Today it appears that the world has gone mad ie. Japan, Libya… So in my opinion the best option is to go out in the woods and snow camp. Camping alone adds enough worries and you defiantly don’t want your equipment to cause you problems. This is why you should never buy a JetBoil. The Jet Boil sucks! The product boils water slower than a regular camp stove and is much more difficult because of the “all in one design” and “compact unit.” In other words you get small amounts of water and are constantly re-filling the canister. The JetBoil is constructed with flimsy parts and a plastic “tripod base for added stability” insuring that your pot of PadThi won’t balance as you wait 30 minutes for it to heat. As you kill time cold and hungry in a tent you’ll wish you had real camp stove and not a JetBoil. I used my JetBoil for the first (and last) time on a previous hut trip and our group was quick to rename the canister a “Bi-PlaneBoil”.
The JetBoil says it has “an all-in-one design, combining burner and cooking vessel in one compact unit. Everything you need is stacked and stored inside the 1.0 liter cooking cup.” I should have read this more carefully, because as it turns out, stacking sacrifices balance and the towering jet boil is easily knocked over by a careless tent dweller. They also say that “the system lights with the click of a button and within two minutes provides two cups of boiling water”, and this is far from true. It is true that the cooking cup clips onto the burner, but this method makes for a difficult removal once the stove eventually becomes hot. And did I mention the most important part: “the insulating cozy has a color-changing heat indicator that signals when contents are hot” I’m SOLD!