Jetboil Flash review

The Jetboil Flash is a lightweight outdoor stove ideal for the fly fisher as it boils two cups of water in under two minutes.

Jetboil Flash review
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Jetboil Flash review
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Jetboil Flash review
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What is the Jetboil Flash?

The Jetboil Flash is a compact, lightweight backpacking stove that lets you boil enough water to make two mugs of coffee in under two minutes. It's ideal for the fly fisher as it all packs away into the 1 litre drinking cup so easily fits inside a small rucksack.

What do you get with the Jetboil Flash kit?

The Jetboil Flash kit comes with a 1-litre cooking pot, a small gas bottle, a stand to make the Jetboil stable when cooking and a small cup. Everything, including the gas bottle, packs away inside the Jetboil cooking pot so it takes up very little room if your bag.

What can you cook on a Jetboil?

It's primarily designed for boiling water. We use ours when we're fishing on the River Dee and want to warm ourselves up after wading in the icy water. In just a few minutes, you can set it up and boil enough water for two mugs of tea, coffee or hot chocolate.

The Jetboil is stable, even on a river bank.

Can you cook food on a Jetboil?

You can use the boiling water on rehydrated foods - noodles are ideal - but you can't really cook proper food on it, like sausages or beans. At least, not without buying a fancy add-on to allow you to cook on the Jetboil using a pan.

The Jetboil Flash is ideal for warming up after wading in cold water.

Does the Jetboil Flash work when it's windy?

The Jetboil Flash is fairly wind resistant, unlike a lot of other gas stoves. Ours has stayed lit in fairly strong 15-20 mph winds but it does seem really fuel inefficient in strong winds, so I'd recommend shielding it to conserve gas.

How does the cooking pot work?

The Jetboil Flash comes with a 1 litre cooking pot which has a an attachment on the base which distributes heat evenly across the surface to decrease cooking time. Cleverly, the pot is also covered with an insulated neoprene wrap with a big webbed handle. This lets you hold the cooking pot while it's in action and drink or eat from it straight after use, without getting burned.

As the contents of your cooking pot approach boiling point, you'll notice the logo on the Jetboil gradually changing colour. When it's completely yellow, it's good to go and you can turn off the gas and remove the cooking pot and eat or drink the contents.

How do you light the Jetboil?

There's an integrated igniter on the Jetboil which makes lighting it very safe and easy. You simply assemble it, position it in a flat and safe place away from wind, and then turn the gas on and click the igniter button. Ours always lights first time and the roar of the jet burner means you always know when it's running.

As the Jetboil reaches boiling point, the logo turns yellow.

What's it like to use?

We use our Jetboil on nearly every trip we make to rivers or stillwaters where we're wading. A boiling hot drink is a great way to warm yourself up after you've been chilled to the bone by wading in ice cold water. It's a lot quicker and easier to set up than our old gas stove and it packs away into a really small space.

However, compared to other less focussed gas stoves, the Jetboil is a bit limited. It boils water and that's about it. You can buy a special attachment, and a special frying pan to let you cook sausages on it, but it's hideously expensive and the frying pan isn't even non-stick...

How much does the Jetboil Flash cost?

The Jetboil Flash retails for around £87, which includes the whole kit including a gas bottle. If you're on the bank a lot and want a cooking stove that packs into a small space it's not a bad choice, even if it is on the pricey side.

Available from: Amazon

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