacturer holds true.

Photos in use –

Set up with 2 cups (16 ounces) cold water:

With the Sol is the strip on the side of the cozy that reacts to heat. When the pot is cold it is black:

As it starts heating:

Halfway there:

Nearly there:

Full boil:

Of the entire stove setup I liked the heat strip the best – it was easy to watch it climb up. No need to peak in the top.

As a water boiler and occasional meal cooker it is a tremendous stove – if one can get over the bulk and and hard cleaning.

On a side note – is the fuel stabilizer needed? It depends. If you are klutzy I would suggest it, otherwise it really isn’t “needed” for supporting 2 cups of water. Stabilizers work better when one is using wide pots (say 2L or bigger). So do keep that stabilizer, it will fit most brands of fuel!

~Sarah

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