Jetboil stoves are extremely popular with solo backpackers, thanks to their unique integrated pan design and simple but effective performance. The Flash comes in a range of colours to suit your taste, but whichever you choose you get a tall dedicated pot that takes 0.5 litres of water and is fitted with a set of heat exchanger fins on the base. The pot is 14cm high, so all the heat is directed to a relatively small area on the base and is then transmitted through the contents of the pot to optimise performance. That deep pan needs a long spoon to reach the bottom, though, and if you’re heating up wet food then plenty of stirring is a good idea. But use this for water or to warm up a Wayfayrer-style food pouch and it’s ideal. When assembled the pot, burner and gas cylinder are quite tall and therefore unstable so some care is needed to place it on a level area, but you do get an additional tripod base to improve stability. The burner screws directly to the gas canister and has a piezo ignition, and the flame control is right under the burner, so again some care is needed to adjust the flame without spilling water. But what I really like is the way the gas cylinder and burner all fit neatly inside the pot. This makes the Jetboil Flash quick and easy to pack.
Includes dedicated pot and foot support
Packed size 18x11x11cm
Pan support diameter 9cm
Weight (without fuel) 143g burner + 228g pot set + 26g foot support
The Jetboil Flash is an extremely popular stove that’s supplied with a pot ideal for heating water and pouches of meals, but other options are more stable and better for more cooking a wider variety of food.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2014